University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


"I like working with and being an integral part of a community. The relationships built with farmers, 4-H'ers, and community leaders really make this career enjoyable."
Adam Probst, Woodford County

“If you have a program idea but don't know how to get started, chances are that somewhere within the nationwide network of extension agents is someone who can help you." -Kevin Lindsay, Fayette County

Beth Wilson
“As an agent, you are trained to give the best possible solution to a real-world problem. There's a lot of satisfaction in that. You are not micromanaged by a supervisor. You must be internally driven to provide information to residents of your county and to address issues vital to your own community."
-Beth Wilson, Pulaski County















Fine Arts Job Description


Major Job Responsibility:  Educational Programming


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Develop and implement a plan of work based on locally identified needs which will lead to a cohesive and dynamic arts culture.
  • Plan and implement educational programs which focus on performing, visual, and literary arts in the community.
  • Develop and implement arts leadership programs resulting in the development of personal and organizational leadership skills.
  • Strengthen existing and develop opportunities for new arts venues and facilities in communities.
  • This position will serve all clientele ensuring that all youth and adults have an equal opportunity to participate in extension programs regardless of race, gender, age, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.


Competencies/Skills: planning, organizing, oral and written communication skills, ability to serve as a role model, leadership abilities, presentation skills, desire and ability for professional development


Major Job Responsibility:  Public Accountability & Service


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Generate and utilize evaluation data on programming to document and publicize accomplishments.
  • Share program outcomes with community and elected officials to help them understand the value of Extension.
  • Demonstrate efficient and open communication among agents and support staff.
  • Provide latest research based information in a customer friendly manner to clientele.
  • Network and build relationships among diverse groups and individuals.
  • Build collaborations with other agencies and organizations to solve community problems and multiply effectiveness.
  • Support and maintain at least one social media outlet relevant to program area (such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest).
  • Use new technology to communicate with clientele and University officials.
  • Contribute to the information base used to document accomplishments of the Cooperative Extension Service to key decision makers and Federal partners.
  • Develop and maintain components of service to include involvement of volunteers in service oriented projects.
  • Support activities and events of the UK College of Agriculture and university partners.
  • Report team and individual accomplishments in a timely manner to immediate supervisor.
  • Regular review and measurement of goals, particularly those documented in County Plan of Work and the Affirmative Action Plan.


Competencies/Skills: ability to work with a wide range of personalities, written and oral communication skills, computer/social networking skills, conflict management skills, team player


Major Job Responsibility:  Leadership and Council Development 


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Determine appropriate volunteer positions and identify, enlist and train volunteer leaders to help carry out program responsibilities.
  • Ensure that all Client Protection guidelines are implemented within the EFA program area.
  • Develop and utilize individuals to serve on councils, advisory groups, and program committees to facilitate community involvement in determining program priorities and conducting programs.
  • Ensure that EFA leadership is representative of the diversity of the county population.


Competencies/Skills:  recruitment  and marketing skills, confidentiality, attention to detail, ability to work with a wide range of personalities, organizational skills


Major Job Responsibility:  Facilitation, Collaboration and Teamwork


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Serve as a group facilitator to convene or intervene with groups that need a neutral facilitator to help the group identify, solve problems and /or make decisions.
  • Partner with other groups/agencies in the county, region, and state to provide programs.
  • Build collaborations with other agencies and organizations to solve community problems and multiply effectiveness.
  • Serve as a source of expertise in the community for fine arts subject matter areas.
  • Exhibit and promote teamwork within the Extension organization at county, district and state levels, acting as mentor and contributing to the professional development of all agents.
  • Support the overall office operation by having input on support staff evaluations, budget, county extension council, as well as other office-wide responsibilities and serving as a lead person in operational areas as needed.


Competencies/Skills: initiative, leadership abilities, able to easily meet people and form relationships, open and honest communication skills, team player


Major Job Responsibility:  Professional Development


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Agents hired without a Master’s degree will be expected to enroll in an approved graduate program and earn at least 12 hours of graduate credit within the first 5 years as an agent
  • Understand and stay up-to-date on current and emerging issues involving fine arts.
  • Attend in-service trainings to stay current on fine arts and new program opportunities
  • Participate in community/economic development and fine arts professional associations.
  • Share expertise by presenting sessions or serving in leadership roles for relevant state and national associations and/or conferences.


Competencies/Skills:  ability to learn new concepts, leadership and presentation skills


Major Job Responsibility:  Supervision


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Provide training, supervision and evaluation for support staff and program assistants.
  • Provide training, supervision and evaluation for volunteer leaders.


Competencies/Skills: supervision & coaching skills



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