Fourth Economy

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Senior Consultant (Remote)

About Fourth Economy

Fourth Economy Consulting is an innovative community and economic development consulting firm. We envision a world where people are empowered to be co-creators of a sustainable future. We equip change agents with the tools to build better communities and stronger economies. Our clients include community and economic development organizations, local and state governments, innovation intermediaries, colleges and universities, and businesses. For more information on the types of work we do, please see our project portfolio. Two projects that we are particularly proud of are Ramsey County Economic Competitiveness and Inclusion Plan and York County Economic Action Plan

 

In 2021, Fourth Economy joined Steer, an employee owned, global management consultancy, to support our growth and expansion of services. Fourth Economy’s partnership with Steer complements Steer’s global economic development offering, and strengthens their already successful boutique consultancy, Steer Economic Development based in the UK. Collectively, we now offer a comprehensive approach that embraces people, skills, enterprise, infrastructure, mobility, and innovation to deliver sustainable, inclusive and equitable economies.

About the Role 

We are looking for a driven, entrepreneurial, passionate, and rigorous professional to join our collaborative, and growing team. You will drive 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 that are interested in advancing non-traditional models of community and economic development to join our team of dynamic consultants. Our work spans a variety of topics, such as economic resilience,  inclusive and equitable development, job growth and decline, talent attraction, and affordable housing, that intersect with communities at different scales, from neighborhoods to regional economies. 

The Senior Consultant will manage multiple projects - leading teams on research, analytics, engagement and strategy development.

 
Who You Are
  • Convener: You recognize that a well-prepared and supported community can achieve far more than a single, highly talented individual. You can bring together thought leaders and facilitate conversations to identify the best/most creative ways to build a community that is both nurturing and generative. You enjoy removing barriers to our partners coming together. 

  • Mobilizer: You’ve got that rare mix of vision and tactics that makes other leaders admire you. You've managed multiple teams on a range of different projects, but you're not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get in the trenches yourself.

  • Resourceful & Adaptable: You’re at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You possess a positive, can-do attitude, and are adept at identifying creative solutions to obstacles. You can juggle many important responsibilities at once and you’re rigorous about prioritizing.

  • Committed to Inclusion: You're always asking “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference. 

 
Your Skills & Competencies

This work is analytical, collaborative, and challenging. The Senior Consultant 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, who can easily 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 high attention to detail across multiple stakeholders.

  • Research and Data Synthesis: You have a strong ability to engage partners and internal resources to 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->otivation: 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 contribute to making 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

5+ years of overall professional experience in roles that include:

  • Consulting experience in the field of community and economic development, with a focus on main streets

  • A proven track record of leading multiple client-facing projects, and authoring and managing team production of high-quality client deliverables.

  • Facilitation of small and large groups; experience in design thinking is a plus.

  • Recognition from peers, clients, leadership, and teams for superior active listening, stakeholder engagement, and communication skills.

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, and holidays, and an impressive match of employee contributions to the 401k retirement plan.

 

Starting salary is $80,000.


We are location agnostic when it comes to this hire. We work east coast hours and have office space for our Pittsburgh-based employees but have employees in various locations and time zones across the US. 

Benefits 
  • Fourth Economy is committed to providing benefits that support the well-being of our team. 

    • Health, dental & vision insurance for you and your family. The current plan is a Gold PPO plan.

    • Retirement with company match

    • Professional Development Support

    • Eligible for profit-sharing bonuses

    • Generous PTO, Sick & Flex time policies

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 a set of values that define our actions and attitudes. These values include:

  • Curiosity: consulting provides us an opportunity to be curious as we get to know communities and their issues. 

  • Creativity: there is not a template that drives us rather we are driven by the opportunity to provide original impactful strategies.

  • Collaboration: to truly improve our communities and economy requires collaboration between actors with different lived experiences, expertise, ideas and passion. 

  • Empathy: we must recognize the variety of perspectives that people may hold as they engage in planning work.

  • Fun: we are a social group that appreciates the opportunity to celebrate our shared success. 

 

We believe that 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.