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Extension Specialist for Family and Consumer Sciences

Apply now Department: 3670010210 NW Research Ext Center Colby
Job no: 512604
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Other
Categories: Education / Instructional, Extension Agent / Educator, Family & Consumer Sciences, Community Development / Community Vitality
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby, Kansas is seeking an Extension Specialist for Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). The person selected for the position will provide leadership for Extension agents in NW Kansas providing research and evidence-based programming in FCS, including, but not limited to, family life, aging, nutrition, food safety, parenting, communication, financial management, leadership, health and safety. The person selected will provide transformational leadership and support for extension initiatives, including community-based education and policy system and environmental change (PSE) approaches that address social determinates of health.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop PSE approaches, programming, and educational materials for outcome-based FCS programming, with at least one area of FCS expertise.
  • Provide visionary leadership to Extension Agents, Extension Boards, local Program Development Committees, and community leaders in improving the health and wellbeing of Kansans through community assessments, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation. Work with local unit extension leaders and staff to expand and enhance program accessibility and equity.
  • Provide leadership for at least one state-wide extension program or initiative.
  • Provide training opportunities for local K-State Research and Extension staff including evaluation of local unit and area FCS program effectiveness; program evaluation; leadership development; new agent consultation and orientation; developing collaborations including resource development; and supporting local unit personnel in creating and carrying out personal professional development plans.
  • Serve as a liaison between the local unit, regional, and state FCS staff to promote effective and efficient communication and teamwork. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other state or regional organizations and groups to help further the K-State Research and Extension mission.
  • Demonstrated success in professional development growth opportunities.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past eight years. Multicultural students account for approximately 24 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a Family and Consumer Sciences subject matter or closely related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.  
  • Demonstrated ability to accomplish shared goals.  
  • Demonstrated ability in designing, promoting, implementing, and evaluating community-based initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications necessary for program development, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  • Demonstrated ability in coaching professionals and providing professional development.
  • Demonstrated success in partnerships and collaborations with external organizations and agencies.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience with Cooperative Extension.
  • Education, training and interest in adult development and aging, family and child development, or community health.
  • PhD in an FCS subject matter or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated success in extramural grant writing.


Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be current authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. A cover letter addressing experiences related to the responsibilities and qualifications for this position.
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae, and any other documentation of qualifications for this position.
  3. Copies of transcripts for all university degrees.
  4. Names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three professional references familiar with your work, including college professors if a recent graduate.

Review of Applications Begins:

Screening of applicants begins on April 22, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please apply by April 22, 2022.

 For more information about the position, please contact – Search Committee Chair Rachael at or 620-275-9164.

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 veteran.

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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