Our team at the Kansas 4-H Foundation is small in number, but large in impact. We believe in the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program and its ability to empower young people. Our staff works toward fulfilling our mission—bringing Kansas 4-H together with financial support from the private sector through relationships with corporations, businesses, interest groups and individuals who believe in youth and express this belief through philanthropy.



The Kansas 4-H Foundation is the 501(c)(3) fundraising arm for Kansas 4-H, the state’s largest youth development program, as well as Rock Springs Ranch, the state 4-H center. The Foundation works with businesses, organizations, individuals and families who share a common desire to support a statewide effort of growing future leaders. 

The Foundation is currently seeking a results-driven, energetic and forward-thinking individual to serve as a communications professional specializing in crafting compelling proposals, donor communications, and public relations. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, managing and executing a comprehensive communications effort that contributes to soliciting and securing philanthropic gifts for annual and capital campaign priorities, stewarding existing relationships, and collaborating to build a stronger development operation for our organization. This individual reports to the VP for Campaign Strategy and works closely with the President/CEO and Board of Trustees in all development endeavors. 

If you have a strong background in non-profit communications and share a desire to advance positive youth development throughout the state, we encourage you to apply. 

Primary Responsibilities

Kansas 4-H Foundation communications and public relations professional communicates the purpose and philosophy of the organization to employees, donors, volunteers, 4-H system and the community-at-large, by making effective use of a variety of approaches. This individual is empowered to develop, manage and execute a comprehensive communications effort. S/he will lead day-to-day communications and outreach efforts while facilitating branding and marketing initiatives that support brand fidelity. The professional will maintain a positive relationship between the organization and the media and/or the general public. 

Additional responsibilities include:

Support organizational fundraising efforts – 50%

  • Collaborate with development team members to generate compelling proposals, impact reports and stewardship materials.
  • Produce and review communications to ensure professional and consistent representation of the brand.
  • Collaborate to develop persuasive marketing strategies and materials for fundraising programs, campaigns, and events.
  • Serve as a resource to the executive leadership team in the development of written and oral presentations.
  • Cultivate organizational readiness to communicate to external audiences confidently and strategically.

Perform additional team responsibilities - 20%

  • Lead weekly Communication Request team meetings.
  • Participate in bi-monthly Development team meetings.
  • Participate in fundraising, board meetings and other program activities as requested. 
  • Collaborate with both Kansas 4-H Marketing Team with K-State Research & Extension (KSRE) and Rock Springs Ranch.
  • Manage the application, hiring and orientation process of Kansas 4-H Foundation communications and public relations intern.
  • Evaluation and design of standard Foundation office supplies and promotional materials.
  • Develop and manage communications and public relations budget.

Sharing information with the public - 30%

  • Manage the Kansas 4-H Foundation and Rock Springs Ranch brand standards for all public platforms. Manage and update Foundation and RSR websites as needed.
  • Serve as editor of The Pledge magazine. Produce two issues annually and distribute to more than 10,000 constituents. 
  • Manage the organization's social media tools (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), including engaging with the public, monitoring, posting, tracking metrics, and evaluating new tools.
  • Respond to requests for information from members of the media, stakeholders, and the general public.

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Embrace the mission of the Kansas 4-H Foundation and demonstrate commitment to advancing positive youth development. 
  • Demonstrate impeccable integrity and honesty. Exercise good judgment, creativity and enthusiasm. Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability. 
  • Demonstrated skill in persuasive written storytelling.
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills. Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills. 
  • Be a self-starter and results-driven when executing communications strategies.
  • Possess leadership and interpersonal skills needed to work with and motivate staff, board members, donors and volunteers. 
  • Skilled in visual design. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud applications (including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Premiere Pro) and Wordpress is required.
  • Proficiency in Google and Office Suite is required. Experience with donor management systems, video conferencing and Constant Contact preferred. 
  • Desire to foster meaningful relationships on behalf of the organization. 
  • Be organized and exhibit follow through on tasks and goals. 
  • Contribute to a team-oriented fund development approach. 
  • Share knowledge and experience with staff about communications and public relations. 

Preferred Skills & Experience 

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 2+ years of professional transferable experience in communications and/or related fields such as public relations, marketing and brand management. 
  • Share a professional portfolio that highlights your body of work experience. 

Employment Benefits 

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage 
  • Paid Time Off (PTO), including paid parental leave 
  • 403b retirement plan with employer contribution and matching
  • Modern, collaborative, and technology savvy office space
  • Committed to demonstrating diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do
  • Positive and energetic work environment with enjoyable colleagues who frequently bring office snacks
  • The world's best cinnamon rolls when hosting donors and guests at Rock Springs Ranch 


Position requires a valid motor vehicle operator’s license with an acceptable driving record. 

Background Checks

Employment is contingent upon passing the Kansas 4-H Foundation background check. 


Competitive salary and title are commensurate with experience.


1680 Charles Pl., Ste 100, Manhattan, Kansas 66502


Full-time; Exempt


Please send a resume and cover letter to Mindy Weixelman at