Position Overview

The Community Coordinator will work with the Managing Director to support program activities, maintain communication, and keep track of contacts, events, projects and activities in our civic innovation ecosystem work. We work to build community in a number of domain areas – health care, transportation, smart cities, digital inclusion, and more. Our Health Innovation Team, for example, has events once a month with presentations from digital health innovators in the community. The Coordinator will help to maintain the calendar, schedule events in a timely fashion, facilitate communication with presenters, track attendance, and ensure the content is covered and reported to the community. The Coordinator will also be expected to support the organization in connecting these domain-based communities to our problem-solving programs like Code for KC, MetroLab, and US Ignite.

This work represents an excellent opportunity to become immersed in a wide cross-section of the Kansas City innovation ecosystem. Advanced tech skills aren’t a requirement, but interest in emerging technology trends and their impact on society is a must. The position is part-time hourly, with some flexibility, a minimum of 20-30 hours a month, with potential to grow to full-time. Some writing of blog posts/event coverage is required. Media skills are a bonus.

Ideal candidates for this work will have an entrepreneurial mindset, a commitment to public service, an action-oriented project-based mode of working, a keen interest in emerging technology, and the ability to work in a fluid, dynamic, multistakeholder environment. Strong tech, coding, or development skills are a bonus but by no means a requirement. Comfort working with the unique requirements and expectations of local government and university partners is a key component of the job.

Responsibilities include

  • Coordinate schedules and project timelines for events and other projects.
  • Ensure contact lists are maintained and communications delivered in a timely manner
  • Work with speakers and presenters to manage event logistics and ensure meetings run smoothly
  • Some event planning—managing caterer, ensuring sign-in process is efficient, making sure supplies are available
  • Help coordinate project and event documentation, including write-ups or stories, photos, slides, and other documentation; do not necessarily have to create these materials, but it’s a bonus if that is of interest
  • Research and reporting on civic innovation projects in Kansas City and beyond in certain sectors or areas of interest
  • Coordinating design workshops and outreach with public sector and philanthropic partners to identify important problems and opportunities for projects
  • Support volunteers and network partners in making sure projects are on track
  • Community outreach to engage network partners in meeting the needs of project leads and team members
  • Event coordination for weekly hack nights (6-8 pm on Monday evenings, 40+ nights a year), including managing Meetup and EventBrite, attendance tracking, and growth
  • Event coordination for larger design and hack events—two regional one-day MetroLab Symposiums in the spring and fall, an annual Hack KC two-day weekend hackathon, and a one-day Design Workshop in preparation for Hack KC
  • Maintain a project schedule and deliverables for discrete projects
  • Interest or experience in the health care and/or transportation industries is welcome.

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