Careers at UtmostU

Open Positions

Manager of Partnerships

Location: This is a hybrid role, with 2 days working downtown Chicago.

Expected Start: Fall 2024


About UtmostU

UtmostU is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young adults to realize their professional aspirations by supporting their successful degree attainment and career preparation. Through holistic support, external partnerships, and coaching, the UtmostU network propels young adults, referred to as fellows, from underrepresented backgrounds toward their career goals with the ultimate mission of increasing economic stability for our fellows. The network currently consists of nearly 20 affiliate organizations serving over 800 fellows. By leveraging a Salesforce platform, sharing resources, knowledge and best practices, UtmostU builds the capacity of its affiliate organizations and expands its impact on fellow success.


UtmostU Core Values

  • Foster Connections. We cultivate strong networks of coaches and fellows through which collective knowledge, and relationships are built, shared, and leveraged for impact. 
  • Expand Resources. We create and curate an abundance of resources for our coaches, fellows, and partners, providing a springboard toward post-secondary success. 
  • Lead Boldly. We take calculated risks and innovate in service of our community and mission. We make no small plans. We act boldly and with intention and integrity.
  • Serve Courageously. We work in service of our fellows and coaches with empathy and urgency. Always with their needs at the fore, we break down barriers and drive systemic change.


About the position

The Manager of Partnerships will work directly with the Director of Programs to manage the external partnerships to provide services and opportunities to fellows. This will include recruitment and enrollment into various programs and services, planning out the calendar of events and offerings, managing communication between external partners, affiliate coaches and fellows and researching potential new partnerships based on fellow needs. To maintain a pulse on and understanding of the needs of our fellows the Manager of Partnerships will coach a group of fellows in their post-secondary path. Additional responsibilities include collaborating with UtmostU teammates to evaluate, improve and build new programs and systems designed to best support our coaches and fellows’ needs. Lastly, this role will proactively analyze data to support the mission of UtmostU and the fellows served.


About the candidate

The ideal candidate for this role can successfully manage a variety of different tasks and projects simultaneously. The candidate possesses strong organizational skills and demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills. Individuals with a background in managing partnerships or education are preferred.  The role requires a motivated, self-starting individual with a strong sense of internal accountability. External partnerships that provide increased support to our fellows are at the core of our model, and a strong voice is needed to expand the impact made on fellows’ success. To achieve the growth goals that UtmostU strives to reach in the coming years, a willingness to think outside-the-box is also critical to success in this role.


Qualities of the Candidate

  • 1-3 years of professional experience, preferably in education or related field
  • Strong understanding of the post-secondary space
  • Strong customer service skills and ability to anticipate needs of partners
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to utilize and analyze data to increase programmatic impact
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects
  • Excellent professional writing skills
  • Willingness to nurture relationships that increase the scale of impact
  • Creativity to develop unique solutions to post-secondary success challenges and obstacles
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and making the world a better place
  • Experience in Microsoft Suite applications, Asana, and utilizing Salesforce to analyze data, and build meaningful reports is a plus


Work Environment & Benefits

This is a full-time position with salary and benefits package commensurate with career experience. Starting salary will be between $63,000-$68,000 depending on experience. Our office is currently a hybrid environment. While subject to change, our in-office days are currently Tuesday and Thursday for all staff members. Our office is located in downtown Chicago, convenient to mass transit and 3 days working remote. We are committed to creating a positive work environment and do our best to support teammates professionally and personally. Our benefits include generous health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings with a company match, flexible work times, professional development, home office support, and paid time off as well as paid holidays.


To Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you’re interested in this role and why you’re a strong fit (no longer than 2 pages total) to Include the role title and your first and last name in the email subject line. The cover letter will also serve as an original writing sample. Only applications received via email will be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority review for submissions before August 2, 2024.