Field Specialist I - Local Government

Job Title: Field Specialist I - Local Government

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Iowa - To Be Determined

The Community and Economic Development (CED) program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for a Field Specialist I/II – Local Government.

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 Non-Profit Organizations Knowledge Team to: - Deliver existing successful educational programs such as training for local planning and zoning officials, Township Trustee training, board development and leadership training, local government budgeting and finance, and others. The individual’s program delivery responsibilities will be primarily focused in Northeast Iowa, but will also require some statewide travel. - 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. - Network and collaborate with city and county governments, regional councils of governments, and others in Northeast 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.

This position will be filled at the Field Specialist I or II level. In addition to Field Specialist I duties described above, a Field Specialist II will be expected to create and deliver more comprehensive and complex programming; conduct needs assessment activities; identify and implement innovative ways to meet clients’ needs; take an active role in the development of interdisciplinary programming; and give greater leadership and subject-matter expertise to programming activities at the local, area, and state level.

The successful candidate will possess exceptional analytical, public relations, and written and verbal communication skills in order to effectively represent community economic development programs and outreach to the public. The candidate will have the ability to 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 be effective in this role.

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