About FSG

FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm that advises foundations and corporations interested in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through our combination of customized consulting services, powerful insights, and groundbreaking initiatives, we help clients and partners create a more equitable and sustainable world. At FSG, our people are our most valuable asset. We recognize that hiring and retaining talented and engaged individuals is vital to the ongoing success of our firm and the change we hope to ignite and support in the world. Learn more about FSG here.

FSG’s collaborative approach combines rigorous data analysis with facilitation and a passion for impact. We help companies design social impact strategies that strengthen their businesses, and we help funders and nonprofits develop and evaluate strategies that advance their missions. We’ve worked with clients such as the Dallas Children’s Medical Center, Dow, lululemon, the Lumina Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create social impact in education, health, economic mobility, community development, and more

About the Associate Director Position (US Consulting Impact Unit)

Are you a highly motivated, data-driven, creative problem solver with a passion for social change? Join FSG’s consulting team to collaborate with clients across a range of sectors who are working to address complex social problems to produce equitable outcomes at scale.

Associate Directors serve as project managers for our consulting engagements with corporate, foundation, and non-profit clients.  As a small firm, we operate with a generalist model and Associate Directors may be assigned to projects across FSG’s areas of expertise.  To balance the skills of our current team, we are specifically seeking Associate Directors who bring corporate/commercial strategy experience or US health experience (including public health, behavioral health, clinical research, and medical practice experience). If you have expertise in one of these areas, we encourage you to apply.  

FSG will be offering start dates in the late summer and fall of 2022.

Responsibilities 

Associate Directors work as the “Case Team Leader,” a project manager who sets work streams, communicates with the client, and manages and coaches the members of their project teams

Act as the Case Team Leader for one to two projects at a time, guiding teams and clients to identify ways to enhance their practices and create equitable outcomes at scale

  • Translate high-level scopes of work into detailed project plans and manage engagements to completion, including balancing complex work plans, maintaining team alignment, and finalizing client deliverables
  • Assign independent workstreams to case team members based on detailed project plans, identifying opportunities for every teammate to develop new skills and achieve their professional development goals
  • Engage clients as their main FSG contact and build relationships throughout the case, balancing their needs and input with your team’s approach and resources
  • Collaborate with and support team members by giving and receiving feedback
  • Embed equity analysis and inclusion principles in consulting work

Execute consulting work by developing research plans, analyzing findings, and delivering content to clients

  • Coach and support team members to: conduct thorough, timely research (primary and secondary); execute rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis of research findings; and translate analysis into informed, data-based insights and client recommendations in clear, concise, and compelling ways
  • Where necessary, supplement and/or independently execute the above tasks
  • Design and co-facilitate conversations with a range of stakeholders, from internal meetings to external workshops or interviews with stakeholders, leveraging a variety of creative facilitation techniques to achieve session objectives

Over time, contribute to business development 

  • In later stages of this role, individuals will have opportunities to assist with business development efforts (such as relationship building or pursuit of follow-on consulting contracts)
  • In later stages of this role, individuals will build their business development platform (e.g., depth of knowledge in certain issue areas, proactive idea generation, author and co-author multiple publications and articles, etc.)

Contribute to firm-wide learning and development 

  • Contribute to knowledge development within US Consulting and other Impact Units as relevant
  • Engage in activities that build firmwide capacity and connection
  • Contribute to FSG’s culture, including creating an inclusive work environment

Requirements

We are searching for candidates with 5-7 years of work experience, including at least 1-3 years of prior consulting experience, and demonstrated competencies in the following areas:
 
Project management 

  • Strong project planning skills; ability to define workstreams for others, manage multiple timelines and deadlines, and work efficiently to meet client needs
  • Experience designing meetings and workshops that engage the full range of participants and elicit input from all stakeholders, especially from people whose voices may be more commonly marginalized
  • Proficiency using team collaboration tools (e.g., Jamboard, Mural, etc.)

People leadership

  • Experience managing team members in inclusive and supportive ways; demonstrated ability to coach and develop others through feedback and collaboration
  • Ability to balance the needs, experience, and input of multiple team members and to support others in meeting their goals

Strategy development or similarly relevant experience (including research, analysis, and synthesis) 

  • Development of primary and secondary research plans; experience gathering data including perspectives of people more directly and disproportionately impacted by a particular social issue
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis with demonstrated ability to translate findings into clear and meaningful recommendations
  • Experience applying equity and inclusion approaches and principles in academic or professional settings (e.g., disaggregating data, understanding and analysis of historical context and root causes for inequities, examining population disparities, identifying targeted strategies based on varying assets/needs, designing culturally appropriate interview guides, etc.)
  • Advanced proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel; ability to organize and analyze datasets, create charts/graphs, and develop models

Client service or similarly relevant experience advising stakeholders and facilitating workshops/meetings

  • Experience building relationships with stakeholders across experience levels and personal backgrounds
  • Ability to convey a point of view in a concise and structured way; influence key stakeholders to action through storytelling and data
  • Experience facilitating inclusive and culturally appropriate conversations with a range of stakeholders (e.g., across organizations, levels, geographies, sectors, etc.)

Social Sector 

  • Demonstrated commitment to our mission of social change; experience working in the social sector preferred
  • Interest in one or more of FSG’s primary approaches (catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, shared value, systems change)

Other Qualifications

  • Experience in one of the following focus areas: 1) corporate/commercial strategy experience or 2) US health experience – including public health, behavioral health, clinical research, and medical practice experience 
  • Undergraduate degree with demonstration of analytical and quantitative coursework; Graduate degree or (e.g., MBA, MPA, MPH, MPP, or other relevant degree) helpful but not required
  • Ability to travel domestically or internationally ~25-35% of the time (due to COVID, all travel is optional through the end of 2022)*

Position

This full-time role will begin remotely and we are open to considering candidates in any geography within the contiguous US.  At this time, the starting salary for Associate Director roles is $128,000. Salaries are set according to an explicit compensation policy, and relevant market data is analyzed when setting salaries for each role. We also offer a generous benefits package including: health insurance with 100% of premiums covered by FSG, 3 weeks paid vacation, a 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, cell phone stipend, disability and life insurance, and more. 

The Associate Director position offers opportunity for advancement, pending performance, to the following roles within FSG’s consulting team: Director and Managing Director. 

Note: Visa sponsorship is not available for our US offices. In addition, we are unable to support the OPT Training Visa, as this visa will eventually require sponsorship.

Hybrid Work Model

In the US, FSG has offices in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. This full-time role can be remote (anywhere within the continental US) or in-person, as FSG is currently operating with a hybrid model. Staff can also opt-in to work in our offices – independently and for in-person meetings – in accordance with local regulations and office safety measures. FSG is continuing to monitor the pandemic and develop responsive policies while holding the health and safety of our staff at the forefront of these decisions. All FSG staff have access to a variety of technological and well-being resources to support our people as we navigate our current environment together.

*FSG is currently allowing individuals to opt-in to travel and in-person meetings or events for work. Because in-person engagement remains optional for all US FSG staff, all team and client engagements will be planned with hybrid arrangements. FSG is continuing to discuss and develop travel policies that account for the safety, comfort, and wellness of our people.

To Apply

Please complete our below application, which includes sharing your resume and responding to three short-answer questions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Demographic Survey for FSG

FSG is a group of passionate and talented people who are fiercely committed to contributing to social change. We apply this commitment to all aspects of our work and strive to lead a recruiting process that honors the experience and success of all applicants, especially those from populations that are historically marginalized in our field.
 
We invite you to complete the optional demographic questions below, which are designed to help us evaluate our inclusion efforts and asses the diversity of our applicant pool. Answering these questions is completely voluntary, and any information offered will be kept confidential, secure, and used only in accordance with applicable law. Your decision to answer or skip any of the below demographic questions will not affect your job application or opportunities for future employment.
 
If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact Rachel Brewer.

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As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to equal employment and promotion opportunity regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other characteristic by law.

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