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.
Provide primary leadership for the development and implementation of research-based educational programming to build sustainable communities. Programming will be conducted with volunteers, other community development professionals and state and area extension faculty. Programming may include the PRIDE program, community goal setting, community health and wellness, and local volunteer development.
Share responsibility for the 4-H youth development program working with adult volunteers who provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership, potential, self-esteem, citizenship, responsibility and capacity.
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 evidence of educational program impact.
Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a member of a Program Focus Team.
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 Hamilton County team cooperating in the planning and delivery of district-wide programming and related events.