Now Hiring: General Associate (2)

Position Overview

Third Plateau, a growing multi-disciplinary social impact strategy firm, is looking for a self-directed professional to serve as an Associate focused on supporting one of our founders across a range of projects and functions. In support of one of Third Plateau’s founders and managed by one of Third Plateau’s Directors, the Associate will provide targeted client management, research, business development, and coordination/administrative support. The Associate will work closely with our strategists and researchers to help our nonprofit, foundation, government, and private sector clients bring bold visions to reality and drive social change. Top candidates will be highly organized self- starters, able to work under tight deadlines, able to juggle multiple assignments simultaneously, and be hungry to learn.

Application Deadline: Rolling, first review in June 2022

Start Date: ASAP

Location: One of the Associate positions will be located in the Bay Area, California. We strongly prefer the other Associate position to be located in Sacramento, California, but are open to applicants from any location in the United States. Both openings will have access to office space and the majority of Third Plateau team members in the Bay Area and Sacramento, California. Please note that being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment and Third Plateau, as we are not able to sponsor applicants for work visas at this time.

Starting Annual Salary (Non-Exempt): $65,000 (position will be eligible for annual bonus and salary increase after first year)

Benefits: In addition to collaborating with an incredible team of social impact professionals, benefits include:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement plan with employer matching
  • Regular high fives
  • Generous paid time off
  • Wellness program ($500/year)
  • Dedicated professional development budget
  • Cell phone and home internet reimbursement ($110/month)

What You'll Do

The Associate will serve as an integral part of the Third Plateau team. In support of one of Third Plateau's founders and under the guidance of one of Third Plateau’s Directors, the Associate will support the day-to-day operations of Third Plateau. The Associate will join client project teams alongside members of Third Plateau’s Democracy, Philanthropic Management, Research, Evaluation, and Learning, and Strategy teams. Potential client projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic plans, business plans, culture plans, and fundraising strategies for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs;
  • Program and project evaluations for foundations, nonprofits, and networks;
  • Convenings and retreats for nonprofit and philanthropic partners;
  • Philanthropic strategy and grantmaking processes with foundations, grantees, and strategic partners;
  • Issue briefs for funders and funder networks;
  • Building metrics systems for nonprofits; and
  • Market analyses and landscape scans.

Potential duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Client and Project Management
    1. Representing Third Plateau at external events and attending external meetings as part of client teams;
    2. Building strong working relationships with clients and their networks;
    3. Keeping abreast of relevant research and trends related to specific projects, as needed;
    4. Drafting, editing, and formatting internal and external presentations, collateral, and other materials, including some graphic design; and
    5. Supporting client-related internal and external communications.
  2. Research Support
    1. Helping source relevant research materials for client engagements;
    2. Coordinating and conducting stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and surveys;
    3. Organizing, synthesizing, and analyzing research materials, notes, or quantitative and qualitative data;
    4. Supporting desk research and drafting research findings on a variety of topics, including client markets, landscapes, and issues in various fields; and
    5. Helping Directors or Researchers prepare for and present research, evaluation, or learning projects to Third Plateau clients.
  3. Business Development Support
    1. Representing Third Plateau in meetings with prospective clients;
    2. Scheduling and coordinating with prospective clients;
    3. Drafting, editing, and formatting proposals; and
    4. Supporting the development and implementation of online marketing strategies.
  4. Coordination and Administrative Support
    1. Supporting project management functions, including design of work plans, internal and external coordination, regular monitoring of progress, and setting up and managing organizational systems;
    2. Drafting, assembling, and disseminating meeting agendas, notes, and action items;
    3. Leading event planning and execution of program logistics;
    4. Reviewing and editing proposals and deliverables;
    5. Maintaining electronic files and supporting data entry;
    6. Scheduling and calendaring project logistics and internal and external meetings; and
    7. Scheduling and coordinating client-related travel.

Who You Are

To be successful in this job, you will excel in the following key areas:

Learning quickly
You are a quick and perceptive learner and are able to acknowledge what you don’t know.

Tendency towards action
You anticipate next steps in projects and processes. When you see something that needs to be done, you act instead of waiting for it to be assigned to you.

Manage up
You proactively ask questions, push back when needed, and seek necessary input in order to successfully move projects forward.

You collaborate effectively in a cross-functional team. You find ways to contribute that work for you and add value.

You stay on top of your work, can handle many moving parts with ease, and have a habit of building sound processes where there were none before.

Attention to detail
You can simultaneously focus on the big picture while also paying attention to the smallest details of a project.

You are a strong and creative communicator. You can translate complicated information into accessible insights. You’re a capable facilitator and interpersonal communicator - verbally, visually, and in writing.

Calmness under pressure
You are able to manage a fast-paced work environment and can stay focused when juggling many projects and deadlines, including when they arise at the last minute.

You are excited about the idea of building something meaningful. You notice problems and want to find ways to be a part of the solution.

How to Apply

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you're new to this field, returning to work after a gap in employment, looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your application to tell us about your interest in our field and what you hope to bring to this role.

If you are interested in applying, please take some time to review who we are and our commitment to DEI. After learning about us, submit your application by clicking the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page, with the first review starting June 2022. The application form cannot save your progress, so please complete in one sitting as your progress will be lost if you navigate away before submitting.

At Third Plateau, we believe in the power of diverse teams. In our recruiting efforts, we always seek to reach a broad and diverse pool of applicants to ensure our final candidates are not a homogeneous group in terms of demographics or experience. You can read more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) here. Furthermore, we’ve been and are continuing to experiment with our own application process to decrease implicit and explicit biases as much as possible. We ask that you anonymize your resume, and anonymously review answers to our application’s questions to understand how your strengths and skills could look on our team. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply. Third Plateau is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to their race, color, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics.


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