TITLE: Extension Agent
PRIMARY AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: Crop Production
LOCATION: Offices located in Belleville, Clay Center, Concordia, and Washington, with preference to the Concordia
APPLICATION DATE: Applications will be accepted through September 23, 2019. Interviews will be conducted October
Extension agents are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State University and communities
across Kansas. Agents are administratively responsible to the Director of K-State Research and Extension (represented
by a designated administrator) and the local extension board.
1. Provide primary leadership for the development and implementation of research-based educational programs related
to production, management and marketing issues involved in crop production. Programs will include but are not
limited to: tillage, planting, and variety selection; irrigation; weed, disease, and pest control; soil testing and
fertilization; harvesting and post-harvest handling.
2. Share responsibility for the 4-H youth development programming related to Crop Production.
3. Share responsibility for community vitality programming that helps our communities become better places to live,
work, and play. Programming will strengthen social, civic, economic, and technological capacity of communities
through leadership development and civic engagement.
4. Programming will include these steps:
a) Identify local needs and emerging issues related to K-State Research and Extension’s five Grand Challenges
(water, community vitality, health, developing tomorrow’s leaders and global food systems) by engaging with
program development committees and other community organizations and professionals.
b) Design appropriate educational strategies to engage clientele. These strategies might include delivering
educational programming in a community-based setting, coordinating events and activities that provide
experiential learning opportunities, using innovative technologies, providing individual educational consultations
and facilitating groups seeking similar educational outcomes. Some overnight travel and evening and weekend
work will be required.
c) Develop and implement strategies to expand the reach of educational programming to under-served audiences
and to make certain K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider of educational
d) Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact.
e) Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a member of the Crop Production Focus Team.
5. Secure external funding such as grants, gifts and cost recovery to supplement local tax revenue to support and
expand educational programming.
6. Serve as a member of the River Valley Extension District team cooperating in the planning and delivery of districtwide programming and related events.
• Bachelor’s degree
• Academic coursework and/or professional development and professional employment related to the position
• Evidence of strong academic and/or professional performance as documented by college transcripts,
acceptance into a graduate program or documented success in increasingly responsible professional positions.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.
• Leadership skills as evidenced by working with individuals, groups and co-workers.
• Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver’s license.
• Master’s Degree.
• Experience working with adults and youth from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
• Commitment to personal professional development.
• Ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications to fulfill programming responsibilities.
• Self-motivation and ability to work with a minimum of supervision, balancing multiple projects.
• Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs.
• Skills in group facilitation.
• Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes.
• Experience in seeking and administering external grant funding.
• Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
SALARY, BENEFITS, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1. Salary commensurate with professional experience and available funding as negotiated by the regional extension
director, the local extension board and the applicant. The base starting salary is $41,500 for a BS degree with no
professional experience and $45,500 for a MS degree with no professional experience.
2. Extension agents are Kansas State University educators and have the Board of Regents retirement plan, health and
life insurance and vacation and sick leave. Depending on the date of hire there is a minimum of 30-day waiting
period for health insurance.
For a complete list of benefits see: http://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/overview/
3. Reimbursement for travel related to achieving program objectives.
4. New agents are provided approximately 15 days of new agent professional development on the K-State campus
during the first six to nine months. These 15 days are spread out in four different weeks. In addition, new agents
spend at least three weeks with a mentor agent during the first year.
Submit application using the Kansas State University job application site here:
For more information about the position, contact Jennifer Wilson, Leader, Ext Operations, 785-532-5790, or
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For more information about K-State Research and Extension, visit: www.ksre.k-state.edu
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with
disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.