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The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four of the University of Missouri campuses, is a doctoral research-intensive public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs and serving approximately 16,000 students.  The University is well positioned to address the demands of the times in a dynamic city that deserves and requires the benefits that accrue from a strong public university.

UMKC has a broad and inclusive educational mission with specific emphasis in three areas: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.  UMKC's unique profile includes the College of Arts and Sciences, University College, and Schools of Education, Nursing & Health Studies, Henry W. Bloch School of Management, Medicine, Law, Computing and Engineering, Biological Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance.

The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity and multiculturalism and strives to create a welcoming environment where faculty and staff feel valued for their contribution.  A successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for students and the university, as the focus on student success is central to our mission and provides direction in our daily actions at UMKC.

Reaffirming its commitment to provide a safe and healthy physical environment for its students, staff, faculty, patients and the general public associated with UMKC, smoking will not allowed on the UMKC campuses as of August 1, 2014. Please visit the Smoke-Free UMKC website for details.

Along with the over 49.9% of our alumni living in the KC area, the university also continually strives to support the surrounding community and the greater Kansas City area. Kansas City truly is a great place to call home and a wonderful location for UMKC.


Medical Insurance

The University of Missouri offers all regular full-time employees medical plans options that are effective on the first day of employment.

Dental Insurance

The University of Missouri offers all regular full-time employees dental insurance that is effective on the first day of employment.

Vision Insurance

The University of Missouri offers all regular full-time employees vision insurance that is effective on the first day of employment.

Life Insurance

All regular full-time employees receive a life insurance policy equal to their annual salary free of charge. Supplemental insurance may be purchased. Dependent plans are available for spouse and children.


All benefit-eligible employees are eligible for the University of Missouri Employee Retirement Investment Plan.

Paid Time Off

All regular full-time staff accrue paid time off in the form of sick time, vacation time and personal days. Accruals for sick time and vacation time are based on status and years of service. Four personal days are given to staff each year on their anniversary date.

Paid Holidays

The University of Missouri designates eight days per year as official University holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following, and Christmas Day.

Child Development

Located on the Volker campus, the Berkley Child and Family Development Center is a nationally accredited center providing child care for children ages 3 months to 5 years old.

Employee Discounts

There are many employee discounts available for UMKC employees, from entertainment and lodging, as well as a variety of retail, transportation, and technology/telecommunications discounts.

Employee Learning

UMKC offers many training and development opportunities, including in-person courses, online learning resources, certificate programs, and partnerships with education providers, such as Kansas City Professional Development Council and Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE program. Additionally, Talent Management offers coaching and consultation services to individuals and work teams.

Employee Recognition

UMKC rewards employees through a number of programs that recognize outstanding performance and longevity with the institution. Programs include awards that recognize and celebrate Excellence in Teaching, Diversity, Research, Service and Engagement, as well as a variety of Staff awards, a Service Awards Program, and more.

Fitness Center

University employees may join the Swinney Recreation Center, a state of the art recreation center located on the Volker campus.

Health, Wellness & Counseling

Since 2012, the university has promoted a formal Culture of Health program to advocate for creating work environments that preserve the health of employees and promote their ability to excel at their jobs while honoring the importance of family and community. UMKC offers a variety of health and wellness programs and resources that are free, or at little cost to the employee.

University Events

University employees receive discounted tickets for University athletic events and performances on campus.

University Libraries

University employees can check out books from any of the libraries on campus free of charge. Our libraries use Merlin/Mobius to request books that are not available in our library.


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.

Chancellor’s Diversity Council

The UMKC Chancellor’s Diversity Council was established in September 2011 to facilitate the realization of UMKC’s strategic vision and goals, specifically, Goal Five of the Campus Strategic Plan: Embrace Diversity.

As an urban research university, UMKC values diversity as central to our mission. To develop the strategic plan, the Council – which includes various faculty, staff, students and community members – held a series of public forums on campus and in the community and met with groups large and small across campus. The Council took the input from those forums and discussions and developed the current Diversity Strategic Plan for the university.

UMKC’s Strategic Goal #5:

Embrace Diversity - Celebrate diversity in all aspects of university life, creating inclusive environments, culturally competent citizens, and globally-oriented curricula and programs.

Our Guiding Vision:

Diversity is an important driver of excellence in higher education. Diversity and inclusion strategies also impact UMKC’s enrollment, retention and graduation goals and strategies for a diverse student and faculty body.

UMKC’s Division of Diversity & Inclusion Leads an organization wide approach to promote diversity and inclusion as a critical factor in student, staff and faculty success.

Key Initiatives

  • Leadership
  • Training & Development
  • Campus Climate
  • Action Planning & Consultation

For more information about Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC, visit our website at:



UMKC will become a model urban research university characterized by signature graduate and professional programs, a dynamic undergraduate population, a highly diverse faculty, staff and student body, and active engagement with its city and region.


Mission statement

UMKC’s mission is to lead in life and health sciences; to deepen and expand strength in the visual and performing arts; to develop a professional workforce and collaborate in urban issues and education; and to create a vibrant learning and campus life experience.



  • Place student success at the center
  • Lead in life and health sciences
  • Advance urban engagement
  • Excel in the visual and performing arts
  • Embrace diversity
  • Promote research and economic development


For more information, visit our website at:

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