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Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Washington, D.C.  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  

Please note: This posting is in support of possible upcoming opportunities throughout our solutions centers. Our teams are always interested in reviewing excellent, potential applicants who may be interested in joining our teams in support of our clients strategic initiatives. We often have opportunities for professionals at varying levels. If you are interested in being considered for these opportunities, please consider submitting your resume and application.


Are you interested in working for a management consulting firm in Washington, D.C. that believes in, inspires, and outfits people to have meaningful lives and to make extraordinary contributions to causes that matter? Do you crave a work environment that is collaborative, energetic, and challenges the status quo? Then come join us! The Clearing has been recognized as one of DC's “Best Places To Work” and one of the “Most Engaged Workplaces.”

This position is based in Washington, D.C. However, the nature of The Clearing's work and project-based environment requires travel to client locations in and around the D.C. metro area, including the greater Baltimore area. Occasional travel outside the D.C. metro area or out of state may be required at times.


The Principal designs, allocates resources, and sets strategic direction for projects and programs. The Principal leads multiple project teams of 10+ staff members. S/he is expected to advise consultants on project work/deliverables and guide project work by using proven methodologies and frameworks. The Principal tracks project/program success against work plan and project targets, including utilization, budget, scope, and timeline to completion. S/he is responsible for ensuring the quality of all project and client deliverables. The Principal sets and manages client expectations for work, staff, and the overall consulting engagement experience. Developing trusted working relationships with existing clientele is critical, as is expanding client relationships and building new business with them. The Principal is responsible for the performance and development of his/her staff, actively developing staff. S/he serves as a mentor and Career Counselor for 3+ junior staff members. With the Senior Leadership team, the Principal creates a culture of learning that drives individual and organizational development. S/he excels in a team environment and enables effective communications and collaboration among projects and teams. opportunities. S/he validates requirements from prospective clients and acts as lead writer on numerous proposals.

Position Requirements


  • Manage a full-time project or multiple part-time projects, successfully, by scoping tasks and managing resources to complete such tasks on time, within budget, and to specifications

  • Designs long-term and short-term project plans

  • Designs and manages the production of high-quality client deliverables

  • Designs, facilitates, and manages client meetings to successfully achieve identified, desired outcomes

  • Effectively leads medium sized teams

  • Engages with clients and successfully advises in one-on-one conversations

  • Manages financial aspects of project lanes/projects to include: time tracking/reporting, expense reporting, invoicing, task planning, status reporting

  • Research and analysis in support of client projects and meetings

  • Presentation of research findings (e.g., Excel charts, Power Point presentations) and support for production of major client deliverables

  • Basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis

  • Staff development for junior consultants

  • Proposal development contributions; sometimes serving as a proposal coordinator

  • Support of internal TC activities and knowledge management effort



  • 8 + years of relevant work experience, including consulting experience

  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters degree a plus

  • Strong business writing abilities are a must as well as strong editing skills

  • Proficiency in word processing, excel, presentation creation tools, and internet research tools required

  • Willingness to travel

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance

  • Current government suitability clearance highly preferred



  • Strong organization skills and attention-to-detail

  • Firm customer service orientation at all times

  • Strong analytical and critical thinker with an innate ability to solve complex problems creatively

  • Ability to remain positive, flexible, and action-oriented in a fast-paced, emerging field where complexity and ambiguity are the norms

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to easily communicate ideas and findings. Ability to synthesize and succinctly articulate research findings

  • Ability to collaborate well with a team and work independently with minimal guidance

  • Strong work ethic and positive, proactive approach to problem-solving

  • A desire to learn, grow, and undertake new challenges to build out new knowledge sets and advise clients directly

  • Strong professional etiquette while interacting with TC peers and external clients

  • PMP certification desired

  • Familiarity and an interest in business development/sales a plus

  • Current government suitability clearance highly preferred



  • Ability to collaborate well with a team, work independently with minimal guidance, and remain flexible in a fast-paced, ambiguous, and changing environment.

  • Strong work ethic and positive, proactive approach to problem-solving.

  • High levels of emotional maturity and intelligence.

  • A desire to learn, grow, and undertake new challenges.

  • Familiarity and an interest in business development/sales a plus

  • Current government suitability clearance highly preferred



The following are some key experiences that our management consultants, at all levels, can expect to encounter that help us grow, build skills, and show/teach others. These experiences offer the foundation for our teams to develop tacit knowledge that is “discovered” rather than “taught.”

  • Project Management/Delivery: Deepening active listening expertise to capture essential points and understand nuances so that you contribute to client value creation and moving our clients to ‘act and engage’ to achieve outcomes.
  • Client Relationships: Embedding well into an existing team environment in order to learn how to communicate and navigate effectively with different personality styles and how to translate this to individual clients.

  • Leadership/Communication: Leading the development of impactful client deliverables in order to contribute to client ability to achieve their outcomes and to navigate a process for product development and delegation, as needed.

  • Business Development: Participating in key TC business development opportunities, such as chalk talks, alignment sessions, and/or proposal development so that there is a deep understanding of the unique value proposition that TC offers.

EOE Statement The Clearing is committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. In addition to federal legal requirements, The Clearing complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. These protections extend to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting and hiring practices, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training and career development programs.  
About the Organization The Clearing is a management consulting firm that helps leaders identify underlying causes of organizational obstacles, resolve highly complex challenges, prioritize the fewest, most important initiatives to tackle regardless of conflicting needs and make informed decisions in the context of an agreed-upon mission, vision, and strategy.

We help create peak performance organizations through strategy, organizational development, leadership training, and change management. Our experienced consultants bring a powerful blend of analytic and creative skills from diverse fields, including change management, finance, engineering, communications, education, policy, design, and corporate leadership.

To be considered for hire, all individuals applying for positions with The Clearing are subject to a background investigation, conducted in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. For positions requiring access to classified information, U.S. citizenship is required. Individuals will also be subject to an additional government background investigation, and continued employment eligibility is contingent upon the ability to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.  

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