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State Specialist for Disaster Education

Kentucky State University
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 TITLE: State Specialist for Disaster Education (West Louisville)                                       

DEPARTMENT: Community Resource Development (CRD)                                        

REPORTS TO: Assistant Extension Administrator

EFFECTIVE DATE: The position will remain open until filled

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-Time                                    


Internal Candidates are Encouraged to Apply              

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. At this time, Kentucky State University is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa.       


PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: Disaster Educator plays a vital role in providing education and resources related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery to the community. This position is responsible for developing and delivering educational programs and materials to increase community resilience and ensure individuals, families, and communities are better prepared to handle natural or man-made disasters. The specialist will work closely with county extension offices, emergency management agencies, and community organizations to coordinate and implement disaster education initiatives.



  • Conduct needs assessments to identify community disaster preparedness gaps and priorities.
  • Design, develop, and deliver educational programs and workshops related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Utilize various teaching methods, including in-person training, webinars, workshops, and multimedia resources, to effectively communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Collaborate with other extension specialists and subject matter experts to incorporate relevant information and best practices into educational materials that extension staff may implement or utilize for programming.
  • Create and curate educational resources, fact sheets, guides, and instructional materials related to disaster preparedness and recovery. 
  • Stay updated on emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in disaster education and incorporate them into resource development.
  • Ensure all educational materials and resources are accurate, evidence-based, and accessible to diverse audiences, including individuals with disabilities and non-English speakers.
  • Develop and implement evaluation tools and methodologies to measure the impact and effectiveness of disaster education programs.
  • Collect and analyze data to assess program outcomes and identify areas for improvement.
  • Prepare regular reports and documentation of program activities, including participation numbers, success stories, and recommendations for future enhancements.
  • Coordinate and work with extension staff, nutrition expertise, and other external personal to respond to emergency food allocation and distribution (utilizing mobile nutrition kitchen) to assist survivors 
  • Partner with other disaster educators across the state to support disaster initiatives and programming



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



  • A master’s degree in a relevant field such as emergency management, disaster management, education, or a related discipline. 
  • Experience in disaster education, emergency management, or related fields is highly desirable.
  • Strong knowledge of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery strategies, including hazard mitigation, community resilience, and post-disaster rebuilding.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively convey complex information to diverse audiences.
  • Experience in curriculum development, instructional design, and resource creation for educational programs.
  • Proficient in using technology and multimedia tools for developing educational materials and delivering presentations. 
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaborate and build partnerships with community stakeholders and organizations. 
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. 
  • Familiarity with extension programs and the Cooperative Extension System is a plus.


Licensing and Certifications: None 




  • Strong interpersonal skills, creativity, technological skills, and attention to detail, are important qualities of a skilled program development facilitator.
  • Evidence of demonstrated experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Ability to interact and gain support from constituencies outside the university such as business and industry, state and federal agencies and non-profit and private foundations.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Word processing and/or data entry skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain calendars and schedule appointments.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to perform simple accounting procedures.
  • Skill in the use of operating basic office equipment.




  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment. 
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.




The College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences strives for inclusive excellence and is interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to this effort through their research, teaching, and/or Extension programs.

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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