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Social Impact Jobs August 2013
Last week, we hosted a Thank You luncheon for our summer interns. They came to us in June from varied backgrounds and with varied skills and interests. Some helped us with data analysis, event planning, and program assistance, while others took on administrative projects and more, but when it came time for them to recap their experiences with us over lunch, a very clear theme emerged. Each of them had recognized an opportunity to figure out what really mattered to them.
This could not make me happier to see. Beyond their academic training, or the expectations their schools or families may hold for them, they came to work at Echoing Green because they were looking to connect to something. And as I’ve seen with the interns who have worked with us before—in fact, with so many people I’ve met over the years—their purpose became clearer when they explored what really mattered to them. It’s something we’ve seen so many times in the personal stories of our Fellows that it’s even one of the Ten Principles of our Work on Purpose Curriculum & Training.
When we recently interviewed 2011 Fellow Salif Romano Niang, he echoed this sentiment when talking about starting Malô. “I had a degree in political science. We had zero experience. We're not engineers [or] experts in agriculture. I didn't know anything about social entrepreneurship,” Salif said. "But one of our key messages is that it doesn't matter what your educational background is. If you're passionate about something, you can contribute. And we're passionate about food security and poverty."
Now Salif and his brother and business partner Mohamed are growing their team as the next step required to ensure food security in Mali. They’re making a point of seeking people equally passionate and determined to engage in being part of the solution. Experience is always important, but drive must come first.
Wherever our summer interns go next, I hope they continue to uncover their passions, and dedicate themselves to work that is right for them, and good for the world. If that sounds like you, too, ask yourself, “what matters to me?” Job season is picking up and there is a flurry of diverse opportunities out there. Take a look at the listings below to see if there’s a team tackling a problem you, too, are driven to own. They’ll be looking for you just as much as you’re looking for them.
Echoing Green positions
Events Associate Echoing Green seeks a passionate and detail-oriented events associate, with 3-5 years of relevant experience, to manage our fundraising and programmatic events. The Associate will work across teams to coordinate all aspects of event programming, recruitment and logistics, as well as develop strategy for managing data and contacts within the purview of the role.
Program and Data Assistant Echoing Green seeks an enterprising and detail-oriented program and data assistant to support our Fellowship and Alumni team. The Assistant will provide operational and administrative support to the entire team, and will provide some direct administrative support to the Director of Fellowship and Alumni Programs.
Echoing Green funded organizations
Awethu Project is hiring Incubation Coaches and Assistant Coaches to provide business support to talented entrepreneurs from under-resourced backgrounds. The organization also seeks a Legal Manager, an Information Systems Manager, and an HR Manager. Find more information about the positions here.
Blue Engine seeks an Executive Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator, and a Development Associate to help maximize the organization's impact. Find more information about the positions here.
Build Change, an international nonprofit social enterprise that designs earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them, seeks an Indonesia Program Manager. Find more information about the position here.
Peace First seeks a creative program leader to serve as their Fellowship and Youth Engagement Program Director. Find more information about the position here.
TOHL is hiring a Project Manager. Find more information about the position here.
Zaya is hiring a Sales Manager and an Operations Manager. Find more information about the positions here.
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is hiring an ANDE India Consultant (based in New Delhi) and a Director of the Rockefeller Aspen Diaspora Program (based in Washington, D.C.). Find more information about the positions here.
Centre for Social Innovation (New York) is hiring an Administrative Assistant. Find more information about the position here.
City Health Works is hiring Health Coaches, Nurse Care Managers, and an Operations Manager to provide health management strategies for individuals and families of the East Harlem community who are at risk of developing diabetes or who currently live with diabetes or hypertension. Find more information about the positions here.
The Democracy Commitment is hiring an intern. Find more information about the position here.
Demos seeks a Senior Director of Advocacy to serve at the center of the growing movements to advance political and economic equity in America. Find more information about the position here.
The Foundation Center is hiring a Vice President for Social Sector Outreach. Find more information about the position here.
Green City Force seeks a passionate, detail-oriented Development Associate with over two years of fundraising experience to join their team. Find more information about the position here.
Hope Consulting is searching for a reproductive health expert on behalf of a major U.S. foundation. The expert will develop a strategy for how the foundation, two other major donors, and the Government of Niger can increase women’s informed demand for contraceptives in Niger. Find more information about the position here.
IDEX Accelerator is hiring a Business Development & Program Manager to be stationed in India. Find more information about the position here.
Inspiring Capital seeks a hard-working, creative, and good-natured intern. Find more information about the position here.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Metro New York and Western New York seek a Chief Operating Officer. Find more information about the position here.
New Profit is seeking a Director of Communications and an Executive Assistant to join their team. Find more information about the positions here.
Program on Global Health & Technology Access at Duke University is hiring a Research Associate. Find more information about the position here.
Reboot is hiring for several positions based in New York and Nigeria. Find more information about the positions here.
Year Up is hiring a Program Manager to report to the director of learning community management in their Boston office. Find more information about the position here.
— Echoing Green (@echoinggreen) August 16, 2013
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