Manager, Kansas Geologic Sample Repository - Wichita

Lawrence, Kansas (US)
Jan 15, 2021
Feb 14, 2021
Career Level
Mid Career
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Manager, Kansas Geologic Sample Repository - Wichita

Kansas Geological Survey

Position Overview

Manage the Kansas Geologic Sample Repository (KGSR) operations and represent the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) as an extension of the activities in the Lawrence office.  Currently, the KGSR has three full-time staff and two part-time temporary staff.  The Manager develops and participates in research and service projects as appropriate, utilizing contacts with the public and industry to identify opportunities and relevant problems to be solved.  The Manager is active with KGS administration in Lawrence to ensure coordination between offices.

The Mission of the Kansas Geological Survey – Kansas Geologic Sample Repository, Wichita, is to:

  • establish, manage, and maintain the Kansas Geologic Sample Repository (KGSR) for the preservation of the State's geologic samples for research, exploration, and education,
  • provide to the public retail sales for geologic, hydrologic, paleontologic, stratigraphic, geochemical, geophysics and mineral economics publications, maps, and software published by the Kansas Geological Survey,
  • make available to the public geological, hydrological and other natural resource information about Kansas, and
  • promote and participate in research and technology transfers.

Learn more about the Kansas Geological Survey.

Job Description


  • Administration/Management of the KGSR Facility (25%)
    • Manage the daily operations and administration.
    • Develop, prepare, and monitor the annual operating budget.
    • Identify facility maintenance and equipment replacement needs, and work with the Lawrence office to initiate and carry out steps for improvements.  
    • Maintain communication with the Lawrence office, including attendance at monthly management team meetings. 
    • Develop and institute policies and procedures to maximize service and efficiency in the KGSR operations.
    • Develop and prepare statistical spreadsheets and graphs reflecting KGSR use, collection growth, and revenue collected.  Compile this information in an annual report.
    • Maintain a current website in coordination with the Lawrence office.
  • Supervision of the KGSR Facility (25%)
    • Supervise office staff in accounting practices and procedures to ensure accuracy and efficiency in financial transactions.
    • Supervise and train staff in sample preservation techniques to ensure proper curation of formation samples.
    • Supervise KGSR staff and prepare annual evaluations.
    • Maintain communications and coordinate with KGS Human Resources director concerning staff, new hires, hiring and termination of employees.
  • Research and Technology Transfer (20%)
    • Represent the Kansas Geological Survey in the local and professional communities in Wichita and the surrounding area, including representation in governmental organizations.
    • Foster opportunities for research and service.
    • Make presentations and prepare reports on geological topics, as appropriate.
    • Assist professionals and the public with literature searches, sample examinations, and Kansas natural resources.
    • Participate in relevant research and technology transfer in collaboration with the Lawrence office.
  • Service (30%)
    • Provide natural resources information in response to public, corporate, or governmental inquiries.
    • Present and participate in public events.
    • Prepare flyers or web-based information on popular topics to aid in service activities.
    • Answer media inquiries as appropriate.
    • Serve on technical and professional internal and external committees.

Position Requirements

This position is required to work on-site.

Required Qualifications


  1. Bachelor’s degree in the geosciences or closely related field and five years’ relevant experience -OR- a Masters degree in geosciences or closely related field.
  2. Two years’ management and supervisory experience.
  3. Experience providing information and service to the public.
  4. Technical skill and experience with Microsoft Windows hardware and software as outlined in application materials.
  5. Demonstrated record of written and oral presentations as evidenced by information in application material.

Preferred Qualifications


  1. Advanced degree in geosciences or closely related field.
  2. Five or more year’s management and supervisory experience.
  3. Technical skill managing and troubleshooting local area network, workstations, network server, WIFI mesh, and associated switch, router, gateway, cable modem.
  4. Experience addressing petroleum-related and scientific inquiries.
  5. Working knowledge of Kansas geology.
  6. Experience with preservation of geologic samples or other research samples.
  7. Working knowledge of inventory management to include receiving, storage and retrieval processes.  
  8. Demonstrated ability to work with groups outside the scientific community, such as state and local government officials, educators, industry representatives, and the public.
  9. Demonstrated ability to organize, complete, and present technical projects.
  10. Demonstrated ability to obtain funding for research or service activities.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.

Contact Information to Applicants

Annette Delaney
Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas

Additional Candidate Instruction

Complete the University of Kansas Unclassified Professional Staff profile and upload the required material:

  1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications and position requirements.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
  4. Unofficial college transcripts to meet education requirement, if applicable.

Application review has been extended. Review begins January 25, 2021, and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is received. For best consideration apply by the review date above.

Advertised Salary Range

$60,000 - $70,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Primary Campus

KS Geologic Sample Respository





FLSA Status


Employee Class

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Work Schedule

8a-5p, M-F

Job Family


Work Location Assignment



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