AmeriCorps Research Support Member (Part-time) - SPICE Program, UMKC School of Nursing and Health

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 30, 2023

Hiring Department

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies in partnership with AmeriCorps Missouri

Seniors Positive Impact in Community Emergencies (SPICE) - AmeriCorps

Job Description

AmeriCorps member of SPICE. One of four phases: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Recovery

UMKC: Disaster Preparedness AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps – Missouri Service Commission, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine

Kansas City Missouri, Independence Missouri

Purpose :

Drs. Amanda Grimes, Joseph Lightner, Julia Crowley, Kathleen Spears, and Sharon White-Lewis are conducting a project to improve disaster preparedness for community dwelling older adults in Missouri. Supported by eight Kansas City organizations and with the support and funding of AmeriCorps we are seeking individuals interested in impacting their communities’ emergency preparedness. It is very important to focus on the older adult population who may have access and functional needs which are increased during disasters. Also, and as important, the older adults are a source of resilience for our communities due to past lived experiences and utilization of these unique individuals during a disaster will strengthen our response during a difficult disaster.

AmeriCorps Member duties will include:
  • Coordinate with community partners
  • Assist in physical activity programming, disaster evaluation home visits, public health emergency management plants for older adults, recovery plans for post-disaster to allow these individuals to return to their communities
  • Collect and manage data for research measurement purposes
  • Create and manage seminars on preparedness
  • Respond to urgent situations in a safe and appropriate manner
  • Assist with data analysis and manuscript development
Minimum Qualifications
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • By law, to serve in AmeriCorps, an individual must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent alien of the United States
  • Members are permitted to have a part-time job to compensate their living wages
  • Members are permitted to be enrolled in classes while serving
Full Time/Part Time

This is a part-time (45% FTE) non-benefit eligible position


Members will be appointed for up to one year and receive a modest living stipend of $833.32 per month to cover basic expenses.

Members who successfully complete their term of service may be eligible for the Segals AmeriCorps Education Award Stipend of $3447.50 . This stipend can cover a range of education expenses and is transferrable to child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, or foster-child if you are over 55 years of age at time of service.

Other benefits include:
  • Virtual Professional Training on:
    • CPR training/certification
    • First aid training/certification
    • Sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and anti-bullying training
    • Citizenship training:
      • Fostering positive attitudes towards lifelong citizenship and service
      • Enhancing the ability of members to discuss and explore their community and people, processes, and institutions with the goal of improving conditions
      • Planning and implementing effective service projects
      • Developing social, cultural, and analytical skills necessary to effectively participate in American democracy
  • Become a member of a world renowned national, state, and local network of AmeriCorps
  • Giving back to your community and working with community leaders
  • Networking with Public Health, Emergency Management, and medical experts
  • Members will be distinguished from colleges due to service and connections with their communities

This position will average 18 hours per week for a total of over the duration of the appointment. Days of the week will be determined by the members and their community partners. Planning is recommended for two, eight-hour days (after training) per week.

This position may include occasional evenings or weekend days if needed by the community organizations. There may be national, state, or local service projects or events that will be necessary to attend and these will also count towards total hours.

Member will not be required to serve during holidays and time off.

20% of the time served can be training, with much of the training occurring virtually.


Questions regarding the positions can be directed to:

Dr. Sharon White-Lewis


913-592-4477 cell

Evaluations of performance:

Member will have 2 required evaluations at 6 months and at end of service. This is a mutual exchange of information that informs the program’s service delivery and helps the member complete the term of service successfully. The member will be required to provide bi-weekly timesheets, monthly data reports, and quarterly narrative reports. Support and help to complete these tasks will be frequent and available.

Reasonable Accommodations and non-discrimination:

AmeriCorps is committed to strengthening and supporting full inclusion and equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in its programs and activities, through enforcement and compliance with requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, including Section 504. If you have questions regarding program accessibility requirements, contact the Disability Program Manager by sending an email to: .

Reasonable Accommodation

Employees and applicants for Federal employment who need to request a reasonable accommodation or personal assistance services may contact the Disability Program Manager by sending an email to: .


AmeriCorps is committed to achieving a diverse, energized, high-performing workforce. The key to achieving this objective is developing and maintaining effective leaders, managers, and employees who treat all persons with dignity and respect regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, reprisal, genetic information, or military service. This policy covers all personnel programs, management practices, and decisions. This includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, merit promotions, transfers, reassignments, training, career development, benefits, and separations. We strive to provide a work environment free of discrimination and harassment, providing all employees the freedom to compete on a fair and level playing field.

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.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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UMKC Statement on Diversity

University of Missouri System Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

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