Title:  Relevancy Chief


Requisition Id: 755 

Position Number: 0001567D 

Salary: $70,932.00 - $90,432.00  

Job Location:  Conservation Headquarters (JEFFE1) 

Closing Date: June 5, 2020


If selected for an interview, you will be notified as to whether your interview will be held via WebEx or via phone call.  The interview panel will contact you via phone at  your scheduled interview time.  As a result of COVID-19, there will be no interviews held in person. 


To learn more about the job, feel free to contact the hiring supervisor- Aaron P Jeffries at Aaron.Jeffries@mdc.mo.gov or at 573 5224115x3146.  


The main role of the Relevancy Chief is to lead the development and implementation of a new Department program focused on the engagement and service to broader constituencies. 

This role comes with the option to telecommute. 

Essential Job Duties
  • Create and lead a new department program and team which focuses on the effective delivery and evaluation of audience-specific messaging, community engagement strategies, non-traditional message delivery, new recreational opportunities, and facilitation of partnership and coalition building to engage and empower a broader constituency involved in nature.
  • Collaborate with Department leadership and regional teams to develop strategies to expand public engagement and recreational use opportunities that resonate with a diverse group of constituents.
  • Develop and foster relationships with both traditional and non-traditional groups and work closely with staff to create and implement new initiatives focused to grow awareness and citizen engagement with the outdoors through conservation related activities.   
  • Coordinate with other divisions to review department regulations, programs and processes to ensure the department is engaging and serving broad-ranging constituencies.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to staff focused on expanding and empowering citizen conservation efforts through volunteer programs and new partnerships.
  • Coordinate with Department leadership and regional teams to develop strategies to expand public engagement and recreational use opportunities that resonate with a diverse group of constituents.
  • Work to develop internal communication strategies to increase staff’s understanding of challenges related to citizen engagement and interest in conservation.
  • Foster the use of social science information (stakeholder engagement/ inquiry, marketing, education, outreach, communications, economics, and evaluation) to identify, better understand, engage and serve broader constituencies.
Ancillary Job Duties
  • Coordinate with HR to investigate and/or resolve, disputes, accidents and injuries and to interpret, and enforce all applicable HR policies and procedures, including recommendations for corrective action.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in biological sciences, communications, marketing, education, human dimensions, social sciences or related field. Master's Degree preferred.
  • Eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional managerial experience, with at least four (4) years in a supervisory capacity or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must maintain a valid, current driver's license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to keep focused on understanding, anticipating and responding to the needs of customers.
  • Knowledge to administer financial resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the Department’s mission.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to foster and build relationships.
  • Ability to coach and challenge others to achieve their potential.
  • Ability to identify internal and external politics that impact the work of the Department.
  • Ability to define a problem, analyze relevant information, and develop solutions and plans to solve the problem.
  • Ability to develop and sustain cooperative working relationships.
  • Ability to take a long-term view of the Department’s or unit’s direction and articulate a vision which integrates key program goals, priorities, values, and other factors.
  • Ability to develop and present programs to individuals and groups.
  • Ability to travel and stay overnight.
  • Ability to work varying shifts and hours, as needed.
Work Environment
  • Work is performed in a standard office environment.
Physical Abilities
  • Regularly remain in a stationary position.
  • Move about grounds, both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.
  • Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more.
  • Regularly lift up to 10 pounds, correctly lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  The Missouri Department of Conservation reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.  Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Exemption Status/Special Notes

This position has been determined to be Exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy. 

MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment.

The department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.

Nearest Major Market: Jefferson City
Nearest Secondary Market: Columbia Missouri