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Sr. Strategic Communications Associate, UMKC's Institute for Human Development

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UMKC's Institute for Human Development

Job Description

Hiring Department:
The Institute for Human Development (IHD), a University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), is an applied research and training center for human services designed to exemplify the University’s goals of engaged scholarship and community partnerships. Its functions include interdisciplinary training, applied research, community program development and information dissemination.

Job Description
This position primarily will provide strategic communications counsel primarily to the University Center for Excellence for Developmental Disabilities and for various programs with the Institute for Human Development as needed. The position will create and execute strategic communication plans,
manage and coordinate a wide range of communications projects to support, promote and enhance the
UCEDD and UMKC-IHD. The incumbent will:
  • Serve as a project manager for communications activities primarily within the UCEDD and across IHD as needed
  • Develop strategic communication plans for a variety of projects and translate complex information into understandable messages
  • Build relationships across IHD, primarily serving the UCEDD, supporting IHD and other programs across the organization as needed
  • Draft and edit digital media content for IHD and IHD-managed websites; post content regularly to websites and social media as determined by communication plans
  • Manage analytics for all social media and websites under the IHD umbrella; provide timely monthly reports and make recommendations on how to build the audience and engagement for selected sites
  • Manage updates, improvements and maintenance on various WordPress websites supported by IHD
  • Develop and execute communication strategies based on target audiences, messaging and selected communications channels
  • Write a variety of communications, such as postcards, one-sheets, flyers, brochures and more, for programs within IHD and ensure appropriate tone, with attention to Plain Language, people-first language to ensure accessibility
  • Design a variety of communications to support the projects and program needs across IHD ensuring use of alternative text and accessibility through design
  • Develop and manage year-long calendar of upcoming projects
  • Provide communication support to leaders as needed for PowerPoint presentations, briefing sheets, talking points, etc.
  • Draft scripts and guide production of videos for various needs across IHD as needed
  • Drive consistency with communications to ensure they adhere to IHD branding across various parts of the organization and across various communication channels
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) or comparable certification from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
  • Mature communications consulting skills developed through agency or related experiences
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with digital media, including WordPress and social media
  • Basic design skills including work with InDesign and other design software
Anticipated Hiring Range

50,367 to $73,500, commensurate with experience, educa ti on, and internal equity 50,367 to $73,500, commensurate with experience, educa ti on, and internal equity $50,367 to $73,500, commensurate with experience, educa ti on, and internal equity

$50,367 to $73,500, commensurate with experience, educa ti on, and internal equity

$50, 368 - $73,500 commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.

Application Deadline

Thursday April 18, 2024.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

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



The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four universities of the University of Missouri System (UM System), is a doctoral research-intensive public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs. The University is designated as a high research activity university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is home to 13 colleges and schools; indeed, few urban universities have the depth and breadth of disciplines (ranging from medicine to the performing arts) offered at UMKC. The University enrolls more than 16,000 students, coming from 48 states and more than 95 countries, in more than 125 academic areas. The student population includes 47% undergraduates, 31% graduates and 22% dual-enrolled HS students. Providing a stimulating classroom experience is paramount at UMKC. The institution’s diverse and international faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field at an impressive 83%. UMKC has earned national and international recognition for the quality of its faculty, students, research and community leadership.

UMKC aspires to be an exemplary public urban research university of the 21st century, pursuing excellence as a human-centric learning and discovery community, fostering equity, diversity and inclusion to enrich the lives of the people and region we serve.

As an urban research university, our mission at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to promote learning through the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge of public value across a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields of study. UMKC celebrates the individual and embodies diversity and inclusion by intertwining these goals with innovation to enable transformational impact aimed at bringing cultural, social, health, and economic prosperity to the metropolitan, regional and global communities we serve.

The University is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million and a diverse portfolio of industries and businesses. Home to a diverse base of corporate centers, high-tech firms and prominent non-profits, Kansas City is an inspiring example of 21st century economic transformation, with UMKC sitting at its heart. From thriving corporate headquarters such Garmin to tech startups such as ZOLOZ and ShotTracker, KC’s business community is strong.

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city’s rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.

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