Dissertation Consulting Firm -Sales and Client Relations -$70K-$85k/Yr (REMOTE)
compensation: $70,000-$85,000 per year employment type: contract
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1.) Who we are
We are a medium-sized, cloud-based consultancy, founded in 2006, and headquartered in Las Vegas, USA. Our team is spread across the globe, with team members in the USA, Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. While we primarily engage in dissertation consulting for doctoral candidates, our business began as a pure mathematical and statistical consultancy - so problem solving and analytics remain at our core. We've been proudly cloud-based and work-from-home since 2010, in the online education industry since 2006, and consider ourselves to be pioneers in our industry. While we have grown over the years, and were in the 2010 Inc. 500 list, we consider ourselves to be a "large family business," and have a very collegial environment. You may be working from home, but you are not working alone. You're a member of a very vibrant and well-structured team that communicates all day via our corporate Slack channels and Zoom video conferencing systems. The founder of the firm is still actively involved, and several team members have been with us since our initial expansion in 2008.
2.) About the Project Manager Position
This is a strictly work-from-home 1099/contractor position, and any applicant should view this as a strong incentive. The position has high hour requirements for the first 6 months as a new person gets acclimated to the position - over 60 hours per week is normal in this phase. After being fully up-to-speed with the position, product, and responsibilities, the hourly work required should settle into the 55-60 hour per week range, with occasional times of greater workload due to seasonality or changes in team composition. Note that due to the global nature of our client base, and the timely nature of their requests, this gig requires some availability at nighttime, as well as a 5-6 hour commitment on each weekend. The majority of this job will involve email and phone communications with leads and clients, as well as management and oversight of existing analysts. While there is absolutely zero 'cold-calling' of any kind, you will be expected to speak to, and consult with, potential interested clients when they contact the firm. Finally, you need to be able to manage expectations, and build long-lasting relationships with your clients.
3.) Ideal Applicants
The Project manager position is ideal for a person who loves academic research, has an advanced degree, and wishes that he or she could be surrounded by academia 24/7/365 and spend an entire lifetime in grad school. Many of our best project managers are recent or near PhD grads, unsatisfied adjuncts, or recent master’s grads that don’t want to begin the painstaking PhD process on their own. Pre-existing and deep knowledge of the dissertation process is very helpful. Alternatively, we've seen a lot of success from former professional poker players or gamers, or other very analytically-minded candidates who can process large amounts of work very efficiently. We've also seen a lot of success from people with master's degrees in English or similar - people who write well and quickly. This is a great job for a person who loves the process of academic research, combined with the extremely fast-paced environment of aggressive sales and high-level project management, and is willing to sacrifice work/life balance while dedicating the next 8+ years to making and saving money. Ideal applicants possess a meticulous nature and an extremely high attention to detail. Excellent command of the English Language - including the ability to type quickly, with perfect grammar, and complex sentence structure - is absolutely essential for this gig. You need to have a very good demeanor - some of our clients can be a bit particular and need some hand-holding. We accept applicants with a Bachelor's Degree or higher, however, nearly all of our consultants have masters, PhD, or similar graduate degrees. It is mandatory to be extremely comfortable with computers/technology, especially with G-Suite functionality (Email, Google Sheets, etc). Frankly, this is a great job for a person who likes to spend a lot of time home alone reading and typing on the computer.
4.) Hiring and Training Process
To apply, all applicants must first send a resume/CV and a detailed cover letter explaining why they would be a good fit for the position. After an email exchange and an introductory phone call, we will then require a lengthy written assessment to test your writing and analytical skills, and fit for the position. This assessment takes most candidates 6-10 hours, and they complete it within 2-3 days of receiving it. Upon successful completion of the written assessment, and after a video interview, we would offer the candidate a position. That begins with a 3 week live training session in January 2022 in Las Vegas, in which you take a series of modules on various aspects of the business - involving our systems, products, services, and strategies. You will be compensated for the duration of the live training session, and we will also provide accommodation along with a daily stipend for food. Upon successful completion of the training session, you would commence working the gig from home, and would be in an extended training process for 2-4 more months.
Consultants will make a set training period pay of $3,500 for the first 2-4 months, which is the average time for successful consultants to be fully acclimated to the position. 3-4 months is the average time, but depending on personal progress we’ve seen some consultants only require 2 months. A one time $500 bonus will also be provided to those that successfully complete the live 3 week training session. After that 2-4 month training period, the pay is discretionary and based solely on revenue generation and other quantitative and qualitative metrics of performance. Consultants in our firm over the past several years based in this area have consistently averaged $6,000-$7,000 per month in earnings. Even though post-training pay is stated as discretionary, successful consultants have no reason to ever worry about the stability in their income. To earn those numbers, we fully expect availability outside of normal business hours, and the ability to complete a large workload. This is a very aggressive, high-pressure environment, with constant push to perform, but very rewarding for those who wish to make a career in academia.
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