Agronomy Specialist & CPD / Ray County (Assist Ext Professional, Assoc Ext Professional, Ext Profe

Location
St. Joseph, MO
Posted
Jun 02, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job ID 21218
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Missouri Northwest Region



Job Description

HEADQUARTERED: Richmond, Missouri and primarily serves Ray, Caldwell and Lafayette counties in the Northwest Region and Platte, Clay and Jackson in the Urban 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 educational programs in crop and forage production, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, soil science and overall production agriculture, in addition to applying knowledge related to general agricultural in the counties served. Educational programs may consist of workshops, farm tours, field demonstrations, one-on-one consultations, soil test report interpretation and online programming that provide research-based material to local clients.

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. Crop production accounts for approximately 47% of the Missouri's agricultural receipts. Important agronomic crops in Missouri include soybean, corn and wheat. Additionally, hay, grain sorghum and cotton are significant throughout Missouri. MU Extension agronomic 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 agronomy, soil science or related field. Successful candidates will have college level courses in crop and forage production, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, and/or soils. Demonstrated ability in applying and transferring research-based knowledge in the production and management of Midwest cropping systems is necessary.

Production agriculture experience and/or college level coursework in livestock production, horticulture, agricultural engineering, farm management and accounting is helpful.

Ideal candidate will also have experience in crop and forage production including but not limited to best management practices, pest management (i.e. insect, weeds and disease), soil management, IPM, pesticide certification, cover crops, and water quality.

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).

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.

EEO IS THE LAW

To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:


Application Materials

Use the online application and be prepared to submit a cover letter, list of 3-5 references, all academic transcripts, and resume or CV. 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 October 28, 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.

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