Senior Program Officer, Ecosystems Operations and Performance

The Senior Program Officer (SPO), Ecosystems Operations and Performance will manage grants and initiatives related to the Kauffman ESHIP Communities program.

The ESHIP Communities program is a multi-year initiative to develop, test, measure, and scale effective ways of strengthening communities through inclusive entrepreneurship that leads to increased business starts and growth. Based in Kansas City, MO, and reporting to the Senior Director of Entrepreneurship, the SPO will lead operational processes, provide programmatic oversight on strategic milestones, and manage associated budgets and timelines related to the ESHIP Communities program. Additionally, the SPO will support the Senior Director of Entrepreneurship by being responsible for supervising and developing three Kansas City, MO, based program officers on the Ecosystems team.

Some specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Manage all aspects related to the program and project management of Kauffman's ESHIP Communities program.
  • Grow, develop, and manage national partnerships that can extend, scale, and enhance the program's goals.
  • Act as relationship lead for key strategic grants and agreements within the scope of the ESHIP Communities work, including connecting and collaborating with people and processes to ensure program development and execution at scale.
  • Develop clear, concise, and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding.
  • Develop, support, and supervise a team of three program officers.

Some examples of a successful candidate profile:

  • National program manager skillset that includes strategic planning and execution experience.
  • Strong process and program management and analytical skills preferred.
  • Ability to process complex concepts and strategies to communicate and package into clear and understandable language at all levels of the Foundation.

For a complete description of this position, and instructions on how to apply, please read this document [PDF].