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Social Impact Researcher job in NYC

Inspiring Capital jobs
New York (NY), NYC
Company Type:  Certified B Corporation
Industry:  Other/Not Classified
Job Type:  Project/Program Management
Employment:  Intern
Impact Area:  Economic Development
Company Name:  Inspiring Capital

Country:  United States
State / Province:  New York (NY)
City:  NYC
Zip / Postal Code:  10038


COMPANY: Inspiring Capital


LOCATION: New York, NY/ Remote working options


TYPE: Short-term, Freelance




Are you interested in measuring social and environmental impact? Do you like number crunching? Based on Inspiring Capital’s work over the past 4 ½ years, we’re looking for someone to identify the positive and negative effects we’ve had on the world thus far, and then develop a framework & select the appropriate metrics to gauge our impact going forward. We want to know what metrics we should hold ourselves accountable against!


Organizational Background:


Inspiring Capital has built an innovative model to power purposeful growth, by helping professionals and companies align their strengths and interests with their communities’ needs.


Since our founding in June 2013, we’ve worked with over 50 not-for-profits, social enterprises, and corporations on the integration of profit and purpose by shaping and staffing (placing 100+ inspired individuals) strategy, finance, marketing, and operations projects.


In short, we help people understand what they’re good at, and how to use those skills to contribute to social or environmental change that inspires them. Those inspired professionals then drive our consulting work, helping organizations across the spectrum of impact, nonprofit and for-profit, solve big social and environmental problems.



  • Graduate student (or professional) with 7-10 hours a week to dedicate to a pro bono, for-credit project

  • Self-starter who enjoys transforming a broad mandate (see below) into a workplan, soliciting client and stakeholder feedback along the way to deliver useful insights in a compelling format

  • Experience (practical or academic) with best practice in performance or impact measurement

  • Curiosity and excitement about the challenge of digging into the tough questions in the social impact sector

  • Fluency with qualitative and quantitative data collection

  • Ability to recognize significant trends, absences, and other patterns in data to identify significant take-aways and questions for further inquiry

  • Flexibility to work within an ambiguous and resource-constrained environment to choose highest-impact uses of time and energy


You’d be applying those skills and experiences to the following responsibilities:

  • Research the different ways to measure impact, what other organizations are  doing and mainstream frameworks

  • Develop a framework to analyze IC’s positive and negative impacts on our participants and clients, selecting metrics, and building tools and a dashboard to collect data going forward

  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data by surveying our 160+ Fellowship alumni and 55+ consulting clients

  • Validate and analyze data to shape take-aways and questions for further research

  • Develop an impact report, with presentation-ready take-aways and graphics for June 14, 2018 (our 5 year anniversary!)

  • Recommend next steps for a summer impact project and longer term


In exchange for these benefits:

  • Exposure to IC team, materials, past participants and clients as research materials, and for your own learning and professional development

  • Access to IC member-only events and Fellowship programming

  • Reference(s) and one-on-one curated introductions to IC team connections (based on successful performance)

  • Byline author credit on impact report

  • Option to join IC team meetings and gatherings


To apply, send a resume and cover letter specifically referencing this position and your interest and qualifications. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We’re seeking to hire someone this January.


This is an unpaid project; university credits can be arranged depending on your institution, and many schools will provide stipends for social enterprise work.


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