Iowa State University Field Specialist II - 7151 in Ames, Iowa

Classification Information

University Title Field Specialist II - 7151

Pay Grade 34

Salary Commensurate with qualifications

Base of Employment P - P&S

Job Category Professional and Scientific

Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80411P

Working Title Field Specialist II/III- Local Government and Community Leadership Engagement

Advertised Employing Department Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term

Proposed Start Date As soon as possible.

Proposed End Date or Length of Term 06/30/2020

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Full or Part Time Full-Time

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.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

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. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, 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.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

The requirements above are for the Field Specialist II.

Field Specialist III: Master’s degree and five 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.

Location (if other than Ames)

Additional Information

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.

Department Contact Name Kaela Black

Department Contact Phone 515-294-3283

Department Contact Email

Department/Unit Website

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter 3) Contact Information for Three ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary

Guaranteed Consideration Date 08/12/2018

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Valid US Drivers License