All consultants at Redstone play key roles on project teams, and analysts work directly with clients and senior leaders right from the start. As an Analyst, you will participate in all internal team discussions, brainstorming sessions, and client presentations. You will interview experts, perform research, map and analyze data in GIS, develop concrete solutions, and communicate results within the team and to clients. Mentoring and apprenticeship are a vital part of life at Redstone. Senior consultants will help you develop critical thinking, communication, process, and relationship-building skills.
Meet a Redstone Analyst
I joined Redstone in 2017 after earning my undergraduate degree at Stanford University. Since the day I arrived, I’ve been immersed in some of the fascinating and challenging problems I only got to read about during my studies. As an analyst at Redstone, I’ve had the unique opportunity to engage directly with clients and drive my projects forward. This is in part due to the small teams in which we work, which also facilitates strong working relationships with our management that analysts don’t get at bigger firms. In an average month, I’m staffed on two different projects, giving me the luxury to dive deeply into the content, while also ensuring that I always have a problem to solve.
In the first year at the firm, I primarily worked on two projects. One aims to reshape the technology industry to emphasize and integrate ethics, and the second supports Plentiful, a product in the charitable food space that aims to provide a more efficient and dignified experience for clients by allowing families to find, register, and check-in at food pantries when they need food, without waiting in line. Since Plentiful’s launch earlier this year, more than 100 pantries are registered with the app and 65,000 services have been processed! I’ve been participating and leading brainstorms, creating PowerPoints, presenting to senior project leads and presidents of various organizations, interviewing experts, researching potential next steps, and supporting my project manager. We talk and work together daily. He and my mentor have truly invested in teaching and advising me and ensuring my smooth transition into Redstone. I cannot speak more highly or excitedly about my peers and my work. – Connor Jordan, California
Associates take on increasing responsibility in addressing our client’s challenges. Building on the role of an Analyst, as an Associate you will also form hypotheses, perform analysis, lead brainstorming sessions, plan and conduct expert interviews, and craft insights and recommendations. As you continue to develop skills, you will lead larger pieces of the client engagement.
Meet a Redstone Associate
As an associate at Redstone, I have unparalleled opportunities to engage with clients and play a central role on project teams. The typical team is small: often just a partner and me, give or take a project manager or analyst. As a result, my responsibilities are wide-ranging.
At the beginning of a project, I might brainstorm with the partner and our client about a program’s goals and theory of change. Then, I might collect research and data to develop a model for prioritizing investments. The following week, I might draft a set of structured interview questions and travel to talk with leading experts and policymakers. With that expert input, I might work with my team to outline a strategic plan and write a report for the client. Finally, I might head to San Francisco, DC, or even Paris, to discuss the strategy with the client or present at a workshop.
Throughout projects, I work closely with the partner and other team members on a daily basis and participate in all client calls and meetings. As I have grown in the associate role, I have increasingly taken on project management and client relationship-building responsibilities for my teams. When new analysts and associates join Redstone, I also help mentor and train them, formally and informally. – Rachel Cowher, Colorado
Project managers oversee day-to-day activities on the project and run most client interactions. Project managers develop and manage project work plans, structure analyses, assign work, develop new insights, and address relevant issues. In addition, project managers are responsible for the professional development and coaching of analysts and associates on the team. As project managers gain experience, they take greater ownership of client management and oversee projects with more complex dynamics.
Meet a Redstone Project Manager
The best part of being a project manager is being able to “own” all of the details of your projects: you’re leading client interactions, guiding your internal team as they perform analysis and research, presenting conclusions to senior clients, and even developing future projects based on your current efforts. You also get to work with wildly different organizations at the same time, ranging from local climate advocacy groups to international health organizations. As a result, within one week a few years ago, I visited both Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and Montpelier, the capital of Vermont!
But the greatest advantage of being a project manager is how you get to work closely with the Redstone team at all levels. You work directly with the firm’s leadership to improve your own skills and tackle new or especially difficult client problems. You also manage a team of newer consultants, helping to draw out their strengths and coach them when needed. And you often also get to work with your peer managers to help them problem solve as they encounter new situations (and that is a two-way street!).
By working at Redstone, I’ve developed my skillset and career in a place that is supportive of my personal life. In four short years, my wife and I explored what seems like every mountain in Colorado. Each morning, we still wake up and sit on the porch to watch deer, elk, and the occasional bear frolic in the yard (the dog is extremely interested). Then I hop on my bike and ride into another exciting day at the office. Not bad at all. – John Whitney, Colorado
Associate Principals and Principals work closely with project teams to develop innovative solutions to client problems and manage higher level client relationships. Consultants in these positions are responsible for securing projects, overseeing administrative activities, and representing Redstone in the larger community.