National Officer Candidates

The Kansas FFA Association will select one candidate to serve as the State’s nomination for the National officer candidate process. The following guidelines provide additional information for those individuals interested in pursuing the nomination.

What Potential Candidates Need To Know:

  • It’s a Big Decision - The decision to run for a National FFA Office is not an easy one. Serving as the State’s nominee takes a great deal of time and preparation as well as some deep self-reflection. Potential candidates should review the National Officer Candidate Handbook and include family, advisor and mentors in making the decision to run.
  • American Degree – In order to serve as the nominee, candidates must have previously received or be receiving their American Degree. American FFA Degree applications are due to the State FFA Office each year by February 15th.
  • Declaration of Interest – The first step in declaring interest to serve as the 2020 Kansas candidate is to notify the Selection Committee Coordinator (jax@ksu.edu) by no later than June 10th, 2020 of your interest. This does not commit to pursuing the candidacy.
  • Submit Application – The application packet well be due to the Selection Committee Coordinator electronically (jax@ksu.edu) by June 26th, 2020. The application packet will consist of the following:
    • Resume
    • Transcript
    • Copy of American Degree
    • Cover letter addressed to the Kansas FFA National Officer Candidate Selection Committee highlighting desire to serve along with skills and abilities to serve as both thee candidate and national officer
  • Evaluations – Each candidate must submit six Officer Candidate Evaluation Forms. The six completed forms must come from the high school FFA advisor (candidates with more than one advisor may have one combined form or multiples), one college faculty member or advisor, one current high school FFA member, and three members of the candidate’s state officer team (candidates may complete evaluations for other candidates). These forms can be completed online at https://fs3.formsite.com/Jaxksu/KSFFANOC/index.html. These are also due by June 26th.
  • Selection Process – Onsite interviews will be held in Manhattan on/or before the second Friday following the State FFA Convention but not before the conclusion of State FFA Convention. The selection process will typically be 1 – 1.5 days in length. In 2020, the selection process will begin on Wednesday evening, July 1 and conclude late in the afternoon on Thursday, July 2nd. The candidate will be announced on July 2nd at the end of the process.
    • More information and a detailed schedule will be distributed to the declared candidates by June 29th.
    • The selection process will be conducted similarly to the National Officer Candidate process at National Convention. Many of the same rounds will be included. The entire process is behavioral based and focused on competencies identified by the Selection Committee for both an effective candidate and an effective officer. Candidates can expect a knowledge examination, individual interviews, group interviews, social interaction with the committee, speaking opportunities, facilitation modeling and other activities deemed appropriate by the Selection Committee.
    • The Selection Committee will include 8-12 members and may consist of a combination of FFA Alumni, former State FFA Officers, agriculture industry leaders, current and former Agricultural educators, the State Advisor, and FFA members (if possible).

Questions can be directed to:

Mary Kane, Kansas FFA Executive Secretary, mrkane@ksu.edu
Jackie McClaskey, Selection Committee Coordinator, jax@ksu.edu