Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Managing Director - Strategy & Per - Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60602

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Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Managing Director - Strategy & Performance Improvement Consulting


As a Managing Director in the firm's Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Advisory Services consulting practice. This role will develop a robust advisory services practice aimed at strengthening the overall organizational effectiveness of not-for-profit organizations and higher education institutions. To this end, the Managing Director will help create, protect and transform value today so clients have the opportunity to thrive tomorrow. This will require a keen focus on growing the practice's broad advisory service offerings in Business Consulting in areas such as financial management, operations transformation, strategy and technology solutions, along with risk related services.

The ideal candidate will be a credible not-for-profit/higher education leader experienced in the firm's broad and varied advisory service offerings, with knowledge of the full spectrum of nonprofit organizations and relevant experience as a professional services provider. This role will work collaboratively across the firm with respect to client service, growth, and talent development. He/she will be a key member of the practice, which is a key strategic industry segment for Grant Thornton. As such, he/she will play an active role in client service, growth, and talent development/management within the Chicago and Midwest market. This includes developing and nurturing client relationships, as well as delivering value-add advisory services aimed at expanding Grant Thornton's presence within the not-for-profit and higher education sector within the Midwest corridor.

As a strategic industry segment for the firm, Grant Thornton's Not-for-Profit Practice has a well-earned reputation for providing clients with in-depth knowledge and a unique understanding of the not-for-profit sector and its operations, opportunities and challenges. The Practice is close to the largest Not-for-Profit/Higher Education practice of any firm, providing services to 30% of the NPT 2016 Top 100 issued by The Non-Profit Times, 25% of U.S. News and World Report's "Best National Universities," and 32% of the top 50 U.S. Charities issued by Forbes, as a service provider to more than 900 not-for-profit organizations and higher education institutions nationwide. The Not-for-Profit Practice serves a variety of organizations, including associations and membership organizations, foundations, colleges and universities, Jewish and Israeli organizations, museums and cultural institutions, religious organizations, and social service organizations. Grant Thornton's commitment to the sector is reflected in the Practice's active participation and leadership in key industry associations and conferences, and as thought leaders sharing best-practice experience via publications, articles, presentations, webcasts, and training.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* Develop and maintain strong relationships with business owners and CEOs of current and potential clients.
* Effectively manage existing client relationships to enhance client satisfaction.
* Effectively manage the fundamentals (i.e., realization, utilization, leverage, accounts receivable, and expenses).
* Successfully integrate industry initiatives with local office strategy.
* Provide technical expertise in the areas of regulations, market practices, trends, economic factors, risk identification, and process improvement recommendations.
* Other duties as assigned.
* An undergraduate degree is required. Though preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree and/or CPA. Additional certifications are a strong plus.

* A credible not-for-profit and/or higher education leader with a vast knowledge base and corresponding industry network.

* A minimum of ten years of relevant experience along with a successful track record in delivering high-quality, value-added professional services to not-for-profit clients.

* An industry thought leader conversant with a wide array of advisory services product offerings along with the ability to develop and foster a strong advisory services practice

* A detail oriented leader with strong strategic, operational, and technology expertise.

* A creative and thoughtful consultant with an appreciation and understanding of the challenges facing the not-for-profit and higher education sectors.

* A thoughtful leader with strong listening, written, and verbal communication skills.

* Demonstrated new business development experience.

* Excellent analytical, organizational, and project management skills.

* Ability to manage multiple engagements and competing priorities.

Additional Information:

* Professional services industry or public accounting firm experience is preferred.
* Ability to work additional hours as needed and travel to various client sites.


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