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Careers at the Kauffman Foundation


It’s your right to be uncommon if you can. You seek opportunity to compete. You desire to take the calculated risk, to dream, to build, yes, even to fail, and to succeed.

— Ewing Marion Kauffman
The arms of the Kauffman Foundation building reach east towards Troost Ave., embracing the potential of the Kansas City community.

Thank you for your interest in careers at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Associates of the Kauffman Foundation work in partnership with people who share a passion for entrepreneurship and education.

The Kauffman Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, welcoming people to flourish in an open and inclusive work environment. A diverse pool of candidates is welcomed and encouraged. All applications are held in confidence, consistent with our Online Resume Submission Policy.

Program Officer, Translational Research

The Program Officer manages a portfolio of activities focused on connecting research with practice and ensuring research is relevant to, and actionable for, a wide range of practitioners, including entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship support organizations, policymakers, program staff, and internal and external partners.

Education Director of Team Operations and Performance

The Educator Director of Team Operations and Performance serves as the key operations and administrative leader for the Education department and is responsible for translating the Education strategy into actionable talent and operational practices, frameworks, and resources, as well as driving results.

Senior Director for Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Senior Director for Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) will sit on the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and work in collaboration with the CEO, SLT, and REDI Change Team to bring strategy, discipline, and structure to the Foundation’s work to achieve racial equity. This leader is not responsible for singlehandedly advancing REDI. Rather, the expectation is that they will be a catalyst, hub, connector, and facilitator – the person with a “balcony view” of REDI across the Foundation who works with and through the larger teams to make progress.

Program Officer, Kansas City Civic

The Program Officer (PO) plays an active change-making role within the Kansas City community and is primarily responsible for leading the after-school initiative. The PO will also be responsible for identifying, evaluating, and funding organizations and/or bold ideas that accelerate positive change, while working on assignments in a manner that is consistent with KC Civic’s strategy and the philosophy of the Foundation.

Senior Evaluation Analyst

The Senior Evaluation Analyst will work closely with the Director of Evaluation, the Foundation’s evaluation team, other relevant Foundation staff, and Foundation grantees and partners to design and implement systems and processes for providing data and analyses that drive learning, inform Foundation decision-making, advance equity, and improve the Foundation’s impact.