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Extension Specialist 4-H Youth Development

Apply now Department: 3670035230 Northwest Research - Ext Cntr
Job no: 508625
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Other
Categories: Agriculture, Education / Instructional, 4-H Youth Development, Child Development, Extension Agent / Educator
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Northwest Regional Extension Office and Department of 4-H Youth Development seeks a dynamic and innovative professional to provide leadership and programmatic direction for the Northwest region of Kansas and statewide Healthy Living programming for Kansas 4-H Youth Development.

This position has responsibilities to the NW region and to the 4-H Youth Development Department. The NW currently consists of 26 counties that are in Extension Districts or in traditional independent county extension structure. The 4-H Youth Development Specialist will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists located at the NW Research and Extension Center in Colby, KS.

This position will serve as a key member of a team of 4-H Youth Development Specialists who collaboratively work within four strategic content areas of STEM & Agriculture; Communications & the Arts; Health Living; and Community Vitality (Leadership & Civic Engagement) to develop and deliver high quality education programs and workforce readiness initiatives. 

The Specialist will have responsibility for guiding program evaluation from local extension units related to their program area and for communicating the impact of 4-H Youth Development programming to local Kansas communities. 

Specialists will be expected to contribute to the broader mission of Research and Extension and integrate responsibilities, where appropriate, to address the grand challenges, including water, global food systems, health, vital communities and leadership for tomorrow. 

The Extension Specialist will carry out the mission of the 4-H Youth Development Program and KSRE under the direction of the Regional Director and the State 4-H Program Leader. 


NW Regional 4-H Youth Development Program Support & Development –  

  1. Provide leadership to youth development programming to local extension units through training on needs assessment, program delivery and evaluation.  
  1. Work with county-based professionals and volunteers (via local extension units) to deliver Extension programs through local volunteers. 
  1. Expand program funding capacities through national, state, and regional grants (i.e. National 4-H Healthy Living (https://4-h.org/parents/healthy-living/), Dane Hanson Foundation, etc.) 
  1. Be a primary resource for training and program development of local 4-H Youth Development Programs. Work with professionals and volunteers to develop a project pathway of developmentally progressive activities and experiences at the local unit and region that connects to state, national, and international learning opportunities.  
  1. Leverage resources equip professionals and volunteers to learn and lead local 4-H programming efforts.   
  1. Work with Local Unit Regional Director on matters of local 4-H program governance and program quality. 
  1. Lead efforts to expand reach and program effectiveness in underserved populations.   


Kansas 4-H Statewide Leadership, Support and Development for Healthy Living, Food Systems and Community/Individual Wellness Project (currently involving over 10,000 Kansas youth annually) – 

  1. Development of Heathy Living volunteer and professional staff action team to aid in program development. 
  1. Assist in the mobilization and promotion of club-based, afterschool, school-based Extension programs for youth 
  1. Integrate Positive Youth Development and citizen science into next steps with existing Extension youth-focused food, nutrition and wellness programs 
  1. Expand program funding capacities through national, state, and regional grants (i.e. National 4-H Healthy Living (https://4-h.org/parents/healthy-living/) 
  1. Oversee project pathway responsibilities including updating and refining curriculum tools, volunteer trainings, and stewardship of showcase opportunities for youth including: county fair guidelines, judges trainings and rubrics, Kansas State Fair rules/guidelines for assigned project areas, Statewide 4-H Food Science Challenge, and Family & Consumer Science Statewide Contest. 
  1. Strengthen interest in career pathways through partnerships with the K-State’s College of Health and Human Sciences and the Food Science Institute. 
  1. Integrate 4-H Positive Youth Development next steps for learning into existing Extension youth-focused food, nutrition and wellness programs 
  1. This position will serve as a key member of a team of 4-H Youth Development Specialists who collaboratively work within four strategic content areas of STEM & Agriculture; Communications & the Arts; Health Living; and Community Vitality (Leadership & Civic Engagement) to develop and deliver high quality education programs and workforce readiness initiatives. 


Who we are:

As the premier youth development program for Kansas State University’s Research and Extension system, Kansas 4-H empowers over 80,000 youth in 2019 to achieve their potential everyday through community engagement and project based learning through over 700 out of school clubs and hundreds of in-school partnerships statewide in partnership with over 4000 community based 4-H volunteers. To learn more, please visit https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/ and https://www.kansas4-h.org/


What You'll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Youth Development, Education Administration, Education Innovation and Leadership, Food Science, Food Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Public Health, Lifespan Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Social Work, Adult Learning and Leadership, non-profit and leadership studies or a closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (oral, written, and understanding skills).
  • Demonstrated leadership in understanding and working with diverse populations, and/or strong evidence of cultural sensitivity.  
  • Demonstrated competence in building relationships and working effectively with individuals, groups, colleagues and the ability to develop and lead partnerships and collaborations.  
  • Demonstrated leadership and skills in clarifying performance expectations in working with boards and coaching employees via remote supervision. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to speak and communicate bilingually (Spanish preferred) and evidence of cultural sensitivity  
  • Subject matter competent – exercise mastery of discipline, understands research base, technically proficient and current.
  • Solid experience or coursework in developing and delivering education programs in a non-formal setting.
  • Experience with youth workforce readiness initiatives particularly related to Community Health/Wellness, Food Systems and STEM-related careers.  
  • Demonstrated record of competitive grant writing, fund development and marketing.
  • Experience in working with and supervising volunteers.
  • Teaching experience in community settings.
  • Demonstrated use of computer and technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.  

Other Requirements:

  • 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.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  • Cover Letter (detailing your fit to the position)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact Information and Email addresses for three (3) professional references
  • Copies of transcripts for all university degrees.
  • Statement of your youth development philosophy and interest in healthy living youth education and wellness programming.

Screening of Applications:

Begins immediately and continues until filled. For best consideration, please apply by January 31 , 2020. 

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.


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.

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