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Third Sector
Associate - Old



Third Sector is a nonprofit consulting firm that advises governments, community organizations, and funders on how to unlock innovation to solve pressing challenges such as economic mobility for all and the well-being of our children. Since 2011, we have helped over 40 communities across the United States implement increasingly effective government that is more transparent with taxpayer dollars. Together with our partners, we have transitioned hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding to programs that measurably improve lives. Our proven approach is to collaborate with our clients and stakeholders to define impact, draw actionable insights from data, and drive resources towards outcomes-oriented government. Our team of more than 40 works out of offices in San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.



We are looking for highly driven, entrepreneurial, passionate, and rigorous professionals to join our fast-paced, innovative, and growing team. You will work closely with Managing Directors, Directors, and Managers, providing support on client engagements. You will play an integral role in pursuing business development opportunities, writing proposals, and designing and implementing internal initiatives driving Third Sector’s continued growth.

Your primary responsibility will be to support Managers in delivering client engagements focused on executing new Pay-for-Success (PFS) or outcomes-oriented contracts. Engagements may include beneficiary population analysis, government funding stream identification and analysis, data access analysis, economic modeling, readiness assessments, provider analysis, and contract and funding negotiations. Teams travel to client sites on average every other month and collaborate closely with clients, data partners, and a variety of stakeholders committed to improving lives through social outcomes measurement. Most Associates are staffed on two client engagements at a time.



1-3 years of professional experience in a role that includes:



Our skills and competencies reflect the nature of our work, which is analytical, collaborative, and challenging. Successful Associates are creative self-starters who: consistently produce client-ready content; are committed to their own learning and growth, and possess the following skills and competencies:

Research, Data Gathering, and Critical Thinking: An ability to independently design and conduct research, gather data, structure quantitative and qualitative analyses, and draw actionable recommendations. A strong team member:

Written and Verbal Communication: Strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to create original written content and deliver verbal presentations in multiple settings. A strong team member:

Ownership and Project Management: Supports team leads on client work-streams while cultivating the ability to manage own workflow and designated tasks independently. A strong team member:

Creativity, Initiative, and Thought Leadership:  Exhibits strong problem-solving skills and proactively contributes to expanding Third Sector’s business and industry knowledge base.  A strong team member:



Our core values are Respect, Rigor, Resourcefulness, Results, and Reflection, and form the foundation of our firm culture. Third Sector’s leadership is deeply committed to building a culture that delivers professional growth through challenging work, honest and direct 360-degree feedback, and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. This culture is underpinned by a deep and shared passion for improving the lives of vulnerable people through systems change. Successful team members are naturally aligned with our core values and mission, and possess these skills and competencies:

Active Listening and Inclusion: An ability to listen with an open mind and a deep commitment to respecting diverse viewpoints. A strong team member:

Learning Mindset: A desire for continuous improvement and a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth. A strong team member:



Third Sector’s hiring process is rigorous and may be different from hiring practices you have encountered before.  We practice “blind recruitment” as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In practice, this means:

We evaluate candidates primarily through exercises and cases. This approach serves the dual purpose of providing candidates with a taste our work and providing our recruitment team with insight into whether a candidate possesses the prerequisite skills and competencies for success in the role. 

Our hiring process includes these steps:

  1. Short written application for initial screening
  2. 25-minute case interview by phone to assess critical thinking skills
  3. A written case followed by a 50-minute phone interview to assess critical thinking and client management skills
  4. Reference request (résumé submitted for the first time)
  5. 50-minute phone interview with a member of Third Sector’s executive team to assess project management skills and culture fit
  6. Final interview with a member of Third Sector’s executive team by video conference or in person
  7. Offer issued

We are committed to transparency throughout this process. We understand interviewing can be stressful and aim to minimize that stress and uncertainty. To give you a sense of timing, steps two through six above typically take five to seven weeks.



Please complete the following very simple form; use a non-affiliated email address (i.e. no .edu email addresses). Candidates are able to display interest on an on-going basis but please do so by Midnight PST on Wednesday, May 30th at the latest. ALL candidates will be invited to complete a set of short answer questions after completing the simple form. 

We are currently seeking candidates for our Boston and San Francisco Offices with a late August/early September start date.

If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to email us at talent@rework.jobs. We look forward to getting to know you!


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