Position Summary

Descriptive Title

4-H Youth Development STEM Extension Specialist

Salary and Other Benefits

Anticipated Salary Range: $65,000-$78,000 || 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: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

Position Description

The Department Head of 4-H Youth Development seeks a dynamic and innovative professional to provide leadership and programmatic direction for 4-H Youth Development to:

  • Statewide STEM and Natural Resources 4-H youth development programs (including advising Shooting Sports Education).
  • Career and college readiness of youth.
  • Assigned to liaison with STEM and Natural Resources related departments in K-State’s College of Agriculture, Education, Architecture, Engineering, Arts and Science.
  • Local professionals & volunteers from 15-18 Kansas Counties engaging in overall 4-H youth development (assignment to be determined)

The Extension Specialist will carry out the mission of the 4-H Youth Development Program and KSRE under the direction of the Department Head of 4-H Youth Development and a yet to be determined Regional Local Unit Extension Director. This position is officed from Manhattan, KS

This position will serve as a key member of a team of 4-H Youth Development Specialists who collaboratively work with the strategic content priorities of STEM & Agriculture, Communications, Culture, & the Arts, Healthy Living, and Community Vitality to develop and deliver high-quality education programs and workforce readiness initiatives.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree in youth development, education, science-related fields, human development, 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. • Solid experience or coursework in developing and delivering education programs in a non-formal setting. • Experience with workforce readiness initiatives particularly related to 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 computers 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

Travel Requirements

Some overnight travel will be required.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Wade Weber

Contact Email


Contact Phone


Application Instructions

For more information visit: ksre.k-state.edu/jobs

Equal Employer Statement(s)

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.

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