Social Impact Jobs January 2013

photo: Socheata Poeuv of Khmer Legacies

Many of the informational interviews I participate in recently start something like this:

“I’d love to find a job that allows me to live abroad.”

“Where?” I ask.

“Anywhere,” some say. "East Africa," or "Cambodia," others say. “Not sure,” most say.

“For how long?” I ask.

“Not sure,” most say.

This is not a trend I felt was as prominent when I was looking for a job 15 years ago. But, it is definitely here to stay. 

The allure of travel, often even taking a year off to see the world, clearly continues to pull on graduating students. But as the understanding of “work” continues to evolve, there is greater emphasis placed on flexibility, personal development, and the challenge of being outside of a comfort zone in the work place, over job security. Add to that the reality of a lingering recession and increasing student debt, and we can begin to understand why many consider working abroad as a viable possibility.

Though possible, not many truly consider how plausible this work may be. Multiple conversations have demonstrated a level of simultaneous excitement and ambiguity around international work—“It would be AMAZING to work abroad, but I still have to work out the kinks.” Prior to committing to a position, domestic or international, it is imperative to be clear of what you are getting into. Balance the openness of your desire with clarity around expectations—otherwise, you will find yourself taking a big leap into the abyss.

If you are considering working abroad, then be sure to take a look at this month’s picks for Social Impact Jobs. Amongst wonderful state-side opportunities, find highlighted opportunities abroad that have recently passed my desk.

Echoing Green positions

Finance Director: This is an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced nonprofit finance professional to provide strategic oversight and planning for a high-growth, high-impact organization.

Communications Project Manager: [ADDED 2/7/13] This position is integral to the timely workings of the Communications team and its integration with the rest of the organization.

Echoing Green funded organizations

The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings is looking to fill various positions, including a Director of Talent Management and a Director of Technology Solutions.

Citizen Schools seeks to fill an Executive Director position. View the full position description here:

Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery seeks an Area Grocery Manager. Please submit cover letter and resume to

INTL Tiyatien Health is looking to hire a Monrovia Partnerships Officer (Monrovia). Based in Liberia's capital, this position will primarily be stewarding relationships with in-country partners and policymakers, while promoting the organization’s advocacy agenda.

Tiyatien Health is also looking to hire a Director of Partnerships and Development (Boston), a senior-level staff position responsible for building and stewarding Tiyatien Health's US portfolio of partners and donors.

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is looking for a Director of Development. This candidate will supervise all Development staff and be responsible for instituting the overall fundraising and communication vision of the organization. Send materials to

Global opportunities

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has opened its Annual Recruiting Drive to accept applications for over 100 anticipated positions at J-PAL and partner organizations.

AFL-CIO is looking to fill various positions.

INTL The American India Foundation (AIF) is looking for a Training Coordinator position [post inactive 2/19/13] in Delhi.

INTL The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Kampala, Uganda is currently hiring for several positions. For more information on job openings, please visit: CHAI Uganda Job Openings.

CSI NYC seeks a Community Animator. (formerly Civic Ventures) is seeking a results-oriented, creative strategist to serve as President.

INTL Engineers without Borders, Canada is currently recruiting for July and September 2013 sending dates. For more information on the application process please visit or email

Enso Collaborative is hiring for various positions.

INTL Global Medical Knowledge, Inc is looking to fill multiple positions. Visit for more information.

Hub Ventures is seeking a Program Manager of the Spring 2013 cohort. Please send your resume and any relevant information addressed to Wes Selke at

iMentor is seeking a strategic, results-focused leader to serve as its Managing Director of Talent (MDT). Visit to submit a resume and detailed cover letter.

The Kresge Foundation seeks to fill a number of positions.

INTL MASS Design Group is looking for candidates for their Design fellowship and Research and Strategy fellowship based in Rwanda. Find additional information about the positions here.

INTL m.Paani is looking for an Operations Catalyst and Data Whisperer.

The NYC Office of Human Capital Development seeks a Managing Director. Submit a one-page cover letter and resume to: Max Reynaga at

Pratham USA is hiring various positions in their New York City Office, including a Development Officer.

Prosperity Catalyst is looking to build its team in 2013 with a Director of Operations and a Fundraising Intern.

The Rockefeller Foundation seeks a Research Associate, Impact Investing.

Roominate seeks graduate students for a paid internship. Email


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