Join the Board


Applications for the 2019-2021 board term are open now!

“Serving on the YNPN [Chicago] board has been the most meaningful professional development experience I’ve had thus far.” -Ex-Officio Board Member Lauren King

Serving on YNPN Chicago's Executive Board has allowed me the opportunity to learn new skills. I don’t do communications in my day-job, but it pairs really well with fundraising so I am getting exposure to areas that will help my career.“ -Amy Podlesak

“I know that the hands-on skills I’ve developed from being on a working board will serve me as I continue to grow as a leader.” -Katie Pieper

Who We Are

YNPN Chicago’s Executive Board is comprised of 15-20 young professionals from the city’s mission-driven organizations. While we are primarily comprised of nonprofit professionals, we are welcoming to those of other sectors. 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 function areas include: Communications, Programming, Finance, Development, Membership, 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 one-time annual dues. 

What We Look For

  • Passion for the mission of YNPN Chicago and the larger nonprofit sector
  • Availability 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 professionals
  • Ability to balance idea generation with execution 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative, team environment
  • Clear track record of successful leadership
  • Demonstrated skills and experience related to specific focus area
  • Comfort being an ambassador of YNPN Chicago to the larger community 

Application Process

All applicants will be asked to submit an online application along with a resume and letter of reference by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019. 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.

Candidates selected for an interview must be able to participate in an in-person interview on August 26 or 27. Interviews will take place in the evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Forefront, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1540. Candidates will be notified in mid-August if they have been selected for an interview. If elected to board service, Orientation will take place on Saturday, September 14.

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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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