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About iMentor

iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. iMentor partners with public schools and matches every student in the school with a college-educated mentor. Mentors commit a minimum of three years to a single student, before they have the option to extend the relationship through college completion. Mentor-mentee pairs work together through the iMentor curriculum, which is designed around four core outcomes: developing strong personal relationships between mentors and mentees, growing each mentee's college aspiration, developing the non-cognitive skills critical to success in college, and successfully navigating the college exploration, application, financial aid, and transition process.

Since 1999, iMentor has connected 11,000 students with mentors. This year, iMentor is serving 3,500 mentor-mentee pairs in New York City and 2,000 more nationwide. Over the next five years, iMentor will reach 20,000 new students across the country, doubling our annual enrollment in New York City and replicating to three new cities. In 2015, Chicago will be iMentor's first new region.

iMentor has been recognized through funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, New Profit, the Lumina Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and the Robin Hood Foundation, and is a subgrantee of the federal Social Innovation Fund. As a team, we are collaborative, bring passion and joy to our work, and deeply believe in human potential. iMentor was recently named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by Opportunity Knocks and The Nonprofit Times. Read more about our work and values at:

Position Overview

iMentor is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the founding Executive Director of the Chicago region. The founding ED will have the unique opportunity to launch and shape iMentor's first direct service region outside of New York City, a key component of iMentor's strategic plan and national growth.

Reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer, the ED will set the strategic vision for iMentor's work in Chicago, while leading a high-performing and results-oriented team. S/he will be responsible for cultivating and engaging a wide array of stakeholders to create the conditions to launch successfully in Chicago, to grow high quality programs, and to ensure long-term sustainability.

The ED will be a motivational and effective leader – able to set and drive progress towards ambitious goals. S/he will be skilled in fundraising, nonprofit management, program implementation, and partnership development. S/he will be analytical, highly collaborative, and have a proven track record of establishing buy-in across stakeholders and influencing diverse groups of individuals and networks to achieve desired outcomes.


Leadership and Management

Lead and hire an exceptional start-up team of 5 full-time staff. Continue to thoughtfully and strategically grow the team to 20+ FTE's by 2018.
Lead annual goal setting process across all functional areas. Work with CSO to determine the conditions and resources necessary to execute that vision.
Manage the site towards ambitious goals, using data-driven decision making to monitor and address problems, improve performance and increase sustainability.
Build a highly effective work culture that embodies iMentor's values.
Cultivate internal and external talent required for the long term success of the region.
Support iMentor organization-wide initiatives, requiring occasional evening and/or weekend events.

Fundraising and Board Development

Set and meet annual fundraising targets to support the growth of iMentor Chicago.
Raise $2M in Year 1 to ensure a successful program launch. These funds will be matched 1:1 with funds that iMentor has raised nationally to support expansion to Chicago.
Build and manage a high-impact local Advisory Board. The Board should provide financial support and strategic guidance to advance the work of iMentor Chicago.
Grow a sustainable, diversified local funding base (e.g., individuals, corporations, foundations, public funding etc.).
Ensure the ongoing engagement and stewardship of an ever-growing portfolio of influential individual, corporate and foundation partners.


Oversee a high quality execution of the iMentor model in Chicago
Develop and implement a strategy to serve 400 students in Year 1, in partnership with two Chicago area high schools.
Successfully scale the program to serve a total of 2,000+ students by 2018.
Work closely with iMentor's national team to adapt program offerings where necessary, with the goal of improving both efficacy and impact.
Share best practices and key insights from the Chicago region with national team and future iMentor sites.

Partnerships and Communications

Serve as the key external voice and representative of iMentor in Chicago, demonstrating an exceptional and compelling articulation of iMentor's work.
Steward an effective partnership with Chicago Public Schools and individual school partners to support progress towards iMentor Chicago's goals.
Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders across the public and private sectors. This will include: corporations, public officials, peer organizations, collective impact groups and networks, and affinity groups.
Effectively identify and assess opportunities to collaborate with key stakeholders to amplify iMentor's impact in the area.
Cultivate a local identity that is reflective of iMentor's core values and culture.


8+ years in a senior management position in an education nonprofit organization, school district, foundation, government agency, or for-profit organization.
Demonstrated success designing and executing fundraising strategies and/or strategic partnerships.
5+ years managing a layered team. Proven track‐record of managing, mentoring, and inspiring a high performing team to reach ambitious goals.
The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions.
Outstanding inter-personal skills and the ability to build strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
Aligned in thought and action with iMentor's values (
Views differences between individuals (race, gender, age, cultural heritage, physical ability, education and lifestyle) as an asset and demonstrates an appreciation of the diversity within iMentor.
Bachelor's degree required

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience
Up to 100% employer funded comprehensive medical and dental coverage
18 days paid annual vacation and 13 paid holidays
401K match up to 4%
Significant opportunities for professional development and growth

How to apply

How to Apply

Submit a resume, salary requirements, and detailed cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so it is in candidates' best interest to apply as soon as possible. No phone, email, mail, or fax inquiries will receive a response.

iMentor is an Equal Opportunity Employer

• Location: Other, 30 Broad Street, 9th Floor

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