Project Coordinator (Experiential Lab - Conflict Resolution) (Family Studies & Human Services)

General Description of Position: The Project Coordinator will primarily serve as the Coordinator for an experiential learning laboratory (The Collaborative) at Kansas State University focused on delivering comprehensive, affordable, and quality dispute resolution services for families in transition.   In this capacity, the Coordinator is responsible for handling all referrals/requests for domestic mediation services from the courts and community, conducting intake of clients, scheduling with lead and student co-mediators, maintaining all service and financial records, and collecting data for program evaluation.  The coordinator will also conduct mediations and mentor Kansas State University students in mediation sessions.  

This is a 12-month benefits eligible position.

Information about the Program: Kansas State University offers the opportunity for students to earn a certificate in conflict resolution, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Certificate in Conflict Resolution offers students the fundamentals of conflict resolution and practice. While the program is designed for students who want introductory training in the field of conflict resolution, it is also ideal for lifelong learners who already have either a bachelor's or master's degree and would benefit from academic study of conflict analysis and resolution so they can apply their knowledge in their current professional settings. All courses are offered on campus and online (distance education). 

An offshoot of these two certificate programs has been the development of an experiential learning laboratory (The Collaborative) an applied learning program for students who plan to pursue careers working with children and families, and specifically, for those students seeking state-approval as mediators.  This program is a collaboration between the 21st and 8th judicial districts in Kansas, Kansas State University, and the Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution for the State of Kansas.  This innovative program provides quality, affordable domestic mediation service for families in Manhattan and surrounding communities, provides children with the opportunity to develop and maintain positive relations with each of their parents/guardians post-divorce, through the development of a mutually acceptable parenting plan, establishes a training model for students in conflict resolution where they can be professionally mentored by state-approved mediators at no additional cost, and contributes to the field by collecting data and collaboratively participating in research on high-conflict parenting education,  mediation with military families, and virtual mediation approaches.

Information about the School: The School of Family Studies and Human Services consists of six units each with lead coordinators: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies, Life-Span Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Personal Financial Planning as well as Specialists in K-State Research and Extension. Additional certificate programs are offered in Conflict Resolution, Youth Development, and Personal Financial Planning, a minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies, as well as programs offered through Great Plains-Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA) including Youth Development, Family and Community Services, Personal Financial Planning, and Financial Therapy. Faculty are extensively involved in distance education at the bachelor, master’s, and doctoral levels and certificate programs. The School operates an early childhood laboratory school, a speech and hearing clinic, a marriage and family therapy clinic, and a personal financial planning and financial therapy clinic. The School's facilities span four buildings and two campuses.

There are currently 62 faculty members in the School, nearly 800 undergraduates and 271 graduate students. The work of the School is conducted by over 190 faculty, staff, and student assistants.  The School has established four priority areas for research and programming: 1) Health and Security of Military Families; 2) Personal and Family Risk Behaviors; 3) Disorders of Communication and Swallowing; 4) Families, Illness, and Health.

Information about the University and Community: Kansas State University is a public land grant institution with over 24,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries with a diverse student body. It is centered on a 664-acre campus in Manhattan located 125 miles west of Kansas City in the rolling Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas. The strong local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley—a large Army installation. The city is large enough (56,143 permanent) to have big city amenities but small enough to maintain a strong sense of community.

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Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.  Job Description: Responsibilities
  1. Coordinating The Collaborative (experiential learning lab), which consists of accepting referrals from the county courts, contacting clients and scheduling intake sessions, assigning appropriate mediator and student co-mediator, scheduling meeting time and space, collecting all necessary forms post-mediation for program and courts, conducting quarterly information meetings for all program affiliates, and serve as a liaison between court personnel, clients, and mediators/students.
  2. Conducting domestic mediation services, and professionally mentoring Kansas State University students who wish to become state-approved mediators.
  3. Developing innovative professional and community training on topics meeting professional demands.
  4. Identifying and writing grants to help support program initiatives.
Required Minimum Qualifications: This position requires a Bachelor's Degree (or work equivalent) in a related field. Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 12 credit hours of conflict resolution training at the graduate level
  • Kansas State-Approved Mediator (or approval within next 2 months of hire date)
  • Master’s Degree in Human Services area (Social Sciences, Social Work, etc.)
  • Knowledge and experience working with military families
  • Experience with event coordination and planning
  • Public speaking and/or experience with marketing and working with the media
  • Ability to develop program evaluation measurement tools and to implement recommendations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in grant proposal writing and submitting applications of grants
  • Experience in budget development, report writing, and contract work
  • Experience in collaborating and/or coordinating with multiple community agencies
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to meet strategic goals
  • Evidence of technical capability using software related to project management and course development (Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, etc.).
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Screening of Applications Begins: Review of applications will begin immediately. Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 36,674 - $ 56,845 Annual Salary depending on qualifications and experience.  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. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  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.