SERVICE CORPS CONSULTANT
Twice a year the Service Corps program matches teams of passionate and skilled NINYC members with nonprofits and social enterprises to complete actionable 12-week pro bono consulting projects that fulfill specific business and/or organizational needs.
Why Become a Consultant?
SKILLS & IMPACT
Leverage your skills for impact by answering a local non-profit or social enterprise's call for industry-specific or business expertise
Learn about a social or environmental issue and managing a mission-driven organization
Acquire impact-oriented consulting skills, training, and experience through hands-on practice and real challenges
Build meaningful relationships with NYC nonprofits and social enterprises
Network with peers and get exposure to their interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving
Work with like-minded professionals, organizations, and businesses to make an impact collectively
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Service Corps right for me?
At least 2 years of professional experience (quality over quantity!)
Ability to commit 3-5 hours per week for 12 weeks
Flexibility to work well in teams and independently
Strong interest in leveraging your skills to solve organizational challenges
Comfort with ambiguity and problem solving
A strong and proactive work ethic
Excellent communication and collaboration skills
Passion for making an impact on social and/or environmental issues
What will be expected of me?
- Finalize the project’s scope and deliverables with your team and client
Spend 3-5 hours per week for 12 weeks on your project
Work collaboratively with your team in person and virtually at least 3 times per month
Meet deadlines for team-based and solo tasks, including timely responses to team communications
Complete a final report, slide deck or other project-appropriate deliverable detailing your team’s work and recommendations
Attend a NINYC orientation to kick off the project and complete a post-project evaluation
Become a basic member of NINYC. (Membership is not required to apply; however, should you be matched on a team, you will be required to register for a free basic NINYC membership prior to the project launch.)
What is the matching process?
After submitting an application, potential Service Corps consultants receive a survey to rank the projects they would like to work on based on interest and professional fit. Taking into account volunteer preferences and the skills and experience needed for each project, the NINYC Programs Committee matches teams of 4-6 professionals with complementary backgrounds to nonprofit and social enterprise clients. Applicants are notified of their matches with sufficient time to accept or decline before the Service Corps orientation.
When will the next Service Corps projects be available?
Service Corps projects occur annually in the Spring (March-May) and Fall (September-December).
Applications for the Spring 2021 session will open mid January.
What are typical client causes and projects?
There is no typical Service Corps client or project. NINYC welcomes all non-profit and for-profit clients with missions that align with Net Impact’s focus on social and environmental impact to apply for Service Corps, with the exception of political and/or religious causes. Projects and consulting teams are tailored to the current needs of the client, and often require professionals with a diversity of backgrounds to collaborate. Therefore, each round of Service Corps is unique in terms of client causes and projects. See case studies here.
How much does it cost to participate as a volunteer consultant?
Service Corps is a volunteer-based program and there is no cost to participate for consultants or clients.