Evaluation Analyst - The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

BACKGROUND

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is among the largest foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. The Foundation’s vision is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, we focus our grant making and operations on two areas— education and entrepreneurship—which our founder, Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum. A quality education is the foundation for self-sufficiency, preparing young people for success in college and in life. Many young adults will work in businesses started by entrepreneurs. Some will become entrepreneurs themselves, providing jobs and wealth for society.

Our mission:
To help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success, consistent with the aspirations of our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman.

ABOUT THE EVALUTION DEPARTMENT

The Evaluation department was created in 2015 and is tasked with evaluating the impact of the Foundation, through both its grantmaking and the programs that it operates directly. Through tracking key results and sharing important lessons, the Evaluation department aims to increase the impact of the Foundation’s work, ultimately resulting in increased opportunities for Kansas City students and aspiring entrepreneurs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Evaluation Analyst will support department staff in all aspects of evaluation design, data collection, analysis, and reporting to inform Foundation staff decision-making. In particular, this position will have primary responsibility for conducting evaluation activities related to the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship program area.

  • Produce evaluations of Entrepreneurship grantees:
    • Work closely with program staff in crafting measurable and meaningful
      performance metrics that will create actionable insights;
    • Conduct interim evaluations of select active grants;
    • Complete final evaluations when grants conclude, based on performance metrics and narrative reports.
  • Collect and report results on key indicators of Entrepreneurship initiatives and
    strategies:
    • Collaborate with program area leaders to refine key indicators of Entrepreneurship strategy progress and impact;
    • Develop and implement data collection strategies for those indicators;
    • Partner with program staff to interpret and reflect on results and implications for strategy moving forward.
  • Conduct project management responsibilities, including assisting with oversight of third party evaluations of Entrepreneurship programs and/or grantees.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of tools and systems to support learning across the Foundation.
  • Participate in the broader field through presentations, publications, attendance at conferences, etc.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Education:
Master’s degree preferred

Work Experience:
Minimum two years of experience in conducting research, data analysis, and/or program evaluation.

A successful candidate profile:

  • Knowledge of evaluation and research methodology and theory, descriptive and statistical analysis and interpretation, and data reporting.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate detailed technical material to non-technical audiences.
  • Subject-area knowledge and research/evaluation experience in the field(s) of – entrepreneurship, economics, or a related field.
  • Competency using software programs to collect, clean, analyze, and graph data.

Travel:
This position may require occasional business travel.

All of the statements in this position description are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. This document describes the position currently available. The organization reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time.

COMPENSATION

A competitive compensation package, including base salary and an outstanding benefits package will correspond to the experience level, credentials, and personal characteristics of the candidate.

NON-DISCRIMINATION

The Kauffman Foundation firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.

TO APPLY

Send your resume, along with a cover letter, to resume@kauffman.org