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Department of Agricultural Economics

Department of Agricultural Economics
342 Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-4011


Employment Opportunities

The K-State Department of Agricultural Economics hires and retains expert faculty and professional staff who are committed to advancing the departmental mission of improving economic choices and management decisions through teaching, research, and extension.  When positions become available, we strive to select the best and brightest to contribute toward serving our various constituents, including individuals, families, farms, businesses, communities, organizations, and policy makers.

Position Announcements:


This is a joint appointment between KFMA SC and K-State Research and Extension
Kansas Farm Management Association, South Central (KFMA, SC), located in Hutchinson, Kansas, provides a farm business analysis educational program to member farm families in an 11 county area. Principal crops are wheat, corn, grain sorghum and soybeans. Beef cows and backgrounding are major livestock enterprises. Average farm size is 1,900 acres.

LOCATION: Hutchinson, Kansas

APPLICATION DATE: Screening of applications will begin on September 28, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, three reference letters, and all official transcripts to assure a review. The starting date is on or after November 7, 2016 and is negotiable with the KFMA, SC Board of Directors and KFMA Executive Director.

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This position is an appointment of the Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA) and K-MAR-105 Association (KMAR) through K-State Research and Extension’s Department of Agricultural Economics. Funding for the position is provided jointly by the Department of Agricultural Economics and KMAR (the state level association for the KFMA Program).

KFMA has provided a farm business analysis educational program to the farm families of Kansas for over 85 years. Twenty-seven KFMA Economist positions in 11 offices provide support to, and work cooperatively with, the more than 2,300 member-farm operations.
LOCATION: Manhattan, Kansas. Statewide program delivery will be required for this position.

The Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA), through its affiliation with K-State Research and Extension, will be the valued and trusted provider of integrated data management systems to apply critical thinking and strategic business planning for farm and ranch decision makers; and will be the premier source of farm-level economic data in the world.

KFMA Mission and Purpose:
 To work as an efficient team of economists, serving on the management team for KFMA member farms, as a farm business management resource.
 To provide high quality and timely farm recordkeeping, financial analysis and tax management.
 To achieve the goal of improved farm and family decision making, resulting in increased farm profitability and sustainability.

POSITION PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILTIES: The Associate Director will be responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operational activities of the KFMA program. This will include providing proactive leadership to human resource management activities and directing the process of program delivery to KFMA members to provide high quality and value. This position will serve as part of the leadership team for the KFMA program, working closely with the KFMA Executive Director, the Coordinator of Professional Development and Training and with the six Executive Economists leading the local associations. Specific responsibilities of the position include:
 Coordinate the activities of KFMA Economists to accomplish building strong relationships and producing excellence with KFMA member farms and in accomplishing the KFMA program vision
 Lead the process of identifying and hiring KFMA Economists
 Work closely with the leadership team to further develop and implement appropriate performance review and evaluation processes
 Work closely with the leadership team in assessing progress toward achieving identified state- and association-level goals and revising and/or setting further goals as needed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and value of the KFMA program
 Cooperate with KFMA leadership team in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and in the process of identifying and implementing standard operating procedures where/when appropriate to do so
 Provide training and direction during times of Executive Economist transition in local associations
 Assist in development and delivery of training programs for KFMA economists and office professionals to improve quantity and quality of the KFMA data for member farm analysis and the KFMA databank
 Assist in the marketing and promotion of the KFMA program
 Build and maintain strong working relationships with the KFMA Board leadership locally and at the state level, the KFMA Economist team, and KFMA program and Agriculture Economics Department leadership

SCREENING OF APPLICATIONS AND STARTING DATE: Screening of applications will begin on July 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date for the position is on or after July 18, 2016.
HOW TO APPLY: To assure a review, please submit a cover letter, resume, three reference letters, and all official transcripts by July 1, 2016. All application materials should be submitted online through the Kansas State University Human Capital Services website (www.k-state.edu/hcs/). The direct link for this position is the following:

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