Full-Time Opportunities

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Full-Time Opportunities and Benefits

Benefits for full-time staff at the Union include (additional details listed in summary of benefits):

  • Excellent health, dental, vision and life insurance coverage
  • 8 hours of vacation leave earned per pay period, to a max of 176 hours per year
  • 3.7 hours of sick leave earned per pay period
  • 9+ days of paid holiday leave per calendar year, as designated by Kansas State University
  • TIAA 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program: online tools and resources for any stage of a life challenge, legal needs, stress management, health assessments, etc.
  • Educational scholarship for dependent(s)
  • Employee tuition assistance for Kansas State University courses
  • Free annual flu shot
  • Access to additional insurance options, including life insurance, AFLAC, flexible spending account, dependent care insurance, long term care insurance and 529 educational savings plan
  • Discounted green fees and cart at Colbert Hills Golf Course, discounted membership for K-State Recreational Services

Manager/ Bowling and Recreation: 

Location: Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas campus – K-State Student Union, 918 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Manhattan, Kansas 66506

Summary of Position: Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Union’s bowling and recreational facility, to include fiscal and staffing management, food and beverage services, and equipment and property maintenance in order to facilitate the fulfillment of the Union’s mission, vision, and goals. This position is responsible for ensuring a quality customer-centric experience, enhancing department profitability, and teaching Kansas State University’s University for Man beginning and intermediate bowling courses.

Department: Retail Services

Status: Unclassified Staff, Full-time, exempt

Supervisory Responsibility: Yes 

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Weekends as necessary.

Pay Grade: $45,642-$51,915, annually, dependent upon experience

Supervised By: Assistant Director/Retail Services

Date Position Closes: Review of application materials will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by 5 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2022 will be assured full consideration.

Application Requirements: Application materials are accepted via the K-State Student Union website. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact the K-State Student Union HR department at (785) 532-6577 or unionhr@k-state.edu.

Application materials should include – 

1. Union application

2. Résumé 

3. Cover letter

4. Three professional references 

To be fully considered, application materials should address how the applicant meets or exceeds the key functions and qualification requirements as identified in the position announcement.  Apply here. 

Key Functions


30%: Promote, organize, and schedule open and league bowling and special events. Inform league members of requirements. Prepare and distribute announcements of league activities, collect member fees, and distribute tournament prizes. 

 Inspect alley to ensure equipment is operative, following established safety procedures. Ensure maintenance is performed on all bowling-related equipment, to include pinsetters and automatic scorers. Ensure appropriate and adequate bowling equipment and supplies are on hand. 

 Teach University for Man (UFM) beginning and intermediate bowling courses throughout the year. Test student’s knowledge and abilities related to the course. Maintain course records and reporting. 

 Serve as the advisor for the K-State Bowling Club, a department-sponsored student organization. 


20%: Oversee current and future recreational facility. Oversee appropriate customer usage of billiard tables, video games, cornhole, and associated equipment. Ensure equipment is well maintained and operative. Coordinate party room reservations and activities. 

Food and Beverage-Specific 

20%: Ensure all bowling center food and beverage operations comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.  Establish and monitor a clean and safe work environment in accordance with established health and safety standards. Monitor food quality. Ensure all food service standards and audits are met. Follow up on inspection findings and implement necessary changes. Identify and resolve potential safety hazards.   Manage food and beverage supplies and complete monthly and year-end inventory reports. 

Departmental functions

30%: Promote an exceptional customer service experience for all bowling and recreation center patrons. 

 Manage cash register activities to ensure the accuracy of transactions and accountability of funds. Follow documented procedures to perform opening and closing of cash register. 

 Maintain complete inventory of bowling and billiard-related accessories/equipment, food and beverage, and other supplies. Order supplies as necessary and within budget. Ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability through coordination, preparation, and management of annual unit budget. 

 Research best practices, trends, innovative ideas and marketing of the bowling and recreation center. Coordinate bowling and recreation media exposure and marketing plan by working with the Union marketing department. 

 Hire, train, supervise, and assess performance of department employees. Coordinate overall work flow for unit.  Research, analyze, and report on special projects as directed. Serve as a member of Union’s leadership council as well as internal and external committees. Remain current and competent by developing professional contacts with colleagues and seeking out professional development opportunities. Perform other duties as assigned and instructed.

Qualification Requirements: 

Education – Minimum

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) and five or more years of demonstrated experience; or  
  • Associate’s degree from an accredited institution and three or more years of demonstrated experience; or 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and one or more years of demonstrated experience. 

Education – Preferred

  • Associate’s degree from an accredited institution and three or more years of demonstrated experience; or 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and one or more years of demonstrated experience.

Experience – Minimum Demonstrated

  • Understanding of bowling, bowling equipment and facilities, and recreational activities;
  • Progressive fiscal management experience; 
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as necessary;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software and web-based communications (ie. Zoom, Skype, and/or Teams); 
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and with a wide variety of projects and competing deadlines;
  • Customer-centric service;  
  • Meet qualifications required by the Liquor Control Act and the Club and Drinking Establishment Act.

Experience – Preferred Demonstrated

  • Progressive managerial experience working in the recreation field – specific to bowling/billiards.
  • Bowling league and tournament organization and management experience.
  • Bronze-level certification from the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) (or ability to obtain certificate within 3 months of hire).
  • Bowling equipment general maintenance and troubleshooting. 
  • One or more years of demonstrated work experience in a university and/or student union environment. 
  • Two or more years of accounting experience. 
  • Supervisory experience. 
  • Progressive retail food service and beverage management experience.
  • ServSafe certified.

Skills and Abilities 

In order to sell, serve or dispense any cereal malt beverage, the Manager/Bowling and Recreation must be at least 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States, and not have been convicted of or released from incarceration, probation or parole for, a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude, drunkenness, DUI, or a violation of the liquor laws of Kansas, any other state, or the United States, as regulated by the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (KSA 41-2701 et seq.). Ability to stand for extended periods of time and move throughout the recreation center. Full range of physical motion and physical agility (ie. bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, walk and reach overhead) to operate and perform maintenance on bowling equipment and manipulate same. Sight and ability to read printed material with or without vision aids. Verbal and written communication to present, convey and exchange information and ideas accurately and quickly. Physical agility to lift, carry, and/or pull up to 30 pounds. Hearing for average or normal conversations and to receive information. Ability to be exposed to noise extremes. The scope of the job occasionally requires attendance at evening and/or weekend activities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key functions of this position.

Background Check

The final candidate must pass a criminal history check as related to the position. 

Benefit Information

For a summary of Union benefits for full-time employees click here.

About the K-State Student Union:

The mission of the K-State Student Union is to serve all, especially students, with facilities that provide services, programs, leadership experiences and educational opportunities which foster a sense of well-being and belonging in an inclusive community. Since opening its doors in 1956, the Union has been host to the Kansas State University campus and the Manhattan, Kansas community. The Union plays an integral role in the educational mission of the university and fosters an environment that promotes respect for all peoples. 

The K-State Student Union is a non-profit 501(c)3 and is operated as a Kansas State University controlled corporation. As a “local agency” of the university, the Union is considered a reporting unit of the Office of Student Life. The 270,000 square foot Union facility is comprised of five ADA-compliant levels plus the 90,000 square foot outdoor Bosco Student Plaza. The Union offers comprehensive meeting, special event and conference space, dining, and catering services. The Union is home to many of K-State's most active organizations, including the Student Governing Association, Center for Student Involvement, and Union Program Council. This versatile facility employs more than 300 people and provides accommodations for countless programs featuring cultural, social, recreational entertainment, learning and volunteer opportunities. Serving the vast needs of the Manhattan campus and community, the Union features the official university bookstore, K-State Campus Store; eating establishments to include Chick-fil-A, Subway, Qdoba, Panda Express, Radina’s Coffee House; and Union Station by JP’s; the university copy/print center; computer labs; convenience store, Cats’ Den; computer store, Cat Tech; Union Bowling Center; an art gallery; Forum Hall; Wildcat Chamber; banking & ATM services; passport services; engraving services; the university ID Center; and numerous lounge areas. For more information about the K-State Student Union click here.

About Kansas State University: 

Kansas State University was founded in 1863 as the country’s first operational land-grant university. The university has physical campuses in Manhattan, Salina and Olathe, and offers a Global Campus, which administers K-State's online programs. The university boasts an enrollment of approximately 21,000 students, drawing from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries. 

K-State has nine colleges — Agriculture; Architecture, Planning & Design; Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education; Engineering; Health and Human Sciences; Technology and Aviation; and Veterinary Medicine — and a Graduate School. K-State offers more than 400 degrees and options, including bachelor's, master's, doctorates and certificates. K-State’s main Manhattan campus covers more than 2,320 acres, including research and agricultural facilities, and is known as the "Silicon Valley for biodefense" because of its leadership in food safety and security and agro-defense. K-State Salina is known for its educational focus on experiential learning, professional pilot program and renowned unmanned aircraft systems programs. K-State Olathe serves the industry and workforce needs of Greater Kansas City. Global Campus administers 100-plus online programs as well as professional development workshops and enrichment programs. K-State Research and Extension has a presence in every county throughout Kansas and supports research in more than 20 K-State departments. 

From the 8,616-acre Konza Prairie Biological Station to the Johnson Cancer Research Center, the university is home to 90-plus research centers, ensuring researchers and partners have the tools they need to solve global challenges. Scientific research expenditures exceed $213 million annually and extramural funding tops $199 million per year. Kansas State University is consistently recognized by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazine has one of the nation’s best colleges, including being the most inclusive. For more information about Kansas State University click here.

About Manhattan, Kansas:

For information about the Manhattan, Kansas community click here.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: 

The K-State Student Union actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the Union’s commitment to the Principles of CommunityPolicy on nondiscrimination.



Employment Application 

We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek diverse employees. See the non-discrimination policy at k-state.edu/nondiscrimination. The final candidate must pass a criminal history check as related to the position.