Now Hiring: Strategy Director

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Overview

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 nonprofit, foundation, and private sector clients – serving as the primary point person on client communications and ensuring on-time and high-quality deliverables that are poised to help our clients drive social change. The role will report to a Third Plateau Vice President.

Top candidates will have a client-service orientation with strong skill sets in project management, facilitation, and written and verbal communication. They will be able to represent the Third Plateau brand to a wide range of clients, possess a deep understanding of and commitment to social change, 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: Reviewing ASAP, with the application closing November 23

Start Date: ASAP

Location: United States - any location, with access to office space and 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): Position will be eligible for an annual bonus and salary increase after the first year

  • Director I: $85,000 - $105,000

  • Director II: $105,000 - $120,000

A compensation committee of at least one department head, co-founder, and the COO will meet to discuss band (Director I vs II) and potential starting salary within the band by weighing the candidate's expected contribution in terms of previous experience and expertise against current Third Plateau employees. We commit to sharing the reasoning used to determine starting salary with you. The expectation is not for new team members to be hired with a starting salary at the top of the band, but to have a salary that adequately compensates experience and expertise while countering pay inequality and upholding internal parity.

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 and help lead projects with community leaders and organizations locally, nationally, and globally.

Potential projects include, but are not limited to:

• Facilitating strategic plans, business plans, and fundraising strategies for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs;

• Designing and facilitating convenings and retreats for nonprofit and philanthropic partners; and

• Designing and implementing grantmaking and programmatic efforts for funders, including overseeing field scans, grantee research, due diligence, reporting, and evaluations.

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 retreats; and ensure all deliverables (memos, strategic plans, etc.) are on-time, high-quality, and poised to help our clients drive true social impact. 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 robust plans, and coordinate a number of moving pieces and personalities. You will also need to support others 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 follow-up 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 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 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. In fact, we often find that it is 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 the right questions.

The Director will be a top-notch communicator. The Director will be charged with synthesizing large amounts of data and communicating the key findings and recommendations through written reports and engaging presentations to our clients. We expect you to be a crisp writer and a clear presenter and to be 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 with 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.

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 as soon as you can, with the first review starting ASAP and the application closing on October 28. The application form cannot save your progress, so please complete it 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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