Why Join Expressworks?

You’ve probably been around the consulting block. You’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. You love the work you do, but you may not love the way you have to do it.

Expressworks offers consultants a refreshingly different paradigm: more of the things you love, less of the things you don’t, and the freedom to choose how you navigate between the two.  

The Expressworks Difference: Culture, Choice, Convenience, and Connection 

Culture: Come as you are

We value the unique contribution of each individual. Though we’ve always encouraged our colleagues to bring their authentic selves to work, today we are more focused than ever on cultivating the diversity, equity, and inclusion of our organization and we welcome its many dimensions:

  • Gender, sexual orientation, and marital / family structure / caregiver status 
  • Race, ethnicity, religion, and self-identification 
  • Physical ability, age, experience, skills, and personal style

At Expressworks, we believe diversity of perspective strengthens the impact of our work and when we blend our strengths in pursuit of client success, we’re all the better for it. Though our belief requires continual nurturing – collective focus, introspection, transparency, and personal vulnerability – the benefit to our clients and to us is worth the effort. 

Choice: Choose your own adventure 

A big driver of career dissatisfaction is feeling forced to work on something that you didn’t choose. With Expressworks, you have the freedom to pursue success on your own terms, according to the balance and flexibility you want in your life. 

  • Travel or stay local 
  • Work on a team or on your own 
  • Work part time or full time 

We don’t judge. 

You’re encouraged (but never required) to seek out new opportunities that interest you and make your work more meaningful – whether your goal is personal growth, social impact, or financial gain. When you pursue opportunities that match your skills, passions, and interests, we all succeed.

Convenience: The work is hard enough 

Fewer hoops, less paperwork and busy work.  

Our Support Team handles administrative, non-client related tasks that can bog you down and hog your time. We offer: 

  • Client billing and expense processing 
  • Access to proven consulting tools and methodologies that supplement what you already know and use 
  • Reservoir of deep and varied network talent that can be called on to help scale and balance yours 

And whether or not the client pays us, you always get paid for your work as scheduled. 

Connection: Enjoy autonomy AND support 

Autonomy at Expressworks doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Our company structure promotes collaboration over competition. We help each other out and value and encourage cross-pollination of talent. Expressworks helps you connect with colleagues, subject matter experts, and partners so you can fully benefit from the power of our network: 

  • Exchange ideas and share knowledge 
  • Form relationships and find thought partners 
  • Talk shop or team up 

We feel fortunate to work with such an amazing group of people. We’re serious about our work but don’t take ourselves too seriously: we find humor and laugh even when we’re in the thick of it. Even better, when we get together it feels more like a reunion of old friends than a business meeting. 

If you think we fit with your goals and this is where you belong, please send your resume to careers@expressworks.com. 

Opportunities

We are looking for consultants with strong communications skills and demonstrated experience working on complex projects.

A qualified candidate must be adept at developing communications strategies, delivering communications solutions, and providing “hands on” implementation support.  Successful candidates are able to work in close partnership with multiple stakeholders aligned though multiple business units to develop and execute a communications strategy for the end user community and related business owners. Candidates must be able to quickly identify opportunities, develop strategies to bring direction and action, provide resolution, and deliver immediate business value.  They also must be able to manage ambiguity, conflicting priorities, and perform well in stressful environments while working independently or on a team.

Major Tasks, Responsibilities and Key Accountabilities
Required Skills

  • Facilitate stakeholder analysis to determine appropriate communication and engagement methods
  • Drive development of communications plans, including coaching senior business executives in effective means of communication with broad international stakeholder groups
  • Develop communication plan elements directly or by building partnerships with business users and leaders
  • Assist team members with customizing communications for their audience-specific needs
  • Assist with the development and execution of overall project communications strategy and plan
  • Prepare communications for cross-functional audiences at all levels of the organization
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies
  • 6-8 years of communications experience in a corporate/business-focused environment, supporting a change management project
  •  Strong written communication skills
  • Ability to quickly understand and adapt to an organization, including its people, lexicon, and processes
  • Ability to drive to best solutions, manage to deadlines and produce quality deliverables, striking the right balance between consensus and setting direction
  • Organized and capable of multi-tasking
  • Excellent PC skills: Word, Excel, MS Project, PowerPoint
Expressworks International is seeking Change Management Consultants to support project teams, mainly in Houston.

Expressworks International is a consulting firm focused on leading companies through changes, however targeted or sweeping they may be. We enable our people, and in turn our clients, to be drivers of change – change that makes businesses more competitive and more profitable. Since 1984, we’ve worked with major companies around the globe to understand their unique challenges, remove complexity and deliver meaningful, measurable, sustainable change.

Our roles are for independent contractors and our projects are generally full time and longer term. Consultants must have 7+ years of experience, specifically leading and executing Change Management activities in partnership with a project team, within a defined consulting methodology.  We do not deploy change teams on a project; generally there is only one change consultant to support a project team. Yet there’s a network of bright and energetic colleagues to whom you can turn for support and collaboration to help leverage best practices and lessons learned.

Your role will be to help clients create value through change in their organizations. To do this, you must have experience and skills in the following areas:  Change Management, Organizational Awareness, and Thought Partnership.

Change Management

You must be an expert in Change Management (confident, credible); to be an expert, we believe you must have worked as a change lead for 7+ years, preferably as an external consultant. Based on your experience, you can demonstrate that you:

  • Understand the underlying theories of change and is able to apply them in practice
  • Design and execute plans to change behavior using a methodology (structured approach)
  • Align change to key business objectives and values
  • Assess stakeholder willingness, readiness and ability to sustainably adopt the change
  • Design simple, sustainable approaches
  • Manage projects and initiatives
  • Use data supported approaches and be tech savvy
  • Are proficient in change and project management tools and language
  • Have vertical and horizontal mobility
  • Can execute: Achieve real, demonstrable results
  • Organize thoughts and communicate them well both verbally and in writing.

Organizational Awareness

You must understand the environment, culture and related dynamics, to effectively diagnose and design appropriate interventions at the organization, team and individual levels. You…

  • Are attuned to, and work effectively, in the political and cultural environment
  • Have business acumen – keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome.

Thought Partnership

Act as a thought partner: assesses the challenge, recommend actions, and structure the approach & timing

  • Must be able to accurately assess issues, attitudes, needs
  • Provide insights to leaders
  • Think strategically
  • Build lasting relationships
  • Share industry relevant practices and findings

Our consultants demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Provide value every day
  • Model the best attributes of our client’s culture
  • Commit and deliver:  “do what you say you will do”
  • Are humble:  never forget we are guests at our client’s place of business and are there to make our clients look good.
  • Are engaging and easy to work with
  • Take initiative
  • Are self aware: know what they are good at and what they are not
  • Are composed:  Confident, calm in the face of calamity
  • Are adaptable and curious
  • Continuously learn
  • Are interested in “we”
  • Draw on the diverse knowledge of experienced colleagues
  • Live the brand
  • Make our colleagues look good

Our roles are for independent contractors who have years of experience designing customized training materials for corporate clients in a team based environment. The Expressworks learning team consists of a Project Manager, Senior Learning Consultant, Quality Control Specialist, Graphic Artist and Technologist.  You must be comfortable working in a corporate setting and collaborating with Senior Subject Matter Experts on complex technical content. In addition to the learning team, there’s a network of bright and energetic colleagues to whom you can turn for support and collaboration to help leverage best practices and lessons learned.

Your role is to lead the development of training strategy and deliverables addressing the human performance requirements of our corporate clients across a wide array of organization objectives. Depending on project scope, assignments vary from working on one project to working on several. Key to your success is the ability to synthesize varied organizational and sometimes conflicting objectives into cohesive consensus based solution utilizing the latest in adult learning techniques.  To do this, you must have experience and skills in the following areas:

Learning Development

You must possess 7+ years of learning strategy and complex instructional design experience across a multitude of various external client  focused projects.   Our learning consultants are considered experts in the industry possessing the following skills and abilities:

  • Able to conduct rapid design workshops to co-create (with our clients) compelling and award level training strategy
  • Interested in the business objectives, not just the training requirements
  • Consult with clients on needs assessments
  • Lead the development of adult learning strategies and complex blended learning solutions
  • Provide overall design leadership, coordination and communication for a team of instructional designers, web designers, graphic artists and others involved in the development.
  • Are deliverable focused vs. platitudes. Willing to roll up their sleeves.
  • Develop trusted relationships with assigned clients targeting instructional design and adult learning.
  • Skilled at negotiating resolution to differences of opinion
  • Proven ability to synthesize conflicting project requirements into a easily understood cohesive strategy
  • Able to assess a large set of diverse inputs into a concise performance improvement strategy achieving project objectives
  • Proactively engages key client stakeholders to build consensus
  • Provide expert guidance to client related to new learning methods, media and technology for adult learning
  • Enhance the learning experience through the inclusion of interactive strategies
  • Able to adapt development processes to achieve project success
  • Make the complex appear simple

Tech Savvy – We go way beyond PowerPoint

You must be an expert in the new digital media that our clients increasingly expect – video, smart phone apps, visual identity for programs and campaigns, infographics, and more.

  • The learning consultant, supported by a graphic artist, is adept at creating compelling designs, incorporating various forms of media to engage the adult corporate learner.

Organizational Awareness

You must understand the environment, culture and related dynamics, to effectively diagnose and design appropriate interventions at the organization, team and individual levels. You…

  • Are attuned to, and work effectively, in the political and cultural environment
  • Have business acumen – keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome.

Thought Partnership

You must act as a thought partner: assesses the challenge, recommend actions, and structure the learning approach & timing

  • Must be able to accurately assess issues, attitudes, needs
  • Provide insights to leaders
  • Think strategically
  • Build lasting relationships
  • Share industry relevant practices and findings

Our consultants demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Provide value every day
  • Model the best attributes of our client’s culture
  • Commit and deliver: “do what you say you will do”
  • Are humble: never forget we are guests at our client’s place of business and are there to make our clients look good.
  • Are engaging and easy to work with
  • Take initiative
  • Are self aware: know what they are good at and what they are not
  • Are composed: Confident, calm in the face of calamity
  • Are adaptable and curious
  • Continuously learn
  • Are interested in “we”
  • Invest in the network
    • Draw on the diverse knowledge of experienced colleagues
    • Live the brand
    • Make our colleagues look good

“When I look back on my career at Expressworks, there are two things I really like in comparison to all the other companies where I’ve worked. One is autonomy. The other is the freedom to be creative. Creativity is a strength that I am able to build on. I can say, ” I’m actually really good at this. Where can I add value?” And then there’s always someone who says, “This person can help you; this person does this, too.” So I am able to go to that person and build on that strength and incorporate it into my client work whenever there’s a chance.”

– Crystal Nguyen

“I think someone would want to join Expressworks because of some obvious reasons: One, it’s the people. The people you work with are everything in this line of business. The people we have at Expressworks are experienced, talented, thought-partners, and they really know how to support the values of Expressworks, one of which is to make each other look good. There are also some non-obvious reason why someone would want to join Expressworks. We have the option of choice. We have the option to do what we really love and what fits our personal value and goals. Those are the things that make Expressworks a great place to work.”

– William Mouton

“The kind of latitude that we get allows us to go after work that inspires us, and when people go after work that inspires them, they don’t just show up. We bring creative, new, forward thinking to our clients, and that’s why they engage us. I hope that they engage us because we’re different than the rest. I hope they engage us because they expect more. I hope they engage us because they really want change that’s going to work, and that’s going to be sustained. I think that’s what we can bring because of the passion that we have for our work.”

– Nicole Vamvakias

“I pair getting results with caring. I’ve seen where people care, but all they do is talk about what they care about and don’t do what’s necessary to actually help the organization or team or client make progress. I really, really value the people in Expressworks. You can see that they are motivated to go and get things done, one way or the other and to find ways to get things done. If the client is not ready to do something a certain way, or there’s an issue or concern, or the mood or morale of the organization is struggling, we find another way to make progress. As time goes by, we are starting from a progressed place and not from where we were because we didn’t get anywhere. When you’ve got great people, great things are going to happen; they’re going to get things done and what is done is what needed to get done.”

– Rick Walters

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The value of being an Expressworks consultant is the ability to choose your assignments, work independently with your clients, and know there’s a highly qualified support network with whom you can collaborate.

Ruth Grouell, Expressworks Executive Recruiter