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Extension agents are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State University and communities across Kansas. Agents are jointly responsible to the director of K-State Research and Extension (represented by a designated administrator) and the local extension board. • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-based educational programming to build healthy, sustainable communities, families, and individuals. Programming will be conducted with volunteers and extension colleagues to: strengthen families and individuals; build community capacity; promote individual and community health and wellness; and lead volunteer development. • Implement Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) programming by providing Medicare and health insurance education and consultations. • Support the SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) program’s efforts to prevent nutrition and activity-related chronic disease by empowering low-resource Kansans to achieve healthy lives, improve food security and reduce health disparities. • Share responsibility for 4-H youth development programming related to health and wellness. • Share responsibility for community vitality programming that helps our communities become better places to live, work, and play. Programming will strengthen social, civic, economic, and technological capacity of communities through leadership development and civic engagement. • Successful extension programs require agents to: • Identify local needs and emerging issues related to K-State Research and Extension’s five Grand Challenges (water and natural resources; 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. Strategies might include educational programming in a community-based setting; events and activities that provide experiential learning opportunities; use of innovative technologies; individual educational consultations; and group facilitation. • Collaborate with local partners to meet community and programming needs. • Develop and implement strategies to serve diverse audiences and to ensure K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider of educational programming. • Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact. • Cultivate expertise in a subject matter competency area by engaging as a member of a Program Focus Team. • Pursue internal and external funding to support educational programming. • Serve as a member of the Twin Creeks District team, cooperating in the planning and delivery of district-wide programming and related events.

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