Executive Director, K-State Student Union

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas


Job Description:

The K-State Student Union, host to Kansas State University and the community, is a highly ranked union*, located in Manhattan, Kansas, the #1 college town in the country**. The Union hosts an average of 8,000 visitors a day in its newly renovated 270,000 square-foot facility. It offers comprehensive event/meeting spaces and catering services, bowling/billiards recreation center, bank, restaurants, campus bookstore, computer store, computer labs, convenience store, art gallery, theaters, copy/print center and passport services.
The Executive Director is the key management leader of the K-State Student Union and is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization in order to carry out the mission of the Union. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, mission and strategic plan of the Union. As such, the Executive Director will:
Implement and manage organizational development strategies and processes. Identify, assess and inform the Union Corporation Board (UCB) and Union Governing Board (UGB) of internal and external issues that affect the Union. Serve as advisor to UCB and UGB on all aspects of the Union’s activities and interests.
Develop, administer and monitor a comprehensive and fiscally responsible budget. Advocate and secure adequate funding for the effective operation of the Union. Oversee funding proposals, contracts and agreements that ensure Union success.
Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the Union and to identify opportunities and challenges to the student community. Establish and maintain good working relationships and collaborations with affiliates, Union-housed business units and the community to achieve the mission of the Union. Ensure the operation of the Union, affiliates and Union-housed business units meets the expectations of stakeholders. Evaluate strategies and programs to measure the achievements of the established goals and provide consultative services to Union-housed business units. Act as spokesperson for and conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Union.
Plan, foster, examine, analyze and evaluate Union operations, personnel issues, and coaching/mentoring of staff. Coordinate the efforts of multiple staff and departments toward completion of the Union’s mission. Ensure all Union programs and services reflect diversity and inclusion for the campus community.
The K-State Student Union actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the Union’s commitment to the Principals of Community which can be found at k-state.edu/about/community. The Union is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diverse staff members.  See the non-discrimination policy @: k-state.edu/nondiscrimination.
*According to CollegeRank.net, 2017
**Livability.com, 2015


Master’s degree in higher education administration or related field. Minimum of seven years of experience managing/leading a student union at the senior level to include budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting, contract management and negotiations. Be well-grounded in college union philosophy with strong motivational and staff leadership abilities. Excellent communication and presentation skills.  History of creating and growing an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion. In-depth knowledge of corporate governance principles. Ability to forge and maintain relations with Kansas State University, other unions, students, employees, affiliates, business units and stakeholders. 



Position level:

Senior professional

Application instructions: 

Submit an application along with a letter of interest, résumé, and three professional references (including email addresses) online at union.k-state.edu/job-openings. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Final candidate must pass a criminal history check as related to the position.

Application link: 


Application Deadline:

May 21, 2018 @ 5 pm



Cindy Diederich, Assistant Director/Human Resources

Contact phone:

(785) 532-7338

Contact email:

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