We’re searching for a Strategy Associate (Part-Time)
Non-profits and other purpose-driven organizations face complex, meaningful challenges. Brocade Studio is seeking a part-time Associate to join our team in providing strategy and facilitation services.
Brocade Studio is a growing consultancy that serves purpose-driven organizations (typically, nonprofits) by providing strategy, facilitation, interpretive planning, and analytics services.
Our recent work includes:
- Facilitation of a strategic planning process for a national civil and voting rights organization
- An internal racial equity assessment for a statewide coalition of legal aid organizations
- Facilitation of a strategic planning process for a national reproductive justice organization
- Leadership of an initiative to establish data-driven governance at a flagship museum in the American south
- Facilitation of a strategic planning process for a statewide conservation organization
Members of our team are based in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Toronto, and work from home or co-working offices. Our three principal consultants are joined by a constellation of subcontracted collaborators.
About the Role
As an Associate Consultant, you would contribute to multiple strategic planning engagements by:
- Designing stakeholder surveys
- Designing and conducting stakeholder interviews
- Conducting external (landscape) research
- Analyzing and synthesizing the resultant data and identifying meaningful trends and other insights
- Preparing and delivering, alongside principal consultants, presentations and documents that communicate these insights to clients and prompt strategic decision-making
- Contributing to collaborative strategy sessions with clients (staff leadership, staff, and Board members) potentially as a co-facilitator, depending on your presentation and facilitation skills
- It’s okay if presentation and facilitation isn’t a complete strength – we have experience helping others develop these skills
- Assisting principal consultants and clients in the iterative development of strategic planning content (goals, initiatives, metrics, etc.)
- Providing project management support for engagements, such as scheduling meetings, taking and organizing notes for key sessions, and keeping engagements focused and on-schedule
- Additionally, there are opportunities to lead smaller engagements based on interest, qualification, and performance
This is dynamic, client-facing work, in which you’ll work closely with our entire team.
We ask for a commitment of at least 15 hours per week, and we are open to a multitude of arrangements based on your preferred hours per week and schedule. That said, the ideal candidate has a degree of flexibility in their schedule, or has flexibility outside of a set of predictable hours given to a second commitment; this is important given that client meetings occur across the week and the work ebbs and flows.
You can work from anywhere with a strong, reliable internet connection. Our meetings occur within the EST workday, though all other work can be done at your preferred time of day.
For now, we have a set pipeline of strategic planning engagements that you would contribute to. That said, we’d hope to understand your interests and background and incorporate those things into the future work we seek.
We don’t call ourselves a family or anything, but our team is in constant and deepening relationship with one another – this only works (for us, anyway) if we trust and like each other. The right person may also bring skills and experiences that expand our own, or deepen those we already have.
You don’t have to be interested in growing into a full-time role here, though there is a possibility of that if you are interested.
In our work, we craft strategy and forward projects (alongside our clients) to change systems and increase justice. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQIA+ people.
None of the folks on our team set out in life to be consultants, and all of us have varied experiences, so our “qualifications” are a list of the qualities we think are useful in our work. To be clear, you don’t have to be all of these things. No human is. But maybe you’re some of these:
- Quick learner and synthesizer. Our work requires us to quickly learn about a client’s field and be able to speak their “language” with some fluency. This should be more exciting than anxiety-producing.
- Someone who asks good questions and challenges assumptions.
- Organized. There are project management components to each of our engagements – everything from scheduling meetings to keeping projects on schedule and focused.
- (Some degree of) personable. Practically, this means that you could be assigned to help us interview someone (a stakeholder) and we wouldn’t sweat it. Note that we don’t equate personableness with extroversion – we’re a mix of extroverts, introverts, ambiverts, and people who question whether any of it is a useful taxonomy.
- A solid writer. We do a lot of writing that has to quickly and clearly communicate ideas. With support and edits, your writing should be crisp.
- You may also have some content knowledge around, or background in, any of the fields in which our roster of clients operate. This is nice but is by no means necessary. Most often, our clients are: cultural institutions/museums, legal aid/legal justice organizations, school and charter districts, conservation organizations, and human services organizations.
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through November 19th, 2021.
- Selected candidates will be invited to interview in November/December.
- Estimated start date: December/January
- Hours and Pay: 15 hours/week minimum ($30 – $35/hr)
- This is an independent contractor position.
To apply, please send a resume/CV and cover letter through Handshake or to email@example.com