President – Job Description

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The KARL Program will have an open search for their next program president. Below is the official job description.


Organizational Overview

The Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL) program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization dedicated to developing leaders for agriculture, business, and rural communities. KARL graduates are on every major commodity association board, several commissions and multiple boards, advisories and councils from the local through national level. Visit or the organization’s Facebook page for more information.



The President drives the preparation and development of the next generation of KARL graduates. Leadership shapes the transformative impact we have on rural communities and the agriculture industry. The President is critical to KARL’s mission of eliminating the engagement gap.


The President is responsible for the following key work streams:

  • Vision-setting for leadership development by learning, coaching, and collaborative discussion and session facilitation.
  • Understanding agricultural and rural issues.
  • Thought-leadership by discussion and session experiences.
  • Organize and facilitate sessions of leadership training programs at varied locations across the state.
  • Organize domestic and international travel.
  • Create and execute programming for alumni network.
  • Creation of fundraising opportunities for alumni, and potential donors across Kansas.


The Position

The President will lead our efforts to train and develop KARL graduates. In this role, the President will be responsible for setting the vision and priorities of the KARL Program and managing all work streams outlined above toward that vision. The President of the KARL Program reports directly to the Board of Directors.  The office is located in Manhattan, Kansas.  Alternative location for President is negotiable.


This position requires substantial work in the following areas:

Vision Setting and Strategy

  • Setting vision and direction for all leadership development session programs and initiatives.
  • Using data to drive decision-making about session content and structure.
  • Partnering with industry and rural leaders to directly and indirectly ensure the development of rural and community leaders.


Stakeholder Engagement

Investing and inspiring others across the industry in the vision of the KARL Program and rural leadership development.


Program Design and Management, Facilitation and Coaching

  • Overseeing design and implementation of sessions across the state of Kansas.
  • Plan and coordinate individual sessions through coordination with the curriculum committee.
  • Plan and coordinate national and international travel.
  • Maintain communication with other agriculture programs across the state.
  • Attend the Board of Director meetings.
  • Recruitment of class members.
  • Evaluation of sessions and report to board with plan of action to improve moving forward.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with industry, as well as rural Kansas community leaders and elected officials.


People Management

  • Leading a class of 30 every two years.
  • Commitment to diversity.
  • Manage communication and workflow with board of directors, investors, alumni, and class members.
  • Manage office operations and administrative staff.
  • Manage alumni programs.


Fundraising and Budget Management

  • Approve budget expenditures and disburse office account funds within the board approved budget.
  • Provide financial reporting to the Board of Directors.
  • Develop and plan the organization’s fundraising activities with the cooperation and assistance of the board treasurer and financial committee.
  • Develop funding proposals.
  • Submit grant applications.
  • Maintain communication and record keeping with alumni and donors.
  • Follow up with donors and other funding opportunities.


Public Relations and Marketing

  • Promote the program through media and other public relations activities.
  • Develop informational and marketing materials through coordination with the marketing committee.
  • Maintain good communications with other agricultural programs within the state.
  • Maintain social media programming.



  • Commitment and passion for the KARL Program’s mission, vision, and goals.
  • Ability to set vision and invest others in that vision.
  • Self-directed and results-oriented.
  • Outstanding skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
  • An innovativee approach to training and development.
  • Sharp eye for talent and ability to assess competencies and develop strengths.
  • Ability to simultaneously plan for the long-term and meet short-term goals.
  • Flexible and able to work effectively in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience “managing through influence,” driving results requiring contribution from multiple stakeholders without direct oversight.
  • Strong coaching skills, with the ability to differentiate coaching and management.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge of agricultural and rural issues.
  • Deep content knowledge of management and leadership
  • 3+ years designing and implementing training or development programming for adults.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • International experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred.


Employment Relationship

KARL is a privately-funded entity housed within KSU extension service.  As such, the President’s position has a dual appointment within KSU extension service with access to university benefit and retirement programs.



Salary commensurate with experience


Hiring Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit letter of introduction, salary history, academic transcripts, writing sample, resume and three (3) professional references to:



c/o Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership, Inc.

101 Umberger Hall

Manhattan, KS 66506



Send CC Copy to:

Kansas Department of Agriculture

c/o KARL Search Committee

1320 Research Park Drive

Manhattan, KS 66502



Application deadline is July 15, 2017. Candidates will be interviewed in late July and early August 2017.