Organization Background

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) provides entrepreneurship programs in order to inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for success.  NFTE’s goal is that every young person from a Chicago low-income community will have access to NFTE’s program to build their academic and professional skills, expose them to the market economy and help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset in order to remain competitive in the increasingly global marketplace.  NFTE is widely viewed as a world leader in entrepreneurship education.  To date, NFTE has worked with over 500,000 young people and currently operates programs in 22 states and 12 countries, and has more than 1,500 active Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers.  NFTE is an IRS approved 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

NFTE Chicago, one of eleven NFTE program offices in the United States, was established in May 2003 and successfully launched a partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  NFTE's curriculum has been adopted as the lead business curriculum within CPS and a number of charter schools. During the 2012-2013 academic year, we reached over 1,500 students, bringing our cumulative total to over 15,000 young people served to-date.

NFTE’s strategy for achieving our mission is to:

  • Partner with schools
  • Create innovative, experiential and relevant curricula
  • Train and support teachers
  • Provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for Chicago’s business community
  • Provide supportive student and alumni services
  • Evaluate student outcomes


The Office Manager and Special Projects Assistant at NFTE Chicago will provide critical day-to-day, hour-by-hour support to the NFTE Chicago team in order to maximize impact and vastly increase the overall efficiency of our operations.  The Office Manager and Special Projects Assistant will be primarily responsible for the management of four distinct work streams: a) Administrative support, including scheduling and coordinating meetings among internal staff members and external stakeholders, creating expense reports in a timely manner; b) Management of internal events and Chicago meetings; including coordinating the materials for Chicago leadership team, supporting all logistical components of board and donor meetings; c) Monitoring and enhancing site operations to ensure all staff members are able to effectively do their best work every day; this includes, but is not limited to developing systems of organizational efficiency, maintaining office technology, communicating with NFTE Headquarters, maintaining and managing vendor relationships; d) Supporting the development team by processing donations, writing donor acknowledgements and maintaining NFTE’s donor database, Raiser’s Edge; e) Special projects as assigned, including activities associated with fundraising and volunteer events, teacher professional development sessions; website updates, photo and media maintenance.

Skills and Competencies

  • Organizing, Planning, & Executing:
    • Tremendous ability to prioritize, track and manage workflow with consistent demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, complete deliverables and marshal resources
    • Strong ability to project plan
    • Strong attention to detail
  • Communicating Effectively with Others:
    • Anticipates, plans for and provides clear and timely communication to key stakeholders
    • Exceptional writing skills
  • Influencing Others to Achieve Outcomes:
    • Evidence of achieving results and managing through others, inspiring others to persevere and follow through, specifically when no reporting relationship exists
  • Making Decisions & Demonstrating Judgement:
    • Strong prioritization skills and ability to evaluate, condense and develop actionable strategies to get results


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum two years in professional environment.
  • Demonstrated belief in NFTE’s mission and values
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively towards ambitious goals and in partnership with teammates
  • Possess an entrepreneurial mindset with ability to succeed in a fast-paced, innovative environment; ability to thrive in uncertainty and persevere through challenge
  • Exceptional critical and strategic thinking capabilities
  • Previous experience using donor management system (Raiser’s Edge) preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft office and outlook.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

The Operations Manager and Special Projects Assistant position is full-time and reports to the Deputy Director.

Salary: Competitive salary. Comprehensive benefits.  No relocation expenses will be provided.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Lauren Joyce at   In your cover letter, please share how NFTE’s mission and goals relate to your interests and previous work experience, and how your skills and knowledge will enhance NFTE’s impact.

NFTE is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages women and underrepresented minorities to apply.

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NFTE is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages women and underrepresented minorities to apply.