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Kansas State University
Posted: 01/6/2022
Wyandotte County Extension Director

Wyandotte County Extension Director

Department: 3670035310 Ext Agents - Eastern Region

Job no: 512036

Employment type: Extension Agent / Educator

Location: Other

Categories: Administrative / Professional, Executive / Director / Management, Extension Agent / Educator, Community Development / Community Vitality

Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Wyandotte County is comprised of three cities, including Kansas City, KS, Bonner Springs, and Edwardsville. As of 2021 the population was 165,645, making it the 5th largest county in Kansas. Kansas City has four school districts that provide services to the public and private students living in Wyandotte County. When fully staffed, Wyandotte County Extension's staff will consist of four agents, two office professionals, one 4-H program assistant, and one nutrition program assistant.

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.

The Wyandotte County Director will serve as the administrative leader of the county's extension programming, giving leadership to budget and fiscal operations, personnel management of local staff, and overall program development and delivery.

Primary Area of Responsibility:

Extension County Director,

Community Vitality programming


Kansas City, KS

Duties/ Responsibilities:

Extension agents and local unit directors are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State University and communities across Kansas. Agents/directors are administratively responsible to the Director of K-State Research and Extension (represented by a designated administrator) and the local extension board.

• The Wyandotte County Director will serve as the administrative leader of the county's extension programming, giving leadership to budget and fiscal operations, personnel management of local staff, and overall program development and delivery.

• Contribute limited community vitality programming to help our communities become better places to live, work, and play. This programming will strengthen social, civic, economic, and technological capacity of communities through leadership development and civic engagement.

• 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 a 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 Wyandotte County Extension 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 development and professional employment related to the position responsibilities, e.g., Business Administration, or Organizational Development

• 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

• Experience managing fiscal responsibilities, including budget development, financial oversight, and securing of extramural funds

• Supervisory experience, specifically regarding: managing multiple employees, conflict resolution skills, negotiation, confidentiality, and managing multiple projects at once

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.

• 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:

• 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 or online 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.

• 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)


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 February 02, 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: Jan 05, 2022

Application Closes: Feb 02, 2022

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