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Company:
Kansas State University
City:
Manhattan
State:
Kansas
Country:
USA
Posted: 05/19/2022
Shawnee County Horticulture Extension Agent

Shawnee County Horticulture Extension Agent

 

Department: 3670035310 Ext Agents - Eastern Region

Job no: 513085

Employment type: Extension Agent / Educator

Location: Other

Categories: Horticulture, Extension Agent / Educator, Agronomy, Adult Development, Plant Sciences

Pay Grade: 001

 

About This Role:

The Shawnee County Extension office is located in Topeka, Kansas. We serve the communities of Auburn, Berryton, Dover, Rossville, Silver Lake, Topeka and all rural areas in the county. Our office's current staff consists of six agents, three office professionals, and two program assistants. The county has a population of approximately 176,000 with multiple school districts.

 

Shawnee County has a very active Master Gardener volunteer program. There are currently 160 Master Gardener volunteers leading horticulture education activities throughout the county.

 

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 local extension director and the local extension board.

 

This position will primary leadership for the development and implementation of research-based educational programming related to horticulture. Programming will include but is not limited to: horticulture crop production, marketing and economics, conservation of natural resources, horticulture waste management, and landscape maintenance and improvement.

 

Primary Area of Responsibility:

Horticulture extension programs

 

Location:

Office located in Topeka, KS

 

Duties/ Responsibilities:

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 primary leadership for the development and implementation of research-based educational programming related to horticulture. Programming will include but is not limited to: horticulture crop production, marketing and economics, conservation of natural resources, horticulture waste management, and landscape maintenance and improvement.

• Direct the Shawnee County Master Gardener program, which consists of approximately 160 volunteers who do community outreach, provide horticultural education, and care for the county's eight demonstration gardens.

• Serve as the primary supervisor for the county's full-time Master Gardener coordinator.

• Share responsibility for the 4-H youth development programming related to horticulture.

• Programming will include these steps:

• Identify local needs 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) by engaging with 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 Horticulture Program Focus Team.

 

• Secure external funding such as grants, gifts and cost recovery to supplement local tax revenue to support and expand educational programming.

• Serve as a member of the Shawnee County team cooperating in the planning and delivery of county-wide programming and related events.

 

What You'll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

 

• Bachelor's degree

 

• Academic coursework and/or professional employment related to the position responsibilities

 

• 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

 

• Leadership skills as evidenced by working with individuals, groups and co-workers

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

• Master's Degree

• 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

• 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

• Ability to communicate effectively with both English and Spanish learners.

 

Other Requirements:

 

Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver's license

• 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 $43,000 for a BS degree with no professional experience and $47,000 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. 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 will be provided with comprehensive Early Career Professional Development training throughout their onboarding period. This series will include both virtual and in-person training and networking opportunities.

• Tuition assistance is available to full-time employees and their spouse/dependents

 

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

 

Cover Letter (detailing experiences related to responsibilities and qualifications)

 

Resume

 

Contact Information and Email addresses for three (3) professional references (include on application). References will be requested upon submission of application.

 

Copy of academic transcripts showing degree(s) received. (For applicants still in college, a list of courses from the college/university website is acceptable.)

 

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be accepted until July 12, 2022

Equal Employment Opportunity:

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.

 

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

 

Advertised: May 18, 2022

 

Application Closes: Jun 12, 2022

 

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/3087363