Associate Consultant

Education Resource Strategies - Watertown, MA

Full-timeEstimated: $63,000 - $81,000 a year
EducationSkills
Description

Education Resource Strategies is seeking a results-oriented professional with strong and proven analytical skills, including proficiency in or the desire to master supporting tools such as Excel, enjoys the interpretation of information and data and thinks strategically. ERS is a small organization with a strong professional learning community. As such, we place teamwork, initiative and a desire to learn and grow at a premium. While experience in the education sector is not required, a passion for improving the educational experience for all students is!

An ERS Associate typically works on 1-2 projects at a time. The typical engagement usually runs for most of the school year, and our client is most often the superintendent and his or her direct staff. While all client engagements are unique, most engagements require intensive data collection, analysis, and mapping as well working with the client to understand the implications of the work and to develop leveraged strategies and solutions to address the highest impact implications. The Associate has primary responsibility for conducting the analytics, as well as supporting the development of client presentations and reports. As a member of a collaborative project team, the Associate will work closely with the Partner, Manager or Principal Associate and Analysts to draw meaning from the data analysis and generate final work products. ERS’s inclusive and collaborative approach to project teams ensures that Associates will have the unique opportunity to participate in meetings with superintendents and other district leaders. All Associates are expected to participate in the ERS’ internal and external knowledge management through practice area development, writing articles for publication, and supporting the development of client decision-making tools.

Responsibilities

Actively participating as a member of ERS project teams.
Executing and communicating well-defined analysis with moderate supervision.
Participating in drawing implications and conclusions from analyses.
Supporting the development of client presentations, reports, and other publications and tools for publication and dissemination.
Participating in client meetings. Owning relationships with district data contacts.
Some travel is required, usually averaging one to two overnight trips per month.

Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a quantitative discipline required, master's degree (MBA, MPP, MPA or Education) preferred
Experience in strategic consulting, quantitative analysis or other comparable management field with a strong emphasis on strategy and analytics
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word required. Microsoft Access preferred
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex material and effectively communicate ERS’ mission and impact to our target audience
Broad understanding of and willingness to stay abreast of new research in the education sector
Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a growing, mission-driven team
Superior organizational skills, interpersonal skills, flexibility, and the ability to prioritize and handle multiple deadline-driven tasks effectively and efficiently
Commitment to ERS Values: Impact, Teamwork, Candor, Learning, Work-Life Balance, and Service
Demonstrated passion for and commitment to ERS’ mission exemplified through work experience, leadership opportunities, or community involvement. Experience in education reform a plus but a passion for improving urban education systems is required

About Education Resource Strategies

Education Resource Strategies is a national nonprofit that partners with district, school, and state leaders to transform how they use resources (people, time, and money) so that every school prepares every child for tomorrow, no matter their race or income.

Since 2004, we have worked hand-in-hand with the leaders of over 40 school systems and several states through data (analysis & benchmarking), design (resource trade-offs & consensus building) and implementation (planning & monitoring). We start with an analysis of existing strategy and resource allocation in school systems mapped against best practice. We then focus on five resource-intensive areas of school system design:

School Design
Teaching
Leadership
Funding & Portfolio
School Support & Accountability
Our applied research efforts result in publications and tools that create broader impact for the field. In addition to regular publication of our work in national outlets such as Education Week, Kappan, Educational Leadership and School Administrator, hundreds of users return repeatedly to use our online tools such as Budget Hold'em or our Professional Learning tool.

In all of our work, we focus on the larger picture—how resources work together to create high-performing systems. Our non-profit status enables a different kind of partnership with districts and states: one where we participate in the transformation struggle, create insights together, and share lessons with others.

Please visit our website to learn more about our work, our impact, our team, and our core values: https://www.erstrategies.org/

Benefits of Working at ERS

Mission- and Values-Driven Workplace: We work hand-in-hand with some of the most influential urban districts nationwide to transform systems so that every school succeeds for every student.
Vibrant Culture: As a small, team-centered organization, we are continuously improving, and we encourage innovative ideas, honest feedback, and constant learning.
Ongoing Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: We actively work to create a welcoming environment that values individual backgrounds, talents, and experiences.
Impact Beyond Recommendations: We work closely with district partners on the ground to facilitate deep, sustainable change.
Healthy Work/Life Balance: We support each other in our professional growth and encourage a healthy personal life throughout our careers.

Contact Us

Interested in joining the ERS team? Please submit your resume (including GPA), your undergraduate transcript, and thoughtful cover letter through our online application found at https://www.erstrategies.org/info/careers.

ERS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, ancestry, pregnancy, or military service.

We value diverse teams and the unique talents each member brings. In that light, we encourage candidates that have life experiences similar to those of the children, teachers, and leaders in the districts we serve to apply. The value we place on diverse teams is mirrored by our commitments to foster and sustain an inclusive culture. We regularly evaluate our organization's processes and policies through the lens of equity and inclusion, and we provide opportunities for individual and organizational learning about equity, inclusion, and diversity.

We view these commitments as essential to our work with each other and our district partners, as we seek to drive equity and excellence for all students through school system transformation.