Associate Director of Information Dissemination, Institute for Human Development, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2021


Associate Director of Information Dissemination, Institute for Human Development


Hiring Department

The UMKC Institute for Human Development, University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (IHD) 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 will lead the information dissemination function at the UMKC Institute for Human Development (IHD) to ensure information dissemination strategies are effective, accessible and follow best standards. The function involves the creation, organization, and dissemination of information including professional publications and products. Outcomes of this function are intended to increase public awareness, build capacity, and expand research and practice knowledge within the field of developmental disabilities. This position will serve as Principal Investigator over a portfolio of grants and contracts and will be responsible for building an effective multidisciplinary communications team, supervising personnel, fiscal management, developing new initiatives, promoting UMKC-IHD's brand, designing and implementing an annual communications plan, evaluating communications effectiveness, providing support to IHD training, research, and education teams, and representation within local, regional, and national contexts. This person will be part of IHD's management team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead an interdisciplinary communications team (managing people, finances, resources) including project and performance management and the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic plans.
  • Lead dissemination and marketing strategies, including digital design, social media and print to a diverse array of target audiences with UMKC IHD.
  • Ensure all UMKC IHD products are accessibility for all stakeholder groups including those with IDD, and follow universal design principles-such as website, training & dissemination, etc.
  • Ensure all UMKC IHD published materials, products, and activities address language, culture, literacy, and access barriers.
  • Develop and foster strong partnerships with local, state, and national partners among academic, policy, clinical practice, government, and voluntary and private sectors.
  • Lead activities related to web design, SEO visibility, and digital analytics.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum qualifications of a terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., MFA, etc.) in marketing, communications, graphics design, education, or similar field.
  • Minimum of two years of management-level experience leading communications or marketing team.

Full Time/Part Time

Full time


$75,000 - $90,376 annual, commensurate with experience and education.

Application Deadline

Open until filled. For best consideration please apply by June 21st.

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.


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UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure. For more information on our diversity mission, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website: UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. Our students come from all 50 states and over 85 countries, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. With more than 125 academic areas, our students have a lot of opportunities to explore on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career. We are at the heart of a thriving urban area where the city's life and energy influence everything that happens here. We are Kansas City's university and we can't wait for you to join us! Find out more about UMKC in the About UMKC section of our website.

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