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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.

Senior Benefits Specialist

Reporting to the Compensation & Performance Management Manager, the Senior Benefits Specialist manages and oversees benefits while closely working with Finance and Legal. Some responsibilities include developing and nurturing high-trust relationships with each associate, managing wellness programs, and managing the Talent & Culture budget.

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.

Program Officer, Sustainability

The Program Officer (PO) will support education-focused initiatives through managing a diverse grant portfolio focused on the Kansas City region. The PO will work collaboratively with other education and Foundation staff, while supporting departmental initiatives through program and grant development, project management, and relationship building.

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. This position 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 Kauffman Foundation.

Program Officer, Translational Research

The Program Officer (PO) 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; identifies opportunities to support the development of translational research infrastructure; and develops and furthers translational research activities that lead to impact and illuminate successful outcomes to support entrepreneurs and Kauffman’s entrepreneurship strategic pillars.