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Executive Director of Powercat Financial

Apply now Department: 3670009350 Student Well-Being
Job no: 517109
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Business / Accounting / Finance, Executive / Director / Management
Pay Grade: 14A

About This Role:

The Executive Director of Powercat Financial will provide the strategic vision and leadership for advancing a comprehensive approach to improving the financial well-being of all students at Kansas State University. 

To ensure a blending of administrative and academic services, the incumbent will have a joint appointment within two major units – Powercat Financial (Division of Academic Success and Student Affairs) and Personal Financial Planning (College of Health and Human Sciences).  The Executive Director will hold a faculty title in Personal Financial Planning, with rank depending on candidate credentials.

Specific initiatives include supporting high schools in implementing new financial literacy education requirements, supporting prospective students in developing a college financial plan, integrating financial well-being content into course curriculum, and growing student access to peer-to-peer financial counseling services.  The successful candidate will serve as a leader and convener, directly supervising a dedicated team, as well as facilitating continued partnerships across a multi-campus system, and various stakeholders in Kansas.

Why Join Us:

Powercat Financial serves as home for advancing the university-wide Financial Futures Initiative. This position will directly oversee a comprehensive suite of financial literacy initiates that seeks to expose learners through the life course to financial well-being content and education.  This new alignment advances expertise with two nationally recognized program areas and commits to the expectation of weaving learning opportunities within the curriculum as well as outside for credit structure. 

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.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 7 years of relevant experience

 Academic Rank Determination (through Personal Financial Planning)

  • To be considered for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor, the applicant must have a terminal degree in a related area.
  • To be considered for the position of Professor of Practice, the applicant must have substantial practice experience.
  • To be considered for the position of Instructor, the applicant must have a graduate degree in a related area.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Either an earned MS degree (by start date) in Personal Financial Planning or a related field OR a BS degree and CFP designation along with substantial practitioner experience in Personal Financial Planning or a related field.
  • Relevant experience in leading or supervising teams with an ability to inspire, train, teach, and effectively supervise staff consistent with university policies in a fair and equitable manner.

Other Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator, relationship builder and change agent.  Engages as a system thinker with a strategic mindset that aligns opportunity and measurable outcomes.
  • Possess effective interpersonal and communication skills – to include a strong consultative and collaborative skills, excellent presentation and writing skills, and proactive and responsive interpersonal skills.  Must also possess strong negotiating skills, as well as the ability to analyze complex problems and implement creative solutions, including data-informed decision making.
  • Experience leading diverse teams and perspectives with an aim to achieve goals; establish effective and timely priorities; stewardship and allocation of resources; and program/unit assessment.
  • Ability to work well with broad and diverse constituents including donors, industry partners, and a larger networks of community stakeholders.
  • Relevant professional designations or licenses.
  • Relevant practitioner experience.
  • Experience teaching in traditional or non-traditional environments.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.


How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of application describing your qualifications, and administrative experience, as well as your philosophy of leadership and teaching.
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae.
  3. Names and contact information for three professional references who can speak to your administrative capacities and academic reputation.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$95,903.00 - $120,000.00 ($48,910.53 - $61,200 for .51 FTE)

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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