Men of Color Academy Program Director, UMKC, 85060

Hiring Department

Office of the Chancellor

Job Description

This position will provide leadership for the Men of Color Academy (MoCA), Success Coaches, mentors, and the development and implementation of programming, workshops, and training for program participants. Oversee the development and implementation of unique and engaging cohort-based programs across broad academic areas that are responsive to regional workforce needs to provide holistic support and development to program participants. This position is responsible for implementing best practices in the areas of mentoring and student development and partnering with established programs to meet student needs.

Through a holistic assessment process, support services will be personalized to meet students’ individual needs. MoCA aims to provide proactive support and engagement in the areas of student development, career/transfer exploration, professional/leadership development, and networking opportunities. Through holistic and culturally relevant programming, cross-campus and interdepartmental support networks, and innovative services, we strive to close the gaps of retention and graduation rates among men of color.

The Director will report to Chief of Staff and Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics.
Key Responsibilities and Duties, include, but are not limited to:
  • Design and implement program components (assessment, career development, mentoring, leadership program) in collaboration with internal partners (Roo Advising, Career Services, Student Affairs, Faculty, Community Professionals, Residential Life).
  • Provide leadership in developing, implementing, and coordinating programs and services within Men of Color Academy (MoCA).
  • Coordinate programming for students who self-identify as men of color, specifically Black and Latino/x men that promote a sense of belonging and bonding as well as develop a strong sense of advocacy around student persistence, retention and graduation.
  • Develop a strategic plan and assessment instrument for monitoring and tracking program components that evaluate various success metrics.
  • Represent the MoCA on campus and in the community, developing cohorts that include first time college students and transfer students.
  • Establish a plan for clear communication of program requirements and expectations, and scholarship details to students.
  • Develop and implement an application, review, and selection process for program applicants. Determine and implement marketing needs for the program.
  • Capitalize and integrate existing support services for student success (financial wellness, mental health and wellness, etc.) into the program.
  • Work closely with campus partners, as well as Alumni, university and community partners to design co-curricular programming in the areas of academics, mentoring, leadership development, internship and career exploration, undergraduate research, gender and racial identity development, and others.
  • Establish relationships with campus departments, faculty and students who support the work of MoCA.
  • Hire, train and supervise Success Coaches.
  • Develop, coordinate and design content for web page and social media outlets.
  • Support student crises, counsel and advise students on concerns related to interpersonal issues, academic concerns, career interests, and identity development. Refer students to appropriate services for additional guidance, support, or intervention.
  • Benchmark best practices for Male Success Initiatives nationally.
  • Other projects, initiatives and duties assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Full Time/Part Time

Full-Time, benefit eligible


$53,600 - $74,000 commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity

Application Deadline

Application review begins the week of March 27th, 2023.

This position will continue to accept and review applications until the role is filled.

Application Instructions

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of five references with contact information) 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 are experiencing technical problems, please call (800) 488-5288.

Note, you must provide a description of job duties for each Work Experience entry on your application. Please carefully review the application instructions section of our Careers page prior to submitting your materials.

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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