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Strategy Consultant

 

Spectrum Nonprofit Services, LLC seeks an energetic professional with an interest in nonprofit strategy and a passion for partnering with nonprofit leaders as they work toward achieving
their missions and building stronger, healthier, and more enriching and equitable communities.

This full-time consultant will be an integral part of our small, dynamic team providing consulting and training services to a variety of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations across the country. Spectrum’s work results in specific, achievable strategies to strengthen organizations across multiple areas including organizational strategy, impact, program design and evaluation, finances, revenue generation, people and governance.

The right person will bring their expertise to clients and possess the ability to learn quickly while being comfortable with both the structure and flexibility that strategic planning and working in a small office requires. Additionally, the candidate should embrace an entrepreneurial spirit to build Spectrum’s business and strengthen our practice through contributing to the development of services or approaches, marketing opportunities and identifying opportunities for efficiency gains, in collaboration with the full team.

To excel at this position, you will need these qualities:

    • Personal Commitment and Drive: Belief in the power of the nonprofit sector to bring change and strengthen communities and the drive to continuously provide quality client
      service and seek innovative approaches to achieving our goals.
    • Excellent Communication and Relationship Skills: Ability to listen and possess curiosity to understand client needs and develop deep relationships as well as strong writing and speaking skills to present to multiple audiences in a clear, meaningful manner that fosters understanding and learning. Strategy Consultants are expected to be able to build meaningful working relationships within their networks.
    • Practical Experience: An empathy for the challenges nonprofit professionals and volunteers face, as well as the ability to craft solutions that can be implemented to overcome barriers and achieve results. Nonprofit experience is preferred.
    • Project Management Skills: Strategy consultants manage multiple projects at once and will need the ability to manage both short-term and long-term deliverables by producing quality work within a budget.
    • Curiosity: Spectrum is known for producing new, innovative solutions that meet our clients’ needs. We accomplish this through ongoing learning and being active in the broader nonprofit community which provides opportunities for peer networking and professional development.

This position will be responsible for:

    • Managing client engagements in partnership with Spectrum’s Principal and other consultants to facilitate organizational change, strategic decision-making, and surfacing strategies to strengthen nonprofit organizations. On a day-to-day basis this may include:
          • Developing timelines, agendas and processes to achieve stated meeting and engagement goals.
          • Creating surveys, conducting focus groups and researching and reviewing other data to learn stakeholder perspectives and understand the market in which nonprofits operate.
          • Writing and editing reports to summarize findings and recommendations.
          • Facilitating client meetings to review findings and generate new ideas in support of their strategy process
    • Contributing to the advancement of the practice by keeping abreast of trends and happenings in the nonprofit sector as well as through research and writing in sector periodicals. On a day-to-day basis this may include:
          • Reading sector articles and blogs to keep up to date on the latest research impacting nonprofit strategy and management.
          • Observing trends from clients and researching data to understand the challenges and opportunities nonprofit leaders face.
          • Writing for Spectrum’s blog on your observations.
          • Contributing to development of tools and approaches to help clients address challenges.
          • Presenting at conferences or other venues to highlight new thinking.
    • Participating in the firm’s ongoing business development and marketing process.  On a day-to-day basis this may include:
          • Actively contributing to the design of firm’s business development and marketing strategy.
          • Oversight of and contributions to Spectrum’s social media presence.
          • Development of proposals including designing process and determining budgets
          • Cultivate relationships with nonprofit leaders to expand Spectrum’s network by representing the firm at networking events and through one-on-one meetings.

About Spectrum Nonprofit Services 

Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Spectrum Nonprofit Services has developed both a local and national reputation in nonprofit sustainability and an emphasis on adaptive strategy. Spectrum is a small, fast-paced collaborative office that has seen continual growth over the last fifteen years. Staff are expected to be flexible and take initiative when necessary, as many aspects of this business require the ability to work independently on a regular basis. We partner with organizations of all sizes and missions to provide customized consulting and training services designed to increase impact, financial viability and overall sustainability.

We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about who we are, what we do, and what we’re thinking about.

Compensation

Spectrum Nonprofit Services offers a generous compensation package including a competitive salary with incentive-based increases, health insurance with minimal employee contribution and liberal paid-time off (PTO) commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position.

Base salary for the Strategy Consultant position is $78,000 to $90,000 depending on experience with the potential for more through our incentive-based compensation program which shares revenue exceeding the employee target based on the billable percentage. The position is currently structured to be billable approximately 55% of working time, with the remaining 45% of time to be utilized for professional, practice and business development as well as administration. Compensation incentives are based on exceeding the billable target together with revenue generated. The employee is not expected to have contacts or potential clients to bring to the firm but will manage existing clients and work within our business development processes to develop relationships over time.

Location

We offer flexibility in work location but have a strong preference for candidates in the Greater Milwaukee or Chicago areas. Please state in your interest where you would be located.

Questions and to apply

If you have questions about the position, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at careers@spectrumnonprofit.com.

If you are ready to work in a supportive environment and partner with nonprofits to strengthen and change our communities, please send a cover letter that explains how your previous experience aligns with this role and an up-to-date résumé to: careers@spectrumnonprofit.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A PDF of the posting can be found here.