KC STEM Alliance Director, UMKC School of Science & Engineering, 57689

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 28, 2023

Hiring Department

School of Science & Engineering

Job Description

UMKC School of Science and Engineering is looking at filling the Sr. Director Program project operations position for the KC STEM Alliance, an independent initiative of the School. The KC STEM Alliance is a not-for-profit collaborative network of educators, businesses, and related organizations working together to inspire interest and engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), with the mission of generating a robust workforce of related professionals for the Greater Kansas City region. The KC STEM Alliance works through the creation of a shared services model for two national acclaimed STEM programs – Project Lead The Way and FIRST, supporting a solid foundation of STEM education for all students, regardless of race, gender or economic status, increasing the quality and diversity of job-ready candidates for local STEM employers, and advancing economic development and progress in our community. The primary purpose of this position is to oversee the entire operations of the KC STEM Alliance and serve as the liaison to the local, regional and national constituents including funding sources, elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators/ administrators, project partners, governmental officials and the University of Missouri.

Key roles and responsibilities associated with this position would include but not limited to:
  • Assist the Advisory Board of Directors in development and implementing effective goals and strategies to advance the KC STEM Alliance’s mission.
  • Assist Advisory Board of Directors in the development, implementation and evaluation of a long-range funding plan based on KC STEM Alliances’ vision, mission and objectives.
  • Management of $1.3m budget; secure funding through corporations, foundations, grants, and individuals for KC STEM Alliance.
  • Prepare an annual budget, monitor the budget and provide financial report for each Advisory Board of Directors meeting and to the Dean.
  • Provide leadership in planning and recommending KC STEM Alliance services and programs based on KC STEM Alliance’s mission
  • Ensure and report on measurable outcomes for each program offered to approximately 100,000 regional K-12 students by the KC STEM Alliance.
  • Establish and maintain visibility and relationships within the metropolitan region and with participating elementary & secondary, industry, post-secondary and other non-profit partners of KC STEM Alliance. Such partners extend to the state, national, and international levels.
  • Develop and implement a regional marketing plan.
  • Represent KC STEM Alliance at meetings on local, regional, state and national levels.
  • Provide primary personnel and management for KC STEM Alliance staff. Identify, negotiate, and execute agreements with independent contractors as needed.
  • Communicate accomplishments and program activities of the Alliance s to government officials, key stakeholders and the community at large. Serve as the chief spokesperson for the KC STEM Alliance
  • Maintain effective communications and relations with the Advisory Board of Directors and the Dean of the School of Science and Engineering.
  • Prepare and maintain written agreements with cooperating agencies and institutions as required by the Curators of the University of Missouri funding sources, prepare financial and programmatic reports as required by the Curators of the University of Missouri and the UMKC Foundation.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate and as directed by KC STEM Alliance Advisory Board of Directors and the Dean.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 6 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership abilities to manage, supervise, and develop internal staff, as well as program-specific project contractors.
  • Demonstrated experience in building relationships with funders, educational institutions, industry representatives, and government officials.
  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising and grant development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic finance and business management principles
Full Time/Part Time

Full time benefit eligible position


Anticipated salary $85,000 to $90,000 annual, commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.

Application Deadline

Open until filled, review of applications begins on October 9, 2023.

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