Ross Strategic

Senior Associate

Seattle, WA, Washington, D.C. | Austin, TX

Position Description

Executive Summary

Ross Strategic, a leading strategy, research, and evaluation firm, seeks a dynamic and relationship driven Senior Associate to join a rapidly growing team of consultants and experts. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned professional to join one of the nation’s top consulting firms working at the intersections of environmental protection, natural resource management, energy stewardship, and public health across the nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors.

Ross Strategic (“Ross”) was founded by Bill Ross in 1987, in response to the increased complexity and inherent intersectionality of work across the environmental space. Over the last 30+ years, the firm has grown to more than 35 staff providing leadership to over 1300 projects. The work of Ross also expanded greatly: the team regularly helps clients – nonprofits, foundations, and state/federal government agencies address some of the most vexing challenges related to the environment, energy and climate, transportation and land use, natural resource management, and public health.

Guided by its six Core Values – Integrity, Service, Holistic Approach, Learning, Equity, and Community – the firm seeks a strategic Senior Associate who will bring an additive perspective to the work and be a welcome contributor to Ross’ organizational thinking about expanding its work and networks, particularly in places that intersect with climate justice, community resilience, anti-racism, and social justice. Ross’ consultants blend curiosity with rigorous analysis and planning to help client partners of all sizes to design efforts that turn strategy into effective action. They also help organizations collaborate with stakeholders and communities to accelerate their overall impact, while helping them stay ahead of trends and see around corners in response to rapid pace of change. The Senior Associate will contribute to this record of incredible support by providing direct consultation to clients, developing and managing collaborative multi-stakeholder projects and processes, developing compelling project proposals, designing culturally responsive surveys and data analysis, and facilitating learning across a diverse set of stakeholders. . With a leadership team of six principals and an increasingly diverse staff, the Ross team is poised to continue growing its stellar reputation among its network of clients and take bold steps to be more inclusive organizationally and responsive externally.

Ross approaches both its leadership structure and individual client projects in a highly matrixed manner, with research associates and associates working with multiple different senior associates and principals at any given time on multiple project-specific teams. Team composition for each project is dependent on a number of factors, including staff expertise, interests, capacity, and project staffing requirements, meaning there is often opportunity for team members to obtain exposure to a diversity of projects, leaders, and working styles. The Senior Associate will be a crucial lynchpin in this relatively flat structure by providing project leadership, client relationship building and network stewardship, and mentorship to junior staff – all with a high level of flexibility and adaptiveness.

Ross recognizes that power and leadership in any organization exist regardless of specific title, as such, ideas for improving the work percolate from all staff and are often socialized and implemented through various multi-functional task groups. In this same vein, the Senior Associate role is an opportunity for Ross to hire with intention in bringing on a professional who can help push team thinking and bring new relationship pathways. A strong relationship manager, the Senior Associate must demonstrate a deftness not only around project implementation but must also have the strategic capacity to provide organizational and/or field insights and spot areas that deepen or expand client relationships and build new engagements. Success in business development is measured less by hard top line targets and more by a holistic view of ways in which the work, the client, constellation of stakeholders and the field are collectively strengthened. As a matter of course, the Senior Associate must be comfortable in an operational framework of billable hours/project management and contribute to regular business activities (e.g., participating on bid teams, internal organization improvement efforts, business development efforts, networking, identifying and exploring emergent needs and issues).

The ideal candidate will have at least seven years of experience working in and/or with nonprofit or government organizations on projects that utilize research, evaluation, and learning to drive strategy development and decision-making. While specific experience, training, or academic background in the environmental sector is not required, the proven ability to serve as a strategic consultant and thought partner with multiple parties at once is strongly preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to convey complex technical issues to a broad and diverse audience are required.

To Apply


President Tracy D. Welsh and Senior Associate Connor D. Daley are leading this engagement. Additional questions and nominations should be directed to Connor. Interested parties should please send an updated resume, cover letter, and how you learned of the position to RS-SA@talentcitizen.com.


Position Description

Search Team

Tracy Welsh  

Connor Daley