Director of Board Engagement

Chicago, IL

Urban Initiatives is seeking a driven, enthusiastic, excellent relationship manager for our Director of Board Engagement. This position will work closely with the development team and senior leadership to manage the securement of funds and engagement from Urban Initiatives' Associate Board and Student Board. The position is also responsible for Partners Board and Board of Directors administration. As it relates to the board relationships managed, the Director of Board Engagement will also manage a portfolio of corporate donors to support special events and volunteer engagement. Other position responsibilities include strategy management, prospect research, reporting, external communications, stewardship oversight, other relationship management activities, and project management.


Oversee both Urban Initiatives’ Associate Board and Student Board 

  • Oversee goal attainment, ensure positive member experience, and plan and execute activities

  • Oversee the full lifecycle of 100 Associate Board members annually including identification, cultivation, onboarding, engagement, retention, and offboarding of from the Chicago young professional community, including but not limited to those from a target list of companies

  • Oversee the full lifecycle of 50 Student Board members annually including identification, cultivation, onboarding, engagement, retention, and offboarding of from specific high schools in the city and the suburbs

  • Oversee the planning and execution of the annual Bus Campaign fundraiser, a virtual GoFundMe campaign to raise over $100,000

  • Utilize relationships on both the Associate Board and Student Board to secure $300,000 in event sponsorships and support from companies, families, or friends

  • Manage the volunteerism of both groups by coordinating soccer game days and other events as necessary

  • Manage community-building events to support members in fostering connections to one another

  • Manage both the Associate Board and Student Board Executive Committees to support strong peer leadership to drive results

  • Create agenda materials and communications for quarterly meetings 

  • Maintain accurate records including contact information, give/get updates, and attendance tracking

Support Board administration across the organization

  • Coordinate the creation of agenda and slide materials for Partners Board in collaboration with the Director of Development

  • Coordinate the creation of agenda and slide materials for the Board of Directors' quarterly meetings in collaboration with organization leadership, specifically the Managing Director

  • Coordinate the creation of bi-weekly newsletters for all Boards (Student, Associate, Partners, and Board of Directors)

  • Support communications to the Partners Board and Board of Directors including reminders about meetings, advanced meeting materials, minutes, and quarterly reports

  • Manage and track attendance for all Partners Board and Board of Directors meetings

  • Attend all quarterly Board of Directors Meetings and take minutes during the meeting

  • Coordinate logistics for post-meeting dinners or happy hours

  • Develop and oversee Board Member activation strategy on LinkedIn

Manage a Portfolio of Corporate Associate Board Relationships 

  • Manage a portfolio of current Associate Board affiliated corporate relationships through the donor lifecycle, including engagement in volunteerism and the securement of funds on event sponsorships

  • Cultivate a portfolio of new Associate Board affiliated corporate relationships through prospecting and the strategic recruitment of Associate Board members at specific companies

  • Coordinate with Associate Board members to create relationships with the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arms of their companies 

  • Engage with Employee or Business Resource Groups at Associate Board companies in order to recruit additional Associate Board members and advocates for Urban Initiatives

  • Represent the organization through external meetings, communications, and the stewardship of CSR contacts 

  • Respond promptly and cordially to general donor inquiries via phone, mail and email


  • Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission and an opportunity to learn and grow

  • Embody UI’s organizational values: teamwork, commitment, fun, impact, inclusion, and initiative

  • Desire to be a team player and ability to effectively work both independently and collaboratively

  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, be forward-thinking, and determine situational strategies

  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a sounding bound to clarify decisions and strategic steps to reach desired goals

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage projects and manage multiple tasks in a busy environment

  • Demonstrated strength in fundraising goal attainment

  • Strong administrative skills and attention to detail

  • Excellence in both written and verbal communications and the ability to effectively communicate through an array of approaches (emails, phone, in-person, presentation, deck, one-pager, soundbites, etc.)

  • Commitment to join the UI team on our anti-racist journey, which includes interrupting oppression in our work whenever we encounter it

  • Experienced in building business relationships with cross-functional leadership

  • Appreciates ambiguity and autonomy in an incredibly fast-paced environment

  • Previous experience in board management desired

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule with unconventional hours to accommodate scheduled board meetings in the evenings

  • Position to allow for a mix of remote work and in-person expectations


  • $65,000 base salary

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)

  • Life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives

  • Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment

  • Flexible schedule and work from home environment

  • 120 hours of paid time off (PTO), accrued monthly (PTO may be prorated based on start date.)

  • Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)

  • Comp time


Apply by clicking below no later than June 30, 2022. 

Target Start Date is July 20, 2022


Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.


Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to use the power of sport and play to empower Chicago’s youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves an estimated 60 schools throughout the City of Chicago.

Urban Initiatives is preparing to scale program operations to have a significantly greater impact across Chicago. Our programs support social-emotional learning (SEL) and demand for these services is greater than ever. Maturing the leadership capacity to engage volunteers on our various boards to advance our fundraising is necessary to accelerate our impact.