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Professional Development Officer

Apply now Department: 3670010030 Agricultural Economics
Job no: 517140
Employment type: Extension Agent / Educator
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Education / Instructional
Pay Grade: 11A

About This Role:

TITLE: Professional Development Officer, KFMA Program

This position is an appointment of the Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA) through K-State Research and Extension’s Department of Agricultural Economics. Funding for the position is provided in full by the KFMA Program through the KFMA Program Development Fund held at the K-MAR-105 Association.

LOCATION: Manhattan, KS


Information about Kansas Farm Management Association:

The Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA), through its affiliation with K-State Research and Extension, will be the valued and trusted provider of integrated data management systems to apply critical thinking and strategic business planning for farm and ranch decision makers; and will be the premier source of farm-level economic data in the world.

KFMA Mission and Purpose:

· To work as an efficient team of economists, serving on the management team for KFMA member farms, as a farm business management resource

· To provide high quality and timely farm recordkeeping, financial analysis and tax management

· To achieve the goal of improved farm and family decision making, resulting in increased farm profitability and sustainability

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.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Accounting, Finance or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Accounting or related field
  •  Five years of experience in a position providing farm management education / consultation directly to production agricultural producers
  • At least five years of experience working as a Farm Management Economist or in a similar position
  • Evidence of strong leadership skills in previous work and educational experiences
  • Demonstrated expertise in understanding and communicating sound farm accounting principles and economic relationships in agriculture
  • Minimum of 6 hours of coursework in accounting with a 3.0 or better GPA (4.0 scale)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with individuals and groups
  • Good understanding of the agriculture industry and of farm operations
  • Proven ability to effectively utilize computer technology, software and applications
  • Evidence of solid planning, prioritization and organizational skills · Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity and to building strong relationships
  • Proven ability to deal with the demands of providing training and support to varied individuals and groups, along with both self-discipline to work independently and flexibility to work as part of a team

Other Requirements:

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

How to Apply:

Application must upload a letter of application, resume including contact information for three professional references (Each reference will be asked to upload a letter of support for the applicant), and official transcripts of all college coursework. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications will begin on May 1, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date is on or after June 8, 2024.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:


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.

For more information:

Contact Kellen L. Liebsch, Associate Director, Kansas Farm Management Association Program. Office: (785) 539-0373; E-mail: The KFMA program website is


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