Independent Sector recognizes that talented staff are at the center of a successful organization. Join us as we lead, strengthen, and mobilize the charitable community. Apply your passion for making a difference by joining our efforts to advance the common good.

Current Openings

Chief Partnership Officer

Reports to: President and CEO
Direct Reports: Yes

Independent Sector (IS) is seeking a dynamic leader to serve in the newly created role of Chief Partnerships Officer to lead all aspects of partner engagement and resource development during an exciting moment of change for the organization and the sector at large. He/she will partner with the CEO, Board and senior leadership to develop and implement an integrated partnerships strategy to support the organization’s new strategic vision and priorities. This is a unique opportunity to help architect an innovative member and partner engagement strategy that drives towards our vision of a nation of engaged individuals, robust institutions, and vibrant communities working together to improve lives and the natural world. The successful candidate must have an authentic passion for the role of civil society, top leadership and management skills, as well as demonstrated success in strategic partnerships and resource development. The Chief Partnerships Officer will report to the President and serve as a member of the senior leadership team.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead a three-year, comprehensive $50 million Growth Capital Campaign to fuel IS’s new strategic plan.
  • Expand and deepen partnerships with corporations, foundations, and individuals interested in promoting a strong civil society by mobilizing their talents, skills, and resources.
  • Design a new membership and constituent engagement strategy to drive impact, cross-sector collaboration, and results.
  • Engage the board of directors and other volunteer leaders in partnerships and resource generation.
  • Build and lead a results-driven, integrated partnerships team with a commitment to excellence.
  • Partner with other members of the senior leadership team, to play a lead role in setting organizational priorities and desired results.

Desired Skillsets and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of proven experience as a senior executive, preferably in a nonprofit or purpose driven organization.
  • Proven ability to develop effective, mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with corporations, foundations, and individuals.
  • Demonstrated track record in working effectively with boards of directors, and a wide cross section of other public, private and philanthropic leaders.
  • Commitment to quality and productivity, focusing on goals, measurement, results and accountability.
  • An entrepreneurial and strategic approach to partnerships and resource development, and the ability to thrive in an ever-changing complex environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team driven environment.
  • High energy level, flexible, self-motivated, and self-confident.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.

The salary range for this position is $190,000–215,000.

Graphic Designer

Reports to:  Director, Marketing and Digital Strategy

Job Summary

Independent Sector is looking for a versatile, energetic, and collaborative Graphic Designer to join its Engagement and Communications (EnCom) Team. The team leads a wide variety of external-facing efforts designed to engage and grow a national community of changemakers. The Graphic Designer would be a strategic member of the team, helping to translate ideas into creative communications assets in both digital and print formats. The EnCom Team thrives on the exchange of ideas, so we are focused on finding candidates who have a strong creative perspective and are excited to bring new concepts to the table.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Help visually position and market Upswell—a new and evolving brand that is centered on a large annual gathering of changemakers.
  • Ensure that both Independent Sector and Upswell maintain consistent visual identities.
  • Create a high volume of innovative assets for use across Independent Sector/Upswell’s various channels, including web, social media, and email.
  • Collaborate with team members across the organization to help them visually represent their work.
  • Produce printed collateral, including brochures and flyers.
  • Design slide decks.
  • Design email and website layouts for various projects.
  • Develop a comprehensive visual brand guide for Independent Sector, including templates to be used by IS staff.
  • Translate Independent Sector’s work into infographics.
  • Proactively suggest design projects to improve the work of the EnCom team and wider organization.
  • Create visual storytelling campaigns.

Desired Skillsets and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a design-related field.
  • Four to six years of professional graphic experience.
  • Must be a forward-looking, agile, and collaborative team player.
  • Demonstrated design expertise via a portfolio.
  • Ability to design for digital and print.
  • Experience working across design disciplines (including photography, typography, and illustration).
  • Flexibility in design approaches and aesthetics, based on the project.
  • Technical knowledge about working with professional printers.
  • Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Illustrator, Photoshop, in Design).
  • Expertise in Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Ability to both adapt existing design themes and create news ones.
  • Desire to expand skillsets.
  • Careful attention to detail.
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Sharp listening with the ability to channel verbal and written feedback into creative outputs.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time and shift priorities as necessary.
  • Knowledge of current social media design trends across channels (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Experience creating GIFs and motion graphics preferred.

The salary range for this position is $52,000–60,000.


Job Summary

Independent Sector is hiring several entry-level associates to join our organization. Associates support community engagement, public policy, and communications initiatives, as well as provide operational support to various cross-functional teams throughout the organization. This role provides the opportunity to interact with, contribute to, and learn from various teams and bodies of work across the organization, as well as external partners across the country. Associates will work closely with their managers to build capacities and skills in support of organizational goals.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Provide program and project management for key activities across community engagement and public policy initiatives.
  • Participate in advocacy on Capitol Hill to educate Members of Congress about the nonprofit sector.
  •  Assist with the design and development of new resources and events.
  • Assist with in-person and digital event logistics and planning.
  • Enter and analyze data using our CRM database.
  • Support financial records management and reconciliations.
  • Assist with the development and execution of regular Independent Sector communications.
  • Provide customer service.
  • Provide technology support for internal and external events.
  • Assist with human resources and talent management.
  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.

Desired Skillsets and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or 2–4 years of full-time work experience.
  • Superb written communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Experience with event logistics.
  • Experience with and comfort adapting to new technology, which may include event management systems, data capture and analysis systems, media platforms, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, and website content management.
  • Analytical and interested in data.
  • Ability to take ownership of projects and solve problems, yet ask for help when needed.
  • Be a self-starter and critical thinker, who is looking to acquire new skills and motivated to learn and contribute.
  • Adaptable and flexible in an evolving organization.
  • Interest in learning about and supporting the work of the nonprofit and philanthropic community.

The salary for this position is $50,000.

How to apply

Please email a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for the position, and a resume to:

  • To:
  • Subject: Human Resources – [Job Title]

For postal mail, please use the following address: Independent Sector, 1602 L Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036. Independent Sector is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.


IS team members have access to the services and resources they need to maintain healthy, balanced lives. We offer a variety of rich benefits, ranging from health and welfare to a fun and active workplace.

Health and Welfare

  • Medical Plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health and Dependent Care)
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with generous matching program
  • Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • SmartBenefits Program

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Personal Leave
  • 10 Paid holidays

Workplace Learning and Events

  • In-house training
  • Annual Volunteer Day
  • Regular ongoing social activities – on and off-site