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4-H Youth Development Extension Agent Shelby County

Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY
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Jun 17, 2021

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Extension Agents are community based professionals of Kentucky State University who make a difference by connecting community needs with university resources. The 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent will develop, conduct and deliver educational programs based on locally identified needs, which lead to improved quality of life for children and underserved youth.


The 4-H Youth Development Agent is a professional educator who provides leadership to the local 4-H program and manages its day-to-day operation. 4-H is a community of young people learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The mission of 4-H is to develop youth and adults working with those youth, to realize their full potential becoming effective, contributing citizens through participation in research-based, non-formal, hands-on educational experiences. The 4-H Agent will work closely with the 4-H Youth Development Program Leader for all programmatic efforts. The 4-H Agent is a member of the county operations team and is supervised by 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.    Develop, implement, and evaluate a county plan of work based on locally identified needs; develop and implement research-based virtual and face-to-face 4-H educational programs in the county to meet the needs of diverse, underrepresented audiences, including Limited English Proficient youth.

2.    Create advisory council to help identify local issues and needs for 4-H Youth Development program in service area; identify, recruit, train youth and adults, support, and manage volunteers to implement and carry out the 4-H educational programming in the county.

3.    Provide leadership to an educational process through which youth and adults learn the skills of understanding self; acquiring, analyzing and using information, communicating and relating to others; problem solving and decision making; managing resources; and working with others.

4.    Assists in the implementation of assigned year-round statewide initiatives and summer youth programs.

5.    Work with specialists to provide cutting edge information and creative programming; assists professional researchers, specialists, and directors of other youth outreach programs with selection of student participants, counselors and support staff, and with proper assignment of projects for implementation.

6.    Network and build coalitions with other agencies, organizations and institutions to address and solve community problems and multiply effectiveness.

7.    Implement, evaluate, and report the county 4-H Youth Development program to key stakeholders and administration, reporting impacts to clientele, the public, supporters, and Land Grant/ administration.

8.    Maintain records, clientele sign-in sheets, submit reports as required by the Kentucky Extension Reporting System, and ensure that all Client Protection guidelines are implemented within the 4-H Youth Development program area.

9.    Use new technologies in order to promote the 4-H program and reach new audiences; provide opportunities for youth to be actively involved in events and programs outside the county on the district, state, and/or national level.

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


Bachelor’s degree in Education, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Family and Consumer Science, Human Nutrition, Education, or related field. Three to five years of experience in youth program development. Master’s Degree in related area strongly preferred.


•    Knowledge and experience in planning, conducting, and evaluating participatory Extension or non-formal education programs. Experience working with diverse populations. 

•    Excellent team building skills.

•    Excellent conflict resolution skills.

•    Understanding and ability to conduct community needs assessment to determine program priorities.

•    Knowledge of child and human development.

•    Knowledge and willingness of adult involvement and working relationships.

•    Excellent written and oral communication skills.

•    Basic knowledge in educational technologies and their appropriate use in the development and delivery of educational programs.

•    Program marketing skills.

•    Knowledge and willingness to involve and manage participants in delivery.

•    Maintain a personal commitment to working with diverse clientele and colleagues, and a willingness to further the civil rights goals of KSU Cooperative Extension.


•    Must be able to lift large boxes up to 40 lbs.

•    Must be able to travel (25%).

•    Must be able to work evenings and weekends, especially during the summer (35%).

•    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.

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