Project Director (Family Studies and Human Services)

Manhattan KS
Sep 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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 grant proposals, developing requests for applications (RFA), managing sub-awards, and developing evaluation components for the project. A master’s degree in family science, human development, youth development, family and consumer sciences, or related fields and 5-10 years of relevant experience 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.  

Occasional travel is required for national meetings, trainings, and conferences.

This is a 12-month term appointment and is contingent upon funding.

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: -  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 program leaders and Military Services Headquarters 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 Liaisons 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.  

-  The Project Director facilitates special projects for the military in collaboration with university faculty in other disciplines. 

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • B.S. in family science, human development, youth development, family and consumer sciences, or a related field
  • 5-10 years of relevant experience in managing projects
  • Demonstrated strategic leadership abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and organizational 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
Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.S. in family science, human development, youth development, family and consumer sciences, or a related field
  • Experience with the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H youth development
  • General knowledge of military culture and military child and youth programs
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit a cover letter addressing your qualifications and experience relevant to this position, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Screening of Applications Begins: Application screening will begin October 18, 2017 and continue until filled.  Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 61,542 - $ 98,467 Annual Salary


Information about the School and College: 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, Couple and Family Therapy, Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Science, Life Span Human Development, 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 couple and family therapy clinic, a financial therapy clinic, and a community mediation services program. School faculty and staff are located in five different campus buildings and on two campuses.

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.

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. 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.