Project Director (School of Family Studies and Human Services)
General Description of Position: Kansas State University, School of Family Studies and Human Services, is seeking a full-time Project Director with strategic leadership abilities and excellent organization and oral/written communication skills to provide leadership for the 4-H Military Partnership Project. This person will collaborate with USDA program leaders and military Services child and youth programs staff at the Headquarters level to support land grant universities in providing 4-H positive youth development programming for military connected youth. This person will be responsible for writing grants, developing requests for applications (RFA), managing sub-awards, and developing evaluation components for the project. A master's degree in family studies, human development, youth development, family and consumer sciences, or related fields is required. Strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills are essential. Grant writing, reporting, and RFA development is beneficial. Knowledge of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H youth development is essential. This is a 12-month term appointment and is contingent upon funding.
Occasional travel is required for national meetings, trainings, and conferences.Information about the School: The K-State School of Family Studies and Human Services is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of individuals and families. The School is one of seven academic units in the College of Human Ecology and consists of nine units each with lead coordinators: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Conflict Resolution, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies, Life Span Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, Personal Financial Planning, and Family Studies and Human Services Extension. The School is extensively involved in distance education at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels and through certificate programs. Faculty, staff and supervised students provide direct services and outreach to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals and families through an early childhood laboratory school, a speech and hearing clinic, a marriage and family therapy clinic, a financial therapy clinic, and a community mediation services program. School faculty are located in five different campus buildings and on two campuses. Information about the College: The College of Human Ecology is committed to the advancement, application, and dissemination of knowledge about the human needs of individuals, families, and communities. It is fully committed to the University's strategic initiative (K-State 2025) that outlines an aggressive plan to become recognized as one of the nation's Top 50 Public Research Universities by 2025. Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff. Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.
Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years. Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.Job Description: The Project Director is responsible for leading and facilitating all aspects of the 4-H Military Partnership Project including writing and submitting grant proposals, completing progress and final reports, supervising project staff, collaborating with Extension 4-H faculty at Land Grant Universities, and communicating with USDA and military Services staff.
The Project Director manages the complete RFA process for the sub-awards to Land Grant Universities and collaborates with the Extension 4-H Military Liaison at the universities.
The Project Director supports the scholarly development of curriculum and coordinates appropriate Professional development for military child and youth program staff and Extension 4-H staff.
The Project Director manages the evaluation and reporting for all aspects of the project.Required Minimum Qualifications:
- M.S. in family studies, human development, youth development, family and consumer sciences, or related fields
- Strategic leadership abilities and organizational skills
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills supporting effective interaction with stakeholders and Extension faculty
- Demonstrated competence in grant proposal development and grant management
- General knowledge of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H youth development
- Ph.D. in family studies, human development, youth development, family and consumer sciences, or related fields
- Experience with the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H youth development
- General knowledge of military culture and military child and youth programs
- 5-10 years experience in relevant field