Position Summary

Descriptive Title

Western KS 4-H Youth Development Extension Specialist, Health and Wellness

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 Western Center Head and 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: 

  1. Statewide Healthy Living, Food Systems, Rural Community Health & Wellness youth programs (the state’s largest 4-H project areas)
  2. Career and college readiness of youth
  3. Assigned to liaison Healthy Living related departments with K-State’s College of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Sciences including the Food Science Institute
  4. Local professionals & volunteers from 17 Kansas Counties (in the NW part of the West Extension Region) engaging in overall 4-H youth development in NW corner of KS
  5. Work collaboratively with the Western Centers Extension program specialists to meet local needs

The Extension Specialist will carry out the mission of the 4-H Youth Development Program and KSRE under the direction of the Western Research and Extension Centers Head, with contributions from the Department Head of 4-H Youth Development and the Western Local Unit Extension Director. This position is officed either from Colby or Hays, KS.

This position will also 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, Health 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, 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 an non-formal setting • Experience with workforce readiness initiatives particularly related to health, 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

Travel Requirements

Some overnight travel will be required.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Wade Weber

Contact Email


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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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