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Chief of Staff

M + R

M + R

People & HR, Operations
United States
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024
We’re looking for a Chief of Staff to join our leadership team.

When you come work with us, here’s what you’ll find:

  • Work that is meaningful. We are a fast-paced, deadline-driven consulting firm that only works with nonprofit clients who are essential to advancing the cause of justice, alleviating suffering, and solving the greatest challenges we face.
  • Commitment to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion (AEI). We envision an anti-oppressive workplace that ensures an inclusive employee experience, promotes equitable outcomes for staff, and supports clients to center accessibility and anti-racism in their programs.
  • Colleagues you can count on. Kind, dedicated, passionate people who work collaboratively to get things done and help you do your best.
  • An organization that embraces change. We strive to improve and adapt and always seek new ways that we can contribute to a just, inclusive, and sustainable world. We are also continually working on making M+R a better place for our staff.

So that’s us. Now about the work:

  • The Chief of Staff (COS) will assist the CEO in executing the firm’s vision and strategy. The COS will play a leading role in turning the vision and strategy into actionable steps, and oversee strategic business initiatives with an emphasis on inclusive decision making.
  • The COS will be a core member of the leadership team, including being a thought partner and advisor to the team members.

Here’s what you’ll be doing in this role:

  • Act as a strategic partner to the CEO, helping execute, affirm, and communicate the strategic vision of the Company and driving effective, timely decision making.
  • Facilitate and lead strategic planning processes with the senior leadership team, closely collaborating with the team to develop plans and implement tactics.
  • Project manage day-to-day organizational responsibilities of the CEO, Board, and ELT and track the progress of strategic goals.
  • Own and lead strategic projects that are executed firm-wide.
  • Provide insight and leadership on cross-functional strategic initiatives in order to meet business goals and execute on strategic projects.
  • Drive clear agendas and facilitation of select leadership meetings and presentations.
  • Track and analyze business reports to make informed recommendations to the leadership team based on key data points.
  • Drive and improve internal operations through exploring new technologies and processes.
  • Represent the CEO in meetings and by emails/calls with internal and external stakeholders as needed to answer inquiries.

Skills and experiences required for this role:

  • At least 10 years' experience in leadership roles with a focus on strategic planning in an agency or professional services firm.
  • Experience in planning and executing strategic and operational initiatives.
  • Clear and strategic thinker and writer, with the capacity to quickly identify root causes of problems and to develop creative and strategic solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to build meaningful relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to run meetings to identify project goals and ensure successful outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate persuasively in a way that articulates your ideas and conveys your expertise, whether on the phone, in-person, or in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a collaborative and fast paced environment.
  • We love hearing from anyone who strives to make the world a better place! Not sure if you meet all of the qualifications? There is no harm in applying! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply!

Skills and experiences we expect of all M+R employees:

  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to gain trust and give respect to others through honesty, integrity, kindness, empathy, and authenticity.
  • Acute attention to detail and demonstrated ability to prioritize time to meet deadlines for multiple projects.
  • Drive to seek what can be improved and offer ways to fix any potential roadblocks.
  • Comfort admitting what you don’t know and recognizing that feedback is part of the learning process.
  • Ability to communicate persuasively in a way that articulates your ideas and conveys your expertise, whether on the phone, in-person, or in writing.
  • Able to work within equitable and inclusive decision making models in moving decisions and initiatives forward.

Skills and experiences that are preferred, but not required:

  • Experience with digital tools for collaboration such as Slack, Asana, and Google Apps.
  • Prior experience in an agency setting, nonprofit, and/or in a union working environment.

Salary and Benefits:

  • This is an exempt position. The compensation for this position is $144,232 annual base pay plus incentives. As part of M+R’s commitment to compensation equity and transparency, we have a no negotiation policy. Salary negotiations can introduce bias and perpetuate wage inequality. If your years of relevant experience for this position are more than what is required above, we may offer a higher starting salary to reflect that, and compensation will be discussed more in depth in the initial interview.
  • We also offer a generous benefits package:
  • Three weeks vacation, three personal days, and 15 paid sick days;
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits with premiums fully paid for by M+R for individual employees;
  • 401(k) plan with employer match;
  • Quarterly discretionary profit-sharing contributions;
  • Flexible work schedules and the option to work remotely anywhere within the United States and its territories with broadband internet;
  • Annual $1,000 professional development stipend;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, dependent care, and transit.
The fine print:
M+R staff have the option to be fully remote within the United States, or work from one of M+R’s current office locations (Washington DC, New York City, or Oakland CA).
Staff working from an M+R office are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and all staff will be asked to provide information regarding their vaccine status.
To apply, use the button on this page. No calls please.
Our Hiring Process:
We aim to be transparent and efficient in our hiring process. Each question you will be asked throughout our hiring process ties directly back to one of the skills and experiences listed above. In each interview, you will be asked to provide examples of these skills and experiences or how you would draw on your experience to handle a scenario commonly found at M+R.
Depending on logistics and scheduling, our hiring process generally takes about 4-5 weeks from phone interview to a job offer. We let candidates know after each step in the process, once we’ve made a decision, whether they are moving forward to the next stage or not, so candidates know the status of their application. Finalists will be invited to an in-person interview experience with select members of the Board. If you need accommodations for this application process or any of the hiring process steps listed above, please email accommodations@mrss.com or call 202-681-8743.
M+R is an equal opportunity employer and all applicants will be considered. As a firm we are committed to being an anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive organization where all staff feel welcomed, valued, and empowered, resulting in meaningful, rewarding, and enriching experiences throughout their careers here. We work to center our AEI values in all aspects of our work, so our culture, clientele, policies, and practices are reflective and affirming of people -- inclusive of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, immigration status, citizenship status, and so much more. We strongly encourage folks from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.