Core Competencies

Core competencies are basic sets of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors required to be an exemplary Extension professional capable of bringing knowledge to bear on current issues. They are fundamental for helping people learn and change; for working collaboratively with diverse people in community settings; for marketing and communicating effectively about our work; for measuring the impacts of our programs; and for employing technology to enhance everything we do. Today, most Extension systems have similar competencies guiding staff development. 

Ten core competencies form the foundation of our profession. Each is presented with a short description, a list of sub-competencies and indicators of competency, a list of learning activities for developing the competency, and a list of key resources. The competencies without links are being updated.

  1. Program Planning & Reporting
  2. Program Implementation
  3. Evaluation, Applied Research, & Scholarship
  4. Communication Skills
  5. Diversity & Multiculturalism
  6. Educational and Information Technology
  7. External Linkages
  8. Facilitative Leadership  
  9. Marketing & Quality Service
  10. Professionalism & Career Development

Core Competency Self Assessment.  It is NOT expected that you begin with competency in all these areas; rather, your professional development is an ongoing process of continual learning and growth. This assessment is an inventory that lists the subcompetencies under each core competency, and allows you to rate both your competence in each area and how important you think it is for your current position.  This is a tool for your personal use, to help you develop a relevant plan for professional development in key areas related to your job.  You can share it with your supervisor if you choose to get input on your plan.

Administrative Competencies

The Six administrative competencies document includes sub-competencies and indicators of each competency area. These are essential for those in MSU Extension administrative positions.  Administrators should have knowledge and expertise in:
1. Policies and Procedures
2. County Program Development and Management
3. Fiscal Management
4. Human Resource Management
5. Office/Facility Management
6. Relationships and Liaisons

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