Accelerate Your Social Impact Career


(26 ratings)


4 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Turn stressful job searching into a career roadmap that will help you become a master at the game of landing jobs in the impact sector.

Course overview

Because getting a job is so last year

Don't think about your career in terms of just landing a job, as it is so much more.

This cohort-based course is focused on giving you the tools for a successful career expedition.

By understanding the market realities of the social impact space; organizing and optimizing your job search process; re-thinking the way you do application materials and leveraging your personal branding and networking skills this will radically improve the chances of landing the right next job and sustaining your career for the long-term.

We know that is possible to change the world while making a living.

Join us as we share everything we know about building a thriving career in the social impact space.

Who is this course for


If you aren't hearing back from impact organizations; or landing interviews, but not getting an offer.


Been there done that. You have worked hard & made money. But, now you want to leverage your skills to pivot to a impact career.


The world is in crisis. You would love to change the world while making a living.

What you’ll get out of this course

Skills Are Key

You will dive into an exploration of what you love, what you are good at, what you can get paid doing (and who is hiring), & what is needed in this world that is in deep crisis.

Understanding the Market Realities

Reality check. We can't look into a dark room. We turn on the lights to unravel who is funding what, areas of expansion and contraction in the social impact space and what employers seek in the impact sector.

Preparation is everything

Students will walk away with templates to organize and optimize their job search process. Equally important is you will learn where to find the jobs.

Personal narrative & branding

We share our combined 5 decades of expertise of what makes a social impact resume more likely to be selected for the Yes pile. We will also help you build an awesome cover letter and LinkedIn profile. Finally, you will learn why purpose driven networking is key.

The Nuts and Bolts

How to excel at job interviews in the impact sector; when and how to negotiate effectively for salary and benefits and tips on how to vet organizations to ensure you land in a healthy working environment.

Winning at the game

Building a career is much more than landing your next job. Your career is the sum of your education, your networks & continued upskilling.

AI & Your Impact Career

We will explore throughout the course how to use AI Tools such as Chatgpt, to advance your career, improve your materials and save time.

Access to a Global Community

Participants in the course will also receive a one year membership to the PCDN Career Campus. Members received over 350 curated job & fellowship, funding & social entrepreneur opps monthly + ongoing support.

Course syllabus

7 live sessions • 4 lessons • 5 lessons • 5 projects
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  • Week 1

    Feb 7—Feb 11

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Feb


      Session 1

      Wed, Feb 7, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC


    • Basecamp. Mapping your skills to fit the market.

    • Equip yourself. Build Incredible Application Materials Week 2

  • Week 2

    Feb 12—Feb 18

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Feb


      Session 2

      Wed, Feb 14, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC

    • Feb


      Optional: Impact Career Office Hours

      Thu, Feb 15, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC


    • Venturing Out. Build a Network for Good - Week 3

  • Week 3

    Feb 19—Feb 25

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Feb


      Session 3

      Wed, Feb 21, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC


    • Peak. It's the journey not the destination Week 4

  • Week 4

    Feb 26—Feb 29

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Feb


      Session 4

      Wed, Feb 28, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC

    • Feb


      Optional: Optional Impact Office Hours

      Thu, Feb 29, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM UTC

  • Post-Course


    • Mar


      Optional: Impact Career Office Hours

      Thu, Mar 7, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM UTC


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Meet your instructor

Craig Zelizer, PhD

Craig Zelizer, PhD

Changemaker, Angel Investor, Professor, Founder with 30+ Years Experience in the Social Impact Sector

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, opportunities and inspiration to build careers of impact and scale change.  

He has strong tri-sectoral experience in social entrepreneurship, higher education and the nonprofit sector.

A central focus of his career has been how to support others in landing careers that help change the world while helping professionals make a living. He has published and conducted original research on impact careers in academic journals, book chapters, and for clients such as the United States Institute of Peace. He has edited/coedited two books.

He has supported thousands of students and professionals around the world in advancing impact careers.

He has coached over 200 social impact professionals to help them upskill, land their next career opp and for many explore their relationship to money.

He is a serial fellowship holder including receiving a Fulbright Junior Fellowship (two years in Hungary), Boren Fellowship (in Bosnia-Herzegovina), a tuition fellowship to attend Central European University, a former Boehm Media Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration and he/PCDN received the Luxbembourg Peace Prize for best Platform in 2018.

He regularly reviews fellowship applications for many leading programs and has mentored hundreds in landing impact fellowships.

From 2006 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still serves as an Adjunct Faculty teaching on impact careers). He is also an occasional adjunct faculty at the American University of Paris.

He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 25 countries organizations including with USAID, Rotary International, Partners Global, University for Peace, University of San Diego, Rotary International and others.

Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University.

Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. 

Catalina Rojas, PhD.

Catalina Rojas, PhD.

Originally from Bogota, Colombia, she received her Doctoral degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

She has been a consultant for international organizations and worked in many social impact sectors including gender, international development and peacebuilding.

She has published academic articles, trained and taught around the world and enjoyed working directly with women’s organizations in advocacy issues.

She has been a recipient of a number of scholarships, received professional awards, but she has also quit jobs.

She is currently Director at where she is delighted to support the next generation of troublemakers for good.

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Course schedule

4-6 hours per week
  • Wednesday

    11 am - 1pm est

    We will meet for four course sessions each Wednesday starting February 7, 2024

  • Office Hours

    12 pm -1 pm est

    We will have three open office hours sessions on Feb 15, 29 and March 7 to provide as much customized support as possible through reviewing materials, answering additional questions and more.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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