Locations: New York, Chicago

Note: Applications will not be considered without a thoughtful or relevant cover letter.


Why Next Street?

Next Street’s mission is to help every small business realize their potential. We do that by designing and developing solutions to connect entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources at the right time.

We are focused on businesses facing disproportionate barriers. We are committed to becoming an anti- racist organization, have a nearly 20 year track record, and an extensive network of small business advocates, operators, and investors. We accelerate the impact of institutions and advisors on small businesses and provide millions of business owners with the experts, tools, and capital they need to thrive. We know when small businesses thrive, their neighborhoods, cities and our economy do, too.

Additionally, inclusivity is part of our DNA. We are happy to celebrate that with 80% of our team identifying as women and/or people of color, we’re well on our way. Learn more here: https://nextstreet.com/racial-equity/.

Next Street is a special place to work and our values are infused into every aspect of our work:

  • We work to challenge systems of injustice through our anti-racist ways of working
  • We bring our whole selves to work and strive to create authentic joy everyday 
  • We utilize creativity and curiosity to put bias towards action in our work
  • We are interwoven and empower each other through collaboration and established trust
  • We encourage entrepreneurship and always put small business first, both internally and externally
  • We grow sustainably and encourage learning through career and professional development

Join us and live out our values every day, while leveling-up your career and helping us to have a transformative impact on the society in which we live.


Why this Role?

Our consulting practice is hiring a high-performing Associate to lead research and quantitative analysis and turn those insights into transformative solutions for clients. Join us and you will get exposure to some of the most complex economic and community development challenges in the country, while working alongside an extraordinary team and accelerating your career.


We will give you ample opportunity to contribute and lead work from day one. Your day-to-day work will be concentrated in three main areas: (1) Research, data analysis, and financial modeling (2) strategy development and client engagement, and (3) project support. These areas will help you refine your strategic thinking and quantitative and qualitative skills and will do so at an accelerated trajectory. As you grow, we will give you increasing responsibility for managing project scopes, teams, and client relationships.


Your work will consist of…

Research, Data Analysis & Financial Modelling

  • Perform complex qualitative and quantitative data analysis to understand a target market, industry, or geography
  • Interview subject matter experts and conduct focus groups to deepen understanding of client challenges
  • Analyze historical financial data (up to a three-statement analysis) to identify key challenges, opportunities, and tradeoffs for client
  • Develop multi-year financial projections based on historical analysis

Strategy Development & Client Engagement

  • Synthesize key takeaways to develop actionable recommendations and implementation plans to meet the client’s objectives
  • Create client deliverables with research findings and recommendations in PowerPoint, using visualization and charts
  • Present findings to clients’ senior leadership and internal firm management

Project Support

  • Support the administrative needs of projects, including email communication with internal and external stakeholders, scheduling meetings, focus groups, and surveys
  • Conduct notetaking for internal and client meetings, knowledge management, and project administration
  • Contribute to firm knowledge development, codification, and dissemination


Why you?

  • You have 3-4 years of work experience with a top-tier professional services firm (management consulting or financial services)
  • You have strong financial acumen and financial modeling skills
  • You are an Excel wizard and take pride in a well-structured, high-quality model
  • You love client services
  • You are motivated by mission and want to spend your days doing fulfilling work
  • You are energized by solving problems and getting to the right answer
  • You are looking for opportunities to grow and accelerate your career
  • You enjoy working with teams and believe diversity of thinking gets to better answers
  • You are willing to challenge and be challenged, regardless of seniority


What we offer:

We want our team members to bring their best, true selves to work every day. We will offer you:

  • Competitive salary and benefits – We know you work hard, and we want to reward you for it. We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits packages (including 401k and paid parental leave) for mission-driven work.
  • Generous paid time off – We want to ensure you have time to recharge and to pursue your many passions. We give our team members 20 days of paid time off per year, inclusive federal holidays, volunteer days and more!
  • Mentorship and Sponsorship – You will have frequent access to our diverse and dynamic senior team. They will be committed to your growth and will invest in mentoring you.
  • Career development – We take growth seriously. We give each team member an annual professional development stipend and provide ample coaching.
  • Flexibility – It is important that you work when and where you work best. We are flexible with employees to accommodate individual schedules and work preferences. This includes a low travel mode during non-pandemic times.
  • Social events and perks – We admire and value our teammates. We plan events throughout the year and provide office snacks so you can perform your best every day and more!


Next Street believes in an equitable and transparent compensation approach. The starting salary range for Associate positions across the firm is $80,000 - $86,667 regardless of location and commensurate with experience. You will also be eligible to participate in Next Street’s discretionary incentive program annually. For new hires, Next Street targets the start of the salary band, although considerations could be made based on job knowledge, skills, and experience. As part of our Antiracism commitment, Next Street uses a pay scale approach and transparent methodology to advance staff within a compensation band based on performance. Next Street does not negotiate compensation offers, as research shows that salary negotiations disadvantage People of Color and women.


Next Street is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.


Apply for this Job

* Required
resume chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
cover_letter chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)

Voluntary Self-Identification

For government reporting purposes, we ask candidates to respond to the below self-identification survey. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file.

As set forth in Next Street ’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy, we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected group status under any applicable law.

Race & Ethnicity Definitions

If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows:

A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.

Form CC-305

OMB Control Number 1250-0005

Expires 05/31/2023

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor required by law to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We are also required to measure our progress toward having at least 7% of our workforce be individuals with disabilities. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had a disability. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we ask all of our employees to update their information at least every five years.

Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer will be maintained confidentially and not be seen by selecting officials or anyone else involved in making personnel decisions. Completing the form will not negatively impact you in any way, regardless of whether you have self-identified in the past. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.

How do you know if you have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Nervous system condition for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psychiatric condition, for example, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, or major depression

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.