Job Alert: Wyandotte County Extension Agent, 4-H

State of Kansas, Wyandotte BoldWyandotte County is the fourth most populated county in Kansas. Located within the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, it has a rich history as it is situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers and 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 158,225. There are four cities in the county with Kansas City, KS being the county seat; Bonner Springs, Edwardsville and part of Lake Quivira are the other three. It is home to several institutions of higher learning and approximately 31,000 school-aged youth attend the five school districts. Wyandotte County is a multi-agent county with six agent positions. The 4-H program serves 221 community club members in nine community clubs and eight project clubs. An additional 1,100 youth are served through school enrichment, after-school programs and day camps. The 4-H youth development agent provides programming to meet the needs of Wyandotte County families and youth collaborating with many community agencies and organizations. This position will supervise a 4-H Program Assistant / Office Professional as well as various other grant funded program staff.

TITLE: Wyandotte County Extension Agent PRIMARY AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: 4-H Youth Development LOCATION: Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas APPLICATION DATE: Screening of applications will begin July 25, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. This position is available on or after August 18, 2016. The starting date is negotiable.

RESPONSIBILITIES Extension agents are community-based faculty of Kansas State University who make a difference by connecting community needs with university resources. Agents are administratively responsible to the county extension director and the local extension board. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. In cooperation with the local extension board and other community partners identify needs and major educational priorities of the community. Develop a proactive educational plan to address those needs.
  2. Provide primary leadership for the development, dissemination, and implementation of a research-based educational program for school-aged youth using a variety of delivery modes. Programs will be conducted with state and area faculty, adult volunteers, a 4-H program assistant, and professionals in other youth-serving organizations who share the goal of providing opportunities for youth to develop leadership potential, self-esteem, citizenship, responsibility and capacity.
  3. Collaborate with local community members, partner organizations and extension faculty to develop and implement educational programming assuring that all citizens have equal access to programming.
  4. Utilize a variety of educational strategies to implement educational programming. Examples include informal classes, presentations, media, volunteers, demonstrations, experiential learning, distance learning and group facilitation. Some overnight travel and evening and weekend work will be required.
  5. Collect evidence of program impact to market, report results and improve the program.
  6. Develop an area of program focus or subject matter expertise as a member of the Youth Development Program Focus Team.
  7. Share responsibility in community educational programming that addresses community functions of leadership, government, health, economy, ecosystems and social well-being.
  8. Develop and implement volunteer recruitment, training and management systems related to educational program needs.
  9. Secure external funding, as necessary, to support educational programming.

QUALIFICATIONS Required:

  • Completed bachelor's degree in education, youth development, sociology, or other related fields, with major course work, professional development, and experience appropriate to the needs of the position; master's degree preferred.
  • Evidence of strong academic and/or professional performance as demonstrated by one or more of the following – college transcripts, acceptance into a graduate program or documented success in increasingly responsible professional positions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups, and through mass media.
  • Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid Kansas Driver's License.
  • Upon employment, must reside within Wyandotte County.

Preferred:

  • Experience working with adults and youth from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Commitment to personal professional development.
  • Ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications to fulfill programming responsibilities.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work with a minimum of supervision, balancing multiple projects.
  • Experience working with individuals, groups and co-workers to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by previous leadership roles.
  • Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs.
  • Skills in group facilitation.
  • Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes.
  • Experience in seeking and administering external grant funding.

SALARY, BENEFITS, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  1. Salary commensurate with professional experience and available funding as negotiated by the area extension director, the local extension board and the applicant.
  2. Extension agents are faculty of Kansas State University and have benefits of university faculty, including the Kansas Board of Regents Retirement Plan, health and life insurance. Depending on the date of hire there is a minimum 30 days waiting period for health insurance. For a complete list of benefits, see http://www.k-state.edu/benefits.
  3. Twenty-two vacation and twelve sick leave days per year in addition to paid holidays.
  4. Reimbursement for travel related to achieving program objectives.
  5. 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 PROCEDURE The following application materials may be sent by email or mail to: Stacey Warner, Extension Operations, 121 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, or fax to: 785-532-3079. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email.

  1. Cover letter stating that you are applying for the Wyandotte County Agent, 4-H Youth Development, position. The letter should address experiences related to the above-mentioned responsibilities and qualifications.
  2. Resume which includes the following: educational background, professional experience; professional organizations and activities; volunteer responsibilities; honors; and any other information important to communicate qualifications for this position. Also include the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for five professional references familiar with your work, including college professors if a recent graduate.
  3. A copy of all college transcripts showing degrees completed. Photocopies of transcripts are acceptable during the application process. An original transcript will be requested upon hire.
  4. Reference forms from five professional contacts. Reference forms are located at: http://kstate.qualtrics.com. Please provide a form to each individual serving as a reference or refer them to this site. These forms should be completed online or returned directly from each reference by email or mail to: Extension Operations, 121 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, or fax to: 785-532-3079.
  5. A position offer is contingent on a successful pre-employment criminal background and driving record check. A Background Check Request form will be mailed to the successful applicant following the offer of employment.

To check the status of application materials, contact Casey Swartz, 785-532-5790, or email. For more information about the position, contact Stacey Warner, Leader, Ext Operations, 785-532-5790, or email.

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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit reasons (including employment of disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era).

EEO Coordinator: Stacey M. Warner 121 Umberger Hall Manhattan, KS 66506.

EEO Counselor: Daryl D. Buchholz 123 Umberger Hall Manhattan, KS 66506.

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