The ICA Group seeks a Business Strategist to join its growing team working to expand economic democracy through the creation and growth of worker owned companies and other social enterprises. This is an exciting and unusual opportunity for someone interested in using their consulting, business, and analytic skills for social good. This is a full time position based in our Northampton, Massachusetts office. ICA currently maintains offices in Brookline and Northampton Massachusetts and has staff located throughout the country. Candidates with the requisite skill set wishing to work remotely will be considered.
The Business Strategist is an integral part of our growing team, taking a leadership position in developing and managing projects. The work primarily involves managing client projects, assisting clients with business strategy, and overseeing and conducting research. This position requires a fair amount of travel. Key responsibilities of this position include:
- Client Management:
- Identify and frame the critical strategic and organizational issues facing ICA’s clients.
- Develop and manage a team work plan to ensure the highest quality, data-driven analyses and client interactions, and implementation-ready solutions.
- Build and maintain strong, collaborative client relationships with respect to objectives, critical issues, work plan, implications, recommendations, potential risks/roadblocks, and implementation plan.
- Facilitate individual and group decision making processes using best practices in facilitation.
- Project Work
- Provide a broad array of management consulting assistance to client companies.
- Conduct market and other research, including interviews and quantitative surveys.
- Become a content expert related to business and industry wide strategies designed to positively transform service sector occupations.
- Organizational Development
- Identify and deliver insights from clients that will be broadly applicable to other areas of ICA’s work.
- Contribute to the ICA’s strategy and communications by developing and writing case studies, generating research from client work and serving as a subject matter resource.
The successful applicant will have five or more years of relevant work experience; be able to work independently, take full responsibility for project management, and excel under pressure to meet deadlines. Candidates must be able to relate well to a broad constituency, including small business owners, leaders of community-based organizations, union officials, financial professionals, and company executives. We are looking for an exceptional, dedicated person with superior technical and professional skills. Curiosity, intelligence, and enthusiasm are all key attributes for this position. Successful candidates should have:
- A demonstrated interest in social justice work; a focus on economic democracy, cooperatives, or social enterprise development is a plus.
- Bachelor’s Degree (Required) and a MBA, MPA, JD, MA or other relevant graduate degree (preferred).
- Fluency in Spanish (preferred).
- Significant experience in both process and project management.
- Proven ability to engage in strategic issues.
- Outstanding analytical and quantitative skills, including a familiarity with financial statements.
- Ability to use data to drive insights.
- A proven ability to translate complex concepts and ideas into accessible, compelling narratives
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to build client level relationships.
- Ability to effectively manage team members.
- Ability to lead multiple project deadlines on tight time frames while producing exceptional results
This is highly satisfying work in a diverse and stimulating environment. The ICA Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience and benefits include health insurance and four weeks’ vacation.
About The ICA Group
We believe worker ownership is an integral part of creating a fundamentally fairer economy where every person has economic security and access to valued, dignified work. The ICA Group is the country’s leading expert on worker ownership and the oldest national organization dedicated to the development of worker cooperatives. We are a mission driven non-profit organized as a worker cooperative that brings to the worker ownership sector a level of analysis and rigor offered by the most competitive national business advisory firms. We combine this with a deep understanding of worker ownership and other worker-centered structures and a commitment to serving low-wage workers and communities of color. To accomplish this, we currently focus our work in the following strategic areas:
- Industry transformation: Economic democracy can transform industries, creating competitive and successful firms that offer high quality jobs. We work in industries that are ripe for large-scale transformation to give employees a voice in their workplace and raise job-quality industry wide. We currently have initiatives in the child care, home care, temporary staffing and grocery sectors.
- Building thriving local communities: City and state governments are interested in new approaches to economic and workforce development that serve the most vulnerable populations, including the formerly incarcerated and recent immigrants. We work with cities to help them address seemingly intractable community issues with a comprehensive toolkit of worker ownership and social enterprise development initiatives.
- Workers to Owners: ICA is the leading practitioner of worker ownership conversion in the US for small businesses and worker cooperatives. We work directly with businesses to convert their company to a cooperative and partner with groups throughout the US to drive more conversions to worker ownership as a means to prevent job loss and create stable communities.
- Strategic consulting: The ICA Group maintains a general consulting practice to respond to the needs of the field. We provide the full range of business consulting services to worker-owned businesses, including consultations to help them grow, raise capital, or improve their governance or ownership culture. We also work with cities, mission aligned non-profits, foundations and others to better understand and improve their program areas or measure their impact.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and short (3- 5 page) writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your application using the subject line: “Application for Business Strategist Position: [Your First and Last Name]”. Cover letters should be addressed to David Hammer. In your letter, please describe how your particular skills and experience qualify you for the position, and how you heard about this opportunity. All materials should be submitted in PDF format. We will start reviewing applications on a rolling basis on November 4, 2016.