Career Opportunity

Associate, Advisory Services

  • Career Opportunity
  • Boston, MA
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Website Root Cause

Who We Are
Root Cause is a purpose-driven consulting group that exists to enable more people to achieve lifelong success. We partner with foundations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, school districts, and public agencies to develop, implement, and measure strategies that improve people’s lives.

Root Cause focuses its work on three service themes: Collective Action; Measurement, Learning & Improvement; and Strategy. We specialize in helping partners reduce disparities based on race, class, gender, and geography so that more people thrive at every age, from a healthy birth, to a quality education, a well-paying job, and healthy and secure aging.

Our Team
Root Cause is made up of passionate, smart, and collaborative people who have a diverse range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. Our consultants are known for an approach that is collaborative, practical, and implementation-focused. Our organizational culture is collegial, entrepreneurial, and flexible. Our small size and the dynamic nature of work – combined with the urgency for action to improve people’s lives – provide many opportunities to learn and grow professionally and to contribute to shaping our strategy, service delivery, and organizational development.

The Role
Our consulting clients are based throughout the United States, and an increasing number of projects are multi-year engagements where we work to advance systemic and sustained impact. We are currently looking to staff projects in the service areas listed above. Most projects involve multiple partners from the corporate, nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors. Project teams typically have two to four members, including a lead consultant, a manager, and an associate. Teams may also include additional senior-level consultants with complementary areas of expertise.

Associates contribute to our clients’ success and social impact by playing an active role in all stages of client service delivery – collecting research and performing analysis, developing insights and drafting deliverables, communicating with clients, and keeping Root Cause and client team members on track through effective coordination and project management. Associates are valued team members who actively support the work of their colleagues and have opportunities to own independent areas of work.

Associates typically come to us with 1-2 years of work experience or have had extensive work and/or volunteer experience during college. The fast-paced and entrepreneurial nature of our work creates many opportunities for an associate to learn and grow, positively affect the future direction of our clients, and contribute to the direction and success of Root Cause in meaningful ways. Through their work, associates deepen their expertise in one or more of Root Cause’s services. The small size of our firm also allows associates to set stretch goals and receive increasing responsibility, with the support and guidance of their supervisors.

Given the small size of our team and the diverse nature of our projects, as an Associate, your responsibilities will vary across projects. Responsibilities include:

Conduct primary and secondary research (interviews, surveys, focus groups, benchmarking, online searches and review of literature/reports) to understand market trends, data and evidence within a given field, best practices, and client positioning and value proposition
Develop survey tools, interview guides, and other tools to frame research, gather data and conduct analyses
With oversight, develop and finalize high-quality internal and external deliverables (in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)
Project management, including meeting and event planning and scheduling for multiple projects, synthesis of notes for sharing with clients, follow-up communications, and organization of key project documents
Understand and help to develop and manage project work plans and timelines with our online project management tool, Asana.
Participate in internal and external meetings; begin to facilitate parts of internal team meetings
Participate in team discussions to frame key research questions, develop relevant insights, make concrete recommendations, and determine next steps
Develop productive relationships with project team members and support the development of client relationships
With oversight, review and analyze financial data to assess a client’s financial health and inform future strategy
Download and clean up survey data, create spreadsheets and perform data analysis
Support Root Cause sales/business development through market and prospect research, scope review and/or writing, and other assignments
With oversight, take on internal assignments that help to advance Root Cause’s strategy, sales/marketing, organizational development, or operations

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