Wildcat District is comprised of four counties in Southeast Kansas and includes offices in Pittsburg, Girard, Altamont, Independence and Fredonia. The district has a population of 102,190, with 19 percent living below the Federal poverty level. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), is a USDA-funded program delivered through K-State Research and Extension. This position will work in collaboration with paraprofessional educators to deliver EFNEP educational programming targeting families with young children and low income youth throughout the district. This is a full time, 12 month, benefits-eligible position.
TITLE: Extension Agent
PRIMARY AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
LOCATION: Offices located in Girard, Pittsburg, Independence, Fredonia and Altamont. Primary office location for this position is in Pittsburg, Kansas.
APPLICATION DATE: Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2019. Interviews will be conducted on May 28, 2019.
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.
- Provide leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-based nutrition educational programming to support successful families and the systems that serve them in the Wildcat District communities. Programming will include but is not limited to: food preparation, nutrition, food safety, food resource management, household food security, and physical activity.
- Mange the Wildcat District EFNEP program including the hiring, training, and supervision of paraprofessional nutrition assistant educators and volunteers, development and sustaining of collaborative relationships with district agencies and management of program assets and funds.
- Provide leadership for the district Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed program). Major efforts will target limited resource families with young children.
- Programming will include these steps:
- Identify local needs and opportunities and emerging issues related to K-State Research and Extension’s five Grand Challenges (water, community vitality, health, developing tomorrow’s leaders and global food systems), specifically focusing on the major nutrition education priorities of local low-income youth and families with young children in the district. This position will work in collaboration with: the local extension board, district stakeholders and staff of cooperating organizations, program development committees, and other community organizations and professionals.
- 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.
- 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.
- Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact.
- Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a member of the Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Program Focus Team.
- Secure external funding such as grants, gifts and cost recovery to supplement local tax revenue to support and expand educational programming. Monitor and direct district EFNEP budget and expenditures in accordance with state and federal guidelines.
- Serve as a member of the Wildcat District team cooperating in the planning and delivery of district-wide programming and related events.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Academic coursework and/or professional development and professional employment related to the position responsibilities in nutrition, community or public health nutrition, dietetics or a related field.
- 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.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.
· Ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications to fulfill programming, evaluation, and reporting responsibilities.
- Leadership skills as evidenced by working with individuals, groups and co-workers.
- Experience working with adults and youth from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, especially low-income families.
· Experience in seeking and administering external grant funding.
- Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver’s license.
· Master’s Degree.
· Experience in volunteer coordination and or supervision.
· Commitment to personal professional development.
· Self-motivation and ability to work with a minimum of supervision, balancing multiple projects.
· Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs.
· Skills in group facilitation.
· Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes.
· Registered dietitian credential.
· Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
SALARY, BENEFITS, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- 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.
- 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: http://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/overview/
- Reimbursement for travel related to achieving program objectives.
- 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.
For more information about the position, contact Jennifer Wilson, Leader, Ext Operations, 785-532-5790, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.