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Position Summary

The Small Business Director will lead our organization’s efforts to strengthen community-based small businesses in metro Denver. CCWB does this through building meaningful relationships with BIPOC business owners to understand their strengths and challenges; connecting them to resources and new markets; providing learning opportunities, including individual coaching, presentations from specialists, and peer-to-peer thought partnership sessions; and elevating the voices and perspectives of BIPOC small business owners. This position will also lend strategic support to our anchor institution organizing and organizational development. The ideal candidate must have a passion for creating structural change, advancing racial justice, and creating a new economic paradigm that reverses the economic inequities. 


Job Responsibilities


Community-Based Business Organizing (approx. 65% of time)

Business Outreach

  • Conduct strategic and intensive outreach efforts (through door-to-door and phone/text outreach) to business owners in targeted neighborhoods at risk of gentrification and displacement
  • Build one-on-one relationships with community-based small business owners
  • Conduct strategic outreach efforts to small businesses in target industry areas
  • Compile information on existing community-based minority and women-owned businesses


Capacity Building

  • Conduct business needs assessments to identify self-interest, areas for development, funding needs, potential for growth, and readiness to connect with business needs of anchor institutions
  • Develop relationships with small business capacity-building organizations and inventory the services they provide
  • Work with small business capacity building organizations to incorporate high need services, develop seamless referral system, and develop a strong small business support ecosystem
  • Connect small business to capacity building organizations as needed
  • Design and implement learning experiences that can benefit both traditional and employee-owned businesses
  • Continue to facilitate convenings of BIPOC-owned, small catering companies to discuss common challenges and needs, and inspire collective action to address pressing issues. Organize additional cohorts of business owners as relationships are developed within other industry specific segments.


Communications

  • Maintain and update website monthly to ensure accuracy of information
  • Create timely newsletter of compiled information and resources for small business owners, and share with other technical assistance partners 
  • Engage city and state offices for certification and business procurement opportunities.
  • Communicate with small business owners by email, in person, phone call and text as needed
  • Work with database developer to create a user-friendly online database to facilitate connecting small businesses to anchor institutions and other potential customers
  • Develop and manage small business website content 


Anchor Institution Organizing Support (approx. 20% of time) 

  • Participate in meetings with anchor institutions to build awareness of current and future market opportunities through procurement and the requirements to compete for contracts
  • Work with the Anchor Strategy Director and CCWB Executive Director to:
  • Co-design and implement strategies to advance local sourcing of goods and services by Denver Anchor Network members
  • Develop a method to measure impact of anchor procurement on small businesses
  • Work with Anchor Strategy Director and a contractor on the build out of Co-Purchase Colorado (CPC), a group purchasing prototype that connects congregations’ racial and economic justice values to their purchasing practices. 
  • Conduct and improve business vetting process
  • Participate in weekly team meetings
  • Participate in monthly meetings with congregation partners to understand their business needs
  • Remain connected to CPC businesses to troubleshoot relationships with congregations and measure dollar impact of new business generated by CPC


Organizational Support (approx. 10% of time)

Work with staff team on:

  • Fundraising projects including drafting concept papers and supporting grant writing efforts 
  • Conducting program evaluations and writing evaluation reports
  • Managing volunteers and student interns
  • Movement building projects including general presentations on Community Wealth Building principles, meetings with potential partners, and public policy advocacy
  • Work collaboratively with the team to ensure that information/workshop delivery is aligned


Other Duties as Assigned (approx. 5% of time)

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working with people from low-income and diverse backgrounds, one-on-one and in a group
  • Bachelor degree or higher in Business Administration or related field, or 5 years of experience conducting business outreach, writing business plans including conducting market studies, viability assessments, budgeting, financial management, profit projections, or marketing plans
  • Deep and demonstrated commitment to racial and economic justice
  • Strong understanding of systems of oppression
  • Strong grasp of Community Wealth Building methodologies
  • Experience managing volunteers and student interns
  • Experience with grassroots community organizing or labor organizing for social change
  • Self-starter with the ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Capacity to multitask in a fast-paced setting
  • Strong communication, presentation, public speaking, and writing skills
  • Experience planning and effectively facilitating meetings and workshops
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights/ weekends
  • Willingness to work in a variety of environments: office, on site business locations, partner offices, home
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Gmail, and Google Suite
  • Car available for work purposes, valid driver’s license, and auto insurance (mileage reimbursed)


Desired Qualifications

  • Bilingual Spanish/English and cultural competency (Intermediate-High level of fluency or equivalent – verbal and written) 
  • Experience with HubSpot
  • Empathy and strong interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of movement building principles and practices
  • Strong organizational skills, with experience managing complex projects involving multiple actors
  • Experience working with social media in a professional context
  • Experience designing programs (using a program logic model)
  • Familiarity with lean design principles
  • Familiarity with fundraising principles and practices
  • Relationships with Denver area stakeholders (specifically government agencies; nonprofits; the business community; public policy, economic development, and community organizing entities; and labor unions)


Work Style and Organizational Culture

  • Strong team player with ability to work autonomously 
  • Comfort with non-traditional approaches to economic development and willingness to be creative in solving problems in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Drive to achieve and exceed goals and objectives and think creatively to develop strategies and course-correct, as needed
  • Respect for community-based models of change and commitment to empowering community partners
  • Comfortable working on a small team with big ideas and no support staff
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high-quality service

Position Summary

The Small Business Director will lead our organization’s efforts to strengthen community-based small businesses in metro Denver. CCWB does this through building meaningful relationships with BIPOC business owners…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 3, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$50,000 - $65,000

Benefits

A competitive benefits package includes health/dental/vision/life insurance, long and short-term disability, and 401k (after one year), paid holidays, and vacation and sick time.


A competitive benefits package includes health/dental/vision/life insurance, long and short-term disability, and 401k (after one year), paid holidays, and vacation and sick time.


Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish proficiency a plus

Spanish proficiency a plus

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Denver, CO
Associated Location
Denver, CO, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter (explaining why you are a good fit for the position), a relevant writing sample of no more than two (2) pages (grant LOI, article, a business plan section, etc.),  via e-mail to connect@communitywealthbuilding.org with the subject “Small Business Director”.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter (explaining why you are a good fit for the position), a relevant writing sample of no more than two (2) pages (grant LOI, article, a business plan…

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