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Strategy & Operations Associate/Snr Associate

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Empow Studios
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Lexington, MA
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Published 14 days ago

As Strategy & Operations Associate/Snr Associate, you will be the right hand to the CEO tackling some of the organization’s most pressing challenges as we scale nationally. Your skills in data gathering, analysis, and coaching more junior staff will be instrumental as, in partnership with the CEO, you help drive our strategic plan through to successful execution, lead special strategic projects, refine infrastructure to improve operations, and consult to regional staff facing new-to-them operational challenges. You will see how all facets of the business work together to produce value for our students, employees, partners, and investors. This is an excellent opportunity for a strategy consulting or investment banking analyst who aspires to one day be a CEO or COO, has a passion for education, and who wants to make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of young people. 

What You Will Do

Drive Strategy into Execution 

  • Annual Planning. Leveraging existing models, collaborate with regional leaders to create annual goals, budgets and success metrics aligned with our strategic plan 
  • Dashboards. Track and report progress towards metric- and milestone-based success goals 
  • Analysis. Proactively identify key milestones and performance metrics that are at risk. Gather and analyze data to assess root causes of these potential problems. Recommend data-driven, actionable, and scalable solutions. 

Conduct Special Projects (examples) 

  • Strategy. Support the CEO in creation of strategic plan for the organization including with research and analysis 
  • Financing. Partner with CEO on any strategic financing or corporate development matters
  • Major contracts. Renegotiate rental contracts; source new leases in new expansion geographies  
  • Operations manual. Collaborate with all facets of the organization to improve and update the operations manual that defines how all facets of the business run, and that is used by new regional offices to start up effectively 
  • Knowledge management. Implement knowledge management tools and programs to guide collaboration and sharing of best practices across regional offices  

Direct Operations 

  • Manage. Provide on site liaison between our outsourced CFO and regional offices; ensure effective two-way communications and resolve challenges. Ensure smooth operations at our national office including of the finance, HR and admin functions largely by managing staff and external vendors 
  • Support. Consult to regional administrative staff to help solve new or unusual operational problems
  • Improve. Lead cross-office and cross-functional teams to improve key facets of operations. For example: partner with CEO to improve talent processes such as performance management and professional development; partner with Director of Technology to improve operation’s IT infrastructure  

Characteristics of an ideal candidate 

  • 2+ years of experience in strategy consulting, investment banking, or leading strategic initiatives    
  • Strong analytical acumen, with proven ability to produce data-driven insights and creative recommendations to solve complex strategic problems 
  • Strong operational orientation with experience creating processes and infrastructure, often leveraging technology, to reduce costs and improve quality 
  • Proven ability to achieve goals in face of challenging obstacles; resourceful, flexible, tactful, and persistent 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to build trusting relationships, facilitate problem solving, and lead through influence and expertise 
  • Proven ability to manage multiple competing priorities including a mix of long-term and urgent projects 
  • Strong communicator -- both oral and written
  • Adapt at adapting and thriving within a fast-paced, results-driven, rapidly changing environment
  • Comfortable using desktop and enterprise software for operations and data analysis including Excel, Quickbooks, Data Studio, and Hubspot; proficient in some of these
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to working in education. Experience working in education or education technology is a plus.   
  • A BA/BS degree is required 



As Strategy & Operations Associate/Snr Associate, you will be the right hand to the CEO tackling some of the organization’s most pressing challenges as we scale nationally. Your skills in data gathering, analysis, and coaching more…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Compensation

USD 55,000 - USD 70,000

Benefits

This is a full-time position that includes benefits.

This is a full-time position that includes benefits.

Location

On-site
1776 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420, USA

How to Apply

Please send us a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience approach, meet, or exceed characteristics of an ideal candidate and stating how you heard about this opportunity. Please apply by sending application materials (cover letter, resume) to recruiting@empow.me with role title, first and last names as the subject header.

Please send us a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience approach, meet, or exceed characteristics of an ideal candidate and stating how you…

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