Jobs for Change: Recruiting a new generation of leaders into the nonprofit, government, and social enterprise sectors

Jobs for Change is being launched at a time of both crisis and opportunity.

The crisis we face is rooted not only in our faltering economy but also in our national failure to confront major challenges, from education to energy to health care. At the same time, President Obama has inspired renewed interest in public service, providing a historic opportunity to mobilize people to address problems that have been ignored for too long.

The mission of Jobs for Change is to help take full advantage of this opportunity by recruiting a new generation of leaders into the nonprofit, government, and social enterprise sectors.

Job: Executive Director Position with StartingBloc

StartingBloc is currently seeking a talented and dynamic new Executive Director to lead a small and highly mission-driven organization into its next phase of growth and to ensure StartingBloc’s continued and sustainable recognition as a leader in the fields of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, cross-sector partnerships, and sustainability. Working closely with the Director of Programs, Board of Directors, and an engaged group of StartingBloc alumni, the Executive Director will have primary responsibility for all management and leadership functions, including fundraising and partnership-building, strategic planning, financial management, infrastructure and growth development, board of directors’ development, as well as programmatic impact.

Please see PDF here.

JOB: Overseas Fellowships with Atlas Corps

Atlas Service Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for their 2009-2010 fellowship positions in Washington, DC and Bogota, Colombia. All expenses are paid in this prestigious, fellowship program, including a living stipend, health insurance, visa, travel, training, and a $2,500 end of service award.

Applicants must have 3 or more years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a college degree, fluency in English (and Spanish if applying to volunteer in Colombia), and a commitment to returning to their home country after one year.

Candidates from outside the U.S. are placed at outstanding host organizations in Washington, DC including Ashoka, Asian American LEAD, CentroNía, Grameen Foundation, TechnoServe, GlobalGiving, and Population Action International. Candidates from the U.S. are placed at organizations in Bogota like Give to Colombia and Oxfam GB. In addition to volunteering full time at their host organizations. Fellows are enrolled in a management development training program and join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from around the world.

For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit: and watch a short video about the application process here: .

If you have questions, please email The deadline to apply is April 1, 2009.

The down economy is driving more MBAs down socially responsible business tracks

The down economy is driving more MBAs down socially responsible businesstracks, according to the story “What Now for MBAs?” on Top-tier schools like Duke and Yale have responded by creating programs to prepare social entrepreneurs. The story lays out the best feeder schools for social entrepreneur positions, the most lucrative jobs and the major MBA recruiters.

You can see the story here:

Microsoft Plans To Join OLPC

There’s been lots of drama with OLPC but hopefully the non-profit can work through it and make some progress with their new partner Microsoft:

The alliance between Microsoft and O.L.P.C. comes after long stretches of antagonism, punctuated by occasional talks, between the two sides. Mr. Negroponte, a former computer researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a new media pioneer, said he first talked to Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman, three years ago.


Jobs: Executive Director, YouthBuild Public Charter School

The YouthBuild Public Charter School, a cutting-edge educational facility blending the widely acclaimed YouthBuild national service program with a service-oriented and non-traditional academic curriculum, seeks nominations and applications for their next Executive Director. YouthBuild Public Charter School (YouthBuild PCS) is one of the only bilingual alternative high school in Washington, D.C. and offers students ages 16-24 who have either dropped out or have been expelled from traditional schools, but who have decided to make positive changes in their lives, the ability to earn both their GED and the practical skills necessary for success in the real world.

A longer, more detailed position description may be found at:

Ashoka– Director, Strategic Development

Director, Strategic Development

The Director of Strategic Development will strengthen and sustain Ashoka-US’s position and visibility in the US through investor analysis and development, cultivating external relations, representing Ashoka externally, and generating 1-2 million dollars of new revenue annually. Responsibilities will include contributing to Ashoka-US’s core program by helping to identify, select and support leading social entrepreneurs in the United States.

Ashoka Innovators for the Public is a global citizen sector organization that identifies, elects and invests in Ashoka Fellows – leading social entrepreneurs who initiate far-reaching social change in fields such as the environment, learning and youth development, health, human rights, civic participation, and economic development. Ashoka Fellows are elected for a lifetime to a community of over 1800 social innovators in 60 countries.

Here’s a doc file with a full job description.

Acumen Fund is hiring for a new associate who can work with them on community building, new media, and communications…

Seth Godin posts an job listing for Acumen.

Acumen Fund is hiring for a new associate who can work with them on community building, new media, and communications… this individual would join the Portfolio Strategies team which focuses on sharing knowledge and influencing how the world tackles poverty. The associate would be primarily responsible for using the internet, video, and a range of tools available for building community to share what Acumen Fund is learning about effective ways to bring critical goods and services to people living in the developing word who make less than $3 per day.


Job Opening At Environmental Defense

Job posting for those of you interested in market-based solutions for environmental issues.

Job: Major Gifts Officer(s) – San Francisco and Silicon Valley- (San Francisco and Silicon Valley Focus)

Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting environmental rights, and focuses on the right of all people to clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems. The organization’s approach is embodied in the philosophy “finding ways that work”. Environmental Defense is practical and nonpartisan, embraces market based solutions, and views social justice, balanced economic development and the needs of different communities and interests all as part of the equation.

Reporting to the Director of Development for the Western Region, the Major Gifts Officers will be responsible for soliciting major gifts from donors in California, with particular emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Working closely with senior professionals in the national development department, California-based advisors and board members and program staff, the Major Gifts Officers will identify, cultivate and solicit individuals in support of Environmental Defense’s national agenda.

Read more here.

Jobs: Ithaka Research Analyst

Research Analyst
New York, NY

Ithaka promotes innovation in higher education by helping pioneering initiatives thrive. We also undertake projects to provide the academic community as a whole with new perspectives on our changing environment. Supported by the Mellon, Hewlett and Niarchos Foundations and affiliated with JSTOR and ARTstor, we are an entrepreneurially-minded organization that values teamwork, a collegial spirit, and collaboration.

The research group focuses on understanding academia’s transition to an electronic environment so that it can be managed most effectively. We provide actionable insights into the ways that new technologies affect the scholarly community, focusing specifically on the transition from a print to an electronic environment for research, teaching, publishing, and library collecting. We pursue research projects for which there is demonstrable demand, guided both by individual clients and an external advisory committee, and then share the findings broadly. We aim to be an engaged citizen of the academic community, making a positive impact on strategic decision-making across the sector. An overview of our work is available at

We seek a talented, energetic Research Analyst to play an active role on the Research team. You will take principal day-to-day responsibility for one or more major research projects. Our research projects fall into three broad areas of interest:

* The transition from print to electronic formats for academic libraries and scholarly publishers;
* The changing information-services needs and practices of faculty members and students; and
* Technology-assisted forms of teaching and learning and the impacts they may have on higher education.

Through your work on these projects, you will make a direct contribution to the successful transformation of the higher education sector to a technology-rich environment. In support of this role, you will:

* Undertake a variety of different kinds of research (from interviews and document analysis to economic and survey techniques, depending on the project);
* Write reports and articles communicating findings and recommendations;
* Develop and maintain systems for organizing information gathered and knowledge generated;
* Speak publicly on your research and represent Ithaka at conferences and networking events;
* Travel regularly as needed.

If you know someone who might be interested, please encourage them to contact me directly at