Director of Chicago Partnerships

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time

Job Title: Director of Chicago Partnerships

Location: Chicago 

Employment Type: Full-time

Start Date: ASAP

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to (applications submitted via email will not be accepted).

About Braven

We believe that the next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. We empower promising college students with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.  

Learn more about Braven’s impact:

Braven was named one of America’s Best Startup Employers 2022 by Forbes! We’re proud to be a nonprofit organization that values its employees and has always been committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that mirrors our country.

About the Role

In order to achieve Braven-Chicago’s ambition of growing to serve 1,000 local Fellows annually the next few years, Braven-Chicago must continue to build the employer and philanthropic partnerships that fuel our work. In that effort, Braven is hiring a Director of Partnerships to play a pivotal role in growing our Chicago corporate and philanthropic fundraising through partnering closely with Braven’s CEO, National Director of Development, and the Chicago program team. As a member of Braven’s External Affairs team, you will be responsible for both cultivating new prospective partners and successfully stewarding a portfolio of existing partners. 

What You’ll Do: 

  • Manage a portfolio of high-stakes, shared-value relationships with local employer partners, delivering a meaningful return on investment to partners, and continued growth of Braven’s outcomes, growth, sustainability, and brand
  • Leverage strong communication and thoughtful cultivation strategies to influence and motivate prospective new local employer and philanthropic partners (creating presentations, delivering compelling pitches, drafting partnership proposals, writing effective emails, grant writing and reporting, and leading delicate negotiations)
  • Use data and strategic storytelling to build and deepen relationships
  • Ensure excellent customer service with key stakeholders ranging from executive sponsors to frontline points-of-contact
  • Manage efficient and smart systems and infrastructure (tracking our partnership pipeline, creating prospect research)
  • Coordinate between the central External Affairs team, office of the CEO, and Chicago program team to understand program needs and align on partnership strategies
  • Support the Head of External Affairs and CEO in successful, engaging and strategic local board stewardship (partnering on board memos and presentations)
  • Plan and execute on biannual Investor Committee Meetings, as well as site visits and intimate gatherings for prospective and current supporters with input from the CEO and Head of External Affairs
  • Assist in recruiting thousands of volunteer mentors and coaches for Braven Fellows and sourcing internship and job opportunities from employer partners 

Qualifications & Skills:

Braven is looking for a mission-driven, results-oriented, people-centered partnership builder. You are bringing experiences and strengths like these:

  • You have 5-7 years experience managing partnerships with a track record of achieving ambitious outcomes.
  • You derive energy from relationship building with a variety of stakeholders, and have strong communication skills. You care about engaging with and leaving a strong impression on our external stakeholders, from donors and guests to students and volunteers, and are eager to go above and beyond.
  • You’re excited to apply your strategic thinking, stellar storytelling, and organizing skills to support underrepresented college students through college and into strong jobs.
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion. You exemplify Braven’s core values. Your experiences have informed your belief in Braven’s mission and have prepared you to work with, or for, Braven’s student Fellow population.
  • You plan ahead and set others up for success. You’re always thinking 2-3 months out, and you are comfortable and able to manage others to get involved at the appropriate times to maximize success. You love timelines and meeting agendas, and ensuring everyone is up to speed.
  • You’re proactive and like to solve problems. When you don’t know the answer to something you do the research to figure it out, and you’re always on the lookout for opportunities to expand your impact.
  • You love the intersection of creativity and strategy. For example, you’re constantly trying to identify more effective and compelling ways to communicate the why, how and what of our work.
  • You’re extremely detail-oriented and sweat the small stuff. You have processes in place for checking and double checking your work, and it’s rare for you to make detail-related errors, either with words (e.g., spelling) or numbers (e.g., data analysis).
  • That said, you’re not about process for process sake. You enjoy making complex tasks simple. By applying clear processes to tasks like tracking our funding pipeline, you set yourself and others to operate efficiently and strategically.
  • You love constructive feedback. You’re eager to identify and discuss areas for growth, so that you can quickly learn and grow in them.

Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work in-person in Chicago (IL)
  • Will be expected to work approximately 7-10 nights and/or weekends per year, coinciding with Braven events
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be fully vaccinated and have received the Booster vaccination against COVID-19 and provide proof of such by the date of hire. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exempted individuals will be subject to weekly testing if they engage in any in-person work activities.   

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your demonstrated fit for the role, will likely be between $83,000 - $103,700 in Chicago. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal and external equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully using external and internal benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include: 

  • Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide, week-long shutdowns in July and the end of the calendar year 
  • Up to match of your 401K contribution up to 5% of your base annual salary, starting your first full month
  • Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium 
  • A one month paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff


When social distancing is not in place, we gather in the office three days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of Chicago. Each teammate can use two flex days of their choosing per week to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves two commutes per week. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.  

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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