New York City

About Tembo

Tembo is a unique consultancy, focused exclusively on social impact and motivated solely by our desire to address the challenges and inequities we see in the world. Tembo provides strategic support to philanthropists, companies and non-profits looking to build, enhance or launch a significant social impact effort. Our core team is comprised of a small group of directors and staff that operate as a true extension of our clients team, and is supported by a carefully vetted and uniquely qualified network of functional experts. In this way, we are small, nimble, and flexible, but have tremendous surge capacity that allows us to rapidly pivot and expand depending on the evolving needs of each engagement.  For every client engagement, we build bespoke, interdisciplinary teams, and provide the oversight and management needed for flawless execution. We are:

  • Motivated solely by impact: our teams have lived and breathed the very inequities we seek to resolve;

  • Whip smart: we are intellectually curious, thrive in complexity, and strive for excellence; we have proven problem solving skills and clear desire to keep learning;

  • Kind, tuned in and generous. We have high EQ and excellent interpersonal skills; 

  • Committed managers: we create the conditions for artistic abandon while; executing projects with the rigor of a mathematician;

  • Exceptionally organized, we pay careful attention to detail, are process-oriented, and willing to jump in on any task at hand to make the work happen;

  • Truly diverse: in talent, expertise and functional skill-sets, which allows our clients to accelerate their aspirations;

The candidate will be joining a small, energetic, start-up team that is working alongside our clients to support their efforts to ignite transformational change. You can expect that no day will be the same, and there are limitless opportunities for creativity, alongside a lot of hard work. We are committed to our clients and expect nothing short of excellence.

Role Description

The Engagement Manager will have primary responsibility for managing daily client interaction, workflow, timelines and deliverables. This team member will serve as a bridge between internal and external work, help make processes and structures work, and ensure the whole team is moving in lockstep.  This is an ideal position for someone who has excellent people skills, a love of structure, and who is detail oriented but does not miss the big picture. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Lead day-to-day execution of client engagements;

  • Scope and manage work-streams, closely manage progress against objectives, highlighting roadblocks as soon as they arise and taking full personal ownership for high-quality, timely execution of deliverables;

  • Gather and analyze information, formulate and test hypotheses, translate research into recommendations for client presentations;

  • Draft project deliverables, including client presentations, memos, and final deliverables;

  • Lead weekly problem-solving sessions to align on client work planning, facilitate decision-making, iterate on solutions and find work-arounds as needed (both internal and with clients);

  • Support the ongoing growth and success of Tembo, including business development and proposal writing;

  • Expand a growing internal database of consulting tools, templates, research, and case studies; and

  • Coach and support junior members of the team.

About you

  • You have between 6-8 years’ experience, with at least 3 years in strategy consulting, ideally from a top tier management consulting practice or top tier agency;

  • You have experience working on, and are passionate about, social impact, international development and progressive issues, and have had success building and/or contributing to campaigns or organizations that drive social impact;

  • You thrive in complexity, are a natural problem-solver with an entrepreneurial sensibility ,and dig deep for patterns and paths, even amidst a great deal of ambiguity;

  • You love structure, organization, and are detail oriented, but you never miss the big picture;

  • You have a ‘no task too small’ mentality and know how to collaborate effectively with a small, fast-paced team;

  • You are comfortable developing project scopes and deliverables in industries and project areas you don’t necessarily have deep expertise in;

  • You have exceptional analytical skills, and are capable of managing and making progress against multiple simultaneous demands in short time frames without a lot of supervision;

  • You’re a storyteller, lead with empathy and imagination, and have a history of building strong trusted relationships with clients and other team members;

  • You have a confident presence and strong writing, communication and presentation skills, and ability to communicate effectively, including with senior leaders;

  • You enjoy the variety and sometimes-chaos of managing a wide range of client projects from “tip to tail";

  • You have a high level of proficiency with MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint;

  • Bachelor’s degree; MBA, MFA or other advanced studies desirable.

Compensation & Structure

At Tembo, we believe in a model of apprenticeship. This role will be structured as a one-year, full-time contract, with an opportunity to come on board as a full time employee at the end of the first year.  

Are you one of us? Let us know!
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