The Application Process
When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and leave your degree as is, just simplify it to “B.A. Economics” for example. Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias blind” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates; reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g. where you went to school).
This evaluation process will follow best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.
About the Role
Fourth Economy is looking for an entrepreneurial, passionate, and rigorous professional to join our collaborative and growing team. You will work with our team to support innovative problem-solving for clients, manage complex client and stakeholder interactions, produce industry-enhancing thought leadership, and ensure the excellence of client deliverables.
We are especially looking for individuals interested in advancing non-traditional community and economic development models and the systems they interact with to join us in making a difference in communities. Our work spans a variety of topics, such as economic resilience, inclusive and equitable development, job transformations, talent attraction, housing access, and placemaking, that intersect with communities at different scales, from neighborhoods to regional economies.
Consultants support client projects, including research, engagement, and writing. Consultants conduct stakeholder interviews, facilitate meetings, research best practices, conduct surveys, and work with the project team to develop client strategies and recommendations.
Your Skills & Competencies
This work is analytical, collaborative, and challenging. The Community & Economic Development Associate will be a self-starter who is committed to their learning and growth and possess the following skills and competencies:
Strategic Thinking: You’re a strong conceptual thinker. You can quickly grasp and navigate a range of abstract concepts, relate them to one another, and translate those concepts into strategies and practical actions.
Implementation of Complex Projects: You’re a confident project manager, leading and executing a portfolio of interconnected projects with close attention to detail across multiple stakeholders.
Research and Data Synthesis: You have a strong ability to recognize learning opportunities independently, design and conduct research, gather data, structure quantitative and qualitative analyses, and draw and apply actionable recommendations.
Written and Verbal Communications: Your written and verbal communication skills are excellent, with an ability to independently create original public content and deliver verbal presentations in multiple settings.
Self-motivation: You proactively take the initiative, identifying problems and opportunities across your portfolio, developing recommendations, and taking action on those recommendations.
Adaptability: You thrive in an ambiguous environment where you have the autonomy to drive your work.
Learning Mindset: You desire continuous improvement, have an innate sense of curiosity, and are grounded by a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth.
Passion for Social Change: You are driven by the desire to make a change in our society, making the economy work for all people. You’re interested in system integration and social change theories and putting those theories into practice.
What You’ll Need
2-3+ years of overall professional experience in roles that include:
Experience in the field of community and economic development
Analytical, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving abilities to assess organizational challenges and propose solutions
Familiarity with common sources of demographic and economic data and ability to work with spreadsheets
Strong time management skills to complete multiple projects within tight deadlines
Ability to make connections between partners, projects, ideas, and objectives to develop impactful recommendations for clients
Strong listening, speaking, and writing skills to effectively communicate with team members and clients
Compensation and Location
Fourth Economy provides its employees with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous vacation and sick time, holidays, and an impressive match of employee contributions to the 401k retirement plan.
The salary range for the consultant role is $60,000-$70,000.
Be advised that this is a benchmark salary of good faith for the States of New York and California. All compensation, regardless of location, may be subject to change as skills, abilities, internal equity, and geographic location are considered.
In addition to base salary, all employees will be eligible for an annual discretionary performance bonus. Please review the benefits section for more information on the total rewards.
Fourth Economy reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional compensation.
We are location agnostic when it comes to this hire. We work east coast hours but have employees in various locations and time zones across the US. We are especially interested in candidates residing in or interested in working from the New England States, Mid-Atlantic, Virginia, Georgia, and the Midwest.
Working at Fourth Economy
Fourth Economy is as much an approach as it is a company. We work to advance the recognition that the economic and community development actions of the past have failed many, and we all must do better. People who thrive at Fourth Economy share values that define our actions and attitudes. These values include:
Intentionality - We value thoughtful, personal approaches that are tailored to each unique engagement and centered around creating impact.
Inclusivity - We are passionate about creating a culture that prioritizes diversity, respect, and accessibility for our team members and clients.
Creativity - We embed exploration into our team culture and client work. We are energized by venturing down new pathways to uncover innovative strategies.
Collaboration - We utilize people-centered practices to build trust and foster authentic relationships that lead to co-created solutions.
Curiosity - We approach our work with openness. We are passionate about using research, analysis, and lived experiences to deepen our knowledge and find new ways to improve and grow.
We believe Fourth Economy can be a platform for personal exploration and growth while creating positive change throughout the country.
Fourth Economy is committed to building a diverse team, fostering an inclusive culture, and investing in equity across our organization. We believe that building a team diverse in people, ideas, and experiences allows all of us to be more successful in our jobs and support the communities we serve. We are continually working to diversify our team.
We welcome all candidates regardless of race, color, ancestry, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Any other human expressions and experiences not mentioned here are equally welcome. If you require an accommodation please let us know. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.