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Professional Development Specialist

Apply now Department: 3670055010 Health & Human Sciences Dean
Job no: 513773
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas, Other
Worksite: Hybrid and/or Remote eligible (must reside in US)
Categories: Education / Instructional, Applied Sciences, Family & Consumer Sciences
Pay Grade: 09A

About This Role:

The Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO) team, within the College of Health and Human Sciences, is looking to hire a Professional Development Specialist who will work on a statewide professional development and technical assistance project in the area of childcare and early education, focusing on individuals and programs serving birth to 13 years. This position will be responsible for project activities related to training, including facilitating trainings primarily through online delivery utilizing an LMS, virtual trainings delivered through video conference platforms, and occasional in-person trainings. This position will also be responsible for the provision of technical assistance, including analyzing the needs of individuals, small groups, and programs; providing support through virtual technical assistance, consultation, coaching, professional development advising, and peer-to-peer learning communities; and may include developing written training plans and Individualized Professional Development Plans (IPDPs). Additional responsibilities include contributing to the ongoing quality control of professional development materials, including updating and developing new curricula for online, virtual, and in-person delivery using research-based practices.

The expertise of individuals will be in the areas of early care and education and be balanced across experience and knowledge of special populations (i.e., developmental delays and disabilities, homelessness, foster care, tribal, Head Start/Early Head start families) and service delivery settings experience and expertise (i.e., home care and center-based care), and workforce development systems.

This position has the potential for a hybrid or remote work agreement. In-state travel will be required with possible out-of-state travel related to attendance at educational events for personal skill and professional development. Staff may be required to attend meetings to represent the project.

Why Join Us:

Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc. (KCCTO) is a state-wide training office dedicated to providing quality, accessible, professional development opportunities to family childcare providers, childcare center staff, and other early education professionals throughout Kansas. KCCTO is a sponsored project of Kansas State University and the College of Health and Human Sciences. The mission of KCCTO is to ensure high-quality early education and care through professional development and support for those who work with and on behalf of young children. KCCTO is the current contracted agency by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) for the Early Childhood Workforce Development Project and the Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN).

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology), the Center on Aging, and the Physician Assistant program. In addition, the college received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to serve as a satellite location for the WSU nursing program. The College enrolls roughly 2,800 students (graduate and undergraduate) and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions ( The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and 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 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 Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One to three years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in early childhood education or child development
  • Three years of experience with young children
  • One year of experience in the development of written materials (i.e., technical assistance plans)
  • One year of experience in coaching other adults/professionals (i.e., mentor coaching, peer-to-peer coaching, supervising)
  • Five years of experience in a childcare setting (i.e., center-based, family childcare, school-age)
  • Experience with development of course/in-service trainings (i.e., online, virtual, in-person, higher education, or in-service trainings)
  • Documented experience successfully providing teaching/in-service training and technical assistance to adult learners
  • Experience working with electronic and online databases
  • Documented experience with public speaking and/or online instruction (i.e., conference presentations, training workshops, teaching at in-service or preservice level)

Other Requirements:

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

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until the position is filled.

For more information please contact the search committee chair, Vicki Sutton, at with the subject line Professional Development Specialist Search.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$55,000 - $59,000

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.


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