HCM is a
public policy and advocacy consulting firm known nationally for its leadership
in education policy development, analysis, and advocacy. HCM puts the student
at the center of our work – particularly those whom the traditional systems of
education have left behind – and focuses on eliminating inequities that
continue to place far too many students at a disadvantage in pursuing and
completing their education. Our team of professionals has an unparalleled set
of relationships with state policymakers and deep reach in all 50 states, as
well as relationships with national employers, polling organizations, and civil
rights and student organizations that help build an understanding of how change
is possible in different environments. We have a long record of success across
states based on our ability to leverage our comprehensive network, forge
creative alliances with non-traditional partners, and provide leadership and
vision to our efforts on behalf of our clients.
Director serves as a vital member of the firm’s leadership team, supporting and
managing a variety of work streams.
across all Managing Directors include, but are not limited to:
one of the firm’s strategic business development teams and engages
collaboratively in business generation cultivation (both renewals and new
- Serves on the leadership team for the
partners, providing strategic thinking, advice and counsel, idea creation,
problem and solution formulation, and ways to strengthen the firm and client
work both in the short-term and the long-term.
- Provides high-level strategic counsel
for the firm (operations/client and both) and strongly contributes to the
firm’s business development efforts and strategy meetings.
- Manages an entire portfolio content
area of work, makes strategic connections across the job, and manages
project scopes and budgets for profit, including consultant relationships
- Provides content expertise to the
field and is engaged in direct client servicing.
- Is a content expert in one or more
areas and is viewed as such by clients and identifies, stays abreast, and
contributes to the firm’s and the field’s knowledge base of current
policies, legislation, practices, and trends.
- Sets expectations, distributes work
fairly and evenly, supervises, and oversees directors' work quality and
professional development. Ensures that employees’ voices are heard and
valued. Handles and helps resolve issues or challenges as they arise.
- Represents the firm internally and
- Is a “brand-builder” for the firm,
with an eye for and ownership of quality assurance.
- Upholds the firm’s values and helps
to ensure other employees uphold those values.
- Holds all team members accountable to
the firm’s cultural norms and expectations.
- Other duties as assigned.
Responsibilities by specialty area/designation in the title:
- Postsecondary Education
o Oversees a portfolio that integrates work on behalf of
foundations, state agencies and leaders, and non-profit organizations to help
the field understand the resources, leadership, and practical strategies needed
to create change in postsecondary education that will result in more equitable
student access and success.
o An emphasis on cultivating, managing, and servicing clients
focused on postsecondary finance, portability of learning, pathways, and
- Organizational Strategy & Analysis
o Oversees a portfolio of research, development, testing, and
scaling policy concepts, models and strategies focused on the student learner
and accompanying disruptions to the current system.
o An emphasis on cultivating, managing, and servicing clients in
growth areas identified by the partners and clients focused on state policy
analysis and strategy.
o Provides advice and counsel to the partners on the strategic
financing of the firm and manages/tracks/reports on the key performance
indicators at the firm level.
o Supports the Finance Director in
firmwide cash flow updates, overseeing the client revenue spreadsheet of the
and Core Skills:
experience, 10 - 15 years, with a deep network across states and a recognizable
reputation in their field, is strongly preferred.
the firm’s cultural norms and expectations.
senior strategic thinker for the firm, both internally and externally, with the
ability to manage an entire portfolio and make strategic connections across the
a trusted voice within the firm able to provide high-level strategic counsel
for the firm.
relationship-building skills with proven ability to bring a neutral and
solutions-focused voice to broker and mediate issues across various
and results-oriented, possessing solid project management skills, with an
ability to hold project team accountable to deadlines.
organizational skills and ability to track, work and meet deadlines across
and deadline-driven, self-starter with the ability to deliver high-quality work
products with limited oversight.
working in a remote environment, as a part of a larger team, and individually.
commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and
interpersonal skills, an enthusiastic attitude, and enjoys a team-based
problem-solving and analytical skills.
innovative creator and implementer of solutions with a “roll-up your sleeves”
to prioritize and adjust to change across multiple clients.
- Experienced in supervising employees and in supervising employees and managing teams.
Note: In exceptional circumstances, this
could be a pathway to partner.
Apply: You will need to
upload the following:
- A cover
letter and resume
Originally drafted (no
writer/consultant support) Decision memo (could be prepared for policymakers,
institutions, funder, and/or client).
o One piece of additional writing demonstrating case-making skills
(e.g., op-Ed, proposal, etc.).
HCM Strategists is an equal opportunity employer
affording all employees and job applicants fair and equal treatment. HCM
complies with the letter and spirit of all applicable federal, state, and local
laws prohibiting employment discrimination, including discrimination based on
race, age, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, family
responsibilities, sexual orientation, veteran status, and disabilities.