Regional Community Arts Specialist

Job Description

This position is located in Lexington, Missouri.

University of Missouri Extension in collaboration with MU Arts Departments and Missouri communities has established a community arts program. MU Extension is hiring a Regional Community Arts Specialist to assist the State Community Arts Specialist in the launch of a community arts pilot project in Lexington, MO.  This is a three-year project, currently in its second year, renewable contingent on successful leveraging of additional funding and support of priority programs.

COMMUNITY ARTS PROGRAM
Long-term outcomes expected from the establishment of a Community Arts Program include:

  • Community arts is recognized and valued as a strategy for economic development.
  • Community capacity for development around the arts is built. Community leaders build skills and communities rediscover their own strength and capability.
  • A viable, expanded and sustainable connection between community and the arts on the MU campus is builtadding value to community through engagement with MU and adding value to MU via engagement with community.
  • Key principles and practices for collaborative learning on the part of the university (administration, research, teaching, and extension) and communities are developed and shared.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Regional Community Arts Specialist will be responsible for local project development and implementation of the Community Arts Pilot Project in partnership with the State Community Arts Specialist, other faculty, and the local community. The Regional Specialist will be key to community engagement and coordination in the community in collaboration with the State Community Arts Specialist and involving the MU arts faculty and students, MU Extension regional faculty, and the arts community in every aspect of his or her work to build the local project.

The Regional Community Arts Specialist is expected to provide leadership, development and coordination at the local level to:

  • Shepherding the community arts pilot project that is mutually defined by and with the communitymeeting the needs and fitting capabilities of the MU Arts programs, Extension and the community.
  • Working with community development, 4-H youth and other Extension faculty to engage youth and adults and existing Extension volunteers in the Community Arts Pilot Project at the local level.
  • Working with additional rural Missouri communities in collaboration with State Community Arts Specialist developing community arts projects that include engagement with MU art faculty and students.
  • Collaborating with the State Community Arts Specialist to pursue and develop sources of funding both internally and externally (through collaboration, grant writing, fee-generation, and work with the MU fundraisers in obtaining gifts) to sustain the program after three years.
  • Managing financial and human resources needed to deliver and sustain programs.
  • Collaborating with the State Community Arts Specialist to create a model for replication that is flexible and adaptable to different community contexts.
  • Growing a program that results from collaborative learning between communities, MU faculty and students, and MU Extension.

Specifically, the Regional Community Arts Specialist will work with the State Community Arts Specialist and existing advisory committee comprising campus arts faculty, MU Extension administrators, students and faculty, and community leaders. During the first year, the specialist will be expected to:

  • Develop essential linkages and engage in purposeful dialogue between and with community members, community organizations and local governments, Extension, and MU arts departments on campus.
  • Develop evaluation plan/process in conjunction with State Community Arts Specialist for community arts.
  • Provide supervision and/or coordination for one of the following or a combination: graduate or undergraduate student(s) to engage with community in such activities as performing arts, visual arts, etc.; paid internship; conduct of a class project by faculty member from visual arts, performing arts, etc.
  • Work in a team environment with art groups and local community, MU Extension and MU art faculty within the context of community development to conduct local community arts programming.
  • Collaborate with the State Community Arts Specialist in development of additional outcomes:
  1. A 'tool kit' for engaging communities and MU (with applicability to other higher education institutions) in community arts development.
  2. Conferences, workshops, webinars, and summer 4-H art camps on campus.
  3. Connect communities with each other and with campus arts using technology and social media.
  4. Outreach focused on fostering creativity in collaboration with campus arts faculty.
  5. Securing funding for continued programming and growth of program.

For more information about MU Extension and this position, visit http://extension.missouri.edu/careers.

Qualifications

This position requires an earned master's degree in arts administration, community arts education, community development, community economic development, or related area with appropriate coursework exhibited.  Related areas include arts; community arts; art education; urban or rural planning; regional or applied economics; urban, rural or regional development; organizational development; public administration; applied or cultural anthropology; rural sociology; sociology; or community psychology.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE in designing, conducting and evaluating educational programs, working collaboratively with colleagues, and applying research-based knowledge in subject matter areas related to community arts initiatives, community cooperation and collaboration, capacity assessment and action planning, community planning, community economic development, citizen participation, leadership, organizational development and resource management and development or fundraising, and volunteerism to community development is desired.  Experience and/or coursework in arts administration, arts education, arts and relating to working specifically with community arts.

This position requires an earned master's degree in arts administration, community arts education, community development, community economic development, or related area with appropriate coursework exhibited.  Related areas include arts; community arts; art education; urban or rural planning; regional or applied economics; urban, rural or regional development; organizational development; public administration; applied or cultural anthropology; rural sociology; sociology; or community psychology.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE in designing, conducting and evaluating educational programs, working collaboratively with colleagues, and applying research-based knowledge in subject matter areas related to community arts initiatives, community cooperation and collaboration, capacity assessment and action planning, community planning, community economic development, citizen participation, leadership, organizational development and resource management and development or fundraising, and volunteerism to community development is desired.  Experience and/or coursework in arts administration, arts education, arts and relating to working specifically with community arts.

Also required:

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with individuals, groups and organizations that can benefit from and contribute to the program.
  • Ability to work with colleagues in a multidisciplinary, issue-based approach to program design and delivery to impact change in enhancing economic viability and quality of life.
  • 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 supervision from the State Community Arts Specialist in a variety of settings including local communities, MU arts departments, and fundraising/development venues.
  • Develop coalitions and foster teamwork internally among colleagues and externally among individuals/organizations.
  • Attend appropriate meetings, in-service education offerings and implement programming related to the ISE.
  • Prepare and submit timely, clear and concise reports that indicate program progress and impact including knowledge, skills and behavior change of learners, and maintain records to support these reports.

In addition, the Regional Specialist must possess (1) personal strengths (2) capabilities as an educator, and (3) capabilities in information technology.  For more information see http://extension.missouri.edu/pdo/corecompetencies.shtml.

In addition to the above requirements, the specialist must, at a minimum:

  • Demonstrate ability to apply research to programming.
  • Demonstrate expertise in program design, development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of the teaching/learning process, including the use of sound educational practices, principles of learning and learning styles and large and small group facilitation.
  • Demonstrate expertise in community-based learning concepts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in programming to meet the needs of different racial/ethnic, socio-economic and other groups underserved by the organization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the use and application of information technology.

Regional Specialist will be located in the Community Development Extension Program and primarily work with the Community Arts pilot project in Lexington, MO and with additional engagement with other rural Missouri communities.  The Regional Specialist will work in close collaboration with Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, MU Extension State Community Arts Specialist.

Salary

$36,500 - $46,500

Application Materials

All candidates must submit a cover letter, resume or CV, list of 3-5 references and academic transcripts.

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2013 and continue until position is filled.

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

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. 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 Human Resource Services at 573-882-7976. TTY users, please call through Relay Missouri, 1-800-RELAY (735-2966) or en Español at 1-800-520-7309.

Lexington, Missouri
2013-04-12
University of Missouri, Cooperative Extension
Human Resources



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