Consultants

SOAR management consultants work alongside other accomplished professionals to develop fresh and strategic solutions to organizational issues facing local nonprofits and public agencies. Consultants broaden professional connections and grow their own skill sets while making an important difference in communities throughout Greater Boston.

Why Become a SOAR Management Consultant?

  • Provide valuable and needed support to nonprofits that enrich our Greater Boston communities
  • Share your professional experience, with a flexible schedule that works for you
  • Network with leaders from different fields who share your commitment
  • Participate in professional development opportunities

How Does the Consultation Process Work?

  • SOAR consultants work in teams supported by an experienced project coach to address strategic client goals
  • Once the project is complete, consultants may continue the relationship with the client through implementation
  • Consultants may complete one or more projects per year, generally lasting from four to nine months, with an average commitment of five hours per week
  • Consultants choose their project assignments
  • Hours are flexible; however, consultants are asked to be available for daytime client meetings

What Are the Qualifications to be a SOAR Management Consultant?

  • Significant executive/professional level experience or relevant specialized skills
  • An ability to collaborate with consultants from diverse backgrounds
  • A desire for new challenges and professional growth

Join Us

Qualified candidates are interviewed and those selected participate in an initial professional development orientation over an eight-week period (five hours per week).

Orientation workshop topics include nonprofit structure, strategic planning, nonprofit finance, program evaluation/outcome measurement, relationship management, and consulting skills. Sessions also include guest speakers. In addition, SOAR Management Consulting Group sponsors frequent professional development workshops to enhance consulting skills and provide networking opportunities for consultants.

To apply to be a SOAR Management Consulting Group consultant, please complete and submit the SOAR Management Consulting Group Consultant Application Form. For more information check out our FAQs  or contact us.

Consultant Spotlight

Buchner, Barbara

Barbara Buchner

I’ve been a member of the SOAR Management Consulting Group since 2016. I have participated on the SOAR Partners and Competition Committee, the 2017 SOAR Strategic Planning Committee, the 2020 Strategic Planning Team and am currently a SOAR Board member and chair of the SOAR Consultant Recruitment and Engagement Committee. Through SOAR, I have consulted local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, a summer program for children and adults with disabilities, and a community legal services office. I enjoy helping SOAR clients improve their organizations and increase their social impact in the communities that they serve.

I have over 40 years of experience providing IT services to the Mutual Fund industry.  I was a Managing Director at BNY Mellon, responsible for managing an IT team providing transfer agency systems to support over 100 Mutual Fund organizations.  I was part of the senior management team, focused on leadership, communications, relationship building, client retention as well as acquiring new clients.  

I have served on several Mutual Fund industry committees, including the ICI Broker Dealer Advisory Committee, the NICSA Mid-West Committee and as co-chair of the NICSA Technology Committee.  

I graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College, with a BA degree in Mathematics.