School of Science & Engineering
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
- 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
- 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
- Ensure and report on measurable outcomes for each program
offered to approximately 100,000 regional K-12 students by the KC
- 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
- Maintain effective communications and relations with the
Advisory Board of Directors and the Dean of the School of Science
- 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.
Full Time/Part Time
- 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
- Demonstrated experience in building relationships with funders,
educational institutions, industry representatives, and government
- Demonstrated experience with fundraising and grant development,
delivery, and evaluation of educational programs.
- Demonstrated knowledge of basic finance and business management
Full time benefit eligible position
Anticipated salary $85,000 to $90,000 annual, commensurate with
experience, education, and internal equity.
Open until filled, review of applications begins on October 9,
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