On Purpose Associate Programme

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Reinvent your career and do work with positive impact on society and the environment with the On Purpose Associate Programme

Job Description

Do you want to change your career to do work that matches your values and brings positive change to the world?
Apply now for the April 2021 cohort of the Associate Programme
Since 2010 On Purpose has been helping people change their career and developing them as leaders for the social and environmental impact space, working with more than 500 people in London, Paris and Berlin.

The programme brings together four elements to give you the on-the-ground experience, the skills and knowledge, and the network and community you need to establish a career with impact, all as part of a cohort of 15-20 like-minded people.

During your year as an Associate you will:

Bring your skills and experience to two 6-month placements with a range of organisations creating positive social and environmental impact including Big Society Capital, Oddbox, The Young Foundation, Friends of the Earth and many more
Learn from experts from across the social and environmental impact space every week, developing your leadership and giving you the skills and knowledge to effectively create and deliver impact
Access support and challenge through mentoring & executive coaching to develop yourself professionally and personally
Develop your network and join our international community of impact-driven professionals
The Associate Programme is unique in providing our Associates with a gross salary of £1,800 per month to support your participation and value the important work you’ll do. 90% of our Associates continue working to create social and environmental impact after the programme, taking roles including Operations Director of Divine Chocolate, Venture Manager at the Carbon Trust, and Investment Manager at Big Issue Invest.

The Associate Programme is full time, based in London and runs for 12 months from April 2021. You work in placement in a purpose-driven organisation 4.5 days a week, and spend Friday afternoons with your cohort for our Learning & Development programme.

Who Should Apply?

On Purpose welcomes applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences and people often under-represented in the impact sector including from ethnic minorities, with disabilities, from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, gender identities, sexualities and religions.

We are looking for talented professionals from across different industries who have a determination to bring their skills and experience to purpose-driven projects. Whatever professional background you have, we are looking for people who can demonstrate:

Motivation and persistence – The ability to turn ideas into reality and seize opportunities. To challenge yourself and set goals and to know when to compromise or to involve others.

Interpersonal skills – Convincing, bringing in and inspiring others, whilst also dealing with conflict effectively and sensitively.

Attitude and mindset – Retaining high expectations, an open mind and an eagerness for new experiences; being pragmatic, self-sufficient and comfortable with changing situations.

Problem-solving – Structuring and breaking down complex problems into solvable elements, whilst not losing sight of the big picture; comfortable with quantitative analysis and mental arithmetic.

Please note, you must have a minimum of 3 years of full-time professional work experience and the right to work in the UK to be considered.

How to Apply:

You can register your interest in the Associate Programme by clicking the apply link. You will be redirected to our portal using this link to receive full details of the application process, and submit a CV, your motivation to join the programme and a one-minute introductory video by Sunday 1st November.

Or why not join us at one of our Associate Programme Introduction Events in London to speak to our team, current Associates, Fellows and other candidates.

We’re also recruiting fluent French and German speakers for our Associate Programmes in Paris and Berlin.

Applications close on Sunday 1st November


Despite the Covid-19 outbreak & the challenges that this has brought, we have adapted quickly to the situation. We are continuing to run the Associate Programme and will launch our October 2020 cohort as planned, adapting key elements of the programme to run digitally.

Interviews for the upcoming April 2021 cohort are scheduled to take place from mid-November through to mid-December and will take place either online or in-person depending on the situation as it stands. For those of you interested in applying but who live outside the UK, interviews can always be arranged to take place online.

Company Description
Since 2010 On Purpose has been helping people change their career and developing them as leaders for the social and environmental

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