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Kansas State University
Posted: 06/30/2021
Program/Project Administrator
Salary: $41,250 - $42,750

Program/Project Administrator

Department: 3670010010 Ag Deans Office & Dir AES

Job no: 510996

Employment type: Staff Part Time (Unclassified - Term)

Location: Other

Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Business / Accounting / Finance, Office / Clerical

Pay Grade: 09A

About This Role:

The position provides vital assistance to the Lab Director and management entity (ME) team with respect to operational matters in the implementation of the overall program. The primary responsibility of the Program Administrator (PA) is to assist the ME and Lab-associated faculty and collaborators to assure that the ME remains mission-focused and achieves the program's intended research and engagement outcomes. This responsibility includes a strong role in overall tracking of the program's broad set of reporting and other day-to-day operational issues, as well as involvement in developing proposals for additional program activities. The PA will engage in continuous monitoring of project implementation against agreed upon deliverables, anticipating and helping to manage activities and outputs related to donor and institutional delivery, ensuring program compliance with USAID requirements. The PA will serve as the first point of contact for most routine requests from program partners and other parties.

Why Join Us:

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss (PHLIL) is a strategic, applied, research and education program aimed at improving food security by reducing post-harvest loss in stored product crops, such as grains, oilseeds, legumes and seeds. The program is housed in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University.

PHLIL's efforts are currently focused in four Feed the Future countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Nepal. Through collaborations between U.S. universities and local universities, research institutions and other partner organizations, PHLIL is conducting research, testing and outreach related to drying, storage and mycotoxin detection for these key crops. Our work seeks to increase understanding of current post-harvest loss factors and task division in rural communities and households and works toward the development of technologies usable by all household members.

Learn more at

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss is part of the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative to reduce global hunger and improve food security. The initiative uses research, education and outreach to advance solutions to hunger, poverty, and under-nutrition in low-income countries. Learn more at

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree in business administration, management, agriculture, or related field and one year of relevant experience. This position may use an educational requirement as determined relevant by a hiring manager.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master's degree in business administration, management, agriculture, or related field.

• Excellent organizational and data management skills.

• Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office, including creating and using spreadsheets.

• Capability to be proactive and productive in fast-paced environment, sourcing relevant input from appropriate sources and identifying innovative solutions to problems.

• Strong commitment to client satisfaction and provision of information and training.

• Experience monitoring international research project portfolio(s) supported by USAID or other development donor funding.

• Demonstrated experience with grant project monitoring and evaluation.

• Ability to navigate requirements from more than one institutional system, including identifying an effective path forward when these requirements conflict.

• Proven ability and commitment to work across multiple cultural environments.

• Commitment to expanding and fostering diversity and working with multi-cultural research teams.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Applicants are to submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with contact information via K-State electronic application system, PageUp.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. Questions can be directed to Jagger Harvey or Nat Bascom

Anticipated Salary Range:


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.

Advertised: Jun 29, 2021

Application Closes: Open until filled

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