Associate Consultant/Consultant Position
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Our Company Learning for Action (LFA) is a San Francisco-based consulting firm that provides the social sector (nonprofit, philanthropic, and public organizations) with evaluation, research, strategy, and capacity-building services, with an emphasis on supporting the development of strong learning organizations. For 17 years, LFA has worked with clients to design, implement, and evaluate programs that create social impact. Our work spans a range of issue areas including, but not limited to: health and human services, early childhood, K-12, and higher education, youth development, community development, justice system reform, and immigration. Ultimately, LFA’s services support the work of the social sector locally, nationally, and internationally to address the needs of communities affected by systemic oppression and inequities. Additional information about our dynamic and social justice-oriented company—including our mission, vision, and values—is available at our website: www.learningforaction.com
Our Culture LFA’s most important asset is its people. As such, LFA is committed to living our values as a company and invests in the leadership and professional development of our staff, primarily through job-based learning and growth opportunities, and we prioritize internal promotion for growing our consulting teams at the project manager and project director levels. From professional development funds to our supervision model, LFA provides opportunities to ensure that each employee’s strengths are deepened, expanded, nourished, and utilized to enhance effectiveness in achieving our mission. We value a diverse workforce that is a microcosm of our communities and aligned with the social justice work of our clients. We actively strive to sustain a learning culture and an equity- and social justice-focused approach, institutionally supported by directors and committees. For example, our Equity Leadership Team is an internal workgroup dedicated to facilitating ongoing organizational learning and developing tools and approaches for employing an equity lens both internally and in our consulting, keeping LFA’s work relevant and responsive to our clients’ diverse values and cultural contexts.
Our company thrives through our high-performing, team-based, participatory, and fun-loving work environment. To support employees, the Health and Wellness Committee supports the overall health and wellness of employees through a holistic, multi-faceted vision of health and wellness including: organizing social events; sharing health- and safety-related information; offering educational opportunities; and encouraging community building.
Associate Consultant/Consultant Position We are currently conducting a search for a talented, organized, and experienced project manager at the Associate Consultant or Consultant level to participate in a diverse array of team-based consulting projects. Associate Consultants and Consultants serve as the project manager on the majority of the projects in their portfolio, but may also be staffed on projects to provide additional team support as well.
This is a rare opportunity to work with and learn from a high-performing group of people committed to social justice. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of LFA, thrive on enhancing the effectiveness of social justice organizations, and support the advancement of our rising consulting firm.
The Associate Consultant/Consultant role at LFA is central to our consulting engagements. They primarily engage deeply in the client work but also manage and coordinate the work of project teams. This role will manage project teams ranging from 2-7 people and typically work on 5-8 client engagements at once. Specific tasks in the role are as follows:
- Develop learning agendas and plans, including theories of change and evaluation frameworks (such as measurement, evaluation, and learning plans)
- Develop strategic or other organizational planning documents
- Develop data collection instruments, including surveys, interview and focus group protocols, literature review plans
- Lead data collection efforts by conducting stakeholder interviews and facilitating focus groups
- Conduct qualitative and qualitative analyses, including developing plans for how data will support clients’ ongoing efforts
- Provide technical assistance to social sector clients on the topics of evaluation, organizational strategy, organizational development, data driven decision making, and ongoing learning efforts
- Develop written reports in narrative and slide doc format, including presenting findings and recommendations in a clear, audience-appropriate ways
Project Management and Coordination
- Client communication and coordination
- Team management and timelines
- Planning and facilitation of internal project team and external client meetings
- Managing project to budget
Required minimum qualifications:
- Commitment to our mission, our values of integrity, curiosity, collaboration, and compassion, and the pursuit of equity
- A love of learning and an interest in contributing not just technical skills but critical thinking and your own unique perspective to consulting projects and internal company initiatives
- An ability to work collaboratively with teams and communicate proactively and effectively
- Master’s degree in a social science OR equivalent experience (we recognize that while a Master’s degree in a social science can provide some of the knowledge and skills (detailed below) that prepare someone for this role, candidates may gain these qualifications through experiences outside formal post-secondary education).
- Five years of experience in the workforce
- Two years of consulting experience in the social sector (could include research, evaluation, strategic planning, or other types of organizational development; experience does not need to be as part of a consulting firm and may be experience gained in roles in nonprofit or philanthropic organizations)
- Three years of experience working in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and/or public sectors, and an understanding of the complex dynamics of the social sector
- Two years of experience managing project teams including: creating timelines to manage short- and long-term deliverables, delegating tasks, coordinating team communication, setting agendas for team meetings, ensuring timely completion of project work, and managing projects to budget.
- Understanding and appreciation of the history, strengths, and experiences of multiple communities, particularly those which experience systemic oppression
- Experience designing research, evaluation, and/or strategic planning inquiry tools (e.g., interview protocols, survey instruments)
- Experience with quantitative data, including managing and analyzing quantitative data (in SPSS, Stata, or R – LFA uses SPSS) and/or experience with qualitative data, including conducting stakeholder interviews and analyzing qualitative data
- Experience facilitating and leading large group conversations with diverse stakeholder groups, such as focus groups, or discussions of research findings
- Familiarity and comfort with facilitating meetings, including adjusting style and approach to match the needs of meeting participants
- Experience developing engaging visual products and reports of findings, including infographics, slide docs, etc.
- Demonstrated strong organizational skills
- High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
- Strong writing skills, particularly using quantitative or qualitative data to tell a coherent story
- High level of accuracy and attention to detail
- Ability to thrive on managing multiple projects and tasks
- Be a U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or foreign national possessing a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. (Alien Registration or “Green Card”). Student visas and temporary work visas do not qualify.
- Experience in one of the following issue areas: Education or Health and Human Services
- A critical understanding of race, class, power, and privilege, and an interest in dismantling white supremacy and all other forms of oppression (e.g., racism, classism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, religious discrimination, and ableism)
- Experience with organizational assessment (e.g. SWOT analysis)
- Experience making presentations to boards of directors and/or senior level executives
- Knowledge of and/or experience with organizational development and organizational behavior
- Fluency in speaking, writing, and reading Spanish or another language, including ability to translate to and from English
- A valid driver’s license for travel to meetings when necessary
We strongly encourage people of color, individuals who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities, people impacted by the criminal justice system, and people with experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors to apply. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we do not ask about applicants’ prior arrest and conviction records.
Compensation and benefits:
This position is full time, exempt, with an annual starting salary of $75,000-$85,000, depending on experience. Compensation also includes 10 paid holidays (including your birthday and a floating winter holiday) and 18 additional paid days off per year (increasing to 23 days after 2 years). We are committed to positive work-life balance and have systems and support in place to help employees maintain a workload that fits into a 40-45 hour/week schedule, but the nature of consulting work and client-driven deadlines occasionally requires longer hours. LFA offers a generous benefits package for a small business, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance and a 401k plan, profit sharing, and bonus structure on top of the opportunity to join an outstanding team working towards social justice. We are a small but mighty company, and we look forward to adding to our constellation of colleagues.
Those interested should apply via our online form.
In the cover letter field, please indicate how you learned about this position. We will only review applications submitted via our website. We apologize that we are unable to field emails or calls about this opportunity during the application process. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm on December 31, 2018.
Our hiring process and timeline:
- We will review applications after the application period closes.
- We will contact candidates for phone interviews in mid-January 2018.
- If you are invited for a phone interview, we may ask you to complete an assessment that we will provide.
- We will conduct in-person interviews in early- to mid-February 2019.
- We will request and check references for finalists following in-person interviews.
- We would like to have the selected candidate start in early March 2019.