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

Because of NFTE Chicago’s significant program expansion opportunities, NFTE Chicago is hiring a Program Manager to help facilitate the program.  The program team will have a variety of responsibilities, including supporting successful implementation of the NFTE program and helping NFTE increase its impact and reach across Chicago.


A Program Manager of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is responsible for promoting, supporting, and implementing NFTE’s experiential curriculum and maintaining quality, successful youth entrepreneurship programs.  This is accomplished by working with a caseload of assigned NFTE teachers in the Chicago school system that teach the curriculum during the school day.  Therefore, a key element of the Program Manager position is forming relationships with NFTE’s educators, principals and program partners.   The Program Manager will coordinate and execute other activities that will allow him or her to work directly with youth from low-income communities including business camps, business plan coaching sessions and business plan competitions in addition to participating in necessary fundraising activities.  In order to support teachers implementing the curriculum, a Program Manager must familiarize him or herself with the NFTE entrepreneurship curriculum and provide technical support to ensure successful delivery of the program in the classroom. 

The Program Manager will also work with other team members to coordinate volunteer activities to enhance the classroom experience for students, thereby demonstrating the practical and real world applications of different NFTE entrepreneurship concepts.  The program team as a whole also works to provide current NFTE students and alumni opportunities outside of the classroom so that students can set a pathway for continued success. The Program Manager will work closely with the National Program Team, and other program office program managers to integrate new resources into current programs and replicate best practices in order to continually improve NFTE’s offerings.


Support NFTE Chicago’s programs, working to ensure quality and consistency:

  • Manage and support a caseload of NFTE teachers, including logistics such as site visits, volunteer opportunities, field trips and other aspects of program implementation for assigned NFTE teachers and corresponding classes.
  • Provide curriculum support and technical assistance related to the NFTE curriculum and program model.
  • Coordinate and manage key programming events such as NFTE’s Advanced Business Camp, wholesale field trips, and classroom business plan competitions.
  • Assume organizational capacity-building responsibilities, including developing new programs and building NFTE infrastructure to enhance organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Develop and manage external partnerships to further support students’ goals. 
  • Think strategically to identify and prioritize program improvement and expansion opportunities
  • Input and analyze data in Salesforce to track program performance, make appropriate adjustments based on data, and document qualitative and quantitative program features.
  • Collect and track all program expenses, submit timely expense reimbursement requests, and prepare information for internal and external financial reporting.
  • Collaborate with headquarters and other NFTE program offices to capture and share best practices
  • Oversee assigned program budget allocations, create program reports and identify funding needs.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in education-related field preferred.
  • Minimum three - five years experience teaching and/or in a business/professional environment required.
  • Demonstrated belief in NFTE’s mission and values
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to envision. Implement, and manage projects in an effective manner.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and detail orientation required.
  • Experience in an education-related community-based organization or school environment.  Experience working with Chicago Public Schools preferred.
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively, think critically, take initiative, display leadership and be able to manage multiple projects.
  • A demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically to build new and existing program sites
  • Enjoyment and skill in developing rapport with and influencing young people.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Interest in building internal capacities of new program office and ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Strong passion for improving public schools and for increasing opportunities for students from low-income communities.
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license required. Program Managers are frequently at school sites and regularly visit with multiple teachers each week. Mileage reimbursement provided.

The Program Manager position is full-time and reports to the Program Director.

Salary: Competitive salary. Comprehensive Benefits.

Please send a cover letter and resume to  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.