Strategic Planning Senior Associate

Connecticut  |   Full-Time  |   Hybrid

About the Job


About the Position

This position is one of the most important drivers of firm success. The person in this position will be on a rapid track to partner, engaged in discussions and decisions about the firm’s direction.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is a seasoned consultant whose career has included bottom line responsibility and management of a team, as well as management consulting, strategic planning, executive coaching, or training experience. They are comfortable and dynamic in front of a group and can effectively teach topics such as team-building and leadership to groups made up of high-level executives or entry-level staff. They are familiar with organizational development concepts and are well-read on management and leadership topics such as change management, performance management, and strategic planning. They bring intellectual zing and charismatic gravitas to every endeavor and are comfortable working in a small team for a fast-paced, growing firm. The Senior Associate is a client project leader and rainmaker. They can make sales and close deals.


Client Services

· Lead strategic planning, team building, facilitation, and other organizational development services to clients at the expert level
· Present information to groups ranging in size from 6 to over 100 people
· Identify issues and form hypotheses; perform organizational diagnoses
· Formulate and implement recommendations and solutions for client organizations
· Navigate through complex challenges and issues that involve individuals, teams, and organizations.
· Run focus groups and facilitate workshops
· Carry out or oversee research and data collection as needed for projects


· Reach out to potential clients on international, national, state, and local levels
· Coordinate, attend, and lead effective and productive sales calls and meetings with current and potential clients
· Prepare winning proposals

Project Management

· Manage projects and programs, including leading and managing those within a project team, such as analysts and support staff
· Plan, organize, lead, and complete projects
· Ensure the client receives the assistance needed to implement recommendations and solutions
· Maintain the leadership role in the management of the client relationship
· Successfully handle multiple projects at the same time

Organizational Citizenship

· Mentor junior associates
· Participate in administrative and marketing aspects of the firm as needed
· Travel for client consultations; this requirement might include domestic or international overnight travel; average travel is 4-5 nights/month
· Must be flexible in hours and be available on some evenings and weekends; this is not a 9-5 job
· Able to give and receive critical feedback in the service of maintaining and evolving OPG’s culture and operations


· Master’s degree preferably in organizational development or a closely related field; expertise and theoretical grounding in coaching and Leadership
· Experience in a significant role in an organization in order to bring first-hand management and leadership experience to OPG’s clients
· Well-networked with a proven sales track record
· Entrepreneurial attitude appropriate to a small and growing firm
· Experience in building strategic relationships
· Strong oral and written communication skills, computer literate with word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel
· Advanced document formatting skills
· Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment, collaboratively with colleagues
· Ability to develop good conceptual ideas into practical applications
· Ability to independently meet schedules and deadlines
· Common sense and high emotional intelligence (interpersonally adept)
· Superb customer service orientation
· Is a life-long learner
· Must have the ability to move easily throughout a room for 8-10 hours at a time and the ability to life up to 30 pounds
· Works collaboratively at building internal staff capacity
· Ability to effectively present information to individuals at all levels of the organization
· Ability to interact with clients from the C-suite to the front lines
· Ability to move into the role of Partner within 5-8 years of joining the firm
· Deep cross-cultural competence

About the Company

Organizational Performance Group

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OPG is an organizational development, management, and leadership consulting firm that believes people and their ability to work together are critical to the success of organizations – we believe that organizations that inspire and empower their employees have a competitive advantage. We help our clients achieve their best by aligning people and processes in support of a shared vision. OPG works closely with its clients, developing long-lasting relationships, as we work together to implement customized organizational development services. Our clients are from all sectors of the economy: from well-established companies to entrepreneurial businesses; from government organizations to educational institutions; from nonprofit agencies to religious denominations.


The Senior Associate position is a full-time staff position. Compensation and benefits include a generous base salary, enrollment in a 401k (after one year), health and dental insurance, bonuses, as well as other outstanding benefits and perks. There is potential for rapid upward mobility in our rapidly growing firm. OPG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We actively seek people with deep cross-cultural competence.

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