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Entrepreneurship Manager
Missouri Outreach Manager 
Northern California Outreach Manager - San Francisco Bay Area

 

Entrepreneurship Manager

Small Business Majority is a small business advocacy organization founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today. Since 2005, we have actively engaged small business owners and policymakers in support of public policy solutions, and have delivered information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth and drive a strong, sustainable economy. (www.smallbusinessmajority.org)

Small Business Majority’s Entrepreneurship Program delivers resources and information to entrepreneurs in key areas of running a small business. We provide education about business and policy solutions, products and services that help strengthen existing small businesses and allow would-be entrepreneurs to take the next step in launching their business.

This position reports to the Director of Entrepreneurship. We seek qualified candidates in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago or Washington, D.C.

Job Description & Responsibilities

The Entrepreneurship Manager will work directly with the Director of Entrepreneurship as well as members of the other Small Business Majority departments to maintain and expand the organization’s national Entrepreneurship Program initiatives. Specifically, the responsibilities of the Manager will include:

  • Overseeing execution of major national program to deliver education and resources to small business owners through digital platforms, on-the-ground outreach, partnership development and national communications
  • Working with the Communications Department to develop, update and maintain Small Business Majority’s online platforms and products. This will include working with the Communications Department, partners and outside contractors to develop, edit, organize, maintain and update relevant content on a variety of issues for the program’s online platforms and outreach events
  • In conjunction with Director of Entrepreneurship and Outreach team, establishing strategic partnerships with outside organizations. These partnerships have two goals: 1) to provide relevant expertise, products, services and other resources for our entrepreneurship platforms and events, and 2) to deploy our products and platforms to small business owners through our partnership channels
  • Developing subject matter expertise in the issues addressed by the Entrepreneurship Program, including access to capital, retirement and workplace issues among others
  • Working with the Outreach, Communications and Grant departments to track metrics, communicate all grant deliverables, and serve as a resource in creating plans to execute projects
  • Assisting in development work to secure funding for the program. This includes meeting with potential funders, working with the Grants Department to develop pitch documents and deliver in-depth formal proposals

Qualifications

  • A strong history of project management including creating and implementing new initiatives                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Self-starter who has ability to make/form relationships and partnerships with business organizations, funders, advocates, small business owners and others
  • Experience working on online platforms to deliver compelling and relevant content
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Strong writing and editing experience
  • Experience with data collection and management, including online metrics
  • Development experience fundraising from corporate and/or philanthropic institutions
  • Highly organized and able to track/monitor work being completed in multiple states by multiple staff members
  • Ability to work in a flexible, entrepreneurial environment with frequently shifting priorities and evolving internal processes and structures
  • Strong interest in and/or experience with small business issues
  • Available for occasional travel (approx. 5% of time) to attend key external and internal meetings (including SBM’s annual 3-day retreat and SBM’s annual 2-day Washington, D.C., Summit.)

Please submit cover letter and resume to
humanresources@smallbusinessmajority.org

Small Business Majority is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual preference, citizenship, or marital status.

 


Missouri Outreach Manager 

Small Business Majority is seeking an innovative leader who can work with multiple diverse groups both in the community and within the organization. The Missouri Outreach Manager is interested in becoming an expert on a wide range of policy issues affecting small businesses including healthcare, immigration reform, access to capital and others. The ideal candidate has experience in community outreach and understanding the business community and can work autonomously from a remote office.  This position is based in St. Louis; however, there will be travel throughout Missouri and possibly to neighboring states.  This position reports to the Midwest Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

Outreach to organizations:

  • Partner development: Identify and develop strong external relationships, and serve as liaison with local and state partners and business organizations that work with Small Business Majority.
  • Small business owner relationship building: Build and maintain strong relationships with a multitude of small business owners who are interested in serving as spokespeople across our different issues. Educate and inform small businesses and the self-employed about Small Business Majority’s policy issues.  Assess small business owners needs and connect them to local strategic partners. Inform small business owners on how they can take action to affect state and federal policy decisions.
  • Grants Management: Develop and execute a strategy to complete specific deliverables related to various grant funded projects on behalf of Small Business Majority. Plan, facilitate, and organize events and additional grant requirements of each grant, meeting the deliverables on time and on budget.

Promote an inclusive economy:

  • Speak out on Small Business Majority’s policy issues: Develop credibility and be seen as a local resource on policy issues relevant locally and nationally. Present information to state and local business groups on Small Business Majority’s research and policy issues. Represent Small Business Majority by participating in panels, press conferences, events, coalition meetings and legislative hearings.
  • Find new ways to help small businesses succeed: Proactively seek out new ideas around policy areas in which Small Business Majority should be involved. Collaborate amongst Small Business Majority’s staff, including other state outreach managers and well as national staff, to move a policy issue on the state or national level.

Grow Small Business Majority’s reach in Missouri:

  • Communicate with local reporters to illustrate the power of small business: Fast-track communication with/and secure small business owners for events, legislative priorities and press events. Pitch stories, secure media coverage and work with Communications team to get op-eds and other pieces placed in local media. Develop and maintain relationships with local reporters.
  • Development: Identify, build and maintain national, state and local funding opportunities from foundations, corporations and advocacy organizations. In conjunction with the Midwest Director, raise funding dollars from state based funders each calendar year. Advise on grant proposals and grant reports, bringing in local information and data relevant to the grant application, and keeping detailed records of outreach efforts to present information for funder reports.

Qualifications:

  • 3 years outreach or public engagement experience, work within the business community preferred
  • Ability to work within a remote team throughout the Midwest, while also working independentally in Missouri
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Must be able to work from a home office
  • Regional travel required throughout Missouri, and possibly neighboring or nearby states
  • Outreach managers must also have an entrepreneurial spirit and show this by:
    • Being a self-starter; deadline oriented; ability to work autonomously; personable — able to foster positive working relationships with colleagues, media professionals, funders, partners, etc.
    • Establishing credibility and being seen as a leader in the small business and public policy space locally
    • Problem solving when issues come up, involving management and asking for help when necessary
    • Communicating on a regular basis with other Outreach staff, sharing ideas and best practices

Please submit cover letter and resume to
humanresources@smallbusinessmajority.org

Small Business Majority is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual preference, citizenship, or marital status.


 

Northern California Outreach Manager

Reports to: California Director
Location: San Francisco Bay area

Small Business Majority is seeking a full-time Northern California Outreach Manager based in the greater San Francisco Bay area to manage our on-the-ground work in Northern California. This position will help develop and implement strategies to conduct outreach to small business owners, organizations, policy makers and other small business advocates. This position will focus on a variety of issues including access to capital, health care reform, workforce issues and others. The ideal candidate will have expertise in areas of outreach, public policy engagement and business community engagement and be able to work simultaneously on multiple projects. This position will report to Small Business Majority’s California Director and work collaboratively with our Southern California Outreach Manager.

Outreach responsibilities include:

  • Identify and develop strong external relationships with small business owners, business organizations and policymakers throughout Northern California.
  • Develop strategies to successfully meet specific deliverables related to various grant funded projects on behalf of Small Business Majority in California.
  • Educate and conduct outreach to small employers, the self-employed and business organizations to deliver the resources created through Small Business Majority’s Entrepreneurship Program.
  • In collaboration with local chambers and business organizations, organize, plan and execute in-person presentations, webinars and other small business engagement activities.
  • Inform and activate small business owners to take action to affect state and federal policy decisions by writing letters to policymakers, submitting opinion pieces to local media, testifying at legislative hearings, etc.
  • Fast-track communication with/and secure small business owners for events, legislative priorities and press events.
  • Supported by Small Business Majority’s national Small Business Engagement team, use creative techniques to help grow the small business owner network in Northern California.
  • Assist the California Director in identify funding opportunities for Small Business Majority from philanthropic foundations, corporate giving programs, etc.
  • Participate in panels, press conferences, events and possibly testify at legislative hearings.
  • Enter small business and other contact information into Small Business Majority’s database in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Keep detailed records of outreach efforts and work in conjunction with the California Director and Grants Manager to present information for funder reports.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • In coordination with our national Communications team pitch stories, secure media coverage and place op-eds and other pieces into business and mainstream media.
  • Stay on top of related critical news and developments.
  • Work with Communications staff to coordinate launches and media events.
  • Track news coverage on key issues, legislation, partner organizations, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Strong ability and proven-track record of building and maintaining strong professional relationships with a variety of external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in a flexible, entrepreneurial environment with frequently shifting priorities and evolving internal processes and structures.
  • Driven, self-starter who has ability to network with small business owners, business organizations and policymakers.
  • Experience in advocacy, public policy and political organizing, a plus.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • 3 year’s outreach or public engagement experience, work within the business community preferred.
  • Collaborative in nature with ability to work remotely in conjunction with team members across the country.
  • Strong sense of accountability; driven to meet and exceed expectations.
  • Regional travel required throughout northern California.
  • Successful experience fundraising from corporate and/or philanthropic institutions, a plus.
  • Available for periodic travel throughout California and attend key external and internal meetings (including SBM’s annual 3-day retreat).
  • Must be able to work from a home office, or work from our Sausalito office.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin) a plus.

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to:
humanresources@smallbusinessmajority.org 

Small Business Majority is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual preference, citizenship, or marital status.