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Public Consulting Group Senior Consultant in Des Moines, Iowa


Public Consulting Group LLC (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, technology, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG employs approximately 2,000 professionals worldwide—all committed to delivering solutions that change lives for the better. The firm has extensive experience in all 50 states, Canada, and a growing practice in Europe. PCG offers clients a multidisciplinary approach to meet challenges, pursue opportunities, and serve constituents across the public sector. To learn more, visit .


PCG is currently seeking a Senior Consultant to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment as part of a team of subject matter experts, project managers, and operations staff within the Education Consulting (EC) service line. This position provides motivated individuals an opportunity to manage project-based educational initiatives, locally as well as nationally; to develop a team of direct reports; and to grow our organization’s portfolio of clients and capacities.

The position is remote, with occasional in-person work required.

Organizational Context

PCG’s Education Consulting service line works with states, districts, and school clients to provide a wide spectrum of services, such as curriculum development, instructional resources audits, design and facilitation of professional development and professional learning communities, literacy support and implementation services, school improvement, and program reviews.

Past project engagements, for example, have included the development of the EngageNY grades 6–12 English Language Arts Common-Core aligned curriculum for the New York State Education Department, design and delivery of a system of professional learning for the Connecticut State Department of Education and Colorado Department of Education, and the creation of curriculum aligned to the Florida B.E.S.T standards.


Specific Responsibilities

Provide client and project management for state and large district-level engagements:

o Independently manage complex projects, staff, and tasks, while meeting and exceeding performance expectations.

o Lead the planning and implementation of projects, from requirements-gathering to end-of-project assessments.

o Develop and manage project budgets to achieve financial targets, including client and vendor invoicing, financial reporting, and the presentation of financial reports to leadership.

o Support the contracting process, including preparing client contracts and amendments as needed, in collaboration with internal and client teams.

o Establish and implement communication protocols and processes in collaboration with the client and PCG project teams, including the use of project collaboration spaces (e.g., SharePoint, Teams, Google Drive).

o Develop and implement risk management process to monitor and mitigate project risks and bring issues to resolution.

o Implement and manage project change controls and interventions to achieve project goals.

o Lead data collection efforts including the acquisition of student data, survey data, and other data relevant to projects.

o Develop and present clear, succinct written and verbal reports on project status to the client and management teams.

Supervise, support, and develop high-functioning teams, including direct reports:

o Contribute to recruitment, hiring, evaluation, and onboarding of staff, including subcontractors.

o Provide coaching and capacity-building to staff.

o Offer feedback to staff, as well as support self-reflection and sharing of best practices.

o Provide avenues for team members to learn and grow.

o Solicit staff feedback and ideas for project and process improvement.

o Escalate performance issues as needed.

o Recommend staff for recognition.

Contribute to the organization by leading proposal and business development efforts:

o Manage the proposal development process, including the development schedule, staff assignments, documentation requirements, pricing strategy, production, and timely delivery.

o Craft proposal and business development content, including solution conceptualization, pricing, and components of RFP responses.

o Participate in business development efforts, including contributing to conferences, marketing campaigns, presentations, and meetings with prospective clients

o Identify new sales opportunities and growth strategies; engage in follow up and implementation as needed.

o Capture and share knowledge accrued and lessons learned throughout the lifecycle of projects.

o Engage in continuous improvement processes focused on internal processes, operations, and client services; identify areas for improvement and possible solutions.


Required Skills and Experience:

· Expertise in structured literacy and the science of reading and learning

· Experience managing complex projects and cross-functional teams

· Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with various levels of management and with clients

· Ability to manage multiple simultaneous and competing priorities

· Attention to detail and commitment to quality

· Ability to follow, critically evaluate, and improve upon current processes

· Excellent organizational, verbal presentation, and written communication skills

· Demonstrated expertise in MS Office products, particularly PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, including complex formulas, linking worksheets, lookups, pivot tables, macros, and charts

· Supervisory experience

· Ability to identify risks and develop solutions

· Experience in education, consulting, or business operations required

· Bachelor's degree required

· Availability during regular work week and to meet project-specific availability requirements Ability to travel to client sites

Desired Orientations:

· Self-starter and demonstrates initiative

· Analytical

· Comfortable moving forward in ambiguous situations

· Commitment to exceptional client communications and service

· Highly collaborative

· Calm under pressure

· Persists through challenges

· Demonstrates a growth mindset and fosters growth in others

· Adaptive and creative problem-solver

· Intellectually curious

· Comfortable working both collaboratively and independently

· Possesses a sense of humor

· Self-aware, self-reflective

Next Steps

Interested individuals must submit:

· Resume or CV

· References (3)

· Cover Letter

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EEO Statement

Public Consulting Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to celebrating diversity and intentionally creating a culture of inclusion. We believe that we work best when our employees feel empowered and accepted, and that starts by honoring each of our unique life experiences. At PCG, all aspects of employment regarding recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, company-sponsored training, education, and social and recreational programs are based on merit, business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social, or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity and/or expression, age, physical, mental, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, marital, civil union, or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, citizenship status, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. PCG will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. PCG believes in health, equality, and prosperity for everyone so we can succeed in changing the ways the public sector, including health, education, technology and human services industries, work.


Job Locations US

Posted Date 1 month ago (10/31/2022 4:04 PM)

Job ID 2022-8759

# of Openings 1

Category Consulting

Type Regular Full-Time

Practice Area Education Services

Public Consulting Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.