Social Entrepreneurship Overview

Social entrepreneurship works to create social change in the world through solutions that are financially sustainable.  Sustainable solutions sometimes come in the form of fee-for-service models, selling products, or bringing in donations in large enough quantities. This is a broad sector, encompassing a wide variety of private, non-profit and even governmental organizations.  Social enterprise can mean different things to different organizations, so it is important to understand each organizations definition of social entrepreneurship.

Typical Career Positions

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager: Responsible for a corporation’s ongoing strategy and execution of entrepreneurial efforts to make a positive social impact on the community by leveraging the company’s brand values and resources.

Communications/Marketing/Sales: These roles are generally responsible for selling the mission of the organization, which could involve selling a service or a product. Often, these roles will be called “communications” within nonprofit social enterprises, and “marketing” or “sales” in for-profit social enterprises.

Program Data Analyst: Using deep analysis of the data to inform the business strategy and tactics of a program, quantifying the financial impacts of the program on stakeholders, and distilling lessons that can be used to change the program.

Program/Project Manager: Generally oversees the operations of an organization—can involve anything from budgeting, to management to communications to program implementation. These types of roles are more common at smaller social enterprises that require a few people to do many different tasks.