Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits


Position Description

The primary focus of this position is to plan, implement and evaluate programs that will enhance the economic, community, and leadership capacities of the communities of Custer County, Montana. The person in this position will work toward enhancing economic and community vitality; help existing businesses become more successful; support businesses considering locating in Custer County; assist entrepreneurs considering new business opportunities; evaluate and assess public policy and other issues that impact economic and community vitality; and explore and implement efforts that will benefit the economic stability of all residents. To accomplish these goals, synergistic partnerships will be developed with communities; government agencies, boards, and committees; citizen-led groups and private organizations; and economic development-related groups inside and outside Custer County.

The Extension Office staff in Custer County includes a full-time agent for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Horticulture and a full-time agent with responsibilities for Family and Consumer Sciences. 4-H responsibilities are split between the Ag and FCS agents. The office also houses a full-time administrative assistant.
Duties and Responsibilities
Plan, implement, and evaluate economic and community development programs, through a local, needs-driven process.
Provide small business counseling to entrepreneurs for start-up, retention, relocation, and expansion.
Develop collaborative partnerships with individuals, organizations, and local government entities to improve the economic vitality of Custer County and the city of Miles City.
Work closely with formal and informal advisors to identify economic, community and educational needs for programming opportunities in Custer County.
Partner with individuals, organizations, and local government entities external to Custer County to provide mutually beneficial programming.
Develop funding for community and economic development projects through partnerships, grants, and other strategies.
Partner with local, state, and national organizations and committees appropriate to the clientele of Custer County.
Partner and collaborate with area Extension agents and specialists to conduct effective, integrated educational programming focusing on economic and community development activities.
Utilize all available media sources and technologies to communicate with MSU Extension service staff and others, and to disseminate information to clientele.
Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.
Comply with all Extension, federal, state, university, and county reporting requirements

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree. At least one degree or significant relevant work experience in economic development, community development, or other related fields. Demonstrated understanding of community and economic development principles and practices. Demonstrated ability to lead groups; assess community needs; and develop, organize, plan, teach, and evaluate effective Extension programs. Experience working with and educating adults in consulting and non-classroom settings. Demonstrated understanding of adult learning theory and its application to community-based education and outreach.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree. Demonstrated experience in and ability to identify, plan, and implement programs in economic and community development. Demonstrated ability working with volunteers to implement effective programs. Demonstrated understanding of, and experience utilizing, local, state, and federal grant loan, and incentive programs related to economic development programs. Extension experience or demonstrated understanding of the Extension model. Grant writing experience.

Other Requirements

The Successful Candidate Will Possess excellent human relation skills Demonstrate a high level of professionalism Possess the ability to work effectively with other staff members Show evidence of good judgment Demonstrate flexibility and innovativeness to respond to changing needs of the people of Custer County Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing Be motivated and be a self-starter Be familiar with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences Have an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds Be committed to the principles of diversity and be dedicated to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Travel Requirements

Extensive travel throughout the county; occasional travel throughout the state

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Larry Brence

Contact Email


Contact Phone


Application Instructions

Apply online at msuextension.org, click on "careers."

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled

About Montana State University Extension

Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.