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Cannon Design Education Strategist in Buffalo, New York

Are you a go-getter? Do you enjoy solving complex problems? Do you want to make an impact?

Blue Cottage of CannonDesign is looking for an Education Strategist. Take a look at the description below. If you think your skills and experience make you a good match for this position, we'd love to hear from you. We're looking for creative, curious, empathetic people to join our Living-Centered Design movement.


Blue Cottage of CannonDesign is an industry-leading consulting firm. Our team works with organizational leaders to define their ideal future and plan processes, organizational strategies, equipment and facilities to create an ideal future, and our projects are anchored by any of the following services: strategic transformation, design thinking, space and functional programming, operational planning, change management, and transition and activation planning.


The Education Strategist role is a client leader, partnering with consulting teams and design teams to pursue and deliver projects to educational organizations, technical/vocational schools, community colleges, and/or universities. This role reports to the President of Blue Cottage of CannonDesign and will have close and frequent collaboration and coordination with Education Market Leaders and Education Practice Leaders.


Provide oversight and lead high-performing teams from pre-positioning to pursuit to close, across Blue Cottage pillars including master planning, operational planning, programming, transition and activation and program management, with special focus on growing our portfolio of integrated planning and design projects in collaboration with our Education practice partners in architecture and engineering.

Establish and nurture meaningful, long-term relationships with education clients and internal partners through excellence, integrity, and reliability.

Develop and implement education market initiatives and client development strategies, in collaboration with Blue Cottage pillar leads and CannonDesign education practice leaders

Serve as a liaison and represent Blue Cottage in Education Practice planning meetings, leadership meetings, and collaborative efforts. Work to create new methods for collaboration and integration, project tools and processes (specifically toward improvement of communication and coordination between consulting and design teams).

Identify and source strategic consulting opportunities that leverage Blue Cottage and CannonDesign services in the education market to innovate and bring value and benefit our clients

Collaborate with clients to understand their needs, the issues they face, and partner with Blue Cottage and CannonDesign leaders to expand services within the Education market. You will wow our clients through fantastic work and continue to differentiate our service offering in the marketplace.

Build on our living-centered design mindset and capabilities as a firm, allowing our approach to problem solving to be deeply embedded in human-centered strategies that reflect community impact, social impact, operational needs and financial parameters.

Manage consulting teams, reviewing project performance, team member utilization, tracking project budget, and coaching team members along the way based on project performance metrics and opportunities identified.

Create work plans including project staffing (i.e. aligning the right talent with the right task / activities / opportunity), project approach, fee optimization, and resource requests. Lead and engage in the entire pursuit continuum

Lead and/or support planning for both small and large-scale projects across various multi-year and multi-phased efforts.

Capitalize upon your existing network and our client base and experience and expand the business potential and profile (brand) of the firm by pre-positioning Blue Cottage for opportunities in our Core Markets.

Build and share your subject matter expertise through industry networking, thought leadership, and engagement leadership, balanced with leading and delivering project work

Provide direction and leadership on pursuits and proposal development, including the scoping of the potential opportunities, team design, approach development, and overarching proposal execution and oversight.

Significant travel is required, as necessitated by the client and your role.


10+ years of experience in consulting, operations, or leadership applied in the education setting, preferably at the college and university level.

MBA required.

Experience and demonstrated knowledge of capital planning, project governance structures and funding approaches, and the political nature of high investment projects, especially those that are publicly funded with public bonds, taxpayer revenue, federal or state grants or allocations.

Executive presence and demonstrated business acumen.

Acumen and ability to conduct capital project financial feasibility studies for building or campus master planning projects.

Business Development experience and proven ability to leverage wide professional network of individuals that will help communicate our value and grow our brand and revenue.

Ability to manage a team and understanding of the business model of consulting including consulting workplans, strategic pursuits, management of consulting P+L, understanding of project margin optimization, quality control of deliverables, etc.

Commitment to exceptional work in every single interaction, every single day.


We are a start-up culture in an established firm: nimble, energetic, innovative and fun.

We are relentless in our pursuit of client adoration (not simply satisfaction). Consistent delivery of the best service is what we are about.

We are committed to ensuring our practice is equitable for all employees, representative of the communities around us - and focused on the future of design. We advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts through the leadership of our DEI Council, Employee Resource Groups and other community advocacy initiatives.

We're about communication and transparency here. If you want to talk to someone about an idea you have, or a challenge that needs addressing, we're ready for you.

The salary range for this position is $125,000 to $220,000 annually. Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses. We offer a full benefit package including medical, dental and vision coverage and flexible spending account options and voluntary insurances. We have paid time off, flex-time summer hours, remote work options and a 401k plan and employee perk programs. For a general overview of our benefits, please visit our careers page at

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As a condition of employment, all employees are expected to complete mandatory training, including compliance training, within required timeframes and adhere to our internal policies and our Code of Conduct.

CannonDesign recognizes the value of diversity in our workforce. We are committed to equal opportunity. We consider all qualified employment applicants without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, partnership status, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. Individuals who hold legal work authorization applicable to employment at CannonDesign in the United States will be considered without regard to citizenship/alienage.