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Associate Director for Extension Programs

Apply now Department: 3670035010 Coop Extension Administration
Job no: 507951
Work type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Education / Instructional, Executive / Director / Management, Health & Safety, Extension Agent / Educator
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

K-State Research and Extension is recruiting for the position of Associate Director for Extension Programs in Manhattan, Kansas. This is a regular 12-month, tenure or non-tenure position.


The Associate Director for Extension Programs is a senior member of the K-State Research and Extension Administration Team and reports directly to the Director for Extension. The Associate Director for Extension Programs provides programmatic leadership to the core areas of extension programs. Working with an associate program leader and program leader coordinators (PLCs) in agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community vitality, and youth development, the Associate Director for Extension Programs, identifies cross program and trans-disciplinary needs and priorities, writes grants and programmatic proposals, develops implementation plans, delivers training, and supports evaluation and impact reporting. The Associate Director for Extension Programs also directly or co-supervises all specialists not associated with a campus department. In addition, the Associate Director for Extension Programs collaborates with stakeholders at Kansas State University, across Kansas, and nationally to address the grand challenges of Kansas.


The successful candidate must have a passion for Extension, leadership, and the skill and experience necessary to administer our entire portfolio of Extension programs, including directing federal, state, and externally funded or mandated programs administered by K-State Research and Extension. Such programs include, but are not limited to, SNAP ED, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Kansas Agriculture Mediation Services, the Kansas PRIDE Program, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, the Dane Hansen Northwest Kansas Community Vitality Program, and programs funded by the Renewable Resources Extension Act and the Community Health Endowment.

Why Join Us:

K-State Research and Extension is a statewide network of educators sharing unbiased, research-based information and expertise on issues important to Kansas. It has established local, state, regional, national, and international partnerships. Its annual budget exceeds $60 million.

It is dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong, healthy communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis and education.

With 130 years of research and 100 years of extension, K-State Research and Extension has been improving the quality of life and standard of living for Kansans for a century. This integrated system connects the university to every county through locally based educators who serve as sources of objective information.

K-State Research and Extension is a short name for Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. For more information please visit http://www.ksre.k-state.edu/

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Earned PhD or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated communication skills.
  • Experience with budget management.
  • Position will require a willingness to travel and work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Understanding of different multicultural and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic training or professional experience in administration, budgeting, personnel supervision, program development and program evaluation.
  • Professional experience in Cooperative Extension of at least 5 years.
  • Experience developing and delivering extension or outreach programming in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community vitality or youth development.
  • Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for innovative educational program delivery.
  • Understanding of and experience in fostering an environment of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary programming.
  • Proven success in acquiring and managing external funding and resources, such as grants, partnerships, and/or philanthropic funding.

Other Requirements:

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

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Three Professional References

Review of Applications Begins:

Screening begins October 16, 2019. For best consideration please apply by October 15th, 2019

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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