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Office Specialist III

Apply now Department: 3670010030 Agricultural Economics
Job no: 511584
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Office / Clerical
Pay Grade: 06A

General Description of Position:

The Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University seeks to fill a fulltime, 12-month, Office Specialist III position.

Information about the College/Unit:

The Department has a reputation for excellence in all three functions of the University’s land grant mission (teaching, research, and extension).  The Department offers B.S. degrees in agricultural economics and agribusiness, an M.S. degree in agricultural economics, a Master of Agribusiness (MAB) degree, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics. More information on the Department can be found at www.ageconomics.ksu.edu.

Position Responsibilities:

The incumbent serves as primary receptionist for the department main phone and for visitors to the department. They will interact frequently and professionally with undergraduate students, graduate students, full-time professional staff, and faculty.


This individual is expected to work independently and is given significant amount of latitude to make decisions, assign priorities and make sure all guidelines are followed to accomplish stated goals while meeting deadlines with little supervision.


This position assists daily with department maintenance, serves as primary contact for department maintenance issues. The position schedules and coordinates use of departmental meeting rooms and classroom space.


Ensures smooth day-to-day operations and support for the department and Program Administrator.


Plans special events: Meetings, retirements, receptions, socials, etc.  This may involve negotiating appropriate contracts within the pre-determined budget.


Provide support for KFMA Executive Director and KFMA Associate Director for administrative activities of the Kansas Farm Management Association program.  This includes personnel items (out-of-state trip requests and travel vouchers, position announcements, related items), communication with association economists and support staff, ordering and/or distribution of reports and materials, maintaining mailing and listserv lists, help with event planning and other items as needed.

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:

Create an environment that fosters diversity and collegiality while working in a multi-cultural setting

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma and two years of relevant experience.
  • Exhibit well developed oral and written communication skills. Edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, scheduling/calendar management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and one year relevant experience.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$40,000- $48,073/yr  (19.23 - 23.11 hourly)

How to Apply:

Qualified persons are invited to apply by uploading the following materials: (1) a letter of application; (2) a complete resume; (3) transcripts of all university-level work; and (4) a list of three references with phone number and email address.

Apply: http://careers.k-state.edu

***Must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment***

Screening of Applications   Begins:

Review of applications will begin on October 28, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For best consideration, apply by October 28, 2021.

Questions and Inquiries of Interest:

Questions and inquiries of interest may be made to the Search Committee Chair, Amy Schmitz, aas@k-state.edu

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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