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How to Hire a Consultant

May 6th, 2021
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Grantseeker, Nonprofit
Event type:
Best practices
Member fee:
Base fee:
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This workshop is being offered in partnership with the Providers' Council.

Program Description

Have you ever considered hiring a consultant? Ranging from providing a ‘pair of hands’ for a fundraising or finance project to assisting with long-term organizational development, consultants can be used strategically to help achieve your organization’s goals. However, hiring the right person or firm can sometimes be challenging — and making a mistake is costly. In this workshop, we explore why and when you should hire a consultant, what to expect, how to effectively engage a consultant, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to successfully manage the relationship from start to finish. This is an interactive session, so bring your challenges and questions! 

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Discern when and why to hire a consultant
  • Differentiate among different types of consultants
  • Understand the benefits and drawbacks of hiring a consultant
  • Prepare a clear summary of the work to be performed
  • Identify the steps in successfully managing the client/consultant relationship

About Our Presenter 

Kristen McCormackJames E. Freeman Lecturer in Management, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Kristen McCormack is an expert in the leadership and management of nonprofit, public and philanthropic organizations. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business she led several Boston area nonprofit organizations and served as a consultant to many. Kristen teaches Management Consulting, Fundraising, Managing Organizational Change and more in the MBA program at BU. She brings into the classroom her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for leading mission driven organizations and developing vibrant and equitable communities. She holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Community Planning from the University of Massachusetts.

Zoom information will be sent via email in advance of the session.

Registration type: 
Normal registration

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