Managing Director

Posted 5 months ago

Managing Director

Beat the Streets (BTS) Chicago empowers Chicago youth through year-round wrestling programs and customized enrichment opportunities so that children can become their best selves. As the largest wrestling organization in Illinois, BTS Chicago reaches over 3,000 young people each year through wrestling and enrichment programs at six primary sites and twenty-five Chicago Public Schools partner sites.

BTS Chicago’s energetic work environment is resourced by an operating budget of $2 million, a leadership team of 12 staff members, an impact team of annual and seasonal coaches, volunteer mentors, and a 15-member Board of Directors.

The Managing Director is a new position and presents a career-defining opportunity to play a fundamental role in oversight and leadership on key internal functions. If you are a mission-driven, results-oriented, extremely organized team player, this position is for you.

This full-time exempt position is based in the BTS Chicago facility located at 5985 S. Archer Avenue in Chicago. A heavy office presence is expected, with flexibility, on occasion, to work remotely. BTS Chicago offers a competitive salary and benefits.

For more information visit:
Beat the Streets Chicago – Empowering Chicago youth through wrestling (

Job Summary:  The Managing Director directs and provides support to organization management and staff across all areas including programming, finance, human resources, logistics, and office administration. The Managing Director will participate in the development and execution of strategic vision in concert with the Executive Director and is responsible for ensuring efficient and effective organization-wide operations. Candidates for the position must demonstrate strong leadership, strategic management and an ability to manage multiple projects and programs, as well as a commitment and passion for BTS’ mission. Candidates should be skilled in assessing organizational structure, understand the revenue streams and be a data-driven decision maker.  

Reports To: Executive Director
Supervises: Wrestling Coordinator, Enrichment Coordinator, Development Coordinator, Marketing
Coordinator, Facilities Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
Status: Full-time, exempt

The Managing Director will manage the following crucial areas for BTS Chicago, related to operational efficiencies across the organization:

Organization Management:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations.
  • Ensure compliance with all organizational policies and procedures.
  • Supervise internal staff and oversee (individually or jointly) outside service providers.
  • Engage other staff members to facilitate cross-department collaboration that ensures that all functions are aligned.
  • Ensure proper staffing and reporting structure; offer recommendations for organizational resource allocation.
  • Advise the Executive Director and offer recommendations on planning, decision-making and problem resolution.
  • Spearhead process improvement initiatives and institute processes that facilitate effective and efficient work flow.
  • Oversee management of the organization’s physical infrastructure with assistance from other staff.
  • Oversee and enhance human resource functions including but not limited to: recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, development, compensation, payroll, compliance, benefits, employee relations, performance evaluations with assistance from other staff.
  • Serve as liaison (individually or jointly) for outside providers on benefits administration, employment policies and risk/safety management.


  • Work with staff to develop and monitor annual budgets of all programs; identify significant budget variances, provide direction to program staff concerning corrective action and adhere to an annual balanced budget.
  • Oversee organization’s financial performance as compared to budget and advise Executive Director on adjustments to meet budget.
  • Ensure regular monthly financial reporting and staff-wide compliance with financial policies, procedures and record-keeping

Team Leadership:

  • Motivate, lead, set objectives and both mentor and manage the performance of direct reports and all team members. Provide expert assistance and guidance on troubleshooting program and staff performance challenges.
  • Enhance and further build a culture of collaboration, respect and program excellence across the organization by building trust and transparency across programs and support areas.
  • Ensure that all direct reports complete required functions and duties, comply with local, state and federal laws and adhere to organizational policies.
  • Represent BTS Chicago to CPS, agencies, partners and the community, and represent the organization in high-level forums when the Executive Director is unavailable.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

Technical Skills

  • Proficiency in Google Workspace(QuickBooks, and Gusto experience an added plus).
  • Familiarity with cloud-based IT systems and accounting fundamentals.
  • Experience in budget development / management and financial reports.

Administrative/Management Skills

  • Strong attention to detail and proficiency in working autonomously, setting priorities, and meeting deadlines.
  • Able to handle challenging or conflict situations with tact and professionalism.
  • Expert ability to communicate effectively with others, including the ability to provide clear, constructive feedback to team members.
  • Proficient relationship building skills, including building and leveraging cross-functional partnerships within and outside of the organization, and leverage influential leadership.
  • Project planning skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize and control job responsibilities in order to meet deadlines in an environment with overlapping and potentially conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to consistently model commitment to a respectful, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment and adhere to all policies and procedures, including but not limited to, attendance, confidentiality, conflict of interest, and ethical responsibilities.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent engagement skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivation and ability to take initiative and take on new responsibilities as necessary.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • High energy and passion for BTS Chicago’s mission.
  • Ability to attend some evening and weekend events.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible organizational management/financial administration experience with high level staff management experience.


This search is being conducted by Tuft & Associates. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter electronically, using one of these options:

  • Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.
  • Email a cover letter and resume to Tuft & Associates,

Job Features

Job CategoryOpen
LocationChicago, IL