Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Agent
University or Organization :
K-State Research and Extension
State or Territory :
Application Deadline :
Dec 18, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Wildcat District Extension Director
Keywords separated by commas :
Administrative / Professional, Community Vitality, Executive / Director / Management, Extension Agent / Educator
Location :
Offices located in Girard, Pittsburg, Altamont, Fredonia, and Independence, KS. Primary office location for this position is negotiable.
Area, Department or Unit :
Wildcat Extension District
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
$70,000 - $110,000
Start Date:
None Stated
TITLE: District Director PRIMARY AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: District Director, Community Vitality Programming LOCATION: Offices located in Girard, Pittsburg, Altamont, Fredonia, and Independence, KS. Primary office location for this position is negotiable. APPLICATION DATE: Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2019. Interviews will be conducted January 27, 2020. RESPONSIBILITIES: K-State Research and Extension serves as a link between Kansas State University and communities across Kansas. The District Director is administratively responsible for budget and fiscal operations, personnel management of local staff, overall program development, delivery and evaluation, and assurance of accessibility to local programming by all individuals. 1. Plan and coordinate the budgetary and fiscal operations, personnel management, and office management by: 1a. Providing leadership in developing annual budgets; securing extramural funds to support extension programming, supervising fiscal operations and submitting financial reports and reviewing audits. 1b. Handling legal responsibilities of the local extension unit as directed in extension council and district laws. 1c. Supervising, coaching and evaluating local office professionals and program assistants. 1d. Supervising, coaching and evaluating extension agents. 1e. Holding regular staff conferences and coordinating staff activities. 1f. Planning adequate office space, equipment, and technology for staff and overseeing procedures to purchase all office supplies and equipment. 2.Coordinate the planning, development and delivery of a well-rounded and comprehensive local extension educational programming by: 2a. Assuming leadership and working with the extension board, local stakeholders and other extension agents, area and state specialists, and the directors representative to develop comprehensive programming to meet the needs of local people. 2b. Coordinating the utilization of extension program development committees and other local interest groups in developing and conducting educational programming. 2c. Providing leadership in the implementation of agent action plans by scheduling of extension activities and events, creation of educational resources, and the securing of the services of area and state specialists and other human resources. 2d. Leading training sessions, utilizing educational resources for local leaders who serve on the extension board and program development committees, as well as other extension affiliated groups. 2e. Building coalitions with all stakeholders. 3. Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan to increase awareness of and participation in extension programming. 4. The preferred programming responsibility for this position is community vitality programming that helps our communities become better places to live, work, and play. Community vitality programming will strengthen social, civic, economic, and technological capacity of communities through leadership development, and civic engagement. 5. Programming will include these steps: 5a) 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. 5b) 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. 5c) 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. 5d) Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact. 5e) Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a member of a Program Focus Team.
Position Category:
Extension Director
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
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.
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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:
QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIRED: 1. Bachelor's 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. Master's 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 minimum supervision, balancing multiple projects. 6. Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs. 7. Skills in group facilitation. 8. Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes. 9. Experience in seeking and administering external grant funding. OTHER: 1. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.


Application URL:
This is the link to the official application website.


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.