Senior Associate, Advisory Services

45 · New York, New York
Department 45
Employment Type Full-time

Department: Advisory Services 

Reports to:  Vice President, Advisory Services 

Location: New York Office, or Virtually in the US  

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women, because progress for women is progress for everyone. We achieve our mission by partnering with 800+ Supporter organizations to help them make positive change in their organizations. We give companies and CEOs the trusted advice and expertise they need to drive workplace talent transformations in complex, global businesses. 

We are based around the US and operate as remote-first. 

Summary of Team 

Using the Catalyst knowledge base and diagnostic tools, we co-create, with supporters, strategies and action steps that are business aligned and address their most urgent identified DEI challenges. 


Summary of Responsibilities 

The Senior Associate manages and leads discrete elements of Advisory Services (AS) engagements with leading corporations and firms, in the areas of diversity and inclusion with an emphasis on effective strategies for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse talent.   


The Senior Associate will contribute to sessions with client teams, ranging from targeted advice on improving diversity and inclusion, to extensive strategic planning sessions.   Under the guidance of a Vice President or Senior Director, the Senior Associate will collect and/or analyze data, identify underlying themes for diagnosing workplace strengths and issues, and facilitate portions of strategic sessions.   


Essential Functions  

Serve as project manager or team member for assigned Advisory Services projects/engagements under the direction of a Senior Director or Vice President. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Lead and contribute to elements of Advisory Services engagements, including Diagnostic and Strategic Planning sessions.  
  • Design project work plans, execute and/or supervise discrete pieces of engagements; contribute to session design, materials, and facilitation.   
  • Develop skills for analyzing and interpreting the implications of qualitative and quantitative data at a strategic level; respond to client questions about data (workforce statistics, survey, focus groups and interview findings reports) in client meetings.  
  • Assist in new business development and handling inquiries from potential clients, diagnosing need and matching appropriate resources be it speaking capacity, quantitative or qualitative diagnosis, and/or strategy work. 
  • Create compelling client-ready communications.  
  • Guide clients in their own data collection and analysis.   
  • Liaise with client contacts independently, exercise judgment to deal with client/project issues or support project managers in client management. 
  • Assist in Advisory Services operations and knowledge-building, including administrative tools and procedures for the department. 
  • Shape and write proposals as requested. 


Knowledge and Skills 

  • Ability to participate in a highly team-oriented and matrixed work environment. 
  • Ability to develop a project framework, and, with the guidance of Senior Directors or Vice Presidents, conceptualize and develop effective systems, processes, tools and products. 
  • Content knowledge regarding the work experiences of women, including women of color, within corporations and/or firms. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with the potential to facilitate client sessions. Skill in designing formal and informal presentations, and written reports. 
  • Ability to juggle multiple project responsibilities and meet deadlines. 
  • Personal computer literacy in a networked Windows Microsoft Office environment; proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.   


Working Conditions 

  • Some Travel (typically up to 15%). 
    • There is no travel requirement during Covid. 
  • Work with confidential issues and data. 
  • Multiple reporting relationships. 
  • Ongoing communication with personnel throughout Catalyst, to support the alignment of functional areas. 



  • B.A./ B.S. degree and three years or more of consulting/project management and/or human resources/change management experience, or 
  • Master’s and three years or more of related work experience. 
  • Analytical and problem-solving background is a must. 
  • Experience and interest in addressing issues of diverse women and men and a focus on men as diversity champions is essential. 
  • Global knowledge and experience are a plus. 
  • Personal computer literacy in a networked Windows environment. 
  • Expert knowledge of Excel and quantitative analysis skills is a plus. 

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