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Program Manager - Professional Career Escalators, 82680

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2022
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Hiring Department

Division of Student Success / Professional Career Escalators

Job Description

UMKC's Office of Student Success is seeking applications for a Professional Career Escalators Program Manager. The Career Escalators program is a new career-ready leadership development program launching in fall 2022 designed to set students up for post-graduation success. Through a holistic assessment process, support services will be personalized to meet students' individual needs. The Career Escalators program includes five core experiences for students including career guidance and development, mentoring, applied learning experiences, graduate and professional school preparation, and a credentialed leadership development program.

This Program Manager position will oversee all activities associated with the Career Escalators high school cohort, including development and implementation of the cohort program, programming, and engagement. As the primary contact for communication with the Professional Career Escalators high school cohort, this position will assist with recruitment, plan events, and ensure high school students are connected to UMKC and the Career Escalators program.

Description of Duties (includes, but not limited to):
  • Development, implement and manage the Professional Career Escalators high school cohort. [30%]
  • Create engagement opportunities for high school students to participate in throughout the academic year and summer months. [15%]
  • Develop a plan for monitoring and tracking the high school cohort components that evaluate various success metrics. [15%]
  • Represent the Career Escalators program at various high school engagement events to share information about the program and high school cohort. [10%]
  • Establish a plan for clear communication of program opportunities and expectations for students participating in the Career Escalators high school cohort. [10%]
  • Help develop and implement a recruitment, application and review process for students interested in participating in the high school cohort and determine marketing needs. [10%]
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to develop programming for high school cohort students. [5%]
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned. [5%]
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • At least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in supporting student success programs
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with internal and external stakeholders that support student success
  • Understanding of the student recruitment process and practices
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in technologies, techniques, issues, and approaches to student engagement
  • Creative thinker/planner/problem solver that is innovative and idea-rich
  • A strong track record of collaboration and the ability to create and maintain professional networks
  • Student-centered mindset; ability to anticipate a fulfill student needs
  • Experience developing, implementing, and achieving both short-range and long-term goals
  • Exceptional written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituencies
  • Experience in data collection and management
Full Time/Part Time

Full-time, benefit eligible


$48,900 - $51,000 commensurate with education, experience, and internal equity.

This position is eligible for a hiring incentive up to $3,000.00 (See HR-104 Hiring Incentives for Faculty and Staff )

Application Deadline

Application review begins 12/12/2022

This position will accept applications until filled

Application Instructions

To be considered, you must complete the application which contains two (2) sections: 1. Name and Contact Information 2. Combine all application materials (a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a list of at least five references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /,&, %, etc.).

If you need technical assistance, please call (800) 488-5288.


After an initial probationary period, this position will be eligible for flexible work arrangements (e.g. flex schedule and/or remote work). Details of this agreement will be worked out with the manager and will be based on the job assignments.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion .

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

Benefit Eligibility


We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important r esource.

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