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Education Strategy Group, Senior Director of Strategy and Operations

Company: Edgility Consulting
Location: Washington
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:



Education Strategy Group (ESG) is a mission-driven consulting firm that works with America's education, business, and civic leaders to expand economic opportunity and mobility by increasing educational attainment. Founded in 2012, ESG supports the preparation, entry, and success of individuals from K-12 through postsecondary education to build a more equitable system, open economic doors for all, and strengthen our democracy. ESG specializes in strengthening the transition points that have the highest stakes for youth and adults and the highest benefit for states, communities, and economies. We are driven by the conviction that a robust education system aligned with workforce demand leads to a stronger, more equitable society.

ESG recently adopted a five-year Greater Impact Plan, which establishes an ambitious vision and clear expectations for the work the organization will undertake and the impact it will seek to have on the nation's education and workforce systems. Within this plan, ESG has made increasing postsecondary attainment its north star, with a specific emphasis on increasing attainment rates among students of color and those from low-income backgrounds. Our current body of work spans K12, higher education, employer, and philanthropic clients across thirty states, and we expect this work to grow and evolve in the years ahead.

As a firm, we bring deep experience leading policy development, advocacy, and implementation work in the K-12, postsecondary, and workforce sectors. We are a virtual organization that enables our staff to work where they have built their lives.


ESG is looking for an experienced leader to work closely with the CEO as part of the executive team to guide the organization's strategy, strengthen its operations, and help manage its growth. The organization has undergone significant growth in recent years, as demand for its services and expertise has increased. The Senior Director will be responsible for growing the organization's operational capacity and enhancing the infrastructure for business development, financial management, knowledge management, and talent acquisition and development to enable the organization to thrive.


Key Responsibilities of the Senior Director of Strategy and Operations include:


  • Support the CEO in implementing and continually refining the organization's growth and impact plan.
  • Facilitate annual planning process to evaluate market trends and position the organization for success.
  • Lead the collection and reporting of key financial, programmatic and/or firm data to monitor progress and inform ongoing decision-making.
  • Serve on ESG's executive team, acting as a culture carrier and thought partner to other executives; coordinate the work of the executive team.

    Business Development Planning:
    • Support the CEO in establishing annual business development goals and coordinating business development routines.
    • Support the development of business plans for new and emerging lines of business.
    • Support the growth of the firm's fee-for-service lines in client segments such as K-12 school districts and higher education institutions.
    • Support the development of organization sales and marketing capacity.

      Talent & Human Resources:
      • Lead the organization's talent planning, development, and retention strategies.
      • Oversee staff recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and ongoing professional development.
      • Oversee the organization's performance management system, including the facilitation of staff goal setting, formal feedback loops, and short- and long-term incentive programs.
      • Serve as a key leader overseeing our diversity, equity, and inclusion work, strengthening internal systems and engaging external experts for ongoing training and development.

        • Provide stewardship of the organization's finances and oversee its financial systems.
        • Drive regular budget planning, monitoring, reporting, and forecasting across the firm.
        • Ensure strong multi-year financial plan to support growth.
        • Advise the CEO on short- and long-term financial decisions.
        • Ensure strong financial controls.

          Knowledge Management/IT:
          • Drive a comprehensive approach to knowledge, information, and technology management.
          • Oversee the administration and ensure the effective use of firm-wide technology-based tools.
          • Manage data security and intellectual property.
          • Lead continuous improvement of systems and processes for internal collaboration.


            ESG seeks an impact-driven, results-oriented, entrepreneurial individual with a track record across the following areas:
            • Ten or more years' professional experience in roles requiring operational and strategic leadership
            • Experience scaling small- to medium-sized for-profit and/or nonprofit organizations, driven by financial and non-financial KPIs
            • Experience leading the development of strategic plans, including the identification of opportunities for growth and impact
            • Experience operationalizing strategic plans and visions into tactical implementation with a comfort in driving clarity amid ambiguity
            • Experience recruiting, developing, and retaining staff and implementing strong organizational practices for creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture
            • Experience overseeing financial systems and guiding decision-making based on key financial health and growth indicators
            • Experience coordinating the full business development cycle from lead generation to account stewardship, including the collection and use of market data to inform decisions and the development of business plans to pursue new lines of work
            • Experience managing the transition to and implementation of new systems, structures, tools, processes, and policies in a growing organization
            • Well-rounded interpersonal skill set, with the presence and capacity to build relationships and work effectively in teams



              Education Strategy Group is a virtual firm with a home base in Washington, D.C. We have staff located in cities across the country. Our flexible work environment enables our professionals to live and work in locations where they can be most productive-both professionally and personally.

              Compensation And Benefits

              The salary range for this position is $150,000-$190,000. While there are exceptions, starting salaries are generally set within the lower end of the range to ensure there is room for growth over time. This position is also eligible for the short-term and long-term incentive programs, which can provide bonuses of up to 25% of base salary annually depending on firm and individual performance. Robust benefits include medical, dental, retirement, and family leave. More details can be provided upon request.

              For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact BriAnn Gibson at bgibson@edgilityconsulting.com

              ESG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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