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Educator-in-Residence - Chief Student Officer (CSO), Real World Learning

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Job Description
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.
The Chief Student Officer (CSO) provides vision and leadership for all student services and support functions within a student-centered learning environment.  Working within delegated authority from the Education Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EEIR), the CSO provides strategic vision and leadership in the planning, development, administration, implementation, and evaluation of processes, tools and support systems that foster positive student development and support, student advocacy, and student learning.  The position serves as a member of the EEIR’s Senior Leadership Team providing guidance and direction on College-wide issues.
Specific responsibilities include:
Student Development
  • Continually assess student needs and interests, as well remain abreast of model practices in the field of student affairs as it relates to student development theories/models in planning and developing programs and services fostering student learning and success.
  • Lead and support best practices for effective student conflict resolution with students, understanding student mental health issues, and convening resources from multiple departments and constituencies addressing complex student issues.
  • Organize and coordinate disability services efforts including recruitment, enrollment, screenings, and coordination of specialized services, including IEP’s, 504’s, medical and mental health evaluations to determine, along with instructors, what accommodations best serve students’ success.
  • Engage in staff development and training in working with students who have disabilities.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of staff/instructors to be effective in handling student conduct and grievance issues.
  • Work with the EEIR to develop innovative approaches to providing student support services and guidance across multiple locations.
Operations Management
  • Supervise and manage staff overseeing critical student support functions including recruitment, intake and career coaching, financial aid, assessment, concurrent enrollment, registration, records, Student Support Center, and disability services.
  • Advocate and ensure compliance with all local, State, Federal laws, codes, and regulations as it relates to students.
  • Develop and implement a Student Information System (SIS) supporting enrollment management functions, including a student portal, Early Alert process, and student reporting functionality.
  • Work with the EEIR to acquire accreditation and State approval as an institute of higher education for the new organization.
  • Oversee and develop the annual institutional catalog.
  • Identify areas of opportunity to support students via philanthropy, including scholarships and the College 360 Fund.
Education: Master’s degree in Administration, Student Affairs, or a related field, and a significant track record of successful education endeavors, preferred. Other degrees or credentials combined with relevant experience may be considered.
Work Experience:  A professional track record of 10+ years in the field of education involving hands-on work in developing and executing strategic and project curriculum or program plans is required.
Travel:  May require occasional business travel regionally or nationally.
Qualified candidates for this position must be highly motivated, capable of self-directed work, detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively across teams and departments.  Incumbents must exhibit a keen sense of responsibility and enjoy working with multiple demands, shifting priorities and constant change.
A successful candidate profile:
  • Knowledge of and a strong commitment to student learning.
  • Ability to plan, implement, supervise and evaluate instructional activities.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills.Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to effectively manage in a fast-paced environment.
  • A high level of ethics with a strong sense of integrity and committed to the values of the Foundation and maintenance of confidentiality.
  • Confident in his/her abilities but approaches work with humility.
  • Solid interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to establish and develop credibility quickly at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated skills at building relationships and leveraging existing relationships to improve outcomes of College initiatives.
  • Ability to maintain a calm and competent demeanor in uncomfortable or difficult situations.
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.
A competitive compensation package, including base salary and an outstanding benefits package will correspond to the experience level, credentials, and skills of the candidate.
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.
Interested applicants can apply for this position by submitting a cover letter and resume to
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