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Special Assistant to the CEO


Reporting to the Co-Founder and CEO, the Special Assistant to the CEO will play a key role in advancing College for Social Innovation’s overall strategy as well as launching a new alumni initiative to support a growing network of CFSI alumni.  The right candidate will be an adept communicator; facile with PowerPoint, Excel, and Social Media; and possess strong writing and research as well as interpersonal/organizing skills.

This is an ideal role for an emerging and ambitious professional interested in developing a wide variety of a core professional skills in a fast-growing organization.


Support of the CEO and organizational leadership on a variety of strategic projects (50%)

  • Help with research and preparation for board meetings and external presentations;
  • Support strategic planning for the organization, including due diligence re potential expansion to pilot program sites outside of Boston;
  • Complete applications to secure opportunities for CFSI leaders to present at regional and national conferences;
  • Help organize, schedule, and support key event logistics for CFSI meetings, including board meetings, special events, gatherings of the college partner Learning Community, etc.
  • Support major organization-wide events such as twice annual Open House and Graduation Showcase
  • Support CEO on other special projects, including research and writing support for Blog-posts, articles, recruitment of new college partners, etc.
  • Admin support of CEO and senior team, including some scheduling, finance support, and related projects

 Launch and Support Student Alumni Community (30%)

  • Build strategy for light-touch but meaningful support of a growing pool of CFSI alumni (142 now;  272 in one year;  500 in two years);  explore ways that strategic networking events, a monthly newsletter, a job board, and other priority investments can provide ongoing career support to alumni while also capturing stories that can help CFSI showcase its impact and continuously improve;
  •  Working closely with the Associate Manager of Marketing and college partners, lead alumni support activities, to surface stories for alumni newsletter, organizing alumni networking events, and creating a job board to connects alums to opportunities in the social sector, particularly with CFSI host organizations.
  • Work cross-functionally with the recruiting, operations and program departments to ensure high levels of alumni response to evaluation surveys and strong attendance at alumni networking events;
  • Lead effort to ensure that alumni who want/need recommendations of support from CFSI staff are well supported.  This will include in some cases drafting of recommendation letters to be signed by the CEO or other staff;
  • Consider building and supporting a “class marshal” system with 2+ volunteers from each cohort helping to support networking among cohort members.

Special Projects (20%)

  • Support various additional organizational projects based on organizational needs and personal/professional interests.  


There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and relevant experience with research, strategic planning, and PowerPoint slide creation;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, communication skills with the ability to connect with people
  • Strong organizational and research skills, excellent with details and follow-up
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people; A team player, who can relate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
  • Embody CFSI’s core values of an optimistic mindset, curiosity, teamwork, purposeful effort, and kindness and generosity
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus


  • Salary commensurate with experience;
  • Health benefits with 80% covered by CFSI and 20% covered by the employee;
  • Dental benefits with 50% covered by CFSI and 50% covered by the employee;
  • MBTA MonthlyLink bus and subway pass (valued at $90/month);
  • Cell phone reimbursement (valued at up to $80/month);
  • 21 vacation/personal days plus 13 organizational holiday days per year;
  • Access to regular and ongoing feedback and professional development opportunities internally and ability to leverage organizational resources to seek additional development opportunities externally.

College for Social Innovation (CFSI) brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully-credited experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. Our college students, referred to as Social Innovation Fellows, build skills, a digital portfolio, and a professional network that helps to position them to become the next generation of problem solvers for humanity’s tough challenges. Students are placed in a semester-long internship (400 hours) and also take skill-building and reflection classes twice a week as part of a diverse “Semester in the City” cohort.

College for Social Innovation is now completing a two-year pilot of its Semester in the City program, having enrolled almost 100 students from six colleges and universities and achieved strong initial results. We are looking to further build an innovative and unique educational experience that can add value for students and their home colleges while building a bigger, better, and more diverse talent pipeline for the social sector.

In the next three to five years, we look to create a nationally recognized curriculum and instructional delivery model that generates strong results while growing to serve 350+ students per year and preparing for potential growth beyond Boston. Ultimately, we aim to build a movement to make it common for millions of college students -- representing the full diversity of the nation -- to gain access to careers in the fast-growing social sector. During their Semester in the City, Fellows participate in well-structured and academically-accredited internships where they learn from real-world experiences, build relationships with mentors, and build personal, professional and academic skills.


College for Social Innovation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. National Service Alumni (i.e. Military, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.

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