Twin Creeks Extension District includes Decatur, Norton
and Sheridan Counties. The district has a population of 11,000
residents. There are four extension agents and three office
professionals in the district. Other agent positions in addition
to this advertised position are 4-H youth development, family and
consumer sciences and crop production.
TITLE: Twin Creeks District Agent
PRIMARY AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: Horticulture and Livestock Production
LOCATION: Offices in Oberlin, Norton, and Hoxie. Primary office for this position is Oberlin
APPLICATION DATE: Screening of applications will begin December 10, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. This
position is available on or after January 18, 2016. The starting date is negotiable.
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 area 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 research-based educational
programming related to horticulture and livestock production. Horticulture programming will include turfgrass, floriculture,
and food crops. Livestock production programming will include best management practices, production techniques, nutrition,
facilities and marketing.
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 a Program Focus Team.
7. Share responsibility for the 4-H youth development program working with adult volunteers who provide opportunities for
youth to develop leadership potential, self-esteem, citizenship, responsibility, and capacity.
8. Share responsibility in community educational programming that addresses community functions of leadership, government,
health, economy, ecosystems and social well-being.
9. Develop and implement volunteer recruitment, training and management systems related to educational program needs.
10. Secure external funding, as necessary, to support educational programming.
● Completed bachelor's degree with major course work, professional development and experience appropriate to the needs of
the position (see responsibility #2 above); 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.
● 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/hcs/benefits/overview.
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.
The following application materials may be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
1. Cover letter stating that you are applying for the Twin Creeks Horticulture and Livestock Product 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 kstate.qualtrics.com/referenceform. Forms
can be submitted by accessing the ONLINE link or a PDF version of the form can be printed, completed and submitted
directly from your references by fax to 785-532-3079, by mail to the address on the form, or scanned and e-mailed to
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 Melissa Weber, 785-532-5790, or email: email@example.com.
For more information about the position, contact Stacey Warner, Leader, Ext Operations, 785-532-5790, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To hear personal accounts from Extension Agents, preview videos at kstate.qualtrics.com/referenceform.
For more information about K-State Research and Extension, visit: www.ksre.ksu.edu.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Kansas State University encourages diversity among its employees. KSRE
EEO Coordinator: Stacey M. Warner, 121 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. KSRE EEO Counselor: Daryl D. Buchholz, 123
Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506.
November 12, 2015
Stacey M. Warner
Leader, Extension Operations