Regional Labor Education Specialist

at University of Missouri Extension

Ballwin, MO

Posted on Nov. 18, 2016

Full Time, Contract

Health Insurance, Life Insurance, 401k / Retirement Plan

Regional Labor Education Specialist
(Assistant Extension Professional, Associate Extension Professional, Extension Professional)

HEADQUARTERED: St. Louis, Missouri and primarily serves St. Louis County and City in the Urban Region, with additional responsibilities for St. Charles and Jefferson counties.

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 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.

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.

SALARY/BENEFITS: $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)

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

QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires an earned master’s degree in social sciences, industrial relations or another field related to labor and employment relations policy and practice, and experience working with labor unions or other related community-based organizations, or related area with appropriate coursework exhibited. Related areas include adult education, regional or applied economics, organizational development, public policy or political science.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE in designing, conducting and evaluating educational programs, and applying research-based knowledge in subject matter areas related to labor relations policy and practice, including community cooperation and collaboration, capacity assessment and action planning, economic development, public policy issue identification and analysis, leadership, organizational development and resource management, and volunteerism to organizational development is desired.

Ability to work with colleagues in a multidisciplinary, issue-based approach to program design and delivery to impact change in one or more of the following priority areas: (1) enhancing economic viability, (2) building strong individuals, families and communities, and (3) creating and sustaining a healthy environment.

Ability to travel and to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends is required to fulfill assigned responsibilities.

Ability to manage time and resources, and to work with minimum supervision in a variety of settings.

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.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

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