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Manager of Nationally Competitive Awards, Career Services, 83009

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 22, 2023

Hiring Department

Division of Student Success, Career Services

Job Description

This position will provide customized support to UMKC students pursuing nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and other research-based external experiences of prestige, including, but not limited to, Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater, Churchill, James C. Gaither Junior Fellows, Luce, and Udall awards.
The manager will develop marketing and recruitment strategies to cultivate a diverse candidate pool of students pursuing these unique experiential learning opportunities, organizing workshops and information sessions, advising candidates and awardees, and providing wraparound support services throughout the application process and experience. Although the manager will primarily focus on student applicants, the manager will also provide information and general support to faculty and staff applicants. This new position will work collaboratively with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and is an initiative of the Chancellor of UMKC.

Key Responsibilities
Fellowships Recruitment - Promote knowledge of awards opportunities, including application requirements, processes, and deadlines, through workshops, classroom presentations, and other activities. Develop innovative candidate recruitment strategies, including programs and presentations to faculty, departments, student groups, etc.

Fellowships Advising - Provide direct coaching services to students seeking opportunities, including discussing relevant fellowships opportunities and reviewing application materials such as resumes, personal statements, and essay question answers.
Fellowships Application Process Management - Manage the institutional elements of fellowships application processes, including submitting university-sponsored applications according to various guidelines, establishing advising committees, and writing and/or procuring institutional endorsement letters. As needed, provide feedback to the letter of recommendation writers. Oversee the communication plan for services, including drafting articles for publication about award recipients.
Relationship Development - Cultivate relationships with faculty, departments, and academic programs to ensure cross-campus participation in identifying and mentoring candidates, serving on selection committees, and providing letters of support. Develop and maintain relationships with external funding agencies and foundations, ensuring appropriate campus preparation and selection procedures.

Faculty and Staff Fellowships Recruitment and Advising – If needed, promote knowledge of awards opportunities through workshops and other professional activities, including application requirements, processes, and deadlines. Provide direct coaching services, discuss fellowship opportunities, and provide guidance on application materials such as resumes, personal statements, and essay question answers.
Key Skills
  • Oral and written communication, collaboration, program development, ability to work individually and in a team environment, detailed oriented, time management, grant writing
  • A distinct drive to take the initiative, with the ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Evidence of providing mentorship and /or advising to students with the ability to build a rapport with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Strong ability to compose and present engaging presentations.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of departmental and personal data.
  • Understanding of various experiential learning, employment, and other essential needs
  • Demonstrate success in program development for at least one year.
  • Knowledge of prestigious fellowships and/or participation in an external fellowship program.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage a database of scholarship information and track applicants through various experiences
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s in counseling, higher ed, international studies, or related field preferred. 2-3 years of experience in coaching, mentoring, and /or advising college-age individuals. One or more years of experience processing applications for fellowships and nationally competitive scholarships is highly preferred.

Career Services is moving quickly to hire for this position and is interested in interviewing candidates from a broad range of experiences with qualified skills. Consider applying if you have a background in Student Life, Greek Life, or Trio programming or have worked in school counseling, secondary teaching, or similar environments. Those with other equivalent work experiences are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Full Time/Part Time

Full-time, benefit eligible

Benefits Summary:
  • Health, Vision, Dental options, available first day of employment.
  • Paid Time Off: Vacation, Sick Leave, Personal Days, Winter Break (Dec. 26th – Dec. 31st), and 9 Holidays
  • Retirement Savings Plan with University Match
  • Employee Educational Assistance and Tuition Reduction (75% Education Discount)* at UMKC and other UM System Schools (Missouri University, University of Missouri – St. Louis and at Missouri S&T)
  • Employee Spouse/Dependent Educational Assistance and Tuition Reduction (50% Education Discount)* at UMKC and other UM System Schools (Missouri University, University of Missouri – St. Louis and at Missouri S&T)

Up to $54,000 commmensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.

Application Deadline

Application review begins April 10th, 2023

Application Deadline: April 23rd, 2023

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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