Job Opening: Kansas resource navigator

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K-State Research and Extension is hiring two positions to support its role in the Heartland Regional Food Business Center.

The Heartland Center helps farm and food enterprises develop local and regional food businesses and markets with an emphasis on assisting historically underserved audiences. Partner organizations provide assistance from startup through expansion, and support supply chain connections.

About the positions

The Food Systems Entrepreneurial Resource Navigators at K-State Research and Extension will be responsible for providing technical assistance to small, mid-sized and diverse farm and food-based businesses (i.e. entrepreneurs selling value-added products, opening a restaurant, renovating a rural grocery store, etc.).

They will work across Kansas and support programming to fulfill K-State Research and Extension’s responsibilities for the Heartland Center.

These two statewide positions will be located in the Douglas County Extension office or based remotely for the Manhattan K-State Research and Extension team.


For best consideration, apply by February 16, 2023.

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Duties and responsibilities

Identify aspiring and established farm and food-based businesses, assess needs and provide clients with relevant informational resources.

Track technical assistance interactions, follow up with clients and other technical assistance providers to ensure entrepreneurs are receiving relevant resources.

Identify informational gaps, compile and develop informational resources related to farm and food-based business development.

Effectively communicate with a variety of audiences about the work of the Heartland Regional Food Business Center and available resources from the center.

Build relationships with Heartland Regional Food Business Center partners and clients, with a goal towards reaching underserved audiences.

Lead planning for bi-annual Edible Startup Summit and other outreach and promotional activities for the Heartland Regional Food Business Center.

Manage grant activities and contribute to written reports.

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