Grant Thornton LLP Operations Transformation – Not-For-Profit / Higher Education Senior Associate in New York, New York

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Operations Transformation – Not-For-Profit / Higher Education Senior Associate

Grant Thornton’s Advisory professionals are progressive thinkers who create, protect, and transform value today, so our clients have the opportunity to thrive and grow. Our advisory practice creates holistic solutions delivered by innovative, curious professionals who bring technical depth and industry insight to our clients. The Business Consulting & Technology practice transforms value. Our Business consulting & Technology (BC&T) practice consists of Financial Management, Strategy & Performance Improvement, Technology Strategy & Management and Technology Solutions.

Grant Thornton’s fully dedicated Not-for-Profit/Higher Education (NFP/HE) Practice offers many distinct advantages, including: extensive experience in the not-for-profit/higher education sector as it relates to organization, operations, technology, and people. We offer Strategic Services, Operational Improvement Services, Information Technology Services, and Business Risk Services. We offer interesting and challenging work, excellent learning opportunities, a stimulating peer group, and the chance to work in small teams with exposure to top management of an extraordinarily diverse and exciting client group.

As a firm, Grant Thornton has made a deep commitment to serving this sector. We have one of the largest Not-for-Profit and Higher Education practices in the Tri-state area and nationally. The NFP/HE practice has 500 professionals serving approximately 900 not-for-profit organizations. As an industry, we serve many of the country’s most prestigious not-for-profit organizations, including: 30% of the/Forbes/Top 100 largest U.S. charities, 28% of the/NonProfitTimes/Top 100, 25% of the top 100 of/The Chronicle of Philanthropy/400 largest charities, and 27% of the top 100 of the/US News and World Report/Best National Universities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities * Ability to provide exceptional client service and quality outputs through all phases of project and engagement management for multiple clients across a variety of projects. * Outstanding project and personnel management, oversight, and guidance that allow our project teams and people to grow and succeed. * Lead, manage, direct, and monitor client service teams on multiple engagements. * Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a strong financial, operational, or technical background preferred * General business knowledge in various functional areas (e.g., finance, HR, payroll, registrar, bursar, grants/program management, IT, etc.) and/or the not-for-profit/higher education sector; (Note: although not-for-profit/higher education experience is preferred, individuals with backgrounds in other industries but with an interest in NFP/HE are encouraged to apply as well.) * Ability to engage successfully and simultaneously on a variety of projects, including: - Strategic planning and strategic business analysis - Financial performance improvement - Board governance - Financial modeling - Business process re-engineering - Organizational assessments and operational reviews - Technology advisory (including system evaluation/selection, IT assessment and IT strategic planning, project management, systems implementation, IT controls enhancement, post-implementation review, etc.) - Enterprise risk management - Internal audit, with a focus on consultative recommendations to business processes and controls - Enhancements to financial/operational controls - Construction auditing * Other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelors’ degree in a related field is required. MBA or advanced degree from a quality business school is a plus.
  • Successful candidates will have 3 years of consulting experience and 3 years of relevant industry experience
  • Practical exposure to the application of information technology to address business issues is a plus; exposure to not-for-profit and higher education systems would be of particular advantage
  • Experience with business process analysis and improvement projects, and/or use of analytical techniques and tools
  • Experience leading and assisting with business development activities in order to play a key role in future business generation and continued development of the client base
  • Established relationships within the not-for-profit and higher education sector, as well as a demonstrated ability to maintain relationships and cross-sell services into the industry
  • Ability to handle day-to-day practice and client administrative matters (e.g., billing, budget to actuals, client acceptance, engagement letter preparation, performance reviews, etc.)
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Driven and self-motivated, but with a sense of humor and a balanced perspective
  • Ability to work additional hours and travel domestically as needed.


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Title: Operations Transformation – Not-For-Profit / Higher Education Senior Associate

Location: New York-New York

Requisition ID: 039987