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Senior-Level Consultant - Gagen MacDonald

Chicago, IL

Communications Team

Company Overview
Gagen MacDonald is a strategy execution firm that helps companies turn strategies into results. Working collaboratively from the corporate office to the front line, we use an organization’s leadership, brand, culture, vision and history to motivate and align employees behind accomplishing business objectives. Focusing our experiences and passions, we make our client’s cause our cause.

We are passionate about helping organizations manage the human struggle of change. Our clients include global Fortune 500 companies with some of the most recognized brands in the world. Large-scale business transformation requires an integrated, cross-discipline approach including Change Management; Leadership Development; Communications programs; Employee Engagement; Culture Change. Drawing upon nearly 20 years of experience as industry pioneers, we have the capabilities to execute across all of these disciplines.

Gagen MacDonald’s company culture exemplifies our values and purpose. We celebrate individuals and their contributions to the vitality of our firm. 

Role Description

As an experienced,  senior-level consultant at Gagen MacDonald, you will lead significant client accounts, providing counsel and ensuring effective execution for large-scale change management, business transformation, employee engagement and culture change initiatives that deliver measurable impact on clients’ workplace performance and business results.  
In your role, you will have overall strategic leadership for client relationships on the accounts that you lead including providing counsel and work deliverables, and for growing those relationships into strategic accounts for the firm. You will be responsible for leading the day-to-day account work for multiple clients, delivering account revenue goals and for supervising account teams. You also will play a key role in new business development and in identifying and/or codifying Gagen MacDonald offerings and intellectual property.
If you are an energetic yet practical team leader who excels in project and account management to produce a measureable impact on workplace performance and business results, while understanding the human side of change, we invite you to help grow our firm’s employee engagement, leadership, and culture change practice area. The position will be based in Chicago. Ability to travel and spend significant time/embed with clients is a requirement.


Design and implement client and firm initiatives that consist of account management, business development and people management functions with the following accountabilities:

Account Management

- Lead large, complex client projects in areas such as employee engagement, change communication, leadership communication and development, functional assessment and organizational design, digital and social media strategies, internal branding, research and measurement.

- Lead strategic account management and growth plans for designated clients with revenue responsibilities.

- Provide counsel and facilitate conversation to help clients evaluate their needs, lead their thinking and co-create solutions.

- Set and define Key Performance Indicators for meeting client business objectives, adjusting strategies and actions as needed to ensure targets are met.

- Work with clients to develop business cases and budgets that meet objectives.

- Understand digital applications to increase employee engagement and experiential learning.

- Manage the day-to-day operational aspects of a client project including staffing/resources, project work plans, invoicing and activity reporting. Set team revenue goals, forecasts, and budgets.

- Manage the comprehensive work product to ensure it is delivered on time, on budget and according to client expectations.

Business Development
- Bring strong contacts and build relationships to develop a lead generation network to secure new business opportunities.

- Identify new opportunities at the client and integrate and cross-sell the firm’s breadth of offerings while selling transformational/culture change/OD solutions.

- Design strategic, impactful new business proposals and presentations to advance business goals and offerings.

People Management
- Develop team with professional growth and training opportunities to deliver on employee, client and account needs in conjunction with the Team Lead.

Knowledge Preferred
- Functional technical expertise on internal communications, change management, leadership development, employee engagement and culture change.

- Knowledgeable about digital and social media strategies and channels, and how to effectively deploy them to engage target stakeholders.

- Understand the workings of the C-Suite and experience navigating large, complex organizations

Skills & Competencies

- Consultative/Facilitation Skills: Able to hear a client situation, be conversant on our offerings and facilitate to outcomes. Brings a teachable point of view, yet remains flexible. Can guide conversations to help clients see the possibilities in their organizations and capture the imagination of what’s possible to co-create solutions.

- Leadership: Exhibits change agility, influence, and strategic mission focus. Makes things bigger and yet is very practical with a learning orientation.

- Communication and Presentation Skills: Confident verbal communicator with strong presentation skills.

- Relationship Building/Sensitivity (EQ): Adept team player who quickly establishes rapport with others and gains their confidence. Can listen to and support leaders who are resistant to change.  Values, respects and shows empathy toward others.

- Business Acumen:  Able to analyze problems and make sound decisions. Can demonstrate understanding of the client’s business.

- Organizing and Planning: Can envision and clearly lay out the plan. Builds solutions with people from different backgrounds and fields resources to execute the plan.

- Team Management: Able to align, motivate, and manage account teams. Entrusts work to others, provides guidance and monitors work product. Provides resources needed for success.

Experience & Qualifications
- 10-15+ years of corporate, agency or consulting experience in strategic communication roles with a focus on internal communication, employee engagement and/or change communication. Experience consulting to global Fortune 500 corporations a plus.

- Demonstrated experience in successfully creating and delivering strategic communication programs aligned with business goals that deliver real results.

- Possesses a customer orientation and passion for client service.

- Strong content development and writing skills, with the ability to articulate complex situations or topics simply and in an engaging style. Consumer writing (grammar/AP Style) a plus.

- Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, English, journalism or related field, or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training required. Advanced degree a plus.

- Able to travel as significantly as needed for client engagements

- Position based in Chicago

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