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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

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

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

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

The Foundation will bring all associates back to the office – in a hybrid approach to work – on March 14, 2022. Our hybrid approach calls for all associates working from the office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with flexibility in where we work on Monday and Friday. Associates also have access to four “work from anywhere” weeks each year, taken with supervisor approval.

Part of our return-to-office approach includes a COVID-19 requirement for all associates, onsite contractors, meeting guests, and conference center guests. This approach is driven by our commitment to create conditions where we can work together, build and nurture relationships, and work alongside our community partners – in a way that supports health and safety.

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.

Kauffman Foundation Positions

Program Officer, Heartland Strategy


The Program Officer will manage a broad grant portfolio which has a shared goal of fostering inclusive prosperity through entrepreneurship in the Heartland, as well as mange other responsive grantmaking and outreach initiatives and build and maintain community relationships relevant to our work.

Senior Program Officer, Knowledge Creation & Research


The Senior Program Officer will work collaboratively with both internal and external partners to leverage field data, emerging research, and the Foundation’s own data infrastructure to identify new learning and uplift insights on the field of entrepreneurship that are aligned with Foundation’s mission of inclusive prosperity for all.

Grants Program Manager


The Grants Program Manager supports the effective implementation and execution of the Entrepreneurship department’s grantmaking programs, works to maintain grantmaking practices, and documents and shares learnings with the team to ensure efficiency and collaboration across the team’s grantmaking initiatives.

Director – Capital Innovation


Reporting to the Vice President of Entrepreneurship, the Director – Capital Innovation will assist in expanding the Foundation’s capital work by creating and implementing new and augmented approaches and solutions that will transform and close the capital demand gaps for entrepreneurs and ensure they have the support required to access capital and the financial resources needed to start, sustain, and grow businesses.

Data Knowledge & Operations Lead


The Data Knowledge & Operations Lead is a systems-level thinker, consultant thought partner, and relationship-focused data professional who will work with program, external partners, and technology staff to help chart the way in transforming the Kauffman Foundation into a data-enabled organization working toward their mission of inclusive prosperity for all.