Extension Agent, Family Consumer Sciences (Fayette County)

Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

View more

Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Community & Government Relations

Job Details


PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB:  Extension agents are community based professionals of Kentucky State University who make a difference by connecting community needs with university resources. Family Consumer Sciences Extension agents develop, conduct and deliver educational programs based on locally identified needs, which lead to improved quality of life for children and families.

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating effective and comprehensive educational programs and training. The FCS programs and training is designed to solve social and economic problems confronting socially disadvantaged and limited resource families. The FCS Extension Agent is responsible for non-formal educational programs in family development and management including nutrition, child development, financial management, and parenting. The agent will work closely with the FCS Program Leader for all programmatic efforts. This position will be a member of the off-campus Extension staff of Kentucky State University as part of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension System, which is composed of individuals and programs from both Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky. The FCS Extension Agent reports to the Assistant Extension Administrator for County Operations. This position will serve all clientele and give them an equal opportunity to participate in programs regardless of race, gender, age, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without accommodation)

1.    Work with and/or develop advisory committees to facilitate community involvement in programming. 

2.    Design, implement, and evaluate educational programs through virtual and face-to-face in the areas of family resource management and development including child development, financial management, nutrition, and parenting in the county. 

3.    Review the needs within the Extension assigned area and support local programs with resource information.

4.    Conduct programs that reach underserved and diverse audience.

5.    Collaborate in internal and external Extension partners.

6.    Maintain records, clientele sign-in sheets, and submit reports as required by the Kentucky Extension Reporting System.

7.    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.

8.    Utilize a variety of educational strategies to implement programming. Examples include informal classes, presentations, media, volunteers, demonstrations, experiential learning, distance learning and group facilitation. Collect evidence of program impact to market, report results and improve the program.

OTHER DUTIES: The position will conduct other duties as required.


Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline related to Family & Consumer Science, to include; Family Development, Human Nutrition, Consumer Economics or any closely-related field. Degree from AAFCS accredited institution preferred. Master’s degree in child development, family and consumer sciences, or a related field. Three to five years of experience in related field strongly preferred. 


•    Ability to use a personal computer and a variety of related software applications; Expert use of Microsoft applications a must: Vista, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. 

•    Ability to utilize social media platforms for programming efforts.

•    Ability to develop media resources for programming efforts.

•    Knowledge of research and educational capabilities of USDA and the Land Grant system knowledge base. 

•    Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. 

•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

•    Experience working with diverse populations. 


•    In-state and out-of-state travel required. 

•    Occasional evening and weekend schedule required. 

•    Must be able to lift at least 40 lbs. 

•    No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

•    Requires some standing or walking.

•     A valid driver license and a personal vehicle for official duty travel are required. Mileage will be reimbursed at a rate established by the university. 


KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.


Our Mission

Kentucky State University is the state's unique, small, liberal studies institution with the lowest student-faculty ratio in the state system. The University shall serve as a residential institution with a range of traditional collegiate programs appropriate to its unique role.

Geographic Region
Kentucky State University's geographic region shall be state-wide for its liberal studies mission, its land grant functions, and its service to state government. In addition, Kentucky State University's primary service area for commuting students shall be for Franklin and contiguous counties.

Institutional Admission Standards
Kentucky State University shall admit students to the institution under selective admission standards to which exceed the minimum guidelines established by the Council on Higher Education, with only limited exceptions. Institutional policy for admitting under-prepared students, including the removal of academic deficiencies within a specified time frame. Through this approach, the University seeks to provide broad access and high-quality programs.

Degree Levels
Selected associate and baccalaureate degree programs shall be oriented toward liberal studies and selected career opportunities related to state government services. Kentucky State University shall offer selected master's degree programs based on demonstrated need, with priority given to a public administration curriculum to meet the needs of state government.

Strategic Directions/Program Priorities
The University shall focus on liberal studies programming. Drawing upon its African-American heritage, the University will promote the values and methods of interdisciplinary and multicultural education in its liberal studies offerings. All students shall participate in common curricula that explore the liberal studies. Drawing upon the multicultural strengths of the University, emphasis shall be placed on preparing minority students for careers in education and in other selected professions including business, computer science, nursing, human services, and public services. These strategic priorities translate into a core of liberal arts baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to degree programs at the associate [A], baccalaureate [B], and master's [M] levels that may include the following: education [B]; business [B]; computer science [A,B]; nursing [A]; home economics [B]; human services [B]; and public administration [B,M].

Enhancement of Instruction
The University shall emphasize teaching. Meeting student needs shall be paramount. The University shall focus on the needs of its students, which include, but are not limited to, full-time and part-time residential students, commuting students from its primary service area, and state governmental employees.

Service and Research Functions
Kentucky State University, as the 1890 land grant institution in the system, shall carry out its responsibilities under federal law and participate fully in appropriate U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, in accord with the mission of the University.

Kentucky State University shall be the major repository for the collection of books, records, and artifacts relative to the history and status of African-American citizens of the Commonwealth and elsewhere. The University shall make such materials available for casual and scholarly study.

Kentucky State University shall focus on meeting the applied research and service needs of state government.

Collaborative Ventures
The priority master's degree program offered by Kentucky State University shall be carefully articulated with related doctoral programs offered by the doctoral-granting institutions in the system. The University shall develop and employ telecommunication resources to communicate with other institutions in the fulfillment of its mission. Curriculum development shall emphasize the transfer of credits form other institutions toward degree completion.

Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

Efficiency and Effectiveness
Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

Check out Kentucky State University Youtube channel! 

Find Us
400 E Main St
United States

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert