Oct 19, 2021

Associate Consultant

  • Education Resource Strategies
  • Watertown, MA, USA
Full-Time Client/Customer Service Data/Analysis Strategic Planning

Job Description

ERS is a national non-profit that partners with district, school, and state leaders to transform how they use resources (people, time, and money) so that every school prepares every child for tomorrow, no matter their race or income. We are a highly regarded and well-established organization with over fifteen years of field leadership and maintain a strong entrepreneurial spirit that embraces teamwork and innovation.

If you want to join a team of talented and committed professionals within a fast-paced and collaborative culture, this is the place for you.


Position Overview

An ERS Associate typically works on 1-2 projects at a time. The typical engagement with a client usually runs for three months to one year. Our client is most often the superintendent and their staff. While all client engagements are unique, most engagements require intensive data collection, analysis, and mapping. We also work with the client to understand the implications of the analysis to develop leveraged strategies and solutions that develop leveraged strategies and solutions to design strong schools that address the highest needs of under resourced students.

The Associate has primary responsibility for conducting the analytics, as well as supporting the development of client presentations and reports.

Candidates with two or more years of experience in strategic consulting, quantitative analysis, or other comparable management field with a strong emphasis on strategy and analytics are encouraged to apply.

ERS is a strong professional learning community. As such, we value teamwork, initiative, and a desire to learn and grow. We also utilize an inclusive and collaborative approach to project teams, which ensures that Associates receive ample training and support.

All ERS team members are expected to participate in our knowledge management process by conducting research, participating in meetings with district leaders, writing articles for publication, diving deeply into a content area, and supporting the development of decision-making tools.

As a member of a collaborative project team, the Associate will work closely with the Partner, Manager or Principal Associate and Analysts to draw meaning from the data analysis and generate final work products. The Associate’s role will include:  

  • Actively participating in ERS project teams
  • Executing and communicating well-defined analyses
  • Drawing implications and conclusions from analyses
  • Supporting the development of client presentations, reports, and other publications and tools for publication/dissemination
  • Participating in client meetings and owning relationships with district data contacts
  • Travel 1 to 2 times per month, usually averaging one to two overnight trips per month (On pause due to COVID-19 but likely to resume in some capacity once it is safe to do so)


Search Timeline

Searches for this position typically occur in two rounds: A winter search and a spring search. While applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, below are our anticipated search timelines for this position.

Round One (Winter Search)

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

First interviews, second interviews, and final interviews: November 2021 and December 2021

Final decisions and offers: January 2022

Start date: Early September 2022 and flexible/open to earlier start date

Round Two (Spring Search)

Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

First interviews, second interviews, and final interviews: February 2022 and March 2022

Final decisions and offers: End of March 2022

Start date: Early September 2022 and flexible/open to earlier start date


About Education Resource Strategies
Every school. Every child. Ready for tomorrow.

Since 2004, ERS has worked hand-in-hand with the leaders of over 100 K-12 school systems and several states. We utilize data to inform the implementation of school design transformations and monitor the impact of these changes. Our work continues to grow and evolve, especially as it relates to the implications of COVID-19 on students with the highest needs.

Our non-profit status enables a different kind of partnership with districts and states: one where we participate in the transformation struggle, create insights together, and share lessons with others.

Please visit our website to learn more about Our Work, Our Impact, Our Team, and Our Core Values.


Benefits of Working at ERS

  • Opportunity for impact: ERS works with some of the largest, most influential and innovative districts in the country to truly transform their practices. Your work will change the lives of thousands of students.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: As a small organization, we are continuously improving, and we encourage innovative ideas, honest feedback, and constant learning.
  • Collaborative work environment: We do most of our work in teams. We bring our collective wisdom and expertise to everything we do, often tapping the expertise and leadership of colleagues across the organization.
  • Healthy work/life balance: We support every member of the ERS team in integrating meaningful work and professional growth with a healthy personal life throughout their career.

Contact Us
Interested in joining the ERS team? Please submit your resume and thoughtful cover letter to our Careers Page.


Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

As an organization, we still have so much to learn about the continuing impact of systemic racism and oppression. We also acknowledge that we must look inward to best actualize ERS’ mission. Therefore, we strive to develop an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist organization rooted in belonging for all team members.

We remain committed to transforming the systems, structures, policies, resource decisions, and cultural messages that are driving inequitable outcomes by:

  • Helping our school district and school leader partners understand the patterns of structural racism and oppression that impact the students and families in their community.
  • Devoting organizational resources to support the ongoing learning of all ERS team members related to the causes and patterns of structural racism and oppression, how they impact the experiences we bring to our shared environment, and the ways we work with each other.


ERS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, ancestry, pregnancy, or military service.

We value diverse teams and the unique talents each member brings. In that light, we encourage candidates that have life experiences similar to those of the children, teachers, and leaders in the districts we serve to apply. The value we place on diverse teams is mirrored by our commitments to foster and sustain an inclusive culture. We regularly evaluate our organization's processes and policies through the lens of equity and inclusion, and we provide opportunities for individual and organizational learning about equity, inclusion, and diversity.

We view these commitments as essential to our work with each other and our district partners, as we seek to drive equity and excellence for all students through school system transformation.

Hiring Organization

Education Resource Strategies



  • Two or more years of experience in strategic consulting, quantitative analysis, or other comparable management field with a strong emphasis on strategy and analytics
  • Bachelor's degree in a quantitative discipline preferred, master's degree (MBA, MPP, MPA or Education) preferred
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word required; Microsoft Access preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex material and effectively communicate ERS’ mission and impact to our target audience
  • Broad understanding of and willingness to stay abreast of new research in the education sector
  • Ability to work independently, cooperatively, and proactively as part of a growing, mission-driven team
  • Superior organizational skills, interpersonal skills, flexibility, and the ability to prioritize and handle multiple deadline-driven tasks effectively and efficiently
  • A strong sense of responsibility for helping produce an excellent product for our partner districts
  • Commitment to ERS Values: impact, teamwork, candor, learning, work-life balance, and service
  • Demonstrated passion for and commitment to ERS’ mission and values exemplified through work experience, leadership opportunities, or community involvement; experience in education reform a plus, but a passion for improving urban education systems and interest in deepening one’s understanding of the community and equity context impacting education systems and student experience is required.

Industry/Service Area

Consulting/Advising, Education



Application Instructions

Please use this link to submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter: https://educationresourcestrategies.applytojob.com/apply/dqcGqi20qH/2022-Associate-Consultant

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