Job Openings

BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service.


Join our highly collaborative and fun staff to help us magnify the impact of all nonprofit missions by strengthening and inspiring board leadership. With nearly 30 years of hands-on experience working with nonprofit boards, BoardSource is the go-to resource for leaders who want to have a positive effect on the world by serving on a nonprofit board. BoardSource supports a community of nonprofit leaders and boards with assessment tools, educational programs, consulting, resources, and access to a network of other leaders and experts. It also serves as the national voice for inspiring and effective board leadership on critical sector issues.

If you are passionate about the nonprofit sector, have experience evaluating nonprofit program effectiveness, are data and analysis driven, and want to work for an organization named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by The Nonprofit Times, this could be the right role for you!

Current job openings

Office Assistant

We are searching for a detail-oriented, positive-minded, administrative professional to join our operations team.

As a member of our operations team, our Office Assistant is focused on providing exceptional customer service both internally to our staff and subtenants and externally to our members and clients. This individual ensures our office runs smoothly, provides administrative support to the organization, and assists our member relations team by processing telephone, in-person, and online orders and answering questions. Our Office Assistant position is incredibly important; this person is our first impression with our members and clients when they call or visit BoardSource.

Our Office Assistant provides overall office support, which includes responsibilities such as

  • greeting guests, processing mail, packages, and invoices
  • managing conference room rentals and usage
  • providing logistical support for staff meetings and trainings
  • providing overall administrative support to human resources and other departments as needed
  • assisting IT with troubleshooting printers, phones, and computer issues
  • acting as the point of contact for BoardSource’s subtenants, property management, and suite maintenance
  • managing BoardSource’s supply inventory

The ideal candidate will be highly responsive, customer focused, and possess a bachelor’s degree with at least one year each of administrative support and customer service experience. This individual must be experienced with the Microsoft Office suite and databases, demonstrate a high level of professionalism and sound judgment, and possess strong written and verbal communication skills. This position may be required to periodically flex his or her schedule to provide support to early-morning meetings. To be successful in this role, this positive-minded, self-starter must be meticulous with details and exceptional with time and project management, organization, and prioritization. This individual must be comfortable with technology to provide troubleshooting assistance to IT. Candidates must be interested in the nonprofit sector and able to work effectively in a highly collaborative team environment as well as independently.

If you, like us, believe in the critical role of boards to organizational success and want to join an organization with a collaborative, results-driven culture, please mail, e-mail, or fax your cover letter, resume, and salary history to:

OA Search
Preferred: e-mail:
Fax: 202-349-2597

750 9th St NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20001


Director of Research & Evaluation

We are searching for a hands-on, highly collaborative, positive-minded, social research professional who is eager to advance the field of nonprofit governance.

The director of research & evaluation leads BoardSource’s efforts to document and evaluate trends and changes in nonprofit board leadership and governance.  Reporting to the vice president of programs and chief governance officer, s/he will be responsible for all aspects of BoardSource’s biennial study of board leadership practices, Leading with Intent, as well as other quantitative and qualitative research focused on nonprofit board leadership and governance.  In partnership with the vice president of programs & CGO as well as the president & CEO, the director of research & evaluation will be charged with expanding BoardSource’s leadership and sophistication as a provider of applied research. A hands-on position, the director of research should be skilled at both complex data analysis and modeling, as well as identifying and articulating the stories that the data tell and what that means for nonprofit boards and those who care about them.

In addition to designing and executing BoardSource’s signature research studies, the director of research & evaluation will work with colleagues in BoardSource’s consulting practice to create structured evaluation protocols for learning-driven consulting engagements.

He or she will build relationships with academic institutions and identify a process for utilization of BoardSource data by academicians and PhD candidates to best analyze our data. This individual may work with the fundraising team to identify opportunities for funding of research projects and work across the organization to make sure that our research is organized, accessible, and leveraged to the fullest extent by all BoardSource staff and BoardSource consultants. The director is also responsible for staying apprised of governance-related issues, capturing and analyzing data from internal and external sources, soliciting feedback from our research advisory council, managing research projects and budgets, writing research content for publications, and representing BoardSource and its research in the sector and beyond.

The ideal candidate possesses seven to ten years of relevant experience in the nonprofit sector, evaluating nonprofit program effectiveness, conducting qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis and modeling, and project management. A Master’s degree or PhD in social research or related field and familiarity with nonprofit board leadership is highly desirable. A strong understanding of the nonprofit sector, including the diversity of organizational structures, missions and size, and how that impacts an organization’s operations is necessary to be successful.  Extensive experience in research project design, management, and evaluation coupled with strong writing and oral communications skills to effectively explain the stories behind the data to a lay person are necessary.   The ideal candidate is able to identify big-picture sector trends and needs as well as focus on the details to execute research to fulfill these needs.  Individual must be flexible and resourceful problem-solver who is comfortable with a level of ambiguity and be able to balance long-term goals with incremental improvements. The ideal candidate will exhibit the ability to be both an individual contributor and work collaboratively across teams with non-academics. Proficiency with SPSS statistical software is preferred.  Candidate must have a positive personality with a passion for supporting and strengthening nonprofit organizations.  BoardSource may choose to fill this role as an on-staff director of research & evaluation or consultant.

If you, like us, believe in the critical role of boards to organizational success and want to join an organization with a collaborative, results-driven culture, please mail, e-mail, or fax your cover letter, resume, and salary history to:

DR&E Search

Email (preferred):
Fax: 202-349-2597

750 9th St NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20001

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