2021 Associate Consultant

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Education Resource Strategies

Published 29 days ago

ERS is a national non-profit that partners with district, school, and state leaders to transform how they use resources (people, time, technology, and money) so that every school prepares every child for tomorrow, no matter their race or income. We are a highly regarded and well-established organization with fifteen years of field leadership and maintain a strong entrepreneurial spirit that embraces teamwork and innovation.

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. While experience in the education sector is not required, a passion for improving the educational experience for all students is! This role would be an exciting career step for someone who wants to build strategy and management consulting skills and apply them to redesigning school systems to better serve students with the greatest needs, making an impact on improving K-12 Education in the nation at this critical moment.


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 as 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 Manager or Principal Associate and Analysts as well as taking strategic direction from ERS leadership (Directors and Partners) 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 this includes but is not limited to writing articles for publication and supporting the development of client decision-making tools.

  • 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 and owning relationships with district data contacts
  • Travel 1 to 2 times per-month (on-hold due to COVID-19 but likely to resume in some capacity once safe to do so)


  • Two or more years of experience in strategic consulting, quantitative analysis or other comparable management field with a strong emphasis on strategy and analytics
  • Bachelor's degree required; in a quantitative discipline, preferred and/or Master's degree (MBA, MPP, MPA or Education), preferred
  • 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 and values exemplified through work experience, leadership opportunities, or community involvement; experience in education reform a plus, but a passion for improving education systems and interest in deepening ones understanding of the community and equity context impacting education systems and student experience is required.

About Education Resource Strategies

Every school. Every child. Ready for tomorrow.

No two children are alike. Parents and teachers understand this intuitively. And they respond by working to provide the right combination of supports at the right time to meet each child’s unique needs so they can achieve their biggest dreams. Yet many schools and school systems don’t follow this example. They are set up as if all students need the same things. Worse yet, students with higher needs and students of color are often less likely than their peers to have access to the high-quality learning experiences that research tells us are necessary to prepare them for college and career.

But schools and school systems can meet students’ differing needs—and many do every day.

Education Resource Strategies is a national nonprofit that partners with district, school, and state leaders to deeply understand students’ most pressing needs and mobilize the right amount and combination of resources (people, time and money) in response, so that every student can receive a high-quality education that unlocks their power to live a life of their choosing.

We believe that schools must look very different from the rigid class sizes, fixed time blocks, and standardized teacher roles that define school today. Most schools will only get there if school systems leverage data to understand resource use and redesign their central office to provide schools with the combination of accountability, support, and flexibility they need.

Since 2004, ERS has worked hand-in-hand with the leaders of over 100 school systems and several states through data (analysis & benchmarking), design (strategy, resource trade-offs & consensus building) and implementation (planning & monitoring). And our work continues to grow and evolve: Right now, schools are facing unprecedented challenges as they work hard to support their students during the COVID-19 pandemic – especially those students with the highest needs. And as an organization, we still have so much to learn about the continuing impact of systemic racism and oppression throughout our country and institutions, and we are working every day to become a more equitable organization that works to create a more just society. In all 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.

Benefits of Working at ERS

  • Opportunity for impact: ERS works with some of the largest, most influential and innovative districts in the country to truly transform their practices. Your work will change the lives of thousands of students.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: As a small organization, we are continuously improving, and we encourage innovative ideas, honest feedback, and constant learning.
  • Collaborative work environment: We do most of our work in teams. We bring our collective wisdom and expertise to everything we do, often tapping the expertise and leadership of colleagues across the organization.
  • Healthy work/life balance: We support every member of the ERS team in integrating meaningful work and professional growth with a healthy personal life throughout their career.

Contact Us

Interested in joining the ERS team? Please submit your resume and thoughtful cover letter to our Careers Page.

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.

ERS is a national non-profit that partners with district, school, and state leaders to transform how they use resources (people, time, technology, and money) so that every school prepares every child for tomorrow, no matter their race or income…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 2-Year Degree Required


Watertown, MA

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