Meet Your UG: Melissa Mundt, Assistant County Administrator

melissa mundt kckMelissa Mundt joined the Unified Government’s County Administration team in 2015. She brings with her nearly 18 years of municipal experience. As an Assistant County Administrator, Mundt is responsible for providing direct oversight of County and City departments such as Public Works, Community Development, Transportation, Purchasing, Clerk’s Office and Planning.

Mundt has acquired a great deal of experience during her career in public service. Before her appointment to the position of County Administrator, She worked for the City of Ames, Iowa as the Assistant City Manager from June 2012 to March 2015. She worked directly with Human Resources, Finance, Parks and Recreation, Fleet and Facilities, Transit (CyRide), Library, and the City Attorney. She also played a direct role in the executive management of the City’s Excellence Through People initiative that emphasized exceptional customer service and an enjoying and stimulating work environment. Mundt who is a native of Ames, Iowa was privileged to co-chair Ames 150th birthday in 2014 during her time in Ames. Her major assignment as Co-Chair was coordinating the Events Committee for Ames’ historic free community festival that was the main event denoting the Sesquicentennial of Ames. She also worked with the Main Street Cultural District, Campustown Action Association, Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau to enhance collaboration on a variety of community projects and initiatives.

Mundt has also worked in Illinois and Kansas. She worked for the City of Gardner, KS as the Assistant City Administrator, as well as Interim City Administrator during her nine-year tenure. She was responsible for many aspects of the daily operations, including the budget and city-wide communications. She worked closely with City departments to improve service, through implementation of a performance measurement system and focused on process improvements and efficiencies in operations of the organization. She recommended changes in personnel, policies and procedures, budget prioritizations as well as technology enhancements.

She is knowledgeable of every aspect of the services and programs that are provided through the departments and divisions in municipal government. She enjoys engaging employees in process improvement and innovation in delivery of local government services.

Melissa has a Master’s degree in Public Administration – Local Government Management from the University of Kansas and is a credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). She is a member of the Downtown Kansas City, KS, Rotary Club. Melissa was also privileged to be elected and served on the ICMA Executive Board of Directors. She has also served on multiple task forces for ICMA; including the Task Force on Women in the Profession and the Task Force on Strengthening Inclusiveness. Melissa is also involved in a variety of ways with the Iowa State Alumni Association of Kansas City, having served as president and event coordinator.

Job Alert: Enrollment Marketing Specialist, Kansas City Public Schools

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Job Title: Enrollment Marketing Specialist
Job Title Code: 01607
Salary Grade: S634
Department: Office of Student Support and Community Services
Reports to: Executive Director – OSSCS
FLSA Status: Exempt

Date Prepared: July 2016


The Enrollment Marketing Specialist is responsible for the Kansas City Public Schools’ student recruitment lifecycle from first awareness through enrollment. The position is responsible for developing, executing, and assessing, strategic marketing and recruitment processes and campaigns for all KCPS programs that serve students in the Kansas City metropolitan area.


  1. Provide leadership in the development of marketing and outreach plans, policies, procedures, programs and systems to support and achieve enrollment goals.
  2. Analyze and evaluate strategic and targeted recruitment needs. Plan, implement, and report on enrollment programs addressing such needs.
  3. Assist in development of communication strategies for a variety of market segments that address prospective students and families, program and enrollment inquiries, application processes, and pre-enrollment phases of the KCPS enrollment process.
  4. Develop business processes for effective departmental and cross-departmental functions related to brand management and marketing.
  5. Collaborate with all areas of the district in order to effectively market KCPS to prospective students and the community at large including communication distribution channels, various websites, social media, marketing, and public information.
  6. Collaborate with academic and administrative staff to successfully launch new programs including marketplace positioning, launch/awareness building strategies, as well as contributing to competitive intelligence, working with market research vendors as appropriate, and assist with program launch budgets.
  7. Oversee the district’s enrollment marketing activities and advertising including online banner advertising, email, outdoor, print, radio, direct mail, content marketing, and recruitment events to successfully promote the Kansas City Public Schools.
  8. Operate as point of contact for advertising/media and event vendors.
  9. Develop and promote communication channels between all school administrators and academic units including marketing, admissions, student services and athletics, in support of enrollment marketing strategies and goals.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • None


  1. Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, or a related field.
  2. Experience in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Advertising or related field.
  3. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Journalism, Public Relations, or a related field.
  4. Knowledge of current trends in Public Relations, Marketing, Recruitment and Media Technology.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job requires that the employee be able to: sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, use hands, fingers, reach with hands and fingers; bend, stoop, employee occasionally to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

For additional information or to apply for this position, click here.

Job Alert: Administrative Assistant, BHCS

Blue Hills Community Services

Job description

Administrative Assistant – Excellent learning environment with growth opportunities

We need a smart, organized, helpful, enthusiastic problem solver to join our team and help with a wide variety of tasks that range from office administrator to community coordinator to project coordinator and from the routine to the really interesting. On any day this could be ensuring our application processes run smoothly, scheduling speakers and meetings, planning a community event, entering information into our database, or ordering office supplies. The best person for the job is someone who can stay one step ahead of what is needed next.


  • Support administrative needs of Executive Team
  • Office support (phone, voice-mail, fax, e-mail, website, office supply ordering, filing, ensuring the organization and office equipment is in good working order, preparation of mail outs including correspondence, thank you notes and tax receipts
  • Responsible for marketing, leasing, and collections from incubator tenants
  • Leads the day-to-day operations of the incubator
  • Prioritizes and manages all activities related to the job creation and career development of small business contractors and low income individuals seeking construction related employment
  • Grant/contract administration and compliance management
  • Represents BHCS/ Incubator to the community
  • Arrange conference calls and meetings
  • Plan work-related travel details
  • Maintain the electronic communications


  • Previous experience as an executive secretary, administrative assistant, or in other related fields
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Positive mindset

Education and Experience

  • At least 3 years’ experience providing support at a high level
  • Proficient computer skills and in-depth knowledge of relevant software such as MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Publisher)
  • Knowledge of standard office administrative practices and procedures
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred

Key Competencies

  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Communication skills
  • Information gathering and monitoring skills
  • Problem analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Judgment and decision-making ability
  • Initiative
  • Confidentiality
  • Team advocate
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Adaptability
  • Positive attitude

For more information or to apply for this position, click here.

About Blue Hills Community Services
Blue Hills Community Services, a not-for-profit community development corporation, has been a catalyst for neighborhood development for 36 years. Founded in 1974, BHCS set out to battle social and economic challenges faced by residents of the Blue Hills and surrounding neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri. Using a block by block strategy to focus neighborhood revitalization, BHCS ensures neighborhood development is comprehensive and sustainable in creating healthy urban communities.

United Way of Wyandotte 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

If you’re a Golfer, you are always looking for a reason to play. We’ve got the date and the reason! On Thursday, September 15th you can work on your game and help the United Way of Wyandotte County at their Second Annual Golf Tournament at Painted Hills Golf Course located at Parallel Parkway and College in Kansas City, KS. The tournament is presented by Victory Automotive Group.

For $125 per golfer, the fun will start with Lunch at Noon and a modified shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. for 18 holes. There will be a goodie bag, door prizes and cash prizes for our first, second and third place winning teams.
We will also introduce a Game Package for an additional $20 more that will include:

  • The Putting Contest
  • Longest Drive Contest
  • A mulligan to be used
  • Hole in One Contest with a $15,000 cash as the Grand prize

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To register or find out more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Cindy Cash, via email or (913) 371-3676.

All proceeds from the Golf Tournament go towards the funding of over 50 programs in 33 agencies serving Wyandotte County in the areas of Meeting Basic Needs, Nurturing Children and Families and Improving Health and Quality of Life.

Award Winning Author Matt de la Pena to be featured at 2016 Library in the Park

DashKCK and Library in the ParkKansas City, Kansas Public Library is hosting the second annual Library in the Park, and outdoor festival full of free, family fun featuring live music, food, and activities. This year, Library in the Park will feature Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña. Let’s celebrate the community and the library!

Library in the Park 2016 will take place at Big Eleven Lake in Kansas City, KS on September 17, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Library in the Park is completely free and will include activities for all ages. The downtown festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with DashKCK, a 5K run/walk hosted by the Downtown Shareholders and Donnelly College.
The featured event of Library in the Park 2016 is a visit from Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña. The visit will include a reading by Mr. de la Peña followed by a question and answer session. The library will be giving away 1000 free signed copies of his 2016 Newbery Medal-winning picture book Last Stop on Market Street to those who attend.

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, award-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). He received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

There will be performances from local musicians The People’s Liberation Big Band and AY Musik. Activities will include face painting, crafts, demonstrations of library digital collections, book recommendations, and more. Attendees will also get to visit the Mobile Library to sign up for a card and check out items.
Library in the Park will also include a return of the taco competition with local KCK taquerias Carniceria la Siete, Ninfa’s, Don Antonio’s, Indios Carbonsitos, and Ortuno Catering. Attendees will get a chance to sample tacos from all five locations and vote on which taco is the best. Sheridan’s also will return to provide delicious frozen custard.

For more information on Library in the Park, visit Those interested in participating in DashKCK can learn more and register at

About the Library
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library was formed in 1895. In 1899, it came under the authority of the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District Board of Education and remains there today. It serves a population of 159,129. The mission of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is to connect members of a dynamic community with information, tools, resources, and welcoming spaces to enrich lives in Wyandotte County. The library can be found online at

BPU Expands Communication to Neighborhoods, Joins Nextdoor

Kansas City Board of Public Utilities

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced a partnership with Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods, to increase communications with residents directly from BPU and get updates on key issues such as outages, main breaks, and special events.

BPU joins the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, which joined the private social network in 2014. BPU is the first electric utility in the KC metro area to join Nextdoor.

“Nextdoor provides an additional outlet for the BPU to communicate with neighborhoods,” said Chief Communications Officer David Mehlhaff. “I encourage Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) residents to join Nextdoor to connect better with both their neighbors and their utility. More than 70 KCK neighborhoods already use Nextdoor and that number is growing.”

Each KCK neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood where they can share information, including neighborhood public safety issues; community events and activities; local services; garages sales and even lost pets.

BPU will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website or with questions can visit and enter their address.

Based in San Francisco, more than 109,000 neighborhoods across the United States are using Nextdoor.

Job Alert: Café Specialist, KC Cupcake Co.

Kansas City Cupcake Co.

Position Summary

Position Title: Café Specialist
Reports To: Store Manager

Role Overview
A Café Specialist serves and adds value to customer needs in an efficient and friendly manner. This position promotes Kansas City Cupcake Co.’s brand awareness and brand enhancement by consistently going above and beyond customer expectations.

Key Accountabilities
Store Merchandising

  • Receive deliveries and check in stock
  • Inventory review
  • Food preparation

Food Safety

  • Ensure food is prepared, stored and maintained in a safe and hygienic manner
  • Complete daily and weekly cleaning

Security & Loss Prevention

  • Take precautions to prevent theft of, and damage to, the stock or store
  • Secure cash and stock from loss or theft

Cashier Operations

  • Count end of shift monies
  • Conduct proper monetary transactions with customers utilizing cash and credit

Occupational Health & Safety

  • Follow safety procedures to prevent injury
  • Provide a safe work environment for employees and customers

Personal Qualities

  • Maintain high personal presentation in a manner meets company and customer expectations
  • Work as a team member and fosters a friendly and positive environment
  • Complete training courses as directed by the store manager

Key Challenges

  • Ensure customers are served in an efficient and friendly manner
  • Maintain high personal standards in both presentation and work habits
  • Ensure that Health and Safety standards are met
  • Complete daily work routines efficiently

To apply for this position, stop by and fill out an application at 5038 Lamar Ave, Mission KS, 66202, during the hours of:
Tuesday – Friday | 11 AM- 6 PM
Saturday | 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

About the Kansas City Cupcake Co.

Kansas City Cupcake Co. is family-owned and operated right here in the Kansas City area. With over 25 years of baking experience, they are pleased to bring to you the finest and most delicious cupcakes and treats available. Whether you want to invent a unique flavor creation or enjoy one of theirs, you will find they are Simply the Best.

KC Cupcake Co. provides the freshest and most delicious Cupcakes and “Cupcake Cousins” (scones, cookies, cheesecake bites, cakes, cake-pops, and more) for all of your personal, corporate events, private events, and parties – large and small!

Job Alert: Director, Child and Youth Mental Health Initiative, MHAH

Mental Health America of the Heartland

Mental Health America of the Heartland currently seeks a Program Director for our Child and Youth Mental Health Initiative (CYMHI). The Director delivers the program curriculum about suicide prevention/ depression and other mental health disorders to students at metropolitan area high schools and occasionally, may be invited to provide similar programs to parents and youth services professionals in other settings. This position will require a dedicated work schedule of 35 hours each week during the school year (August through May) and 20 hours per week during the summer months of June and July.

Qualified candidates must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Work or related human services/ health field is required; experience in social work and human services strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation skills and proficiency utilizing Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook software applications.
  • An aptitude for multi-tasking, be adept at time-management and demonstrate strong organizational management skills.
  • Prior experience in budgeting and grant writing is desirable but not a requirement.
  • Knowledge of mental health services and community resources will contribute to success in this position.
  • A valid driver license and access to reliable transportation.

Mail or hand-deliver your cover letter with salary requirements, your resume and our completed application to:

Mental Health America of the Heartland
739 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101
Attn: Human Resources/ Director, CYMHI

Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 5:00pm
No phone calls, faxes or e-mails, please.

Job Alert: Director, Advocacy & Recovery Services – MHAH

Mental Health America of the Heartland

Mental Health America of the Heartland currently seeks a full-time Director of Advocacy & Recovery Services to join our staff. The individual hired for this job will be overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Advocacy & Recovery Services programs, which include a warm line answered in the evenings 365 days each year (Compassionate Ear), peer-to-peer support services (Wellness & Support Advocates) and individual consumer case advocacy. The successful candidate will have prior experience in writing grants, developing and implementing program and agency budgets, documentation and evaluation of program effectiveness and daily supervision of programs’ staff. This position requires that in the event of staff vacancy he/ she will be able to perform or reassign staff to ensure uninterrupted program service.

Qualified candidates must have:

  • Bachelors degree in Social Services /related field and at least one-year work experience in program management, required; Masters degree in Social Work or related field, preferred
  • Familiarity with needs of individuals who have a mental illness and traditional mental health services; a minimum of 1-year experience working with diverse communities including mentally ill and/or homeless populations, required
  • Understanding of recovery principles and strategies; the ability to apply these concepts and strategies to the recovery process and peer to peer support, highly preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, required
  • Strong organizational skills, excellent time-management habits, the ability to communicate to staff precise instructions and critical information; maintains calm during times of crisis and displays a practical approach when problem-solving
  • Unrestricted operation of motor vehicles and have access to reliable transportation
  • Personal lived experience with recovery from mental illness and/or certification as a Peer Support Specialist is not required

Mental Health America of the Heartland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Mail or hand-deliver your cover letter including salary requirements with your resume and our completed application to:

Mental Health America of the Heartland
739 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101
Attn: Human Resources/ Director, ARS

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
No phone calls, faxes or emails please.

Meet WyCo’s New Chief Knowledge Officer

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Harnessing Data to Create a Smarter Government

My focus as Mayor is on these three priorities: Economic Development, Innovation, and Healthy Communities. We took a major step toward promoting greater innovation this week when our new Chief Knowledge Officer arrived at the Unified Government. So please join me in welcoming Alan Howze to the UG as our first Chief Knowledge Officer!

I had the pleasure of meeting Alan Tuesday, his second day on the job, and am excited to have a person of his experience and background leading our efforts to become an innovative, data-driven, and smart government. Alan comes to us from Virginia with his wife Pam and three young children. Before joining the UG he was part of IBM’s Public Sector group, where he worked directly with local, state and federal governments to improve operational efficiency and promote effective government management. He also served Virginia Governor Mark Warner as a senior advisor in charge of leadership and strategy development.

In other words, Alan brings to the UG the skills and experience we need to create a smarter government by collecting and using data and information in the best way we can. Our new CKO will oversee our IT Department, 311 service center, and mapping group.

Mayor Holland and CKO HowzeThe position is a significant step toward realizing our vision of using data to improve customer service, create greater efficiencies, improve employee satisfaction, and, eventually, pass on savings to tax-payers. Our CKO will work across departments to implement an open data plan that makes meaningful data available to the public and that helps our residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations address the challenges our community faces.

Alan comes to the UG at a time when we have already begun using data to create greater efficiencies and improve services. Consider another exciting piece of news: just recently the UG launched its 311 online portal, allowing residents to submit service requests through the UG website and receive quicker responses. Residents may still call the 311 line, but now they have the opportunity to submit requests 24/7 through Last month we also introduced an online queue to shorten waits at the DMV.

Our efforts to drive innovation have received national attention. Two months ago, for example, we received news that KCK had been selected as one of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Works Cities,” a designation that will help us expand our use of data to tackle challenging problems like blight.

I’m convinced that these efforts and opportunities just scratch the surface of what the UG can do with data and information. I’m also convinced that our new Chief Knowledge Officer will help us dig deeper into what that data and information can do to create a stronger, safer and healthier community.

So as I said, let’s welcome Alan to the Dotte!