The District Management Council (www.dmcouncil.org ) (“DMC”) partners with public school district leaders to help them improve student outcomes, operational efficiency, and resource allocation. School districts face myriad challenges – stagnant achievement results, budget crises, federal and state mandates, increasing accountability measures - and they need practical solutions that can be implemented quickly to get results.
The District Management Council was founded in 2004 with the goal of providing public school system leaders with superior strategic insights and practical solutions to the most common and pressing management challenges. DMC has become the trusted advisor to school district leaders to help them tackle the most important issues and achieve measurable results. DMC believes leadership and management matters. By helping to strengthen and increase the managerial capacity of the people leading school districts, DMC believes that DMC can assist in systemically improving the performance of the American public education system. DMC offers a broadening range of services and products to school district members that include: 1) consulting services, 2) technology solutions, and 3) membership services that include publications and conferences. Through these combinations of services, DMC works hand-in-hand with districts to produce tangible outcomes.
DMC is based in Boston with approximately 40 employees and experiencing rapid growth. Today, member school districts of DMC serve more than 4.5 million students across 34 states. The District Management Council prides itself on its high rate of client satisfaction and success.
Description of Position
We are recruiting Associates to join our consulting team in our Boston office for the Fall 2015. The Associate position offers an opportunity to work directly with respected leaders in public education and to focus on the most strategic, high impact issues that school systems face at an early stage in your career. The role also presents a rich developmental opportunity, with coaching from seasoned leaders with experience running school systems, founding companies, and working at private sector consulting firms including McKinsey, Oliver Wyman, L.E.K., andBoston Consulting Group.
Associates have a wide, evolving range of responsibilities, with opportunities for rapid advancement based on demonstrated success. Typical responsibilities include:
· Helping develop strategy for our client school systems by collecting data, pursuing appropriate paths of analysis, developing key recommendations, and supporting the presentation of findings to clients.
· Supporting successful implementation of strategy at client school districts through project management, regular communications and training.
· Ensuring that clients fully understand solutions presented, demonstrating patience, empathy, and an appreciation for organizational dynamics and the barriers to change.
· Conducting primary and secondary research to expand our library of district case studies, best practices and rigorous analytical frameworks designed specifically for school districts.
· Providing feedback and ideas to our software solutions team as they develop technology products to embed reform in our client districts.
· Working collaboratively with internal staff to ensure the continued growth and effectiveness of DMCs programs, including our membership network and events, research and publications, software, and consulting.
Because we are a small, fast-growing, firm, the individual hired for this position will be a very important member of the company and will be expected to participate in all aspects of our growth and development.
Qualifications & Experience
Above all else, we look for two key qualities in our team members. First is superior analytical strength. We seek individuals who possess the curiosity and force of intellect to take complex problems, conduct rigorous analyses, and present solutions in simple and concise terms. The second quality is a passion for service. We seek to hire individuals who derive genuine pleasure from providing a level of service far beyond what is required, and who care deeply about improving our nations’ schools.
The candidate for the Associate position must be on track to graduate from a top-tier university by June 2015 with a record of academic achievement and extracurricular leadership. Candidates should possess excellent problem-solving and brainstorming skills, comfort with quantitative and statistical analysis, and superior interpersonal skills.
Candidates should be able to work both independently as well as collaboratively in a team and be able to present oneself and one's ideas with clarity, confidence and poise.
We are an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or physical ability.
Please submit resume and cover letter, including GPA and SAT scores.