Agricultural Business Specialist / Howell County

Location
Springfield, MO
Posted
Mar 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

HEADQUARTERED: West Plains, Missouri and primarily serves Howell, Douglas, Ozark, Taney, Texas, and Wright counties in Southwest region, with additional coverage as needed.

University of Missouri Extension regional specialists provide collaborative leadership and subject-matter expertise to develop, deliver and evaluate educational programs focused on improving lives, communities and economies. In general, regional specialists provide educational opportunities that enable businesses, farms, families and communities to strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life. In addition, regional specialists create partnerships with civic and business organizations, educational institutions, local leaders and key stakeholders to identify priorities, increase financial and in-kind resources, and strategically address needs with research-based education.

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating agricultural business educational programs in the support of crop and forage production, livestock production and overall production agriculture. Topics may include, but not limited to, farm leases, tax management, basic estate planning, alternative crops and livestock, marketing and other emerging issues faced by producers and land owners within the assigned area. In addition, apply knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served.

The MU Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension program is strategically focused on the goal of improving Missourian’s quality of life, enhance the economic viability of Missouri enterprises, while protecting the environment and the state’s natural resources. MU Extension research-based programs promote, enhances, and develops efficient and viable production, management and sustainable systems.

For information about extension’s agriculture programs, visit http://cafnr.missouri.edu/extension/.

This is a 12-month academic position. Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.


The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
1. Work with constituents, colleagues, regional director, program director, and campus faculty to establish program goals. Develop and provide high quality educational programs. Participate in interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces. Collect qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate impact of programs and services.

2. Generate and manage revenue to sustain and grow essential programs. Develop and maintain essential partnerships. Market and promote educational offerings and the mission of MU Extension. May be assigned county program director responsibilities.

3. Remain up-to-date on trends and research-based knowledge. Actively participate in professional development opportunities. Ensure core competencies are demonstrated. Regular travel in and out of state using own transportation is required. Work some evenings and weekends to meet the needs of learners and constituents.

A full position description may be viewed at: http://extension.missouri.edu/careers/jobs.




Qualifications

An earned master’s degree in agriculture marketing, agriculture business, agriculture economics, business administration, business management or related field. Successful candidates will have graduate level courses agribusiness management, microeconomics, marketing, agricultural finance, agricultural law and graduate or undergraduate accounting.

Production agriculture experience and/or college level coursework related to livestock, crop and forage production, entomology and horticulture is helpful.

Ideal candidate will also have experience in the identification of regional, national and international markets for agriculture products produced or manufactured in the region; economic feasibility analysis; marketing strategies through direct, indirect and Internet markets; financial management and financial risk assessment; agribusiness operating arrangements including producer owned cooperatives; personnel management; and agricultural legal issues.

Successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:

Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others. Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching strategies.

Effective listening, written and oral communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities.

Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and collaborative leadership experiences.

Flexibility, resiliency, and the ability to operate with minimal guidance.

Positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence, and passion for the vision, mission and values of MU Extension.




Salary

$40,000-50,000 and additional compensation for doctorate degree ($5,000) and/or achievement of NTT rank appointment of Associate Extension Professional ($3,000) or Extension Professional ($4,000)



Application Materials

Applicants must submit a cover letter, list of 3-5 references, all academic transcripts, and resume or CV on-line at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php. In order to be considered for a non-tenure track (NTT) ranked appointment, a CV must be submitted at the time of application. It is recommended that these required documents be uploaded as one PDF file as a resume document.

More information on CVs may be found at http://career.missouri.edu/pdfs/handouts/2011Guide%20to%20Curriculum%20Vitaes.pdf.

Review of applications and consideration of rank, if applicable, will begin after August 19, 2016 and continue until position is filled.

For questions regarding the on-line application process contact MUHRS@missouri.edu or call 573.882.7976. For technical problems with the on-line application process contact Helpdesk@missouri.edu or call 573.882-5000. For questions regarding this position call 573.882.4721 or email hrdext@missouri.edu.




Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.

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