Consultant

Consultant

Remote
Work must be performed anywhere in United States
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Published 9 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Start Date
August 19, 2024
Application Deadline
June 24, 2024
Education
4-Year Degree Required
Experience Level
Intermediate
Salary
USD $95,000 - $117,100 / year

Description

Are you looking to contribute to significant social change? Are you passionate about social justice and equity? Do you want to work with highly committed and talented team members who want to make a difference in the world? Do you enjoy helping others gain insights and make evidence-informed decisions? If so, the consultant role at ORS Impact may a great fit!

In this role, you provide critical insights to foundations and organizations working to create social change. You serve as a trusted thought partner. You provide clarity in the messiness of system change. You learn the ground truth and share it with those who need to hear it. Through your work, you help clients learn from the work they’ve done to shape better strategies for moving forward, use frameworks to provide clarity and refine an understanding of the problem, elevate voices of those closest to the work, all with an eye toward advancing equity and the vision of a more just world for all.

ORS Impact is seeking to add a Consultant to our dynamic and growing team. The Consultant will help  to support social impact organizations to accelerate and maximize their impact through systems-level strategy, learning, capacity-building and evaluation. We value diversity of experience and perspective and encourage applicants from different backgrounds to apply.

About the Position

The Consultant is a full-time position providing critical implementation support across multiple evaluation, strategy, and capacity building project teams. Under the direction of project directors, the Consultants typically contribute to five to seven project teams (at different points of the project life cycle) at any given time under the direction of project directors. Our projects span a wide range of content areas and clients, including criminal justice, education, homelessness response, narrative change, and policy and advocacy as a few examples. The Consultant contributes to all aspects of ORS services including contributing to the design of strategy, evaluation, and learning engagements, conducting data collection and analysis, creating high quality and engaging products, and supporting facilitation of group processes to help our clients develop and refine strategies and approaches to accelerate and maximize social impact. Consultants spend most of their time conducting client-billable work, and also are expected to contribute collectively with ORS colleagues in internal efforts aimed at strengthening our organizational culture and in professional growth opportunities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

In collaboration with project teams and under guidance from project directors, the Consultant may engage in the following activities.

Develop High Quality Project Designs and Plans

  • Contribute to the creation of strategy, evaluation, and/or learning agenda designs aligned to client needs
  • Support clients in establishing, refining, and utilizing theories of change to guide their work Contribute to creating measurement, evaluation and learning agendas and plans
  • Contribute to ensuring project activities reflect principles of equity in strategy and evaluation
  • Co-design and facilitate client strategic planning processes

Create and Conduct Data Collection and Analysis Activities

  • Design, schedule, and administer appropriate data collection tools for a given client need, including surveys, focus groups, interviews, and observations
  • Conduct background research and reviews, including web research, literature and document reviews, and inventories of existing information and data sources
  • Establish, clean and maintain project data sets according to ORS guidelines
  • Create analysis plans and coding frameworks integrating across multiple, mixed data sources aligned to client priorities
  • Conduct qualitative content analyses using Excel and NVivo
  • Conduct descriptive and basic statistics using Excel and SPSS
  • Create engaging data visualizations using Tableau, Kumu, Gephi or other specialized software
  • Synthesize findings across a range of data analyses

Manage Projects Effectively

  • Develop and implement project workplans, including tasks, timelines, and deliverables
  • Carry out project tasks start to finish, on time and on budget
  • Maintain regular communication with project team members and participate in internal project meetings
  • Contribute to project documentation, including taking notes, organizing files, and internal project tracking of hours
  • Follow ORS quality assurance processes and systems

Build Strong Relationships and Communication with Clients

  • Co-facilitate client meetings with team members
  • Co-design and help facilitate group processes (e.g., work sessions, theory of change development, etc.) and strategic learning opportunities (e.g., communities of practice, strategic debrief sessions, learning circles).
  • Create clear and succinct client communications, including meeting agendas, emails, updates, and other forms of communication as needed

Create and Disseminate High-Quality Products

  • Contribute to the development of high-quality, action-oriented, client-ready products and deliverables, including, but not limited to, plans, theories of change, slide decks, infographics, memos, reports, and blogs according to ORS branding and standards       
  • Participate in presentations and strategic learning sessions around client products and deliverables

Contribute to a Positive and Equitable Organizational Culture

  • Participate in organizational staff meetings, trainings and retreats
  • Participate in internal efforts to strengthen ORS systems and processes
  • Contribute to positive culture through respectful interactions with colleagues
  • Apply an equity lens and exemplify ORS values (e.g., effective collaboration, intellectual curiosity, client-focused approach, high quality work and relationships, integrity, thought-partnership and impact) to all aspects of ORS internal and external practice
  • Contribute to ORS’s culture of learning by providing and seeking constructive feedback
  • Build personal and professional competency in culturally responsive practices
  • Engage in ongoing learning and professional growth
  • Perform other tasks to support the company's strategic directions or other internal processes and projects as assigned.

Provide Thought Leadership to Clients and Internal Teams

  • Learn and apply applicable ORS and field-based frameworks and approaches to guide client work
  • Cross-pollinate learnings across clients and projects.
  • Stay abreast of the field, our sectors and innovations across our lines of business.

Develop Client Relationships, Cultivate New Business Opportunities and Serve as a Strong Brand Representative

  • Develop responsive relationships with existing or new clients, including by conveying demonstrated understanding of clients’ priority questions, considerations, or internal/external context.
  • Clearly communicate ORS Impact values, approaches, and lines of business, to external partners and potential clients.
  • Contribute to proposal development efforts as needed
  • Represent ORS Impact at public or professional events including presenting at professional conferences and meetings

Qualifications

Required and preferred qualifications listed below are representative of knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in social science, public affairs, public health, business administration or related degree or Four years of related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Masters’ Degree a plus

At least two years' experience implementing applied research, evaluation, or strategy development methodologies

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to attend to both big picture concept and tactical detail levels
  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects with competing demands at the same time
  • Ability to work collaboratively on project and internal teams
  • Proficiency in SPSS and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Competency and experience in multicultural settings

Desired Dispositions and Mindsets

  • Deep commitment to equity and social justice
  • Intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing and emerging expectations and priorities
  • Aptitude and willingness to be a thought partner to colleagues internally and externally

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with group facilitation
  • Proficiency in qualitative data analysis techniques and software
  • Experience with data visualization software (e.g., Excel, Tableau, Kumu, Visio)
  • Experience with publication design software (InDesign)
  • Experience in billable hours environment
  • Second language proficiency
  • Content experience in a core area of ORS’s portfolio of work

Are you looking to contribute to significant social change? Are you passionate about social justice and equity? Do you want to work with highly committed and talented team members who want to make a difference in the world? Do you enjoy…

Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and AD&D Insurance, Short—and long-term Disability, FSA, 401k with employer contribution, Commuter benefits, Paid time off—5 weeks to start, Paid holidays—11 per year, plus birthday holiday; remote work stipend, professional development stipend. 

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and AD&D Insurance, Short—and long-term Disability, FSA, 401k with employer contribution, Commuter benefits, Paid time off—5 weeks to start, Paid…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in English required. Additional language fluency a plus.

Fluent in English required. Additional language fluency a plus.

Location

Remote
Work must be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1100 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101, United States
Suite 1350

How to Apply

Candidates must apply on our careers website, submit a resume, and follow all application instructions. We welcome thoughtful cover letters that demonstrate your interest in our company, the position, and your passion for social justice and commitment to equity.

Candidates must apply on our careers website, submit a resume, and follow all application instructions. We welcome thoughtful cover letters that demonstrate your interest in our…

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