Advertised Employing Department: Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Community and Economic Development (CED) Program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for a Field Specialist II/III – Local Government and Community Leadership Engagement.
CED Field Specialists work within the Knowledge Teams of the CED program unit – teams comprised of faculty and specialists located throughout the state – to develop educational curricula, deliver educational programs, and provide facilitation, consultation, and technical assistance to a variety of audiences throughout Iowa. The successful candidate for this specific position will work as a member of the Local Government, and Community Engagement and Leadership Knowledge Teams to: - Deliver existing successful educational programs such as training for local planning and zoning officials, Township Trustee training, board development and leadership training, government budgeting and finance, and others. - Provide facilitation, strategic planning, and other assistance to a variety of government and public service entities. - Work with the Local Government Knowledge Team to support the development of high quality education programs similar to those mentioned above that meet the needs of local governments in Iowa. - Work with the Civic Engagement and Leadership Knowledge team to develop civic engagement strategies, and develop and deliver community leadership educational programs for a variety of community organizations. - Network and collaborate with a variety of government and service entities in North Central Iowa to assess educational needs, conduct effective cooperative educational efforts, and provide subject matter support to these networks in order to build community capacity. - Secure resources (contracts, grants, fees) to support programming.
The position will be filled at the Field Specialist II or III level. In addition to duties above, a Field Specialist III will serve as a model for others in using innovative and creative approaches to program development and delivery; conduct and analyze needs assessment activities and identify and implement innovative ways to meet clients' needs; initiate interdisciplinary programming; and provide leadership/supervision and subject-matter expertise at the local, state, and national level.
The successful candidate will possess exceptional analytical, public relations, and written and verbal communication skills in order to effectively represent CED programs and outreach to the public. The candidate will have the ability to work independently and prioritize multiple ongoing tasks concurrently to ensure immediate deadlines are met. Outstanding organizational skills and strong attention to detail will also be needed in order to be effective in this role.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Degree in Community Development, Community and Regional Planning, Public Administration, Sociology, Public Policy, or closely related field.
Additional years of related experience.
Experience in local government planning and/or administration (i.e. city planner, city manager, or related).
Understanding of state laws as they impact local government administration.
Experience in facilitating groups and leading strategic planning processes.
Experience in adult education, educational program preparation, and presentation to the public.
It will be based in North Central Iowa (Clear Lake, Mason City, Charles City, Cedar Falls, Waterloo or nearby community; negotiable with successful candidate.) but will have statewide program responsibilities.
This position requires statewide travel to carry out Extension and Outreach responsibilities. Candidates must have access to their own transportation. The duties of this position require willingness to work evenings and weekends.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.