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.
Duties and responsibilities
Programming will include but is not limited to: agronomic and livestock production,
agricultural economics, management and public policy, horticultural production and
management, natural resources conservation, and environmental stewardship.
• Share leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the 4-H
youth development program for school-aged youth in cooperation with volunteers
and extension colleagues. Programming will include but is not limited to: supporting
community clubs, out-of-school programs, school enrichment, volunteer
management, and outreach to create new program opportunities with existing and
new community partners.
• 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.
• Programming will include these steps:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 programming.
• Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact.
• Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a member of a Program Focus
• Secure external funding such as grants, gifts and cost recovery to supplement local
tax revenue to support and expand educational programming.
• May periodically be assigned to serve as the local unit director providing
administrative oversight for the fiscal operations, coordination of personnel,
development, delivery and reporting of program impact and other administrative
functions assigned by the director’s representative and the extension board
• Serve as a member of the Pratt County team cooperating in the planning and
delivery of county-wide programming and related events.
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
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in
writing, with individuals, groups and through mass
Leadership skills as evidenced by working with
individuals, groups and co-workers.
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
Self-motivation and ability to work with a minimum of
supervision, balancing multiple projects.
Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate
Skills in group facilitation.
Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning
Experience in seeking and administering external grant
Ability to communicate effectively with both English and Spanish learners.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to
obtain/maintain a valid driver’s license.
·SALARY, BENEFITS, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
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 $43,000 for a BS degree with no professional experience
and $47,000 for a MS degree with no professional experience.
Extension agents are Kansas State University educators and have the Board of Regents retirement plan, health and life
insurance and vacation and sick leave. There is a 30-day waiting period for health insurance. See a complete list of benefits.
Reimbursement for travel related to achieving program objectives.
New agents are provided approximately 15 days of new agent professional development on the K-State campus or online during their 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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WORKING WITH K-STATE RESEARCH AND EXTENSION:
Hear personal accounts from Extension Agents.
Visit the K-State Research and Extension website.
Contact Jennifer Wilson, Leader of Extension Operations via email (email@example.com) or phone (785-532-5790) with questions about this position.
Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Interviews held on September 29, 2021
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:
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