Extension Regional Director - Urban West Region

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Job Title: Extension Regional Director - Urban West Region
Location: Missouri Urban
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 29130
Job Description COUNTY COVERAGE: Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties, Missouri

Position Overview:

Regional Directors are the MU Extension academic hub in each geographic region and work proactively to design and implement innovative responses to current and emerging program needs across the region and the state of Missouri. Regional Directors align and converge the talent, strengths, and academic resources of the University of Missouri, local partners, industry, and other institutions to forge mutually beneficial partnerships meeting the needs of all Missourians.

Regional Directors provide primary leadership and development of County Engagement Specialists and Extension Councils and secondary leadership to Field Specialists headquartered in the region. Working with these and other partners, they guide delivery of programs and services to maximize the engagement and value-adding impacts of the University of Missouri in collaboration with university administration, Education Directors, and Senior Program Directors. Regional Directors exhibit high personal standards of excellence, are effective team members, and demonstrate inclusivity, civility and respect for all in their daily work.

This is a full-time, 12 month academic position with an administrative appointment. It is expected that the Regional Director will be eligible and approved for faculty appointment within the Department of Extension. The faculty appointment will be a non-tenure track appointment at the rank of Extension Professional or Associate Extension Professional.

Essential Duties

Academic Leadership

    Lead the regional program planning and delivery processes, in coordination with Senior Program Directors, Education Directors and Extension Councils.Assess the needs and program priorities in the region and coordinate development and implementation of regional program plan with county councils, regional faculty and staff.Coordinate faculty, staff and financial resources to participate in cross-regional collaboration and program delivery as necessary developing multi-disciplinary teams to address complex issues and identification of best practices in extension programming.Provide direct and indirect supervision to Regional faculty and staff to include hiring, coaching, talent development and performance management. Collaborate with Principal Investigators, Senior Program Directors and Education Directors regarding grant-funded projects.
    Coordinate with program directors and coordinators to access faculty expertise and research on all campuses to develop new program initiatives critical to regional needs.Coordinate regional MU recruitment and engagement efforts and serve as the liaison between campus leaders, Extension and assigned region.
    Work with faculty, staff and councils to coordinate regional service learning opportunities for MU students in partnership with campus program coordinators.Serve as a liaison for Campus Engagement Council efforts and provide leadership and support for University sponsored programs and initiatives in the designated region
Strategic Leadership

    Promote the vision and mission of University of Missouri Extension within the region.Identify opportunities to increase stakeholder, organization and constituent engagement within the region and between regions.Develop public-private partnerships strategies and work with faculty and staff in resource generation of grants, contracts, fees, sponsorships, and gifts.Work in coordination with others on the administrative team to represent MU Extension with stakeholders, partners and funders.Assist County Engagement Specialists to serve as representatives of University of Missouri Extension with Extension Councils, county commissions and other agencies.Provide coordination and leadership across all program areas for implementation of urban program strategies, partnership and stakeholder collaborations including the city government of Kansas City , marketing, communications and public relations strategies for a densely populated environment, and expanding funding streams to support programs and staffing.Promote a culturally aware and welcoming environment within MU Extension, along with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff.Provide leadership and support for County Engagement Specialists to:
      Assist County Extension Councils in fulfilling their statutory obligations.Develop Councils as advocates for University of Missouri Extension.Understanding and following AA/EEO policies in recruiting and hiring processes.Assist County Extension Councils in providing input into University of Missouri Extension employee performance evaluation processes
    Provide support for the regional council.Build relations and seek opportunities for University of Missouri Extension to work collaboratively with other higher education institutions.Assume the role of leadership and/or actively participate on organizational committees.
Administrative Leadership

    Create an environment that fosters the ability to work in a results-oriented environment.
    Collaborate with Extension Leadership, Councils and others to develop the regional budgeting and staffing plan, including County Engagement Specialist assignments and office location recommendations.
    Provide leadership, training and support for Community Engagement Specialists, Field Specialists and staff.
    Facilitate and enhance the University of Missouri Extension's collaboration with public and private entities at all levels.Build relationships and collaboration with University of Missouri Kansas City administration and faculty.Look for opportunities to share resources with K-State Cooperative Extension in the greater Kansas City area.
Leadership Received and Exercised

This position reports to the MU Extension Director of Off-Campus Operations. Academic leadership comes through the Vice Chancellor of Extension and Engagement team. Direct and indirect supervision is provided to faculty, professional, paraprofessional and administrative support employees. Regional directors coach faculty and program delivery staff in program development and delivery as well as professional development as an extension faculty or staff member.

    A Masters degree and at least 6 years of experience from which the applicant gained position appropriate knowledge and skills. Ability to travel throughout Missouri on regular basis using own vehicle with mileage reimbursement or fleet vehicle – significant travel is required. Available to work evenings and weekends as necessary to accomplish organizational goals.Demonstrated experience in administration and leadership of educational programs, including leading and managing people, strategic planning, and fiscal management of considerable scope and complexity.Capacity to coach faculty in the development and delivery of educational programs.Exhibit effective written and oral communication skills.Highly collaborative work style, commitment to continuous improvement and problem solving, and leadership through honesty and integrity.Effective analytical and strategic planning skills, including evidence of ability to work across organizational Units to achieve results.Knowledge and proficiency in use of technology to support program delivery, training and faculty/staff development.Operate with minimal guidance, and be a self-directed learner who is flexible and adaptable to changing environments.
Application Materials

Complete the brief online application and be prepared to upload:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Copies of all academic transcripts, and
  • a list of 3-5 references
  • Other Information Additional Preferred Qualifications

      Program capacity or experience in one or more MU Extension grand challenge areas of focus – Economic Opportunity, Educational Access, Healthy Futures.Doctorate or other terminal degree plus five or more years of land-grant extension or equivalent experience in community based adult education. Valued experiences include: worked in an extension faculty role; five or more years of executive leadership and supervisory responsibilities; worked in an urban setting.
    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

    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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the 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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    Job No:
    Posted: 2/8/2019
    Application Due: 5/9/2019
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