Senior Consultant

AEA Consulting

  • Salary: Total compensation (incl. performance bonus) $160,000 to $200,000, plus benefits
  • Location: New York / Remote
  • Closing: This role has no specific closing date.

Job Description

AEA Consulting is a global consulting firm setting the standard in strategy and planning for the cultural and creative sector. We are currently seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Senior Consultant to join us in our mission to harness the power of art, culture, and creativity to realize the full potential of people and places around the world.

The Senior Consultant is a leader within our consulting team, helping to ensure the successful delivery of consulting assignments by managing both project teams and building relationships with current and potential clients. This is a full-time, salaried position with an attractive package of benefits. We are currently seeking to identify candidates to work primarily with our team centered in the New York City / Beacon, New York, region, though following the COVID-19 pandemic, our team now works largely remotely.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Leading consulting projects, managing relationships with clients, managing project teams, and ensuring the successful delivery of consulting assignments

  • Contributing to business development – both generating new business development leads and responding to requests for proposals that we receive

  • Generating sector thought-leadership – through writing, including contributions to Platform, AEA’s e-newsletter, as well as participation in conferences, etc.

  • Contributing to the development and ongoing refinement of AEA's practice methods

While the position would primarily be responsible for work conducted with clients in the United States, there will likely be international exposure and responsibilities within the work portfolio.

AEA provides training and professional development opportunities that help Senior Consultants continue to learn within and beyond the sector, expand their horizons, and grow toward future opportunities, potentially within firm leadership.

AEA is committed to diversity and inclusion and to a more equitable arts and cultural sector. Our work requires a team that together represents a diversity of perspectives and lived experiences. Candidates from populations underrepresented in the arts and in management consulting are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Qualifications

  • 10+ years professional experience, most recently in the cultural sector, business consulting, or another field with parallels to our client base.

  • Track record of ability to lead the delivery of complex, innovative projects and win new business

  • Additional demonstrated experience in one of the following areas:

    • Concept development and design

    • Business and operational planning, especially for cultural and creative organizations / venues

    • Organizational strategy development and implementation

    • Project management and delivery

  • Intellectual curiosity, as represented by an undergraduate degree in a relevant field. A Master’s degree is a plus, but not a requirement. Relevant fields may include – but are not limited to – arts, humanities, creative industries, business / finance / economics, or architecture / design / urban planning

  • Substantive knowledge of arts and culture, and its organizational infrastructure, as demonstrated by relevant past experience. This can include, but is not limited to:

    • Previous work experience in arts administration or related field

    • A degree in an arts, humanities, or creative industries subject

    • Significant, engaged volunteer experience (e.g. Board participation)

    • Non-traditional experiences that have built character and demonstrate interest in the field

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in order clearly to communicate to both clients and internal teams

  • Strong analytical skills, with an ability to analyze information in a clear way and help structure tasks to guide junior consulting staff

  • Exceptional organizational skills in order to take initiative – with an ability to focus, work efficiently, and take on multiple tasks in a stimulating, upbeat, yet often high-pressure environment

  • Strong presentational and technical skills, including fluency with Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

  • Willingness to travel, including internationally

  • Spoken and written fluency in English required. Additional language(s) are preferred but not a pre-requisite

  • Alignment with our organizational values: passionate about the arts, culture, and creative industries; focused on helping our clients succeed; a hard worker who takes initiative; comfortable and effective working both independently and as a member of a team; curious, creative, and analytical; diplomatic, mature, emotionally intelligent, and with good judgment in ambiguous situations; unafraid to question received wisdom; and engaged by a genuinely fast-paced environment that presents you with new and intriguing problems to solve on a daily basis.

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  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

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