KC Scholars

KC Scholars

Employer Engagement Manager



Reports to: Director of Workforce

Location: Kansas City, MO – Remote or Hybrid

Status: Exempt, Full-time

Salary: Annual salary based on experience

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, Life Insurance, PTO, Holidays, leave program, 401k including employer contribution, and others

Operating hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST

Key Performance Indicators:

    • Gain commitments through signed contracts from employers to make a financial contribution to the KC Talent Network. Goal of 10 new contracts a year.
    • Yearly revenue goal of $500,000 in new workforce partnership commitments
    • Build key relationships with 10 HR leads per year to secure an apprenticeship, internship, or full-time employment opportunities for scholars.
    • Ensure 80% of scholars are placed in jobs making $45,000 to $85,000 a year
    • Create and deliver 5 professional development programs per year to support scholars’ career path awareness and persistence rates in the first year of work
    • Become the subject matter expert on credentials requested by high-demand employers to ensure training aligns with regional job needs. Identify 5 industry credentials per year that yield salaries above $45,000 without a college degree.



Employer Engagement (40%)

    • Engage employers to build strategic relationships, produce employment opportunities, and operate career and industry-specific events designed with a diverse talent pool in mind.
    • Consult with target employers to learn their talent needs and acquisition plans, including details such as the potential number and type of positions and preferred acquisition strategies.
    • Serve as liaison to employer inquiries on customized recruiting strategies, engagement in department services/programs and rapid resolution of questions or issues.

Employer Support (25%)

    • Create and deliver experiential internships, apprenticeships, and jobs in various sectors that include but are not limited to: Construction, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Manufacturing.
    • Strong sales and negotiation skills to secure revenue-producing agreements related to talent pipeline building and full-time job placement.
    • Assess employer needs and direct employers into appropriate on-campus recruiting and educational programming channels.

Research & Data Management (20%)

    • Remain abreast of regional, statewide, and national workforce pipeline/career development initiatives with successful revenue-generating models.
    • Maintain strong knowledge of KC Scholars talent pool high school through adult learner program. Utilize internal talent data to forecast talent available for hire in specific industry sectors.
    • Maintain and be knowledgeable in MS Office, LinkedIn, and social media, (Facebook promotion, etc.)
    • Assist with the implementation of career experience and outcomes surveys to assess the impact of outreach efforts. 
    • Research economic and employment markets to source potential employers and marketing channels as well as understand talent acquisition trends.

Event Coordination (10%)

  • Collaborate with department team members to plan and implement niche employer-connection events and activities, such as boutique career fairs, networking events, employer fairs and employer educational presentations.

Misc. (5%)

  • Occasional other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Sales, Business, Account Management, or Human Resources.

Work Experience:

    • At least five years of related work experience in business, corporate, construction, health care of information technology highly preferred.
    • Three years of project planning and management required.

Additional Knowledge, skills, and competencies:

    • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
    • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
    • Ability to work in a fast-pace, transformational environment.
    • Able to shift priorities as needed.
    • Strong project management.
    • Ability to make objective decisions through facts and data.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Self-driven yet willing to follow direction, at times with limited input.
    • Strong relationship building skills.
    • Willing to go the extra mile as needed.
    • Personal value system that includes the highest standards of honesty, confidentiality, integrity, loyalty, and professional ethics reflective of the ability to succeed in building and maintaining positive relationships with the community.
    • Excellent communications skills (written, verbal, research skills, presentation skills, facilitation skills).
    • Extremely detail oriented and organized.

Physical requirements:

    • Ability to lift up to 15 lbs.
    •  Ability to work in an office and remote environment.
    • Ability to travel from and to work and occasionally to regional sites as the organization grows.
    • Ability to interact with others via technology, face-to-face and collectively.


To apply, please follow these electronic posting and provide your resume and cover letter if available.

KC Scholars 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.