Employee roles

 Described below are critical roles for various employees.

Vice Provost and Director of Cooperative Extension Program Directors
University of Missouri Governmental Relations Director, Constituent Relations
Director of Off-Campus Operations Regional Directors
County Program Directors Associate Vice Provost for Extension
Continuing Education Directors Campus and Off-Campus Faculty
County Council Coordinator  

Vice Provost and Director of Cooperative Extension

  • Works directly to assure the federal and state budget support necessary to maintain and build a vital organization. 
  • Leads legislative strategy development and implementation in cooperation with the MU campus administration and with the UM Governmental Relations office.
  • Communicates directly with Program Leaders, Regional Directors and administrative staff about budget and program issues. 
  • Oversees decisions and communications with key stakeholders, including the media.

Program Directors

  • Provide leadership for determining program priorities, funding strategies, program evaluation and impact, and communications for programs statewide
  • Build relationships with campus, state, multi-state, national, and international stakeholders, agencies, organizations and constituents.
  • Establish and maintain formal partnerships and collaborations to enable external funding opportunities on a state, multi-state, national and international level.
  • Facilitate meetings with key stakeholders as necessary and work with faculty and local, regional and state extension councils to engage with and develop stakeholder communications. 

University of Missouri Governmental Relations

  • Oversees legislative strategies, policies and procedures related to legislative advocacy for the entire University. 
  • Serves as resource to extension in communication with legislators. 

Director, Constituent Relations

  • Implements strategies for communication with legislators and other stakeholders as delegated by the Vice Provost and Director of Cooperative Extension. 
  • Coordinates with UM Government Relations staff, MU University Affairs staff, Program Directors and Regional Directors in developing training plans and materials for communication.

Director of Off-Campus Operations

  • Communicates purpose and value of stakeholder relationship program to regional faculty and staff. 
  • Coordinates with Regional Directors and Regional and State Extension Councils to develop plans for training off-campus faculty, staff and councils about their roles.
  • Assists Vice Provost in direct communication with stakeholders as requested.

Regional Directors

  • Coordinate with County Program Directors and Regional Councils to develop stakeholder communication strategies and plans on regional and county levels.
  • Facilitate sharing of information among administration and County Program Directors and Regional Councils.
  • Facilitate meetings with key stakeholders as necessary. 
  • Support county and regional training and communication efforts.
  • Meet and get to know key legislators in their region and their primary interests.  Discuss what extension has done/might do that relates to them and their constituents.

County Program Directors

  • Mobilize local faculty, staff and volunteers to inventory current relationships with stakeholders; assess strengths and weaknesses; work with regional faculty and volunteers to build ongoing, local relationships.
  • Develop annual plan for communication with key stakeholders through personal visits, phone calls, e-mail, invitations to participate in programs, recognition events and other means. 
  • With county council, support training for faculty, staff and council members.
  • Introduce new faculty to local policymakers.
  • With county council, orchestrate effort to gain support for county budget.
  • Alert Director of Off-Campus Operations and Regional Director to situations needing attention
  • Distribute annual report to key stakeholders, such as county commissioners and legislators.

Associate Vice Provost for Extension

  • Assist Vice Provost with communications as assigned and act in Vice Provost’s stead when necessary. 
  • Coordinate with campus Continuing Education Directors to inventory current relationships with stakeholders; assess strengths and weaknesses; and encourage faculty, staff and volunteers to build ongoing relationships with stakeholders.
  • Alert Vice Provost of situations needing attention and opportunities.

Continuing Education Directors

  • Coordinate with campus faculty to develop stakeholder communication plans.
  • Report back to Associate Vice Provost on periodic basis concerning situations needing attention and opportunities.

All Campus and Off-Campus Faculty

  • Follow the news, and be informed about legislative and community issues.
  • Inventory and assess current relationships with stakeholders.  Share information with CPD or Department/Unit head.
  • Get to know legislators and their aides, county commissioners and other decision makers, particularly those dealing with faculty member’s academic area.
  • Communicate with County Program Directors, Regional Directors and Program Leaders about “connecting points” with stakeholders.
  • Develop annual plan for communication through personal visits, phone calls, e-mail, invitations to participate in programs, recognition events and other means. 
  • Share information about programmatic efforts and impacts through newsletters, news columns, presentations at community groups and personal conversations.
  • Involve policymakers in educational program efforts. Work with policymakers on issues of concern for their communities.

County Council Coordinator

  • Coordinate stakeholder relations training for county councils on ongoing basis.
  • Serve as resource to county, regional and state councils to implement stakeholder communication plans.
  • Report areas of concern and opportunity to Director of Off-Campus Operations.