We’re Hiring: Independent Management Consultant

October 3rd, 2023

Category: News

Rodel is hiring!

Job title: Independent Management Consultant

Position Description: Across 2024, Rodel will be supporting one of its key partners, the Vision Coalition of Delaware, in developing the next 10-year strategic plan and vision for public education in Delaware. The plan, for 2025-2035, will center around a “north star” vision of the skills, capabilities, mindsets, and characteristics necessary for students to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Spanning across key public education focus areas from early childhood care and education through postsecondary success in higher education and workforce preparation, the plan will provide a road map of priorities and recommendations for the future across the entire public education ecosystem.

Planning for this significant undertaking has already begun. It will include a survey of Delawareans (to be completed in 2023), town halls to engage communities, working groups that focus on specific areas of public education, and a steering committee of leaders and key influencers that will provide guidance and strategic advice. National and international thought leaders will also be engaged to help Delawareans set an ambitious vision for the future that is informed by global trends in education. Ultimately, the leadership team of the Vision Coalition will synthesize this vast array of ideas, inputs, and recommendations into a succinct plan that all stakeholders can agree upon as a road map for the future. The plan will include tangible goals to align key stakeholders with its mission.

Rodel has significant experience in successfully developing and implementing similar projects. Most notably, Rodel led previous projects that produced 10-year strategic plans for public education in Delaware: Vision 2015 and Student Success 2025. The project will be led by senior Rodel executives supported by in-house consultants and the organization’s dedicated team of program managers and policy analysts. Rodel’s communications team will also be significant contributors to the project. To supplement the team and provide additional capacity and expertise, Rodel seeks to retain an independent strategy consultant with associate or analyst-level skills and experience.

What You’ll Do

The role of the independent management consultant will encompass strategy and project management, synthesis and analysis, and product development. The scope of work for the project will include the following tasks and deliverables:

Area Tasks Output and Deliverables
Ten Year Plan: Project Planning and Management
  • -Manage end-to-end development and delivery of plan according to project timeline
  • -Support ongoing development of project plans for each workstream and phases of the project engagement
  • -Communicate and track key milestones and workstream interdependencies
Project plan and milestone tracking
Ten Year Plan: Research and Analysis
  • -Research and analyze state, national, and international public education best practices, emerging issues, innovations, and plans to synthesize and leverage for our next 10-year strategic plan
  • -Identify international and national thought leaders and organizations in public education and innovation, conduct interviews, and synthesize results and ideas
  • -Support coordinating the engagement of thought leaders in working groups to leverage ideas and recommendations
Synthesis of research and interviews and integration into plan content
Ten Year Plan: Engagement and Plan Development
  • -Support Rodel Teams in designing, preparing, and executing all internal and external engagements including Town Halls and working group sessions
  • -Manage scheduling and logistics for working group sessions
  • -Coordinate training and prepare meeting leaders and facilitators prior to working group sessions
  • -Create and manage all meeting materials for group sessions, collect and analyze session feedback, and strategize on how to integrate discussion and ideas into plan recommendations
Meeting plans, execution, and follow-ups to support the plan development
Ten Year Plan: Content Development and Plan Management
  • -Develop and draft sections of the plan based on thought leader input and working group sessions
  • -Facilitate plan revisions and feedback from critical partners and stakeholders
  • -Support Rodel communications team in creating, editing, and finalizing plan content
Drafts and finalized version of the next 10-year plan
Other Project Support
  • -Support Rodel with other projects such as Career Pathways, Early Learning, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The consultant will be able to:

  • Manage complex projects with multiple workstreams
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives and be a proactive self-starter
  • Interface with and synthesize inputs from multiple groups of experts, stakeholders, and team members
  • Efficiently analyze qualitative and quantitative information and quickly become proficient in new content areas
  • Conduct research interviews with experts and stakeholders, elicit key findings, and synthesize inputs into the plan areas
  • Work independently, create structured work plans from ambiguity, and exercise judgment in prioritizing tasks and deliverables
  • Create high-quality end product deliverables in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) that are well written and concise, can effectively communicate ideas visually, and can be shared with external partners without significant editing or rework
  • Effectively communicate with key partners to drive results across the organization that support our mission and vision


Required Experience

Ideal candidates for this role will have been an analyst or associate at a top-tier management consulting firm or will have had a minimum of 1-2 years of work experience in a similarly complex and challenging environment. Candidates will likely have earned or be in the process of earning a graduate degree in business or related area of study. Knowledge and experience in public education are not required but would be helpful.

This position is hybrid, with the expectation that the consultant would be based in or near Delaware and available for in-person meetings and events a few times a month. Consideration will be given to unique circumstances.

Compensation and Benefits
This is a temporary consulting role and is not a full-time salaried position with benefits. Rodel seeks to retain the consultant as early as the last quarter of 2023 to provide time for onboarding and training. The term of the initial contract would be for six months with the option of renewing the contract through the end of the project on or about November 30, 2024.

The hours of work will vary but we estimate the effort will require approximately 25-40 hours per week. The consultant will submit monthly invoices that include the number of hours worked and a summary of the tasks completed and deliverables. Compensation will be determined by the consultant’s skills and experience.

To Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter to Tiffany Trawick via email at ttrawick@rodelde.org.

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