Research Aide / Architecture, Urban Planning + Design / 65275 & 62576

University of Missouri - Kansas City, MO

Full-time | Part-time
The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design established the Center for Neighborhoods (CFN) in partnership with the State of Missouri. The Center requires two Research Aides to provide project/program management for the Center’s existing and new community-centric initiatives. These positions are responsible for outreach to neighborhood leaders, residents, and a variety of constituents and stakeholders. Additionally, these positions will be responsible for the continued development and the recruitment of new participants for the Center’s Neighborhood Leadership Training Program, community events and workshops. The ideal candidates will bring an equity and asset-based community development lens to all community engagement work. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of accomplishment of working with charitable organizations, community-based organizations and urban-core neighborhoods. These positions will report of Center’s Director.

Position Summary

The UMKC Center for Neighborhoods (CFN) in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design (AUPD) provides technical assistance, leadership training and workshops, organizational development, and communication and technology expertise to address the challenges of neighborhood vitalization and revitalization in Kansas City, Missouri. Through this initiative, CFN works with partner organizations, neighborhood leaders, advocates, residents and community to help build the capacity of neighborhood organizations. We seek a great communicator who can work with a variety of constituents and stakeholders, including neighborhood leaders and other community partner organizations. A bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Community Development or a related field is preferred, however equivalent experience will be considered. Experience working within the field of community development is desired and a commitment to an asset-based community development approach is necessary.

The CFN “vision and mission” is about making each unique neighborhood uniquely better-based upon who and what they are-more so than just upon who and what CFN is. Bringing an equity lens to all work, this position will be responsible for the continued development of strong relationships with the neighborhood organizations in the Kansas City, Missouri area. This position is responsible for the continued engagement of existing neighborhood organizations and neighborhood leaders. Additionally, the recruitment of new neighborhood leaders and residents to participate in the CFN trainings, events and workshops. The ideal candidate for this position should have a demonstrated track record of experience working with voluntary organizations, community-based organizations and urban-core neighborhoods. This position reports to the CFN Director.

General Expectations

Ability to balance and prioritize multiple responsibilities concurrently
Ability to recognize issues, think analytically, and problem-solve
Positive attitude, enthusiasm, professionalism, ambition and curiosity
Strong sense of humility and sensitivity to the challenges of people and places
Self-starter, trustworthy and able to work with a team, as well as independently
Available to work some evenings and weekends

Essential Functions/Key Responsibilities

Work and liaise with community members to discern and internalize their successes, their needs, and challenges, and to help build capacity to support their efforts
Conduct outreach and presentations to advance the mission and vision of the Center for Neighborhoods
Program and project design, implementation, management and evaluation
Recruit new neighborhood leaders to participate in the CFN’s trainings, workshops and special events
Attend various meetings: civic, neighborhood, organizational, departmental, and academic (as delegated by the Director) many take place in the evenings and on weekends
Identify and submit detailed and pertinent information for annual reports and grant reports
Analyze community assessment information weekly
Participate in CFN curriculum development and programmatic design
Contribute to newsletter articles and produce regular relevant content for website and other social media outlets
Keep up-to-date on neighborhood engagement, planning/development, communications/technology, leadership/government, health/safety, and related research and best practices
Produce and edit reports, fact sheets and other resources and publications
Assist with fundraising and event coordination
Grant writing is required
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

Flexible and adaptable work schedule (includes working some evenings and weekends)
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite products and databases and familiarity with GIS
Professional office and phone etiquette
Attendance and participation in scheduled CFN meetings, leadership classes, workshops and trainings
Must have reliable transportation
Familiarity with Kansas City, Missouri is preferred
Fluency in Spanish is a plus
Final candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check prior to beginning employment
Full Time/Part Time

Full Time, benefit eligible, unranked non-tenure track


Commensurate with experience

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins immediately; positions remain open until filled.

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted online at Applicants must combine all application materials (Resume, cover letter and contact information for four references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as resume attachment. No phone calls please.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11 MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

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.