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Posted by Kelly O'Brien on April 21, 2014

We’ve heard about a number of terrific job opportunities recently, so keep checking our Facebook and twitter for these announcements.

First on deck, US!  We’re looking for an Operations and Project Manager.

Here are a few others from our clients and Corps. Please spread the word and share these opportunities with your networks.

Ideaction Client Partners

Free Spirit Media is looking for a Development Director. The Development Director will lead Free Spirit Media's institutional advancement efforts, cultivating and stewarding relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government supporters and prospects. Full description here. Email resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary history to hr@freespiritmedia.org 

Ideaction Corps Members

Adelstein–Liston is looking for someone to track media spending in the political races they are supporting.  Working on campaigns around the country, this person would oversee two assistants.  They are looking for someone who's had a year or two of political campaign experience, is organized, smart, and not afraid of the intensity of campaigns. If you are interested, email rachel@adelsteinliston.com and let her know you saw the posting on the Ideaction blog.

Deojo is launching a new incubator/accelerator at 444 N Wabash, and they are looking for a full-time Community Manager to mange the space. If you are interested in the Community Manager position, email phil@doejo.com and let him know you heard about it here. Deojo has other openings as well.

Frequency 540 is looking for a Senior Account Executive and they are growing fast, so keep checking their careers page!  

Mightybytes (the team that built Ideaction’s website) is looking for a web developer and has a few other openings.

People we like

In Chicago, e.a.t spots is looking for a contract project manager to work over the next four months to help launch this super cool initiative that will repurpose the old news stands-located in the Loop into healthy, local, micro retail stations. The project is a collaboration with the City of Chicago, local produce vendors and Streetwise. There is a good possibility that this will turn into a full time position with the organization, but not guaranteed. If you are interested in this position, email Ideaction and request the job description.

New Profit Inc., a 15-year-old nonprofit venture philanthropy firm and social innovation organization working to increase social mobility by accelerating the best innovative solutions across the nation, seeks a strategic, proactive, and committed Policy Director to join the America Forward policy team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C. 

If you have openings in the social impact space, Ideaction is happy to post them on our social media pages. Please send a two-sentence description and a link to xoxo@ideactioncorps.com

Kelly O'Brien is the President and Founder of Ideaction Corps, a full service social change agency whose clients include companies and causes doing good. She's passionate about helping people and organizations find the path to work with purpose, big ideas and infecting grace. She can be reached at @kellymobrien or @ideactioncorps on Twitter, or via the Ideaction Corps website.

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Job Opening: OPERATIONS AND PROJECT MANAGER

Posted by Kelly O'Brien on April 21, 2014

Ideaction is looking for an exceptionally organized, take-charge leader to help optimize our operational systems, processes and policies in support of our mission -- specifically, support better management reporting, information flow and management, business process and organizational planning.

Location: Chicago Area

Company Description: Ideaction Corps is quickly growing for-profit Benefit Corporation. A full service social change agency, Ideaction makes the world better by supporting inspiring ideas for change with passionate talent that can execute. Our clients include companies and causes doing good. Our Corps include accomplished agencies, firms and freelancers in all shapes and sizes, with diverse skills and services. We come together because we want to use our talents to build a better world. www.ideactioncorps.com

Job Description:  We are looking for an exceptionally organized, take-charge leader to help optimize our operational systems, processes and policies in support of our mission -- specifically, support better management reporting, information flow and management, business process and organizational planning. This position may be part or full time- depends on the person. Let’s talk about it.

Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage and optimize CRM and outreach tools and lists better integrating data and systems.
  • Optimize small business platform (Google Aps)
  • Develop a business outcomes dashboard to better track and assess progress against our business plan
  • Network with and research small business opportunities, certifications and trainings, including application for BEP
  • Manage new-business outreach, RFPs and proposals.
  • Implement a client and corps feedback system
  • Assist with scheduling
  • Assist with optimizing business processes that comply with B-Corp certification, complete B Corp re-certification
  • Project manage and coordinate some client work

Benefits include:

  • Affiliation with a dynamic and growing start up that that is at the center of the social impact movement in Chicago, building relationships with other Benefit Corporations and innovators across the Midwest.
  • An opportunity to dig in and learn more about Social Impact business.
  • The opportunity to work directly with the founder and president, who has broad and deep experience in marketing, communications, development, and influencer engagement
  • A flexible, remote work schedule. Access to a co-working space when needed, freedom to work from home, your neighborhood coffee shop, the beach or your bathroom (please don’t Skype from your bathroom).

Qualifications and Characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years work experience in a business environment, juggling multiple role
  • You are an optimist, you believe the world can be a better place and you want to be a part of something that makes a difference
  • You can work independently, and thrive in an environment that has creative freedom and flexible schedules
  • You are crazy organized and like to come up with systems to manage data and plans that drive work processes. Spreadsheets and tracking systems make your heart pitter-patter.
  • You are a good writer. A really, really good writer
  • You appreciate that sometimes making a difference means doing less glamorous but critical tasks such as cleaning up list, scheduling, building a spreadsheet and doing some math
  • You LOVE technology. You know your way around Highrise, Basecamp, Mailchimp, Eventbright, Google Apps, Powerpoint, and social media tools. Not just willing to learn. You know it.

Cover letters and resumes should be emailed to:

Kelly O’Brien, kelly@ideactioncorps.com

Subject: Operations and Project Manager

Due date: May 31, 2014

No phone calls, please.

Kelly O'Brien is the President and Founder of Ideaction Corps, a full service social change agency whose clients include companies and causes doing good. She's passionate about helping people and organizations find the path to work with purpose, big ideas and infecting grace. She can be reached at @kellymobrien or @ideactioncorps on Twitter, or via the Ideaction Corps website.

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Benefit Corp vs. Certified B Corp

Posted by Kelly O'Brien on April 9, 2014

What's the difference in a B?

Ideaction Corps is both a certified B Corp and a legal Benefit Corporation in the State of Illinois. What is the difference? Why both? 

B Corp is a certification offered by a non-governmental organization named B Lab.  A Benefit Corp is a state government legal corporate structure. You do not need to be certified to be legal, and you do not need to be legal to be certified. 

Companies wishing to become a certified B Corp complete an Impact Assessment. A company not only has to meet certain social and environmental criteria, but provide support documents to become fully certified. Furthermore, company bylaws must eventually be amended to include stakeholder interests. Certification is available to companies in all 50 states and in countries all around the world. 

Companies wishing to be a legal Benefit Corporation legally structure their company (usually by amending their bylaws) to embed social or environmental principals into their DNA. State laws vary, but Benefit Corporations are typically required to meet accountability, transparency and reporting standards as well. Becoming a legal Benefit Corp does not affect a company's tax status (unless you are converting from a 501c3 to a for-profit). Benefit corporation as a corporate status is legally recognized by 20 states and the District of Columbia as of the start of 2013.

Ideaction Corp first became a certified B Corp in July of 2012. We amended our corporate structure to become one of Illinois' first legal Benefit Corporations as soon as this option was available - January 2, 2013. Why?

Why we decided to become a Certified B Corp:

  • The assessment helped us to build our business in a way that aligned with our belief that you can do well and do good.  We love nonprofits, but we do not believe that the 501c3 tax status owns the good box. 
  • The reporting requirements help us stay on top of our game - tracking our give-back and our impact.
  • We have access to a portfolio of services and support from B Lab to help us with marketing,  sales, raising money, saving money, learning from and doing business within the community of more than 900 Certified B Corps around the world.

Why we decided to become a legal Benefit Corporation:

  • We support this national movement, and wanted to walk the walk. We felt it was important to lead by example.
  • It is both inspiring and helpful to be a part of a community of businesses in Illinois that are that want to consider society and the environment in addition to profit in their decision making process, we believe that by aligning ourselves with like-mineded mission driven businesses, impact investors and social entrepreneurs there are increased opportunities for collaboration and impact. And joy.

If you are interested in become a certified and/or legal B Corp, Ideaction Corps can help.  

For more information about the similarities and differences in certification and legal structure, here are some terrific resources:

Benefit Corp Information Center

Quick Facts about Benefit Corps

B Revolution Knowledge Center

 

 

Kelly O'Brien is the President and Founder of Ideaction Corps, a full service social change agency whose clients include companies and causes doing good. She's passionate about helping people and organizations find the path to work with purpose, big ideas and infecting grace. She can be reached at @kellymobrien or @ideactioncorps on Twitter, or via the Ideaction Corps website.

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