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OUTREACH AND EDUCATION DIVISION CHIEF

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Provides leadership and directs all Outreach and Education Division field and administrative operations.
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Outdoor Market: job** MUST APPLY BY AUGUST 8, 2014
Provides leadership and directs all Outreach and Education Division field and administrative operations including: Conservation Education (Discover Nature Schools, Discover Nature Teachers), Outreach (Conservationist and Xplor magazines, topic or program-specific publications), Communications (Web and social media, video and broadcast productions, news/public relations, ombudsma), Marketing, Exhibits, Outdoor Skills (Mo. National Archery in the Schools Program, Discover Nature clinics, fishing clinics), Hunter Education/Bowhunter Education programs, Nature centers and Interpretive centers, Staffed shooting ranges, Volunteer programs (Missouri Master Naturalist, Nature center, Shooting range, and Hunter Education volunteers), and other programs coordinated by the Division. Responsible for strategic planning, development, implementation and delivery of statewide programs and services by the Division. Facilitates development and implementation of strategic communication plans for Department-wide issues and initiatives. Prepares, implements and evaluates accomplishment of goals and objectives listed in Division plans and provides vision for program direction. Responsible for Division productivity and performance. Responsible for Division strategic planning and provides input into Department planning efforts. Develops trust in the Department by working with community and non-governmental, state and federal partners. Coordinates preparation of the Division executive budget and annual report. Approves, monitors and implements Division budget and equipment inventories. Reviews, establishes and enforces Division policies and guidelines. Reviews, establishes and enforces Division goals and objectives with emphasis on Outreach and Education programs. Serves on the Capital Improvements/Infrastructure Technology committee, and other committees as established by Administration. Reviews public and Department requests for information about programs and coordinates Division replies. Prepares recommendations for Commiss ion Action, such as personnel items and periodically provides presentations to the Commission on Division programs and projects. Reviews and approves policy changes and out-of-state travel. Investigates and documents unsatisfactory employee performance or grievances and recommends corrective actions to Administration. Coordinates and investigates citizen complaints about Division employees. Provides counsel to the Division staff. Serves as liaison with the Director’s office on outreach and educational initiatives that affect fish, forest and wildlife programs and comments on appropriate legislation. Understands and uses structured decision making and critical review in administrative and resource issue decisions. Works with other Division leaders and Administration to ensure integrity of agency services for Missourians. Performs other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, Education, Fisheries, Forestry or Wildlife Management, Biological Sciences, or related field of study and at least eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience, three (3) years which must have been in a supervisory administrative capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


CORE COMPETENCIES AND SPECIAL ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to:
Accept job responsibilities/tasks assigned for self and others and insure high quality programs/services are delivered and effective controls are developed to maintain the Division and Department’s integrity.
Take a long-term view of the Division’s direction and articulate a vision which integrates key program goals, priorities, values and other factors.
Develop and implement effective strategies consistent with the Department’s vision and mission.
Administer human resources management principles in a manner that instills public and employee trust, maximizes employee potential and fosters high ethical standards in meeting the Department’s mission.
Effectively plan, direct and supervise a staff engaged in carrying out Division functions; delegate work assignments, give authority to work independently, set expectations and monitor delegated activities; inspire others to work well and accept feedback from others; and, provide regular performance feedback and develop/encourage employee growth.
Exercise sound judgment and discretion in decision making and all phases of responsibilities, analyze facts, balance all business considerations, and make timely and effective decisions with available information or knowledge.
Establish and maintain professional, effective working relationships with all levels of Department staff, other entities, and the general public.
Maintain a high level of energy and perform multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.
Establish credibility and be decisive, while recognizing and supporting the Department’s preferences and priorities.
Communicate effectively in both positive and negative situations.
Accept change and new information, and cope with job pressure and stress.
Identify internal and external politics that impact the Division’s work.
Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.
Understand complex resource issues beyond individual training or background and demonstrate the ability to include stakeholders in the process of developing conservation strategies.
 
Contact: Leslie Jacobs
leslie.jacobs@mdc.mo.gov
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