The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. A leadership and scholarship organization inspired by the values of Pat Tillman and a steadfast belief in leadership through action, over the last 18 years the foundation has supported over 750 Tillman Scholars as they apply hard-earned leadership skills to impactful issues in our around the world.

The Tillman Leadership Institute (TLI) is a new strategic initiative of the Pat Tillman Foundation that will advance effective leadership practices through instruction by Tillman Scholars and TLI staff. Built for two audiences - mid-career professionals and student-athletes - our core attributes of decisiveness, caring, inclusivity, creativity, passion, and tenacity are derived from Pat's story & our Tillman Scholars' stories and will drive a cohort-based model of primarily in-person instruction. Alumni of TLI will join a community of like-minded leaders committed to impact.

Who You Are

  • Entrepreneurial. You want to build. You are energized by the unknowns that come along with building a new and major strategic initiative. You want to get people excited about the idea and you know that success relies on a thousand unglamorous tasks done well.

  • Purpose-driven. You understand the “leadership gap” in this country - as documented in academic and other research - and you want to be a part a solution that can be scaled to address a national problem. 

  • Problem solver. You have experience meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders in high impact situations and collaborations. You understand the needs of our organization and the needs of our partners and clients in ways that help define the middle ground.

  • Outcomes driven. You understand that programs must align with a theory of change, that resources must drive outputs and outcomes that are defined at the start. You naturally want to build processes that support this approach.

  • Experimental by nature. You are comfortable trying new things out that sometimes fail. You define outcomes for yourself and your team by which to determine success, and you adapt to the feedback you receive.

  • Strategic. You’ve built strategies for high impact initiatives. This isn’t your first rodeo, and you relish the opportunity to think high level for a strategically important initiative that doesn’t yet exist, but has momentum, and for which we have big goals.

  • Relationship-driven. You love having the opportunity to work across diverse constituents, representing a wide range of investors and members of the community who support veterans and leadership development.

What You’ll Do

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Design, develop, and facilitate training content and programs that support leadership development for corporate and academic clients.

  • Work with subject matter experts in the field of leadership to ensure proprietary curriculum is informed by best practices and pedagogy for adult learners.

  • Facilitate multiple simultaneous cohorts of instruction with Tillman Scholars in support of ~20 person, 4-6 month engagements.

  • Measure, evaluate, and report on outcomes within participant comprehension, skill development, and leadership expression of TLI participants and alumni.


  • Build the nascent structures for a TLI alumni community that remains connected to the ethos, events, and scholars of the Pat Tillman Foundation.

  • Partner with PTF Programs team to identify and support Tillman Scholars as instructors for TLI cohorts.

  • Represent TLI within our Tillman Scholar community, building interest and internal support, as well as among current PTF partner organizations.

Business Strategy

  • In partnership with PTF CEO, validate a go-to-market strategy and business model and adjust as needed to ensure that TLI competes in the market of leadership development, drives improved outcomes for clients, and also accrues value for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

  • In partnership with the PTF CEO and Development team, support business development and sales efforts with existing and prospective corporate, academic, governmental, and nonprofit clients. This initially partnered activity will grow to a fully-owned responsibility as TLI grows and can hire BD-focused roles.

  • Manage a Manager-level direct report who will support logistics and client support for the sponsoring organizations of TLI participants.

This position is ideally based in Chicago. Some travel is required. Remote will be considered, and would require additional travel. This position reports to the CEO.