32 (now 42) of the best places to look for purposeful jobs that make the world better – updated May 2019

Mark Horoszowski

Mark Horoszowski is the co-founder and CEO of MovingWorlds.org.

Navigating a career transition is no easy task… and finding new opportunities is certainly one of the biggest challenges in that journey.

In the MovingWorlds Institute, we get to support purpose-minded professionals who are actively positioning their careers to make a long-term impact, and we assembled the following list of 32 (now 42) places to look for impact-orientated jobs to help. We hope you find this list useful, and if you think we’re missing any, let us know in the comments below!

1. Net Impact

Net Impact mobilizes new generations to use their skills and careers to drive transformational social and environmental change. Its conference and job board provide a vast array of opportunities at many levels.

2. Devex Jobs

Devex is a media and news platform following the global development industry, including nonprofits, corporations, social enterprises, governments, and intergovernmental groups. Its job board is massive, and they also have great career advice!

3. Escape the City

Escape the City is more than just a job list to help people transition to meaningful work. It also has in-person communities and educational programs to help people move careers or start their own business.

4. Rework

An inspiring social enterprise helping social change organizations find the best possible talent.

(Note, Rework is still in operation, but have been acquired by Koya Partners)

5. NextBillion Jobs

NextBillion chronicles new trends in market solutions to poverty that benefit the world’s 4 billion low-income producers and consumers. The site features in-depth analysis and opinion from thought leaders, researchers, and social entrepreneurs in the field. Its career center is continuously updated with opportunities across the “development through enterprise” market sector.

6. Idealist Careers

News, content, media, career advice, and global job listings from the group that brought you Idealist.

7. Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Job Board

A listing site for member organizations of the Global Impact Investing Network and other impact investing leaders.

8. Benefit Corporation (BCorp) Job Board

Benefit Corporations put purpose above profits. From local cafes to publicly traded companies, B Corps take all shapes and sizes, and this tool gives you a listing of B Corps with open jobs.

9. Bridgespan Group Nonprofit Job Board

A nonprofit that has a job board for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists.

10. DevNetJobs

A huge list of global development jobs and consulting opportunities from over 20,000 recruiters.

11. The Social Enterprise Jobs Forum on Google Groups

Unlike other jobs boards, this one comes without financial incentives – meaning that organizations don’t pay to post and you don’t have to pay to be a member.

12. The Social Innovation Jobs Facebook group

This group, started by social entrepreneurs, is an incentive-free place for social innovation jobs and Fellowships.

13. BMeaningful

Guides and job postings for careers with a positive social impact.

14. PCDN Network

The Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) is a hub for growing social enterprise that gathers over 35,500 professionals, organizations and students engaged in social change, peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, development and related fields.

15. tbd* community

tbd* is a community of those committed to using their careers to change the world. More than a job board, it also has courses, content, and community members that can help you in your  career search.

16. Relief Web

Relief Web has a series of international jobs across the skill spectrum for those committed to working overseas to support those that need it the most.

17. Green Jobs Career Network on LinkedIn

A massive group on LinkedIn for those interested in green jobs.

18. MakeSense

A community site for those looking to make more impact with their careers, also has a job board. Many opportunities in Europe.

19. Jobs with Development Entrepreneurs through the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

A listing of jobs across the portfolio of organizations that are affiliated with ANDE

20. Social Enterprise Alliance Job Board

Jobs with member companies of the Social Enterprise Alliance

21. Jobs at the United Nations

Not just for the United Nations, but also for the World Economic Forum and many of the arms within the UN, including UN Global Company and UNICEF.

22. Work for Good

One of the leading sites for jobs within the nonprofit sector.

23. 80,000 hours job board

High-impact opportunities at organisations that are working on some of the world’s most pressing problems

24. ImpactPool

Impactpool (previously UNjobfinder) is a career platform devoted to provide the best possible support to people who want to pursue a career within mission-driven organizations.

25. The Unreasonable Talent Network

Join the Unreasonable Talent Network and gain first-access to opportunities with some of the world’s leading impact companies.

26. Nonprofit Technology Network Job Board

Find full-time jobs and short-term technology opportunities at organizations working for social change.

27. Fast Forward

Fast Forward aggregates impactful job and volunteer opportunities from tech nonprofits building products that solve the world’s biggest social problems.

28. Business for Social Responsibility

BSR™ is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world.

29. Posner Center for International Development

A network of Colorado-based companies that work together to help create better living conditions for the world’s poor while also addressing environmental issues.

30. Big Society Capital

Listings for jobs within the social impact investment market.

31. Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.

32. British Overseas Development Network

Listings of international philanthropic and NGO jobs in the UK and around the world.

33. JustMeans

Jobs related to social change, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.

34. Next City

Jobs related to urban planning and innovation. Search hundreds of planning, architecture, community organizing and nonprofit job openings all over the U.S.

35. Humentum

Source for global social sector jobs.

36. Skill-Specific Groups

Many industries and skills have specific groups designated for social good, Design Gigs for Good. Do a google search to see other groups more relevant to your skill set for small and niche job boards.

37. Local career coach and recruiting agencies that focus on social impact

Many countries and large cities have careers coaches and agencies that specialize in the social impact sector. Run a Google search and ask your network for local recommendations. A few that stand out to us include:

38. Your Alumni Network

If your previous school(s) has an alumni network, look for opportunities there. Many social change organizations have partnerships with educational institutions and post their jobs there.

39. Your local social enterprise meetup group

Many cities have meetup groups and/or networking happy hours that bring socially-minded people together. Head to meetup.com and search for “social enterprise”, “nonprofit”, and “sustainable development goals” in addition to other terms you care about to find a local group that’s right for you.

40. Local Nonprofit and Global Development associations

Many countries and larger cities have associations that convene nonprofits, social enterprises, corporate responsibility professionals, and government officials for networking and ongoing education. Search for a local group and get involved.

41. Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter

Find people and groups that form around the industries, causes, and geographies you are most interested in. Add value to these networks by sharing interesting content, articles, and promoting people there. It takes time to build your reputation online, so get started as soon as you can to build trust.

42. In-person networking and coffee chats

As we wrote in our popular article How to Find a Fulfilling Career that Makes the World Better, your network is critical to finding you a job. It takes a while to network, so invest your time early and often. Here are some tips to have productive networking meetings, and remember that volunteering is another great way to build your professional network and standout in the job hunt.

Remember that finding a job and then making it to the interview stage are two very different things. Websites don’t give people jobs. People give people jobs. If you want a job, you need to build your network, and if you’re interested in the social impact industry, you also need to make sure you have a history of contributing to it, too. Here’s a post we featured on Devex about how to make the transition.

Need help navigating your own career transition? Be sure to check out the MovingWorlds Institute.