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Director of School of Family Studies & Human Services

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Job no: 505092
Work type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Education / Instructional, Executive / Director / Management, Family & Consumer Sciences

About This Role:

Kansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director, School of Family Students and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology. We seek a candidate who will provide collaborative leadership to a school that includes 11 academic programs (Applied Family Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies, Couple and Family Therapy, Early Childhood Education, Family and Community Services, Human Development and Family Science, Life Span Human Development, Personal Financial Planning, and Youth Development), as well as Extension. The successful candidate must be a broad thinker; strong advocate for the units, College, and University; deliberate decision maker; and a responsible fiscal manager.


  • Provide School leadership to promote excellence in academics, distance education programs, clinical instruction, basic and applied research, Extension, engagement, outreach, service, and extramural funding
  • Work cooperatively with faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, and the public
  • Manage and evaluate the School’s human, fiscal, and physical resources
  • Provide innovative leadership in strategic planning and securing resources
  • Recruit and support mentoring of diverse faculty
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationship with constituent groups, agencies, professional societies, university units, and the public
  • Provide leadership for the School 2025 strategic plan
  • Coordinate with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) programs, staffing, funding, revenue development, and collaborate with peers form other member institutions
  • Enhance alumni relations and development activities

This 12-month position at the rank of associate or full professor has a proposed starting date of July 1, 2019 with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience (For additional information refer to the benefits summary http://www.k-state.edu/hr/current-employees/benefits/summary.html).

Why Join Us:

The School of Family Studies and Human Services consists of 11 academic programs (Applied Family Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies, Couple and Family Therapy, Early Childhood Education, Family and Community Services, Human Development and Family Science, Life Span Human Development, Personal Financial Planning, and Youth Development), as well as Cooperative Extension.

There are currently 65 faculty members, in the School, over 600 undergraduates and nearly 250 graduate students. The work of the School is conducted by over 200 faculty, staff, and student assistants. The School operates with a base budget of $4.1 million and currently has over $6.5 million in external funding. The School is committed to conducting comprehensive research with a focus on mental, physical, relational, and financial health and well-being through multidisciplinary collaborations; providing transformational educational experiences to students; and enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through engaged and collaborative research, teaching, and service that addresses human needs and improves societal conditions (http://www.k-state.edu/2025/documents/dept-integrated-plans/HE_Family%20Studies%20and%20Human%20Services%20School%20of_Integrated_2025_Plan-March-2016.pdf). 

The College of Human Ecology is home to five departments/school (Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health; Family Studies and Human Services; Hospitality Management; and Kinesiology) and three academic units (Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and General Human Ecology Studies). The College enrolls more than 2,200 undergraduate and nearly 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions (http://www.he.k-state.edu/). The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior (http://www.k-state.edu/2025/documents/college-planning/K-State-2025-Human-Ecology-Strategic-Direction-Action-and-Alignment-Plan-March-2016.pdf).

Kansas State University is a distinguished public, land-grant institution renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. It is a three-campus system with the main campus located in Manhattan and the other campuses in Olathe and Salina. Online degree programs, professional development conferences and workshops, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the K-State Global Campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 22,200 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. K-State was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best colleges and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S. The mission of K-State is to foster excellent teaching, research, extension, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. K-State is also implementing an aggressive plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025 (http://www.k-state.edu/2025).

K-State is centered on a 664 acre campus in Manhattan located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City in the rolling Flint Hills. Manhattan provides access to a wide range of educational, cultural, medical, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley, a large U.S. Army installation, and is future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). Manhattan rates among the best classic college towns in the country - it's big enough (nearly 55,000 permanent residents) to offer opportunities and adventures, but small enough to maintain a strong sense of community. Forbes magazine ranked Manhattan #3 in the nation for best small places for businesses and careers (http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/life/manhattan.html). 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's dedication to the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Recognized record of excellence in research, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of tenured associate professor or professor http://www.k-state.edu/provost/deptdocs/humecol/family/fshs.pdf
  • Evidence of a cooperative and accountable administrative style
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Evidence of an open, collaborative approach to decision-making
  • Successful experience in fiscal management and coordination of human resources, academic, and service programs
  • Earned doctorate in a discipline represented in the School or a closely related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as a department chair or program coordinator
  • Evidence of commitment to the land-grant philosophy
  • Demonstrated commitment to involvement with national, state, and local/regional service, professional, and scientific communities
  • Experience with Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) model of budgeting
  • Knowledge of professional accreditation processes
  • Experience conducting and/or supporting interdisciplinary projects

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

To assure full consideration, please submit the following documents as a single PDF file: a cover letter addressing the qualifications and expectations described above; a current curriculum vita; and names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of five individuals from whom letters of reference may be requested. The search is confidential; references will only be contacted after initial screening and after the candidate has granted permission.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Initial review of applications will begin December 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Michelle Toews, Ph.D., Chair, Family Studies and Human Services School Director Search at MLToews@ksu.edu or 785-532-1552.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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