Application Deadline: Open until filled
Third Plateau, a growing multi-disciplinary social impact strategy firm, is looking for a self-directed professional to serve as a Director on our Strategy Team. The position will primarily focus on overseeing and managing project workflow for Third Plateau’s clients, including leading client communication and ensuring on-time and high-quality deliverables that are poised to help our clients drive true social change. Roughly 75% of this Director’s client work will focus on our philanthropic management and advisory services and practices, and 25% will support our general social sector strategic services for mission-driven nonprofit, government, and private sector clients. The role will report to a Third Plateau Vice President.
Top candidates will have a client-service orientation and excellent project management, facilitation, and written and verbal communication skills. They will be able to represent the Third Plateau brand to a wide range of clients, possess a deep understanding of and commitment to the social sector, be able to think expansively about what our clients need and how Third Plateau can continue to grow, and be hungry to learn and continuously improve.
Application Deadline: Rolling, first review in June 2022
Start Date: ASAP
Location: United States - any location, with 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 (Exempt): $85,000 (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
- Unlimited paid time off
- Wellness program ($500/year)
- Dedicated professional development budget
- Cell phone and home internet reimbursement ($110/month)
What You'll Do
You will be joining our Strategy Team, helping lead projects with social sector funders and organizations locally, nationally, and globally. Within the Strategy Team, you’ll also be part of our sub-team that focuses on Philanthropic Management. Roughly 75% of your work will focus on philanthropic management, while the other 25% of your work will go to supporting our general social sector clients.
Potential projects include, but are not limited to:
- Designing and implementing grantmaking and programmatic efforts for funders, including overseeing field scans, grantee research, due diligence, reporting, and evaluations;
- Helping to codify and share best practices for philanthropic management across the team;
- Developing and managing reporting needs and relationships with foundations, grantees, strategic partners, peer funders, and funder networks;
- Coordinating the administration, accounting, and financial management components for each foundation client;
- Overseeing, training on, and supporting board governance, including managing committees;
- Facilitating strategic plans, business plans, fundraising plans, and culture plans; and
- Designing and facilitating convenings and retreats for nonprofit and philanthropic partners.
The Director will manage client relationships. The Director will serve as an integral part of the Third Plateau team to lead our client engagements. You will play point on all client communication, relations, and management, holding primary responsibility for developing and growing authentic relationships with our clients. You will work with clients to oversee and manage project workflow; design and facilitate meetings and retreats; and ensure all deliverables (board dockets, strategic plans, etc.) are on-time, high-quality, and poised to help our clients drive true social impact through their work. You will bring experience facilitating meetings and decision-making processes and be adept at anticipating and responding to client needs and challenging situations.
The Director will manage projects. As the lead project manager on a client engagement, you will oversee and manage project scopes and work plans. The Director will need to see the big picture, create a robust plan, and coordinate a number of moving pieces and personalities(and sometimes family members!). You will also need to support others – internally and externally – to stay focused, manage expectations throughout, and adapt when necessary. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, paired with the ability to be calm and focused when juggling multiple projects and deadlines, will enable the person in this position to thrive.
The Director will be a strong facilitator. This role will be tasked with guiding our partners through a process. To do that well, the Director will not only need to create productive meeting environments (e.g., creation of relevant agendas, facilitation guides, session materials), but will also need to be able to energetically command a room, be an active listener, ask relevant followup questions that further group learning, navigate tension and the unpredictable, and create a space for diverse perspectives to be heard.
The Director will solve problems. Our clients turn to us when they have complex problems that they want help solving. We are frequently asked to devise innovative strategies with our clients to scale or adapt programs, develop earned revenue streams, raise money, and engage their communities. Among other things, our work often requires analyzing markets, researching best practices, designing and preparing for scenarios, and creating new strategies and programs. To do this, the Director will need to be able to approach problems and solutions creatively.
The Director will think critically and learn quickly. We don’t know everything and we know you don’t know everything. We are experts in process, not issues, and often find it helpful when we don’t have a lot of background about an organization, policy issue, or market, as it gives us a fresh perspective on our clients’ concerns, needs, and opportunities. This position requires an eagerness to learn, an open mind, good listening skills, intense curiosity, and an ability to acknowledge what you don’t know and ask strategic questions.
The Director will be a top-notch communicator. The Director will be charged with managing internal communications for our clients - ensuring they have what they need to make strategic decisions about their work. This entails coordinating stakeholders, as well as synthesizing large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data and communicating the key findings and recommendations through written reports and engaging presentations. We expect you to be a crisp writer and a clear presenter, able to produce client-ready work with minimal editorial oversight.
The Director will collaborate and build. The Director will also be expected to contribute to the growth of Third Plateau by identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities and partnerships. Third Plateau is in the business of building and leveraging relationships to better support our clients and strengthen the social sector as a whole. Externally, the Director will be expected to build a strong professional network; actively engage in the field; identify opportunities for collaboration between Third Plateau, clients, and other individuals and organizations in the social sector; and support our clients beyond the limited parameters of an individual client engagement. Internally, the Director will be a valued team member; we staff our projects as teams so you will work cross-functionally with peers on every engagement. The Director will also support Third Plateau’s short-term and long-term growth efforts; handle limited administrative needs (we all do, too!); and help out on additional tasks as necessary. We are a growing firm and the Director will play a significant role in helping to shape our future.
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.
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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.