Senior Associate

Posted by
Education Strategy Group
Chevy Chase, MD
Published 14 days ago

About ESG

Education Strategy Group (ESG) is a mission-driven consulting firm that works with America’s education, business, and civic leaders to expand economic opportunity and mobility by increasing educational attainment. Founded in 2012, ESG supports the preparation, entry, and success of individuals from K-12 through postsecondary education to build a more equitable system, open economic doors for all, and strengthen our democracy. ESG specializes in strengthening the transition points that have the highest stakes for youth and adults and the highest benefit for states, communities, and economies. We are driven by the conviction that a robust education system aligned with workforce demand leads to a stronger, more equitable society.

ESG recently adopted a five-year Greater Impact Plan, which establishes an ambitious vision and clear expectations for the work the organization will undertake and the impact it will seek to have on the nation’s education and workforce systems. Within this plan, ESG has made increasing postsecondary attainment its north star, with a specific emphasis on increasing attainment rates among students of color and those from low-income backgrounds. Building demand-driven, high-quality career pathways is essential to helping these young learners – irrespective of their race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background - successfully transition from high school to postsecondary education to earn a credential that opens doors to economic and career success.

As a firm, we bring deep experience leading policy development, advocacy, and implementation work in the K-12, postsecondary, and workforce sectors. We are a virtual firm that enables our staff to work where they have built their lives.


The Senior Associate will play an integral role in designing and executing projects within our career readiness portfolio and will also support work within our postsecondary transitions and postsecondary attainment portfolios as needed. Project work will largely focus on strengthening and expanding high-quality, demand-driven career pathways that start in high school, continue into and through postsecondary, and include early postsecondary experiences, industry-aligned internships, high-value credentialing opportunities, and social capital growth strategies. This position requires a proven track record of success in developing and leading ambitious college and career readiness work as well as designing and providing related technical assistance to K-12 systems, higher education institutions, and/or community organizations. The Senior Associate will have strong analytic, writing, and facilitation skills and the ability to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, including leaders from school districts, higher education institutions, state education agencies, industry associations, advocacy groups, national education organizations, and foundations.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Associate’s primary duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the execution of career readiness projects, which includes developing and overseeing work plans, managing project timelines, and leading high-quality implementation to ensure delivery of innovative and effective solutions to our clients’ career readiness challenges
  • Design and lead quantitative and qualitative analysis of client work, including gathering information through data analysis, interviews, surveys, focus groups, and desk research
  • Capture and share project insights for clients using visualization software like Tableau
  • Develop tools and strategies to assess client needs and replicate national best practices
  • Design and deploy high-quality, career readiness technical assistance to our clients
  • Help organize in-state and cross-state convenings of policymakers and practitioners to advance their career preparation systems and enable them to strategize together
  • Author and assist in publishing blogs, briefs, reports, and other documents for the general public, policymakers, media, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and grow relationships with partners, clients, and national experts to identify opportunities for new projects
  • Draft concept papers and proposals to help ESG secure new projects
  • Represent ESG at external events and meetings.
  • Serve as a thought partner and engage in team problem solving across ESG portfolio areas.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of five years’ professional experience in a state education agency, intermediary organization, postsecondary institution, school district, or national nonprofit organization developing and leading work to build or expand career preparation opportunities for students
  • Knowledge of educational efforts to increase students’ career readiness with emphasis on building demand-driven pathways, supporting work-based learning and industry credentialing opportunities, and aligning pathways between K-12 and higher education
  • Understanding of the legislative and policy-making processes that lead to strong local implementation of career preparation practices.
  • A master’s degree in public policy, education policy, or related fields, or an equivalent level of knowledge and experience.
  • Strong qualitative research, data analysis, writing, and project management skills.
  • Strong facilitation skills and experience leading workgroups consisting of policymakers and/or practitioners in K-12 or postsecondary education.
  • Excellent organizational skills and a keen attention to detail—candidates should have the ability to prioritize work and manage time on multiple projects and tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively—candidates should be self-motivated, but also enthusiastic team players open to feedback and collaboration.
  • Well-rounded interpersonal skill set, with the presence and capacity to build relationships, work effectively in teams, and facilitate joint problem-solving with clients and within ESG.
  • Curiosity, eagerness, and ability to develop new knowledge and skills.
  • Maturity, flexibility and comfort working in a small, virtual organization.
  • Ability to travel to support projects as needed (once COVID-19 conditions indicate safety to do so), projected to be around 25%.


Education Strategy Group’s home base is in Washington, DC, and we have staff located in cities across the country. Our flexible work environment enables our professionals to live and work in locations where they can be most productive—both professionally and personally.

ESG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

About ESG

Education Strategy Group (ESG) is a mission-driven consulting firm that works with America’s education, business, and civic leaders to expand economic opportunity and mobility by increasing educational attainment. Founded in…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 30, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, United States

How to Apply

Please submit your current resume and cover letter discussing your experience pertinent to the position via our Careers page at www.edstrategy.rog . For more information about Education Strategy Group, visit

Please submit your current resume and cover letter discussing your experience pertinent to the position via our Careers page at www.edstrategy.rog . For more information about…

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