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Rural Grocery Project Administrator

Apply now Department: 3670010270 Coop Extension Administration
Job no: 514031
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: Hybrid and/or Remote eligible (must reside in US)
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Business / Accounting / Finance, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Office / Clerical, Extension Agent / Educator, Community Development / Community Vitality, Graphic Design / Printing / Publishing
Pay Grade: 09A

About This Role:

The Rural Grocery Initiative (RGI) within K-State Research and Extension is seeking a program/project administrator to join our team. The successful candidate will advance the Rural Grocery Initiative’s mission by:

  • Implementing RGI’s Content Development Strategy
  • Developing and designing informational resources
  • Leading outreach and promotion for the Rural Grocery Initiative
  • Coordinating and managing events
  • Managing partner and stakeholder relationships
  • Supervising student employees


This position will serve an integral role on the RGI team, supporting the team's mission to support and sustain rural grocery stores, enhance community vitality and improve access to healthy foods.

Why Join Us:

The Rural Grocery Initiative is a unit housed within K-State Research and Extension. Since its inception in 2007, the Rural Grocery Initiative has worked to sustain locally-owned rural grocery stores to enhance community vitality and improve access to healthy foods by identifying, developing, and sharing resources that support grocers and rural communities.

During its tenure, RGI has established itself as a trusted national technical assistance center focused on rural grocery and healthy food access. RGI develops and curates informational resources, hosts networking and educational events such as the National Rural Grocery Summit, and partners with the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative to provide technical assistance and financing to healthy food retail outlets in underserved and low-resource areas of Kansas. As part of the K-State Research and Extension system, RGI staff participate in relevant Extension activities, including the Local Foods Transdisciplinary Team and the Community Vitality Program Focus Team. To learn more visit,


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:


Worksite Options:

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.

This position is eligible for hybrid and/or remote worksite. Work may be performed on employer premises, designated assignment location and/or performed fully in a remote capacity.  An employee who is working remotely must reside within the United States in order to comply with all federal and state laws, filings, or tax requirements.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a bachelor's degree and one year of relevant experience. This position may use an educational equivalency as determined relevant by a hiring manager.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in strategic communications, marketing and/or public relations
  • Experience in writing, content development, and graphic design
  • Project experience with food systems (local growers, farmers markets, rural grocery stores, food hubs or other relevant food system contexts)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of success in project management
  • Experience with Adobe Suite, photography and/or videography experience and other related tools Ability to work in team environment
  • Experience with databases and other CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platforms
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in team environment
  • Ability to work both with university faculty and public stakeholder groups
  • Ability to work in diverse and changing environments
  • Ability to travel across Kansas


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. Letter of interest
  2. Resume
  3. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.  For best consideration apply by, November 13, 2022.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$48,000 - $58,000

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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