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Leadership Program Manager & Facilitator

Apply now Department: 3670010270 Coop Extension Administration
Job no: 515286
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Other
Worksite: Hybrid and/or Remote eligible (must reside in US)
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Education / Instructional, Executive / Director / Management
Pay Grade: 10A

 About This Role:

The Leadership Program Manager & Facilitator reports to the KARL President and works with other KARL Program staff to plan, organize, facilitate, and evaluate Leadership Program seminars, education sessions, and place-based learning opportunities towards stated learning objectives. The Program Manager helps clarify objectives and purposes of seminars and educational sessions, researches and identifies suitable speakers and place-based learning opportunities. The Program Manager will facilitate the delivery of the Leadership Program curriculum in alignment with the KARL President and priorities of the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership, Inc. Board of Directors.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver adult leadership curriculum programming.
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate seminars according to curriculum plan.
  • Facilitate education sessions and place-based learning opportunities.
  • Manage class communication and resources.
  • Participate in development and management of annual budget processes and deliverables.

Why Join Us:

Founded in 1989, the KARL Program is a two-year program that identifies, prepares, and connects leaders that will positively impact Kansas agriculture and rural communities. Each class includes up to 30 individuals from across Kansas who are willing to think differently and create change in their organizations, communities, our State, and our world. KARL Associates are connected with people and resources through ten multi-day seminars held across Kansas, a National Study tour to Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg, PA, a domestic study tour to Lincoln, NE, and an international study tour. 

Now in its fourth decade, KARL began as an initiative of the Kellogg Foundation to be a leadership development resource for production agriculturists. KARL is a part of the International Association of Programs for Agriculture Leadership, a consortium of agricultural and rural leadership development programs in almost 40 U.S. States and Canadian provinces, and several other countries including Australia, New Zealand, and Scotland. KARL is a vast network of industry partners and over 450 Program participants, many of whom serve in leadership positions throughout Kansas, the United States, and the world. To learn more visit,


Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and 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.

Worksite Options:

This position is eligible for hybrid and/or remote worksite. Work may be performed on employer premises, designated assignment location and/or performed fully in a remote capacity.  An employee who is working remotely must reside within the United States in order to comply with all federal and state laws, filings, or tax requirements.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.  Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in organizational development, education, curriculum and instruction, human resources, business, agriculture business or related field.
  • Experience in delivery or facilitation of adult leadership programming and training.
  • Experience in agriculture industries and familiarity with public policy.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and prioritization skills; demonstrated ability to develop and maintain standard, efficient work processes.
  • Highly motivated and curious; thrives in a highly collaborative environment; ability to help turn high level vision into detailed execution.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication skills and interpersonal skills; ability to effectively present information.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills; ability to troubleshoot.
  • Open minded and inclusive mindset; seeks to understand different perspectives, cultures, experiences, and backgrounds.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and navigating web-based platforms; such as CANVA, Sign-up Genius, Qualtrics, and other survey systems.
  • Lives within commuting distance of the KARL Program office in Manhattan, KS for weekly or monthly onsite meetings.


Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
  • Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and ability to travel within Kansas, nationally and internationally.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume
  3. Names, emails and phone numbers for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by June 11, 2023.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$60,000-$70,000 annually

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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