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Position Details


Long Classification Title FIELD SPECIALIST GENERIC
Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH Cooperative Extension Community & Economic Development [UXCMDV]
Summary of Position

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and Merrimack County invite qualified individuals to apply for the Merrimack County Economic Development Field Specialist position based in Boscawen, New Hampshire. The Field Specialist will provide educational outreach, technical assistance, community planning, and project implementation support that builds community and regional leaders’ capacity to implement effective strategies grow and sustain the economy and strengthen communities. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, economic development, Main Street/downtown development, business retention and expansion, regional collaboration, and stakeholder engagement to enhance implementation of community plans and projects. The position is a full-time, benefited position.

Additional Job Information
Posting Number/Job Order # PS0387FY17
Acceptable minimum level of education Master's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 2 years
Other minimum qualifications

• Master’s degree in a field such as community/economic development, regional planning, tourism, or related disciplines. A strong candidate with a B.S. level degree in relevant discipline with experience may be considered if they are willing to obtain a Master’s degree within 7 years of hire.
• Knowledge of effective community and economic development strategies and approaches.
• Experience working with community/regional leaders on community development, economic development, and/or planning efforts.
• Demonstrated ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate community, organizational, or regional planning processes.
• Demonstrated ability to convey basic community and economic development principles—and data—to the general public, community practitioners, business audiences, and local government officials.
• Ability to teach and communicate ideas effectively verbally, in writing, and through educational technology.
• Ability to work productively with indirect supervision.
• Ability to work collaboratively with others; ability to take personal responsibility to help team efforts succeed.
• Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills in a team setting; ability to effectively manage conflict.
• Demonstrated willingness to learn on an ongoing basis.
• Ability to adapt to changing programming and workplace priorities.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

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Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.00
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EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

A comprehensive land-, sea-, and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public university and is ideally located in the rural town of Durham, with ready access to the Maine and New Hampshire seacoasts, Boston, and the White Mountains. The University actively creates and nurtures a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences and cultural backgrounds pursue goals with mutual respect and shared spirit of inquiry. UNH has just under 13,000 undergraduate students and 2,200 graduate students.

Posting Details

Posting Date 05/01/2017
Open Until Filled No
Closing Date 06/09/2017
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


Contribute to community and economic development efforts in Merrimack County and the region by providing facilitation, technical assistance, and guidance on project implementation.


Engage Extension State Specialists and other UNH resources to support community and economic development efforts in the region, as well as implement programs like Community Profiles, Business Retention & Expansion, and Take Charge of Your Local Economy.


Provide training to community and economic development practitioners—and civic leaders—so they have the skills to implement effective economic development strategies.


Develop tools and resources—including data—that support decision-making by community and regional decision-makers.


Support community and regional groups in developing and implementing plans around topics such as downtown revitalization, natural resource-based economic development, and business and entrepreneurship development.


Participate in program planning with the Community and Economic Development Program Team and Economic Development Area of Expertise (AoE).


Provide timely data for UNH Cooperative Extension’s reporting system for documenting and evaluating program outcomes.


Participate in staff meetings – including program team meetings, county staff meetings, and county advisory council meetings – as well as other program activities as appropriate.


Keep accurate, complete and timely work records and reports.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the definition of an Internal Candidate? Internal Candidates include: (1) active status employees who have completed the introductory period and (2) adjunct staff members who have been employed within USNH for at least 12 months in total and who have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12 month period preceding the application for the position. Student employment does not apply toward internal status eligibility.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
Optional Documents