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Join Plant Chicago's Board of Directors!

Do you care about the environment? Are you interested in how we can divert waste or even turn it into a commodity? Do you care about investing in our youth and businesses to help support a cleaner Chicago?


Plant Chicago’s mission is to cultivate local circular economies. We envision a paradigm shift in production, consumption, and waste driven at the local level, generating equity and economic opportunity for all residents. Located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Plant Chicago (PC) is repurposing a former firehouse into a center for circular economy programming. PC is a highly collaborative organization with a small staff, a large and active volunteer base, and strong relationships with small businesses throughout Chicago. 2024 will be a pivotal year as we enter into the much-anticipated capital project to renovate our base of operations, The Firehouse, will come to fruition.

What skills are we looking for right now?

We would love to meet individuals with skills or experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • STEM Education

  • Local Food Support

  • Small Business Support

  • Legal

  • Fundraising / Philanthropy

  • Community Development

  • Financial Management

  • Nonprofit Executive Leadership

  • Circular Economy / Sustainability Passion

  • Back of the Yards Community Member

What is the role of a Board of Directors for a nonprofit like Plant Chicago?

Broadly speaking, the Board of Directors is composed of volunteers who come together to help set strategy, ensure proper governance, and help fundraise for the organization. Members of the Board of Directors should collectively expect to:

  • Help set the vision, mission, and strategy for Plant Chicago

  • Ensure that the organization is abiding by all applicable laws and regulations.

  • Hire, evaluate, and support the executive director to ensure the organization is effectively managed.

  • Make connections between the organization and potential donors, sponsors, and other partners.

  • Review quarterly financial reports and provide feedback on annual budgets.

  • Attend monthly meetings.

What is our process?

Our online application closes on August 23rd, 2024. Potential candidates will be interviewed during the first two weeks of September. Potential candidates should expect to have up to two meetings, at least one in person at The Firehouse. New board members could begin as early as October of 2024.

We look forward to meeting you!


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