City Director, Chicago

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $65,000




United States


A position for someone passionate and intelligent who envisions building a national movement to inspire the success of young people across America through sports.


The City Director position is an entrepreneurial position for someone who believes in the Up2Us Sports mission and wants to use sports to impact underserved youth. The position will report directly to the Chief Regional Officer and the Up2Us Sports Sr. Management.


Fundraising and Development

  • Create an overall fundraising strategy specific to Illinois with appropriate timeline and indicators of success.
  • Implement fundraising strategy
  • Research and write grants and funding proposals with the support of Up2Us Sports national staff
  • Engage and develop local leadership council relationships
  • Participate in national fundraising campaigns
  • Assist in the development of new host site partnerships
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization
  • Establish Up2Us as the “go-to” organization in the field of sports-based youth development for foundations, corporations, local key policy makers, schools, parks departments, sports organizations and local youth sports programs

Financial Oversight and Responsibility

  • Create Operation and Program budget with CRO and appropriate national staff.
  • Work with the development department to secure adequate funding for the operation of your location.
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization
  • Work with finance department to develop regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of your location.
  • Ensure that internal controls are in place to manage all AmeriCorps funding
  • Manage and facilitate revenue of training and host-site contracts with finance department

Human Resources Planning and Management

  • Determine staffing requirements for local organizational management and program delivery
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulation
  • Responsible for incident reporting and follow-up of any incidents.
  • Recruit, interview and select staff with appropriate national staff that has the right technical and personal abilities.
  • Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
  • Implement the performance management process for all staff which includes an annual performance review
  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance
  • Report and communicate any staff challenges with National and discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques

Program Strategy and Oversight

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services.
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the strategic plan.
  • Oversight and implementation of the sports based youth development training strategy with national staff.

Community Relations/Advocacy

  • Maintain community presence in local collaboratives, working groups, etc. that aligned with the Up2Us Sports mission and vision
  • Work with Up2Us Sports Marketing team on implementing national campaigns for brand awareness and fundraising and develop local outreach materials
  • Cultivate local sports ambassadors for the Up2Us Sports Ambassador Board


This position will require a self-starter with advanced nonprofit leadership experience. Up2Us Sports has a strong internal culture where all staff are valued for their input, so the ideal candidate should also come with strong team spirit.

Additional characteristics include:

  • 5 years experience managing staff
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience
  • Experience managing government grants (i.e.: AmeriCorps a plus)
  • Ability to manage finances and budgets
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Ability to work easily with people at all levels of an organization and with people across the nation
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-evolving, not-so-formal, fun atmosphere with similarly committed leaders
  • Bachelor's Degree - preferred; Masters - desired


Established in 2010, Up2Us Sports is a national non-profit dedicated to inspiring youth to achieve their potential by providing them with coaches trained in positive youth development. The organization does this by identifying, training and supporting coaches who bring sports-based youth development to the most underserved communities. Up2Us Sports’ research, training and on-the-ground initiatives empower sports programs across the country to become a united force for meaningful change. To date, Up2Us Sports has reached over 300,000 youth by placing nearly 2,200 coaches in underserved urban communities.

Up2Us Sports is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V.


Health, dental and other benefits, including generous leave time

A dynamic, fun, exciting, and flexible work atmosphere with a team of professionals dedicated to supporting underserved youth through sports

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter with your salary requirements to:

Luella Provenza

Chief Regional Officer

Up2Us Sports

Be sure to include the position title in the subject of your message. No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.