Youth Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator

Chicago, IL


Future Founders believes every youth can become an entrepreneur. We immerse youth in experiences that inspire and empower them to create their own opportunity. We believe this leads to a generation more determined, hopeful and equipped as they engage the future. Since 2005, our programs have served over 35,000 youth. Our national 18 to 30-year-old founders generated $33.8M in revenue, secured $36M in capital and created 543 jobs in the last four years alone.

Future Founders was created to foster inclusion in the entrepreneurial community and to seed more diverse founders into the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The organization was established in 2011 through the merger of two programs: one created by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (which now runs 1871) in 2005 and another created by Uptake Founder & Executive Chairman Brad Keywell. Today, the organization serves middle and high school students across Chicago and 18 to 30-year-olds nationally. Join us as we empower the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.



Future Founders is excited to announce a new role that will support the execution of our youth entrepreneurship programming for middle and high school students: Program Coordinator.

The Program Coordinator will support the implementation of our programming for Chicago Public School students. Responsibilities for this role will evolve with the development of our programming, but will be focused on:

Program Delivery

  • Facilitate virtual or in-school programming at least 3 days per week during the school year and summer. In-school programming will take place based on CDC guidelines and Future Founders safety protocols.
  • Coordinator will co-teach most programs with another team member.
  • Support data collection and evaluation efforts for programs.

Student Recruitment

  • Implement student recruitment strategy across intensive programs for middle and high school students.
  • Lead outreach to school partners and community-based organizations to identify students for each program.
  • Oversee selection process (application review, interviews, etc.) and communication with prospective students.

Relationship Management

  • Create and manage partnerships with school partners, community-based organizations and volunteers to best support middle and high school programming.
  • Conduct community outreach and workshops as value add for our school communities and recruitment tool for our team.


In addition, the Coordinator should expect to assist with other duties as assigned. We run like a startup, so you need to have a “can do” attitude and be ready to pitch in when needed. You must be entrepreneurial, have the ability to multi-task and take the initiative to advance the program. The Coordinator will also assist the team with other organizational activities.

While the role will begin at the Coordinator level, there is opportunity for promotion to Manager level based on performance and organizational growth.



Our team is made up of entrepreneurs, educators, and non-profit employees. We recognize that a team from diverse employment backgrounds and life experiences makes us stronger. If you think you have the right combination of experiences to make a difference in our community but don’t hit every mark on this job posting, we still encourage you to apply. Some things we’re hoping for in our ideal candidate:

  • College graduate with 2-3 years of professional experience working in an education or a youth development non-profit, with emphasis on those candidates who have direct experience working in Chicago Public Schools.
  • You demonstrate emotional maturity, flexibility, integrity and professionalism.
  • Demonstrable experience building and implementing youth programs in a professional capacity.
  • Extensive experience engaging students of all ages (middle school, high school), especially with those from underserved areas.
  • A passion, knowledge and/or interest in the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurship.
  • You are a strong communicator, both virtually and in person. You’re able to connect with our network and clearly articulate ideas and expectations to people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Public speaking, email communications, social media posts – you love an audience and the audience loves you.
  • Strong networker and the ability to develop and leverage relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Self-directed with the ability to anticipate the needs of others (specifically students and fellow team members).
  • You are detail-oriented, take initiative, and have a bias toward action. Your follow up is extraordinary and we’re amazed at how quickly you complete work at a high quality level.
  • Technology-oriented with familiarity with the Google Workspace.
  • You have a “can do” attitude and are ready to pitch in when needed.
  • Fluent in feedback (giving and receiving).
  • A sense of humor.
  • Most importantly, you care about our mission of creating opportunity for young people from underrepresented backgrounds within entrepreneurship.



  • Reports to: Program Director
  • Type of Employment: Full-Time Position
  • Start Date: March 28, 2022
  • Application Deadline: February 6, 2022 (candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
  • Interviews Begin: February 11, 2022
  • Location: Future Founders is headquartered at 1871 (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago, IL 60654). The role includes the option to work from home, but will require weekly time in-office, local travel to schools/community-based organizations and candidates must be local to Chicago.
  • Work Hours: 8:45a-5p Monday – Friday, but some evening work time will be required throughout the year. The Program
  • Coordinator should be available to work 10a-7:30p when our program sessions are taking place.
  • The Program Coordinator will need to comply with the Chicago Public School and After School Matters vaccine requirements for vendors/partners.
  • Expected Annual Salary: $45,000

The Future Founders staff operates on a hybrid work schedule that includes weekly in-office work and remote work. The interview process will be the same – with first round interviews conducted virtually and second and final round interviews taking place in person. This schedule is subject to change due to current health conditions.



We’d love to hear from you! Please submit your resume and cover letter in a PDF format and be sure to address why this role would be a meaningful next step in your career and professional happiness. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.


APPLY HERE: Future Founders Youth Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator