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Director, University Printing

Apply now Department: 3670010055 Communication and Ag Education
Job no: 516787
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Executive / Director / Management, Graphic Design / Printing / Publishing
Pay Grade: 13A

 About This Role:

As Director, you will provide strategic, financial, and supervisory leadership for University Printing, the in-plant printing operation for Kansas State University. A key responsibility will be forecasting business and industry trends to identify and develop a shared vision that will help support university strategic goals. You also will be responsible for managing an annual budget exceeding $2.2 million.

  • Create and implement strategic goals that align with University, Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, and the Division of Communications and Marketing vision and mission.
  • Identify business and industry trends and supply chain health. Initiate, negotiate, and manage vendor contracts exceeding $1.2 million annually.
  • Procure state-of-the-art equipment to meet changing client needs and industry trends.
  • Develop, assess, and administer university print and distribution services policy. Facilitate compliance with occupational safety and health guidelines and work with health and safety officers to maintain a safe working environment for staff and customers.
  • Direct University Printing staff and managers in short- and long-term business operations planning for unit services, production, inventory management, unit marketing, and client relations. Develop organizational staffing and succession plans to create operational continuity and efficiencies.
  • Foster a collaborative and innovative work environment that encourages continuous learning and skill development.
  • Serve as a guest lecturer in undergraduate and graduate communication and art courses.

Why Join Us:

University Printing engages with the university and supporting communities on multiple levels by providing professional printing services to students, faculty, staff, and associated individuals and businesses.

Kansas State University is actively working to become a new kind of land-grant university that supports and is fully engaged in innovation, a strong culture of shared governance, and being united as “One K-State.” We value connection, courage, stewardship, belonging, learning, and discovery.

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 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.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and five to 10 years of relevant experience.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years of experience managing a printing/copying production facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop implementation plans with measurable results.
  • Experience managing and supervising trade/production staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions.
  • Ability to anticipate business and industry trends, supply chain health, and adopt innovative business technology applications.
  • Experience building partnerships and working collaboratively with diverse teams and individuals.
  • Experience building networks, both formal and informal.


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 through the K-State Careers website:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current resume
  3. The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references


Questions may be directed to the department head, Dr. Jason Ellis,

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening will begin immediately. For best consideration please apply by: April 5, 2024. 

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$78,359 - $129,277

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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