Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Wyandotte County 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent
University or Organization :
K-State Research and Extension
State or Territory :
Application Deadline :
Sep 23, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Wyandotte County 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent
Keywords separated by commas :
4-H Youth Development, Child Development, Extension Agent/Educator
Location :
Kansas City, KS
Area, Department or Unit :
Wyandotte County
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
$41,500 to $70,000
Start Date:
None Stated
Wyandotte County is the fourth most populated county in Kansas. Located in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, it has a rich history. Because it is situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers, it was the launching point for travelers on the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails. Today The Dotte boasts an ethnically diversified urban, suburban and rural population of nearly 165,324. Its Unified Government consists of Kansas City, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville and Piper. It is home to several institutions of higher learning and five school districts, with approximately 28% of the population school-aged youth. There are six extension agent positions in Wyandotte County and the county 4-H program serves 151 youth in the eight community clubs. An additional 5078 youth are served through school enrichment, after-school and day camp programs. 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. 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. Supervises 4-H Program Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator and grant-funded staff, as available. 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. Programming will strengthen social, civic, economic, and technological capacity of communities through youth leadership development and civic engagement. 2. Programming will include these steps: 2a) Identify local needs and emerging issues related to K-State Research and Extensions five Grand Challenges (water, community vitality, health, developing tomorrows leaders and global food systems) by engaging with program development committees and other community organizations and professionals. 2b) 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. 2c) 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. 2d) Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact. 2e) Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a member of the Youth Development Program Focus Team. 3. Secure external funding such as grants, gifts and cost recovery to supplement local tax revenue to support and expand educational programming. 4. Serve as a member of the Wyandotte County team cooperating in the planning and delivery of county-wide programming and related events.
Position Category:
Extension Agent
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
QUALIFICATIONS Required: 1. Bachelors degree 2. Academic coursework and/or professional development and professional employment related to the position responsibilities 3. 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. 4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media. 5. Leadership skills as evidenced by working with individuals, groups and co-workers. 6. Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid drivers license. Preferred: 1. Masters 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 a minimum of supervision, balancing multiple projects 6. Team player with a positive can-do attitude 7. Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs 8. Skills in group facilitation 9. Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes10. Experience in seeking and administering external grant funding11. Ability to manage budgets Other 1. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
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Minimum education level :
Bachelor's Degree
Years of experience :
Travel Requirements:
Some overnight travel and evening and weekend work will be required.
Other Requirements:
SALARY, BENEFITS, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 1. 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 $41,500 for a BS degree with no professional experience and $45,500 for a MS degree with no professional experience. 2. Extension agents are Kansas State University educators and have the Board of Regents retirement plan, health and life insurance and vacation and sick leave. Depending on the date of hire there is a minimum of 30-day waiting period for health insurance. For a complete list of benefits see: 3. Reimbursement for travel related to achieving program objectives. 4. New agents are provided approximately 15 days of new agent professional development on the K-State campus during the first six to nine months. These 15 days are spread out in four different weeks. In addition, new agents spend at least three weeks with a mentor agent during the first year.


Application URL:
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Contact :
Mary Hellmer
Phone Number with Area Code :
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCEDURE Submit application using the Kansas State University job application site: For more information about the position, contact Jennifer Wilson, Leader, Ext Operations, 785-532-5790, or To hear personal accounts from Extension Agents, preview videos at For more information about K-State Research and Extension, visit: 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.