Wild West District 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent
Company: Kansas State University
Posted on: June 23, 2022
Wild West District 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent
Department: 3670035300 Ext Agents - Western Region
Job no: 513252
Employment type: Extension Agent / Educator
Categories: 4-H Youth Development, Child Development, Extension
Agent / Educator
Pay Grade: 001
About This Role:
Wild West District consists of Haskell, Seward, and Stevens
Counties in Southwest Kansas. The district has a combined
population of 31,824. Offices are located in Sublette, Liberal, and
Hugoton. When fully staffed, the district employs seven Extension
agents and three office professionals. There is a strong 4-H youth
development program with 205 members and great potential to expand
Extension agents are community based faculty of Kansas State
University who make a difference by connecting community needs with
university resources. Agents are administratively responsible to
the local extension director and the local extension board.
This position will lead the development, implementation, and
evaluation of a comprehensive 4-H youth development program for
school-aged youth in cooperation with local residents and extension
colleagues. The primary focus of this position is youth
development, adult volunteer development, youth education program
development, expanding partnerships, and participation and
membership growth. 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.
Primary Area of Responsibility:
4-H Youth Development
Offices Located in Hugoton, Liberal, and Sublette, KS. Primary
office located in Sublette.
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.
- Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of a
comprehensive 4-H youth development program for school-aged youth
in cooperation with local residents and extension colleagues. The
primary focus of this position is youth development, adult
volunteer development, youth education program development,
expanding partnerships, and participation and membership growth.
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.
- Provide supervision for any 4-H program assistants employed by
- Share responsibility for community vitality programming that
helps our communities become better places to live, work, and play.
Programming will strengthen the 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
- 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
- Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a
member of the Youth Development Program Focus Team.
- Secure external funding such as grants, gifts and cost recovery
to supplement local tax revenue to support and expand educational
- Serve as a member of the Wild West District team cooperating in
the planning and delivery of district-wide programming and related
What You'll Need to Succeed:
- Bachelor's degree
- Academic coursework and/or professional employment related to
the position responsibilities
- Evidence of strong academic and/or professional performance as
documented by college transcripts, acceptance into a graduate
program or documented success in increasingly responsible
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain
a valid driver's license
- Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United
States at the time of employment
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. For a complete list of benefits see:
- Reimbursement for travel related to achieving program
- New agents will be provided with comprehensive Early Career
Professional Development training throughout their onboarding
period. This series will include both virtual and in-person
training and networking opportunities.
- Tuition assistance is available to full-time employees and
How to Apply:
Please submit the following documents:
- Cover Letter (detailing experiences related to responsibilities
- Contact Information and Email addresses for three (3)
professional references (include on application). References will
be requested upon submission of application.
- Copy of academic transcripts showing degree(s) received. (For
applicants still in college, a list of courses from the
college/university website is acceptable.)
Screening of Applications Begins:
Applications will be accepted until July 13, 2022
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender
identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected
Background Screening Statement:
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State
University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the
process of considering your candidacy as an employee.
Advertised: Jun 15, 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled
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