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Executive Director of Applied Learning

Apply now Department: 3670043010 Staley School of Leadership
Job no: 517487
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Executive / Director / Management
Pay Grade: 15A

About This Role:

K-State is seeking an experienced leader to fill the role of Executive Director of Applied Learning, a new position reporting directly to the Dean of the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership. As the leader of a university strategic initiative, the Executive Director will play a pivotal role in coordinating and advancing applied learning strategies and activities across the university while building a robust, integrated applied learning function throughout the university. This position is responsible for ensuring the availability and quality of applied learning experiences at K-State, including a commitment to an educational approach that involves purposeful experience, intentional observation, and critical reflection. The Executive Director will be essential in developing the foundation for this university-wide initiative, including tracking and reporting mechanisms, developing policies and procedures, building and expanding a network of stakeholders at the university and in communities, providing direction and support for faculty in expanding existing and creating new applied learning experiences, and promoting and supporting the integration of applied learning experiences across the entire institution.

Why Join Us:

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 required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

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:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 7 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate or other terminal degree from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated commitment to applied learning as an educational approach that involves an ongoing cycle of purposeful experiences, intentional observation, and critical reflection
  • Record as a successful administrator with relevant managerial and supervisory experience, including guiding strategy, financial planning and management, staffing and personnel management, policy formulation, and business and operational planning and oversight
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to analyze, prioritize, plan, coordinate, articulate, and execute strategic initiatives and engage others effectively in implementation
  • Evidence of ability to communicate with diverse audiences and provide clear and compelling messaging
  • Strategic and creative planner, and outstanding collaborator and relationship builder with strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding organizational, problem-solving, management, and decision-making skills
  • Proven ability to initiate, lead, and facilitate transformational change and innovation initiatives, be adaptable with changing conditions, and comfortable with the ambiguity that accompanies a large public university
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise judgment, discretion, and sensitivity to confidentiality
  • Proven success as an innovative, unifying, and strategic leader with accomplishments in planning, developing, growing, and assessing innovative and effective academic programs to meet the evolving needs of students and learners within a shared governance environment
  • Understanding of the importance of faculty development in a land-grant university with Research-1 status, including infusing applied learning into their practices
  • Deep understanding of and passion for the role of public higher education institutions
  • An understanding and appreciation for the strategic directions of the university and an appreciation for the role applied learning can play in advancing those directions
  • Ability to build strong working relationships and partnerships with leaders and stakeholders across a large, complex, and diverse university and in communities
  • Knowledgeable about the types of stakeholders and stakeholder groups that comprise large public, land-grant, Research-1 higher education institutions and those who comprise the alumni network and business, industry and non-profit communities connected to K-State
  • Commitment to serving all learners

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. Resume
  3. 3 or more Professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

For best consideration, apply by July 8th, 2024.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$115,084.00 - $130,000.00 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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