Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

Candidate Profile & Core Values

Spark seeks a Corporate Partnerships Coordinator for our Chicago Region.

Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional relationship building, communication, and project management skills, fluency in innovative thinking, and a make-it-work mentality. Candidates will also embody Spark’s Core Values: being a student and a mentor, working with passion and compassion, committing to collaboration and diversity, aiming high and true, and trusting/respecting each relationship.

Reporting to the Development Manager (DM), the Corporate Partnerships Coordinator (CPC) serves on the Chicago Development Team and will ensure high-quality experiences for Spark volunteers by leading efforts to recruit, train, support and develop a community of more than 400 volunteers and mentors annually. This includes building and leveraging relationships to effectively manage volunteer recruitment, compliance, training, and support across Chicago’s 35+ corporate partners, ensuring the required 2:5 volunteer to student ratio for Spark Labs and that 100% of students are matched on-time with a mentor for Spark Mentorships.

Additionally, the CPC will ensure a vibrant and connected network of Spark volunteers/mentors by leading the Ambassador Task Force, the annual Mentoring Matters campaign, and supporting the execution of mentor appreciation and fundraising events. As a member of the organization’s development team, the CPC will also contribute to Spark’s local and national development strategy.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; relevant graduate degree preferred;
  • Demonstrated superior writing and presentation skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Sophisticated relationship building and networking skills;
  • Effective time management and organizational skills in order to independently prioritize workload and meet deadlines and goals;
  • Track record of maintaining a high level of client satisfaction by responding swiftly and adjusting effectively to feedback
  • Professional experience in corporate volunteer recruitment, training and coaching preferred; corporate social responsibility and development experience is welcomed;
  • High level of professionalism and resourcefulness– an ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks, relationships and projects;
  • Demonstrated passion for and commitment to an asset-based approach to the students and communities Spark partners with
  • High proficiency in Microsoft and Google Suite preferred; Familiarity with Salesforce a plus;
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided.
  • In addition, to be successful as a member of the Spark team in this role, you will:
    • Be an independent, results-focused, highly-organized self-starter;
    • Have a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming nonprofit organization;
    • Thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, operating with a results-orientation and exceptional attention to detail;
    • Have a proactive personality; no work is ‘beneath’ you and you are eager to serve others, rolling up your sleeves when necessary;
    • Demonstrate mature judgment, with a high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness;
    • Have a sense of humor, even under stress;
    • Be comfortable giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback;
    • Value relationships and accountability, empowering others to achieve superior results.

Core Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Chicago Development Manager:  

Lead Volunteer and Mentor Recruitment

  • Develop seasonal and year-long volunteer and mentor recruitment strategy plans in conjunction with partners, including setting targets for volunteer diversity, recruiting senior leadership as mentors and more.
  • Create and maintain a strong system of communication with volunteers/mentors to ensure high-quality experiences, provide coaching as needed, and document support and coaching efforts in Salesforce;
  • Develop and lead Spark trainings for volunteers/mentors and ensure Spark compliance steps for all volunteers including management of background checks, approving workplace locations, and other Spark policies;
  • Implement Spark’s evaluation methods: Lead timely collection and input of all volunteer/mentor surveys, mentor demographic data and recruitment data. Ensure data integrity for all volunteers and partners in Salesforce;
  • Conduct regular analysis of volunteer, corporate partner, and recruitment data to be used internally in identifying program strengths and growth opportunities as well as externally in reporting to stakeholders including schools, corporations, and funders;
  • Lead corporate partner related execution of Match Night and Share Your Spark to ensure mentors are prepared for the events.

Facilitate Volunteer and Mentor Community Building

  • Oversee Spark Chicago’s Ambassador Task Force to ensure successful implementation of program and increase volunteer capacity to become leaders in The Possibility Movement;
  • Develop and execute the strategy for the annual Mentoring Matters campaign;
  • Plan and execute regional appreciation and networking events amongst Spark Chicago’s base of past, current, and potential volunteer mentors.
  • Actively cultivate new relationships with companies and individuals through networking and direct outreach to maintain, increase and secure new partnerships, as needed

Support Development and Communications Strategy

  • Support Chicago Development Team in executing a strategic plan to fundraise for Spark Chicago through corporate giving while maximizing value of partnerships to Spark and corporate partners;
  • Lead tactical elements of the partnership-building process by creating formal agreements with corporate partners that include mutually identified goals, mentor targets, funding agreements and communication plans;
  • Liaise with the Development Manager and the national staff to provide timely data for grant applications and support potential or existing donor visits to program in action at schools and/or corporate partner sites;
  • Liaise with the national team and counter parts in other regions to share and implement best practices and represent Spark Chicago.
  • Support external communication about mentor recruitment in media outlets, organizational newsletters, websites, and blogs;


Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary: $35,000-$40,000 – Commensurate with experience.
  • Health Benefits: Full health coverage is provided, including medical, dental and vision no more 30 days after an employee’s first day. Spark covers up to 100 percent of monthly medical premiums, and a portion of the monthly premiums for dependents. Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care are offered. A life insurance policy providing $50,000 of coverage is also included.
  • Learning Benefits: Spark highly values staff’s personal learning pursuits. Priority is placed on opportunities to pursue your choice of professional training opportunities, including workshops, conferences, and more.
  • Retirement Benefits: For all contributions through Spark’s 401K plan, Spark provides a discretionary employer match.
  • Paid Time Off: Spark has a unique flexible time-off policy, which empowers staff to collaboratively determine and schedule time off as needed. Spark staff may take time off based on the status of their work- related goals and results within the organization. This policy is part of Spark’s focus on a balanced and healthy life for staff.
  • Non-Monetary Compensation: The opportunity to be an integral member of an energetic, innovative, hard-working and rapidly growing team, within an organization that has the potential to significantly change the trajectory of middle-school education nationwide.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a targeted start date of July 9, 2018. To Apply: Please click here to apply.


Spark is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit; we strongly encourage and seek qualified applications from underrepresented groups.

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