Training and Development Specialist

Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

 General Description of Position:

Kansas State University Olathe Campus invites applications for the position of Training and Development Specialist. The K-State Olathe campus ( located in the Greater Kansas City (KC) metro area was launched in April 2011.  The goal of this campus is to teach students but also to be a place where professionals come to continue their learning. It is home to graduate level students as they prepare for careers or new opportunities. The business world also benefits from the presence of the campus, as it helps educate the future workforce and holds ongoing professional development seminars and workshops. The campus currently offers executive education and graduate programs in adult and continuing education, food science, horticulture, veterinary biomedical science, school counseling, industrial engineering and also a professional science master's degree. In addition, the campus houses collaborations between researchers and companies, both public and private, so that the technology being developed is what the businesses in the industry are demanding. The state-of-the-art facility is home to ten laboratories in research areas ranging from food sciences to disease diagnostics and consumer research.

The Training and Development Specialist supports K-State Olathe's academic affairs' aim to be a model conduit for interdisciplinary and innovative education, research and engagement.

Job Description:

The Training and Development Specialist reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Education. Essential duties include, but are not limited to: (1) develop, manage, coordinate, and implement self-supporting programs, events and activities; and (2) design and develop learning and practicing experiences in an effective and appealing manner. Duties may require supervision of support staff, student workers, or temporary hires, travel, as well as, evening and weekend hours.


Develop, manage, coordinate, and implement self-supporting programs, events and activities

Develop strategies to create and expand current and future non-credit programs.

Assess target market training and development needs through surveys, interviews with employees and employers, or consultations with managers, instructors and subject matter experts.

Monitor and evaluate training programs to ensure they are current and effective.

Identify instructors or vendors to conduct training.

Promote non-credit programs and offering in collaboration with other units including, for-credit programming and Communications and Marketing

Work closely with the Facilities Manager, Event Coordinator and Assistant Project Coordinator for the Associate Dean, in the delivery of programs and events.

Perform administrative tasks such as develop budgets, monitor costs, schedule classes, set up systems and equipment, and coordinate enrollment

Design and develop learning and practicing experiences in an effective and appealing manner

Design and create engaging training manuals and learning materials, online learning modules, and course materials to support a variety of instructional techniques and programs and in collaboration with subject matter experts.

Design face-to-face classroom courses and translate face-to face classroom courses into online and distance courses

Review training materials from a variety of vendors and choose appropriate materials

Assist with special projects as requested by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Education.

Education and Experience Requirements

Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Training and Instruction, Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Organizational Psychology or a related area and a minimum of 3 years (or  BS/BA  and a minimum of 6 years) of progressive experience in a related area working with business or industry.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Must be able to design and produce engaging learning materials in a variety of formats including print, graphics, audio, video, animation and multimedia, and have knowledge of instructional software to support teaching and learning related to educational programs, events and activities.

Knowledge of current issues and trends in business and industry regarding training and educational needs and must be flexible to adjust as needs change.

Must have strong interpersonal, written, and visual communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies.

Must have strong project management and leadership skills that promote creativity, innovation and growth.

Must be able to work effectively on a team as well as independently and respond to changing conditions.

Physical Activities and Environmental Conditions :

 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with the ability to travel and work some evenings and limited weekends, as necessary.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please complete an on-line application and upload a letter of interest summarizing qualification for the position based on the advertisement, resume, and contact information for three current professional references.

For questions regarding the search please visit our website at or contact Roberta Robinson at (913.307.7316).

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

Deadline for Applications:

March 27, 2017

Screening of Applications Begin:

March 28, 2017

Salary and Benefits:

$52,517 - $ 84,027, commensurate with candidate's ability and experience.

Kansas State University has an attractive benefit package that includes a retirement plan; group medical, dental, and life insurance plans, worker compensation; vacation leave; sick leave, and other benefits.

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. Follow the link to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster

Kansas State University actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to The Principles of Community which can be found at

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.  Kansas State University complies with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.