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Grenzebach Glier and Associates Project Associate - Professional Services/Philanthropy in Chicago, Illinois

About GG+A -- Our mission is advancing yours

GG+A has built a high-performance culture across all products and services. It is client-centric and committed to responding swiftly to client needs and requirements. It is a challenging environment that seeks intelligent, energetic, self-motivated individuals who are achievement-oriented and have high integrity. The firm’s strategy is to continue to grow, serving a widening global constituency of nonprofits, especially in the sectors of higher education, academic healthcare, independent schools, arts and culture, and selected institutions in human services, and national and global charities.

The primary mission of GG+A is to assist its clients in the substantial improvement and acceleration of their fundraising programs. It seeks to align those programs with the institution’s core mission and ensure their sustainability.

Summary

The Project Associate provides support to an assigned group of Consultants and Project Managers on client projects. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: coordinate activities and project workflow and deliverables throughout the life of multiple client projects, communicate with and coordinate activities of multiple project teams, background client research or topical research related to institutional cohorts or the independent sector, edit, format and arrange logistics, data entry, compile project data, comparative data analytics, drafting of client presentations and reports, occasional benchmarking, and other duties as required.

Key Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide administrative support to assigned consultants to include client schedules/ itineraries; phone messages, mail, faxes; printing, binding, collating, and shipping client reports and other materials; and scheduling appointments and/or conference calls as may be appropriate

  • In collaboration with consultants or other Consulting Resources staff, produce documents (letters, memos, reports, presentations, timelines, graphs, organizational charts, other spreadsheet data tables/graphs, and other written materials) using Microsoft Office and other software products

  • Assist project teams in developing final reports and presentations assuring the firm's quality standards

  • Collect appropriate Council for Aid to Education (CAE) or Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) or other ‘benchmark’ variables as directed by consultant, or Project Manager as may be needed for client projects

  • This includes accessing CAE Web site or AAMC data sources and configuring standard data for appropriate calculations, tables, charts, and graphs

  • Routinely collaborate and communicate with team members to discuss items such as: project deadlines and the status of tasks to ensure that work is prioritized appropriately

  • Provide support on study projects including:

  • Preparation of interview packet materials – appointment itineraries and directions/maps are provided and reviewed against consultant travel itineraries, background profile information, interview collateral materials, questionnaire cover sheets are filled in, and so on

  • Data entry of interviewee responses, compilation of comments, and development of hand lists and data response tables

  • Prepare and maintain timelines, organizational charts, and project spreadsheets

  • Demonstrate growth and ability to manage/coordinate smaller projects

  • Manage time to ensure availability to meet project team’s expectations for work assignments

  • Routinely discuss project deadlines with other GG+A colleagues as part of the project team and ensure that work is prioritized appropriately

  • Demonstrate growth to take proactive role in team-project assignment to ensure deliverables are prepared and submitted within determined timeframe

  • Include work colleagues in best practice advances

  • Team with Consulting Resources leadership to ensure deliverables follow GG+A style, format, and best practices’ standards

  • Share knowledge in technical skill areas with work colleagues that makes positive change and measurable difference to GG+A and client projects

  • Maintain helpful, positive attitude; contribute to an efficient, collegial working environment

    Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Experience working or volunteering with nonprofit, or fundraising would be a bonus

  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required

  • Experience with Visio, project management technology, and customer relationship management databases is a plus

  • Overachiever, flexible, ability to switch priorities, speed and accuracy, desire to produce outstanding work, results oriented, self-starter, team player, and a can-do attitude

  • GG+A has a strong work culture, evidenced by the deep commitment and extraordinary work ethic of its staff

    Communication and Relationship Skills

  • Demonstrate the mission, vision, values, and culture principles of GG+A

  • Ability to establish, cultivate and nurture high value relationships across the organization, and with clients

  • Demonstrate motivated initiative with a “can-do” approach for results-oriented outcomes

  • Demonstrated pride in teamwork and outcomes

  • Demonstrate growth in professional interpersonal skills

  • Ability to grow providing highly valued client-service for both internal and external clients, with focus on continual improvement

  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions given from both written and oral sources

  • Ability to effectively present information to colleagues and project stakeholders

  • Demonstrate developing clear and concise written and verbal communication

  • Ability to read, write, speak and comprehend English fluently

    Math

  • Ability to understand mathematical relationships and formulas

  • Ability to track budgets

    Reasoning Ability

  • Ability and interest to learn under guidance of leadership

  • Ability to work independently and know when to seek guidance from leadership

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet exacting deadlines

  • Demonstrated ability to use diplomacy and tact in all communication, written and verbal

  • Ability to identify problems and determine the best course of action for their resolution, including knowing when to communicate and engage others

  • Ability to think analytically and proactively solve problems

  • Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects demonstrating structured organization and astute attention to detail

  • Demonstrates sound discretion, professional judgement, and business ethics in decision making

    GG+A is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or other legally protected classifications.

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