CRE is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
The Senior Consultant plays a key role at CRE, responsible for strengthening social change organizations by leading the design and implementation of a variety of consulting, coaching, and training engagements. For this particular position, CRE is looking for a seasoned consultant with experience in organizational development and specific expertise in strategic planning. Partnering with a cross-section of CRE clients, they will be accountable for achieving the outcomes and deliverables for those engagements. The Senior Consultant also will be responsible for product development; supporting business development; increasing CRE’s visibility in the sector; continuous learning, and sharing of new practices that deepen expertise within CRE and the sector. They will be expected to contribute to the organization’s growth and development and may at some point have supervisory responsibility.
The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to the social sector and CRE’s mission of strengthening organizations to reduce poverty, promote equity, and increase opportunity. They will exemplify and promote CRE’s core values, including our commitment to racial equity.
As a representative of CRE to internal and external partners, the Senior Consultant must have the ability to maintain a broad focus while attending to details, and to prioritize and complete multiple tasks effectively and efficiently. This position requires excellent writing, speaking, critical-thinking, teamwork and engagement skills, in a way that builds trust with social sector clients and achieves outcomes for their organizations.
Client Services and sector impact
Lead broad, multi-faceted consulting engagements, specifically in strategic planning, as well as in other CRE practice areas
Lead leadership development using peer-based learning, team facilitation, and coaching
Bring a variety of perspectives and analysis to client work, including broad knowledge of how different organizational development areas intersect and add value to the work
Build and maintain client relationships built on trust and collaboration; navigate the various dynamics that can exist among multiple stakeholders
Lead and contribute to client projects amounting to a specific revenue target each year, to be determined with CRE leadership
Lead CRE project teams that involve multiple stakeholders, coordinating between team members and clients while also mentoring and supporting CRE team members
Manage projects effectively and seamlessly – including budgets, schedules, and timelines – while ensuring clarity in client communications
Share insights and expertise by writing for knowledge-sharing outlets and social sector publications, and presenting at sector-wide events
Prepare proposals to potential clients; over time, bring in repeat and new clients to CRE
Develop and expand CRE’s services to meet the needs of clients
Contributions to CRE
Support colleagues and internal efforts that drive CRE’s growth and development, including contributing to CRE’s knowledge management initiatives by writing articles, blogs, or case studies and serving as a resource to other colleagues and teams
Participate actively in staff meetings and professional development initiatives
Support, model and advance racial equity within the organization
Collaborate with marketing staff to promote CRE’s offerings and special events
Adhere to CRE’s contracting, program policies, and processes (e.g., time entry, Salesforce entries, budget management, relationship management, documentation)
A minimum of five years of consulting experience or executive leadership at a nonprofit
Experience in organizational development and capacity building
Understanding of and experience with strategic planning
Understanding and appreciation of change management principles and processes
Ability to identify and design appropriate consulting strategies/interventions for clients, as well as the ability to pivot when situations require a different course of action
Demonstrated experience in research and design methodologies such as survey design, program design, program development, prototyping, scaling or innovation, research to practice, and financial modeling
Familiarity with organizational assessment and diagnostics, quantitative and qualitative review methods, nonprofit finance, operations, compliance, and governance
Strong knowledge of the sector, particularly nonprofits addressing poverty and social justice; understanding of the philanthropic world is a plus
Knowledge of and point of view on societal and racial inequities that frame the challenges CRE’s clients tackle
Self-awareness of social identities and how to manage dynamics of difference and power in interpersonal relationships with colleagues, clients and partners
Bachelor’s degree required
Proficiency in a second language (in addition to English) preferred
Strong client service orientation and an approach to clients as partners
Proactive and a can-do attitude
Strong problem solver and creative thinker
Outstanding interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to build relationships
Excellent analytical and quantitative skills; able to synthesize data to recognize trends
Outstanding project management skills; organized, detail-oriented and able to manage multiple complex projects at one time
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to articulate and present ideas effectively with presence
Committed and open to learning; open to asking for and giving feedback
A team player; collaborative, collegial, and supportive with a sense of humor
Empathetic; able to meet clients, partners, and staff where they’re at
About Community Resource Exchange
CRE has been partnering with nonprofit organizations for over 35 years. We provide the support and tools needed to ensure effective leadership, high performing staff, financial stability, and impactful programs so that organizations can better serve their communities. We help our clients make tangible improvements in the way they work so they can focus on improving people’s lives.
We understand that each organization is different, and our consulting, coaching, peer-based learning, and training reflect that. Our team is deeply familiar with the communities our clients serve and the challenges nonprofits face, enabling us to create pragmatic, customized solutions. At the same time, we embrace new trends and approaches so our clients can benefit from innovation in the social change space.