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Midway District Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent

Department

Kansas State Research and Extension

Supervisor

Hours

Full-Time

Employees

Description

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 programming related to family and consumer sciences. Programming will include but is not limited to: family life, nutrition, food safety, parenting, communication, financial management, leadership, health and safety.

2. Provide support for 4-H youth development programming related to family and consumer sciences.

3. Share responsibility for community vitality educational programming that addresses community functions of leadership, government, health, economy, ecosystems and social well-being.

4. 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 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 Midway District team cooperating in the planning and delivery of district-wide programming and related events.

Qualifications

Required:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with knowledge of family and consumer sciences as evidenced by academic courses, professional development and/or professional experience.
  2. 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.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.
  4. Leadership skills as evidenced by working with individuals, groups and co-workers.
  5. Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver’s license.

Preferred:

  1. Master’s Degree.
  2. Experience working with adults and youth from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  3. Commitment to personal professional development.
  4. Ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications to fulfill programming responsibilities.
  5. Self-motivation and ability to work with minimum supervision, balancing multiple projects.
  6. Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs.
  7. Skills in group facilitation.
  8. Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes.
  9. Experience in seeking and administering external grant funding.

Other: Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Skills