How do you pick what jobs to feature?
The short answer is that we post jobs that we believe in. We post early to mid-career roles in social impact organizations that we think will further an important cause and also your career. These are the jobs that we recommend to our friends and co-workers.
The long answer is that we have a thorough diligence process. First, we gather information online and from any connections we have at an organization to assess the felt experience of working there and the priorities of the leadership team. Once we approve a company, we regularly monitor the jobs they post. Of those jobs, we select ones that we think are attainable for someone 0-5 years into their career, will provide good professional development opportunities, and pay a decent salary.
Where does “Second Day” come from?
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain
We don’t want people to just do what they are supposed to do, we want them to find and live their life’s purpose. Our goal is to do whatever it takes to enable people to connect their personal goals with positive societal impact.
What do you mean by "problems that matter"?
It’s not our place to tell you what matters to you. However, we will do our best to help you see through the clutter and work for organizations that are truly making a difference. To that end, we prioritize organizations that work on a social impact issue as their primary goal, hold themselves accountable for the impact that they accomplish, and respect their employees while they do it.
What do you mean by social impact organizations?
We mean any organization that is primarily focused on social impact. This could be a for-profit company, a nonprofit, a Foundation, a social enterprise, or any other organization that we think meets our criteria. We don’t want old stigmas around “what should be done” to stifle what needs to be done.
“Top talent”... that’s a fairly loaded term, isn’t it?
Yes it is! Historically, top talent has meant white male ivy league graduates. Obviously that hasn’t worked out too well for us. Our definition includes anyone who is intelligent, creative, and driven to make a positive impact in their community.
What do each of the causes mean on the job board?
- Education: K-12 schools, colleges, community colleges, and other organizations focused on transforming education
- Health: Organizations working on access to affordable healthcare, public health, medical research, and any other issues related to living long and healthy lives
- Children and Youth: Organizations focused on early childhood development, foster care, youth homelessness, and other services for youth outside of the formal education or health space
- Environment: Organizations focused on pollution, renewable energy, climate change, and others fighting for the future of our planet
- Economic Inclusion: Organizations focused on job training, access to credit, and others trying to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live financially secure lives
- Funder: Organizations that finance social impact initiatives
- Human Rights: Organizations focused on criminal justice, gender equality, non-discrimination, immigration, or other issues revolving around equal rights for all people
- Human Services: Organizations focused on housing access, food insecurity, access to government benefits, and other issues related to meeting basic human needs
- Industry Development: Organizations focused on building the capacity of the social impact industry
- International: Organizations focused on issues outside of the United States including serving refugees, global health, sustainable agriculture, and many other global issues
- Other: The interesting and exciting issues that defy easy categorization
How can I get more involved?
We are always looking for more people to get involved! There are three main ways that we could use help at the moment. If you are interested in any of these roles or have another skill to offer, click here.
- Industry team: help us continue to expand the list of jobs that we believe in. If you have expertise on social impact organizations in a particular issue area or location (or want to develop it), you could be a great fit.
- Content team: help us spread our message and develop great content. If you love writing and are interested in interviewing leaders across the social sector, this position could be great for you.
- Connections team: help us provide advice and guidance to people thinking about entering the social impact space. If you’ve already embarked on a fulfilling social impact career, we would love to leverage your expertise to help others on their journey