Expert Principal (Public Sector, Education)


Boston, Dallas, Washington, D.C.


North America




Public sector

About Us

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Practice Area Profile

BCG’s Public Sector practice helps governments and agencies in their efforts to maximize public- policy outcomes. Our work with government clients offers unique opportunities to shape the future of public sector reform across the world. We work with some of the most senior and influential people in government all over the world. The global Public Sector Practice was established in September 2009 so it is one of BCG’s newest and fastest growing practices. Although the Public Sector is an industry practice area, our value proposition to public sector clients draws deeply on capabilities right across our functional and industry practices - such as energy, health care, consumer (transport), organisation, corporate development (privatisation), operations and digital business models (Digital Ventures).

Role Profile

BCG’s Education practice is growing and we are aggressively building our expertise and capabilities by adding content experts into our ranks. We are currently looking for an individual at the Principal level who has significant experience in and a strong passion for U.S. higher education and/or the education services industry (including, but not limited to, publishers, ed tech, and education investors). 

In this role, you will assume an important leadership role among a dynamic team that is seeking to deliver impact with our clients and in the world, while contributing significantly to the growth of BCG and affiliation of our staff. Expert Principals play an important role in client-facing project execution, business development, and marketing. 

In this unique role, you will split your time among:

1) Leading consulting engagements focused in education;

2) Supporting business development opportunities; and

3) Developing BCG’s thought leadership content and programs as part of our global topic leadership team. 

You will report to the education lead for North America, while working closely with other education Partners and senior leaders on a project basis. 

Responsibilities include:

Teaming with senior colleagues to lead business development activity within U.S. higher education and/or education services (i.e., education companies and investors)

  •  Working with BCG Partners and other senior leaders, identify and cultivate a network of potential clients, and develop strategies to win new business
  • Engage with prospective clients in formal (e.g., RFP) and informal business development contexts, together with other senior leaders in the practice
  • Help drive the development of high-quality proposals that put BCG’s best foot forward
  • Build awareness for BCG competence in U.S. higher education and education services
  • U.S. is primary focus, but likely to selectively support business development opportunities outside the U.S. as well

Building BCG’s expertise and reputation as the management consulting partner of choice in U.S. higher education and/or education services

  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of BCG’s methodologies and tools
  • Participate in industry events and other marketing opportunities (e.g., panels, conferences)
  • Contribute to the learning and development of teams working on education projects

Executing projects with education clients

  • With the Partner team, establish the overall project methodology
  • Work jointly with BCG and client project leadership, bringing expertise to the team
  • Lead workstreams, especially those with need for broad experience and hands-on engagement from a senior leader
  • Ensure the quality of the work, and the relevance of any synthesis and recommendations
  • Challenge work-in-progress content and reorient any analyses if needed

Your Qualifications

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • A minimum of 5 years of consulting and/or operating experience and demonstrated expertise in U.S. higher education and/or education services
  • 2+ years of management consulting experience a plus  
  • Experience contributing to management consulting business development in U.S. higher education and/or education services (strongly preferred); experience leading development of compelling written proposals a plus
  • Passion for client service and significant experience engaging and building relationships with senior leaders in client or client-like settings
  • Excitement about being part of our education leadership team, growing our practice, and delivering superior client impact
  • Relevant advanced degree from leading institution a plus

Boston, Washington, DC, and Dallas offices preferred; North America flexible.

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