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Head, Western Kansas Research and Extension Centers
Kansas State University

Date Posted Jan. 14, 2022
Title Head, Western Kansas Research and Extension Centers
University Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS, United States
Department Western Kansas Research and Extension Centers
Application Deadline Open Until filled but for best consideration, please apply by February 25, 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
    Agricultural - General

Kansas State University seeks applications for the position of Head, Western Kansas Research-Extension Centers (WKREC). The WKREC provide interdisciplinary research and extension activities at Hays, Colby, Garden City, Tribune, and various satellite locations. The successful candidate will facilitate integration among research and extension functions and ensure that research and extension faculty and staff work effectively together to communicate applied research-based information to constituents.

Promote excellence in interdisciplinary research, extension, outreach, graduate student training, and extramural funding.

  • Provide strategic direction to the unit to assure program relevance, impact, and technology transfer through effective use of human, physical, and financial resources.
  • Administer personnel, budget, facilities, and equipment at multiple campuses.
  • Create a cohesive, holistic, and system-wide approach that integrates research and extension efforts to support the land grant mission and addresses grand challenges across disciplines and departments.

  • Reside near and establish office at one of the facilities in WKREC.
  • Promote effective communication and teamwork among faculty, staff, university administrators, stakeholders, community leaders, and extramural sponsors.
  • Engage with faculty and constituents across agricultural, natural resources, 4-H/youth development, family and consumer sciences, and community development subject matter areas.
  • Promote safety and professional development of faculty and staff.
  • Promote public visibility of WKREC units in the local community, regionally, and across Kansas State University, demonstrating capacity, impact, and value to stakeholders.
  • Create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Provide leadership such that Western Kansas Research-Extension Centers contribute to strategic plan for Kansas State University, the College of Agriculture, and Kansas State Research and Extension.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, youth development, community development or related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities to lead a complex research and extension organization that includes administrative, personnel management, budgeting, communication skills, and grantsmanship.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, diversity, and affirmative action
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of an administrative team.
  • Knowledge of the history and philosophy of the land grant university.
  • Ability to effectively implement the policies of Kansas State University, the College of Agriculture, the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service, and the Kansas Board of Regents.
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Credentials for appointment as a tenured, full professor
  • Ability to represent the unit to university administrators, governmental bodies, and stakeholder groups
    Other Requirements:
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States

How to Apply:
Please submit the following documents via PageUp at:…

1. Letter of interest that addresses the applicant’s vision, administrative philosophy, and qualifications
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Names, phone numbers and email addresses of three (3) professional references
Minority and women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply

Screening of applicants begins on February 25, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, apply by February 25, 2022.

Salary commensurate with experience

  • 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.

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Contact Information

  • Dorothy Doan
    Dean's Office
    Kansas State University
    114 Waters Hall
    1603 Claflin Pl
    Manhattan, KS 66506
  • 785-532-6147
  • 785-532-6563


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