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williamsworks - Managing Director

williamsworks Overview  

williamsworks is a strategic advisory firm infused with a unique combination of innovative thinking, subject matter expertise, a global network of valuable connections and a make-it-happen approach.  We draw on two decades of experience working with the world’s most influential philanthropists, corporations, families, and non-profits to create real change in a complicated, interconnected and unjust world.

We are problem solvers. Optimists. We believe anything is possible and that together we can improve countless lives by partnering with extraordinary people to help realize their most ambitious visions. Our clients are our partners. We work together to set seemingly impossible goals and then find the most powerful ways to achieve impact. We harness our partners' unique assets, connect them with the right people and partners who share their vision, and we work tirelessly to turn bold ideas into real, sustained outcomes.

Our team is comprised of fiercely committed individuals who bring expertise in philanthropy, community development, public policy, politics, and communications. 

We’re honored to have worked with partners like Equal Justice Initiative, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, TOMS Shoes, the Miranda Family and Pearl Jam. 

The Opportunity 

williamsworks is seeking a Managing Director to lead our team of talented individuals with a passion for making change in the world. This is an extraordinary opportunity to work with some of the country’s leading philanthropists, artists and companies to make and sustain real social impact.  

The Director will serve as a thought partner with the Founder + CEO to help lead, grow and manage the business.   A confident, creative leader, the Director will drive the firm’s client work and ensure clients receive cutting-edge strategic guidance and top-notch services.

Bringing experience as a thoughtful and seasoned manager, the Director will coach, mentor and support a high-performing team of staff and consultants located around the country.

The Director will manage client strategy, communications, events and special projects as well as drive business strategy development and implementation, including budgets, timeline and milestones.

The Director will bring a successful track record of working with principals and a calm, thoughtful demeanor when working with clients.  As part of a boutique firm, the Director will be able to seamlessly - and joyfully - move from developing high-level strategy to giving the final sign-off on the complex details of a client’s public engagement.

The ideal candidate will have deep roots in the progressive movement, a nuanced understanding of politics and advocacy and a deep commitment to social and racial justice. This person will bring confidence, strong emotional intelligence and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing work environment where innovation, attention to detail, hard work and expressions of gratitude are valued. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Execute a high touch, expertise-driven approach to managing client relationships, adding value to williamsworks’ position as trusted advisor
  • Mobilize the people, ideas and resources needed to meet client requirements across offices and time zones
  • Build, manage, mentor and support a high-performing team located across the country 
  • Develop and execute project plans, communications strategies and events for clients 
  • Serve as a thought partner to the Founder + CEO
  • Identify and cultivate new business opportunities, develop proposals and deliver pitches with other members of the team
  • Ensure the quality, timeliness and profitability of the work done for clients
  • Create a culture of equal access, opportunity and teamwork across the firm
  • Anticipate issues, problem solve and communicate both internally and externally as they arise
  • Manage consultants and vendors towards goals and deadlines 
  • Oversee project budgets

Candidate Qualifications, Competencies and Attributes

All candidates should bring creativity, curiosity, excellent judgment and strong emotional intelligence. Candidates should be highly organized, detail-oriented and thrive when handling multiple projects simultaneously in a high-volume, fast-paced environment. 

Key Qualifications

  • At least twelve years’ experience with increasing responsibility in politics, advocacy, government or philanthropy
  • Significant experience building, coaching and developing high-performing teams 
  • Superb interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop trusting, transparent and positive relationships
  • Ability to lead, model and embed equity, diversity and inclusion principles within the team and external relationships; work effectively across cultures
  • Effective and persuasive communication skills, both oral and written 
  • Strategic, analytical, and tactical thinking skills, with a demonstrated capacity to successfully plan and execute projects
  • Relationships and networks in the fields of politics, advocacy and philanthropy and a willingness to call on your personal network
  • A growth mindset to help both colleagues and clients flourish
  • Successful track record of working with high profile principals
  • Understanding and experience with community organizations and engagement
  • Strong background in client and/or project management
  • Absolute and unquestioned integrity
  • Willingness to work on a global clock as needed

Think you’re the right person? Here’s one final checklist. Do you: 

  • Flourish while managing multiple projects for different clients? 
  • Remain calm and gracious, especially under pressure?
  • Have confidence in your ideas and abilities and also seek out others’ expertise?
  • Relish checking things off your list and finding creative ways to get things done?
  • Hold yourself and your team accountable to superior work products?
  • Bring joy and laughter to your work?
  • Adapt and remain flexible when things constantly change?

Location and Work Requirements

This position can be based anywhere in the U.S. with access to a major airport. Domestic and global travel is expected up to 20% of the time, pandemic conditions permitting. Candidates should be permitted to work in the U.S. and have a passport. 

To Apply 

Submit a cover letter and resume online at:  The cover letter should be concise, compelling and outline why you are the right person for this position. Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 


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