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Through a selective process, Compass accepts qualified business professionals as Project Leaders, Deputy Project Leaders, and volunteers. Compass gives priority to MBA graduates from top business schools, other business professionals with a relevant graduate degree such as an MPP, attorneys, and professionals with consulting, nonprofit, or prior Compass experience.

Partner Business Schools

Compass works closely with the alumni business school clubs of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Darden, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Kellogg, Michigan, MIT, NYU, Stanford, Texas, Tuck, UC-Berkeley, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wharton, and Yale to recruit Project Leaders and volunteers. Our longstanding relationship with these top business schools has provided Compass with a robust pipeline of highly capable and dedicated volunteers for 16 years.

Volunteer Roles

Project Leaders

Compass Project Leaders work closely with the nonprofit clients to determine project scope and with the volunteers to guide the work plan. Classic Project Leaders must be graduates of one of our partner business schools. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for experienced Compass volunteers. Project Leaders typically spend three to five hours per week on project work, with projects running from late September through the end of May. Compass recruits Project Leaders year-round. If you are interested in serving as a Project Leader or learning more, please contact Compass in Greater Philadelphia, Compass in Chicago, or Compass in Greater Washington, or fill out the form below.

Project Leader Interest Form

We would love to hear from you! Please note your business school in the comments section. We will be in touch with you shortly.

Deputy Project Leaders

Most projects have a Deputy Project Leader who supports the Project Leader by coordinating team communications and assignments. Most Deputy Project Leaders are former Compass volunteers. Many do not have an MBA. Deputies work closely with the Project Leader and client. Project Leaders and their Deputies decide how to divide up team responsibilities. Generally, Deputy Project Leaders handle communications and administrative tasks that keep the team connected. Volunteers interested in a Deputy Project Leader position should contact Compass in Greater PhiladelphiaCompass in Chicago or Compass in Greater Washington.

Team Members 

Compass was founded as an alliance of MBA graduates and many of our volunteers have an MBA degree.  However, Compass also accepts volunteers who have a comparable and relevant graduate degree, such as an MPP/MPA/MPH, corporate attorneys, and some volunteers with no advanced degree. For non-MBA applicants, preference is given to applicants with consulting or nonprofit experience. Volunteers typically spend two to three hours per week on projects. Compass recruits volunteers in the early fall, making final team assignments in mid-October. If you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive alerts when applications are open, please contact Compass in Greater Philadelphia, Compass in Chicago, or Compass in Greater Washington.

Volunteer Support

Compass is not just a matchmaking service between business professionals and local nonprofits. The Compass program has been fine-tuned with proven processes ranging from client and volunteer selection to project implementation. For example, Compass provides two mandatory trainings for volunteers, and an additional training for Project Leaders and Deputies. Compass provides access to veteran Project Leaders who act as Advisors to current Project Leaders. Compass compiles data and information relevant to projects in an online, password-protected Toolkit available to all volunteers.