About Us

Who We Are
YNPN Chicago’s Executive Board is comprised of 15-20 young nonprofit professionals from the city’s premier mission-driven organizations. The all-volunteer, working board oversees all of YNPN Chicago’s operations and activities and is committed to strengthening the nonprofit community. Serving on the board offers a unique opportunity to influence the direction of Chicago’s nonprofit sector and the chance to interact with the city’s best and brightest public service leaders.

How It Works
While all board members are involved in shaping the direction of YNPN Chicago, the board structure invites a primary focus on one specific area of the organization. Currently, our focus areas include: Communications, Development, Finance, Membership, Programming, Special Events, and coordination with YNPN National. YNPN Chicago remains flexible in changing focus areas depending on evolving needs and capacity. Board members serve a two-year term and are required to attend monthly meetings on a designated weekday evening. Board members host meetings at their offices, which are typically downtown. Individuals elected to the board are also expected to contribute financially in the form of annual dues of $75.

Review our general requirements and the open position here!
What We Look For
  • A passion for the mission of YNPN Chicago and the larger nonprofit sector
  • Ability to dedicate an average of 10 hours per week on YNPN Chicago responsibilities and activities
  • Organized, self-starters who are eager to contribute and able to accomplish projects with little supervision
  • Deadline-driven and detail-oriented
  • Ability to balance idea generation with execution
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work independently and in a collaborative, team environment
  • A clear track record of successful leadership
  • Demonstrated skills and experience related to specific focus area
  • Able to represent YNPN Chicago to the larger membership
Statement on Attracting Candidates from All Backgrounds
YNPN Chicago values diversity among our applicant pool and among our members. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans, to apply for board service. We welcome smart people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds. No matter their background, candidates should embrace, advocate for, and value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are proud of our stance and commitment toward creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive network and social sector! You can read more about YNPN Chicago’s commitment to diversity and inclusion here.
Application Process
All applicants will be asked to submit an online application along with a resume and letter of reference by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017. Letter of reference should be no more than one page in length and should be provided by your immediate supervisor or someone who knows you well professionally and/or personally. We encourage your recommender to provide explicit examples of your ability to fulfill the duties and expectations of a board member.

Before Applying:
  • Please note: You will only be able to access your online applications one time through SurveyMonkey. The system will also require you to complete most questions before proceeding. We highly recommend that you preview our application and prepare your answers before beginning your submission
  • Have PDF copies of your resume and cover letter available. You will be asked to upload both before submitting your application.
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