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POSITION: Partnerships Manager
LEADER: Associate Director of Partnerships
STATUS: Exempt, Full Time
LOCATION: 425 S Financial Pl, Chicago, IL 60605


The Executives’ Club of Chicago is Chicago’s premier membership organization and business forum. For more than one hundred years, The Exec Club has been a valued resource for Chicago’s business leaders – connecting members, providing opportunities for strategic relationship development, access to intellectual exchange and world-class speakers, and enhanced exposure to the broader business community.

Through our signature series programs, forums, leadership development, and member events, we bring together business, civic and academic leaders from all industries to discuss issues and opportunities affecting business in Chicago and the world.


The Partnerships Manager is responsible for supporting the Associate Director of Partnerships in cultivating, securing, and stewarding corporate sponsorship of Exec Club events, programming, initiatives, and member engagement. This position plays an integral role in business development and external relations. As an excellent communicator and detail-oriented account manager, this person ensures all partners receive best-in-class experience as sponsors of Exec Club.


Account Management

  • Manage a portfolio of ~25 sustaining corporate partner relationships, ensuring consistent communication and thoughtful engagement throughout the course of the partnership lifecycle
  • Build relationships with assigned accounts to better understand the partners’ areas of interest and ways they wish to engage with Exec Club
  • Develop a consistent communication cadence with each assigned account to ensure they are always up to date on opportunities and events with Exec Club
  • Serve as each account’s point person for any updates to their corporate membership roster and provide updates for opportunities where they could better engage
  • Coordinate and conduct sponsor renewal processes including scheduling meetings, preparing fulfillment reports, and creating new opportunity pitch materials
  • Identify and resolve sponsor related conflicts and challenges in a timely manner
  • Execute comprehensive sponsor stewardship program in tandem with the AD of Partnerships


  • Track sponsor benefit fulfillment and ensure execution of deliverables for assigned sponsors and initiatives 
  • Create and send sponsor communications including monthly event guides, special updates, invitations, etc. 
  • Oversee logo management including monitoring logo placements, approving logo accuracy on print materials and digital communications, and making sure the logo folder is up to date with the most recent logo for each company 
  • Work collaboratively with the Content and Events teams to identify opportunities for corporate partners to integrate into events from thought leadership to onsite activation 
  • Oversee Sponsor table guest name collection for Signature Series programs 
  • Track financial commitments and manage sponsor invoicing, payment reminders, agreements, and contracts  
  • Prepare sponsorship agreements and contracts for review and signature by Chief Operations Officer 
  • Collaborate with companies and community organizations to create unique experiences and onsite activations that enhance Exec Club events and programming 
  • Support in the planning and execution of special events for partners such as dinners, receptions, and roundtables 


  • Assist the membership & events teams onsite at programs and meetings (sometimes early morning and into the evening)  
  • Actively build relationships with the corporate community 
  • Create and update general partnerships decks and materials as needed 
  • Monitor sponsorship trends and work closely with the AD of Partnerships to generate new benefits, engagement opportunities, and experiences 
  • Manage in-bound calls and general sponsorship inquires; elevate as needed 
  • Special projects as assigned 


  • You are a curious and creative thinker. You know how to build something out of nothing and are comfortable operating in the unknown.
  • You are not content with the status quo and proactively seek ways to improve processes, programs, and projects.
  • You consider yourself a “go-getter” who takes ownership of projects and see them through to completion.
  • You expertly juggle multiple projects in varying stages of development and always meet deadlines.
  • You have a meticulous attention to detail.
  • You would call yourself “a people person”: You love connecting with people, understanding their needs and helping them achieve their goals: You thrive on making connections and cultivating strong relationships.
  • You instinctively anticipate and proactively respond to peoples’ needs. You know what they need sometimes before they do and make people feel cared for.
  • You are a natural sales person and don’t shy away from making asks.
  • You are comfortable corresponding with C-Suite executives and their assistants.
  • You are a team player. You want everyone on the team to succeed and go the extra mile to ensure you are helping everyone do their job to the best of their ability.
  • You are not a wallflower. During our live events, we expect all staff, especially this role, to interact with our members and guests and make everyone feel comfortable and welcome.
  • You are inquisitive and interested in keeping abreast of business trends and current events on the local, national, and global scene.
  • You strive to exemplify Exec Club’s values of nurturing relationships, inclusivity, a desire to foster world-class knowledge, and belief in growing Chicago’s future, and that business is a pillar of society.


  • Bachelor’s degree in any area of study but preferable business or marketing
  • 3-5 years of work experience, ideally in sponsorship, events, business development, or marketing
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interface with all levels of clients, including C-Suite executives
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Knowledge and experience with CRM software
  • Strong organizational, written & verbal communication skills
  • Able to handle multiple projects in varying stages of development and meet deadlines
  • Able to work well with others in a small, fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • Highly developed customer service orientation and skills
  • Willing to attend and help with morning programs and evening receptions


  • Flexible hybrid work model (2-3 days in office per week)
  • Downtown office in a contemporary office building with strong amenities
  • Commuter benefits for those who use the CTA, METRA or Parking
  • Employees have the option of participating in Exec Club’s 401(k) plan, which includes an employer match
  • Employer sponsored insurance coverage through UnitedHealthcare
  • Flexible work schedule with 15 days of PTO and 11 paid holiday days; we also observe Summer Hours and Holiday hours the last week of December


To apply send your resume and cover letter to
DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 22, 2023

The Executives’ Club of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.