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Director, Policy & Government Affairs

The Director of Policy & Government Affairs oversees Small Business Majority’s policy & government affairs efforts, working in collaboration with the Founder & CEO and the organization’s Communications team. The Director of Policy & Government Affairs manages implementation of the organization’s overall policy goals, oversees national issue campaigns, and works with the organization’s state Outreach team to plan and implement state issue campaigns. The Director is also responsible for building and managing relationships with federal government entities and national business and advocacy groups to further Small Business Majority’s mission. Finally, the Director actively participates in fundraising for the organization’s policy and government affairs work.

This position reports to the Founder & CEO and is located in Washington, DC.

Key Responsibilities

Policy Development & Strategy

The Director of Policy & Government Affairs directs the organization’s overall policy goals and strategy, working in collaboration with the Founder & CEO and the organization’s Planning Group comprised of senior management, of which the Director is a member.  Current organization policy priorities are: healthcare; taxes, economic development and infrastructure; access to capital/responsible lending; retirement security; minimum wage; paid leave; and non-discrimination.

Issue Campaign Management

The Director of Policy & Government Affairs oversees the organization’s national issue campaigns and projects. The Director is responsible for developing and implementing issue campaigns, participating in fundraising to support those campaigns and engaging with key external stakeholders including: government, business organizations and issue advocacy groups. Current principal national issue campaigns are: healthcare; tax policy; and access to capital/responsible lending, with some involvement in other issues affecting America’s small businesses. The Director also works hand-in-hand with the organization’s Communications team to implement all national issue campaigns.

National Government Relations

  • Build and retain relationships with the administration including the White House and key federal agencies (e.g. Small Business Administration, National Economic Council, Treasury Department, Department of Commerce, and Department of Health & Human Services).
  • Build and maintain relationships with key offices on Capitol Hill, including members, leadership offices and relevant committees.
  • Build relationships and engagement strategies with key government officials for each priority campaign.
  • Ensure that policymakers are aware of the organization’s work and activities, particularly in their states.

National Partnership Development

  • Build and manage relationships with other business organizations and explore new relationships to work together on common policy solutions.
  • Engage with with all national coalitions in priority issue areas, ensuring the organization is plugged into all relevant coalition partner activity.
  • Ensure that the organization’s state work is communicated to and integrated with that of the national coalitions.
  • Help grow and build programming for the the organization’s Strategic Partner Program – a network of national, state and local business organizations.                                                                                                          

Coordination with State Outreach Work

  • Support the organization’s state Outreach team in its work to create and implement state policy campaigns.
  • Work closely with the Outreach team to communicate what is happening at the national level and to ensure consistency across the organization’s national and state policy efforts.                                                                                                          

Fundraising

  • Actively participate in national fundraising for the organization’s policy work, including fundraising strategy, input into proposals and interaction with key funders and partners, particularly those located in Washington, DC

Qualifications/Requirements:

The candidate must have:

  • 5+ years experience working on public policy and/or government affairs (business/economic issues preferred)
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and expanding stakeholder relationships
  • Strong interest in business, public policy, and their intersection
  • Passion for the organization’s mission
  • Ability to construct, articulate and implement a strategic plan
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • A strong entrepreneurial/resourceful spirit
  • Flexibility and adaptability to ever-changing priorities
  • Ability to work independently, but also be a team player who will engage with others at varying levels in the organization
  • The ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Availability for travel. While most of the work will be in Washington, DC, there is a need for some national travel

 

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.


 

Grants Manager

The position of Grants Manager reports to the Director of Entrepreneurship and is based in the San Francisco Bay area.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the department’s two grant writers, assign tasks and edit documents produced.

  • Oversee all steps of the grant proposal process including About Us documents, letters of inquiry, formal grant proposals, grant reports and other development material.

  • Work with Small Business Majority CEO, directors and others to create grant proposals.

  • Ensure department meets deadlines for grant submissions, grant renewals and grant reports. This includes ensuring the grant-tracking database and reporting notification systems are up to date and accurate.

  • Help in the development prospecting process including leading weekly development calls, helping find new prospects and working with appropriate staff to ensure prospect-tracking system is current.

  • Write letters of inquiry, formal proposals, reports and other materials as needed.

  • Assist the CEO and other directors in other areas of development work as required.

Requirements:

  • Self-starter

  • 2 years grant/proposal writing and management experience

  • Superior research and writing skills

  • Ability to organize and synthesize volumes of disparate information from multiple sources

  • Ability to work with multiple team members

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities

  • Interest in advocacy, politics and public policy

  • Mastery of all Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Pluses:

  • Small business experience

  • Experience in some or all of the following fields: Healthcare, entrepreneurship, access to capital, retirement security, tax and budget

  • Familiarity with CRM tools such as Salesforce

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.


 

Colorado Outreach Manager

Celebrating our 10th anniversary, 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. We regularly engage our network of more than 45,000 small business owners and thousands of business organizations, along with a formal strategic partnership program of more than 125 business organizations, enabling us to reach more than 500,000 entrepreneurs. Our extensive scientific polling, focus groups and economic research help us educate and inform policymakers, the media and other stakeholders about issues including taxes, healthcare, access to capital, clean energy, immigration, entrepreneurship and workforce development.  

Small Business Majority is seeking a full-time Outreach Manager based in the greater Denver metro area to manage our on-the-ground work in Colorado. This position will help develop and implement strategies to conduct outreach to small business owners, organizations 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, media engagement and business community engagement and be able to work simultaneously on multiple projects. This position will report to Small Business Majority’s Vice-President, National Outreach and work alongside our existing Denver-based Outreach Manager. 

Outreach Responsibilities Include:

  • Identify and develop strong external relationships, and serve as liaison with local and state partners such as small business owners, business organizations, other advocacy organizations, funders, reporters and policymakers 
  • Develop strategy to successfully meet specific deliverables related to various grant funded projects on behalf of Small Business Majority in Colorado and potentially other states in the Western United States region   
  • Identify funding opportunities for Small Business Majority from philanthropic foundations, corporate giving programs, etc. In coordination with national team, strategize to develop relationships with Colorado-based institutional funders t0 secure grant funds 
  • Educate small employers, the self-employed and business organization about relevant public policy issues facing small businesses by planning, facilitating and organizing events including conference call briefings, webinars and in-person presentations throughout Colorado 
  • Inform small business owners on how they can take action to affect state and federal policy decisions by writing letters to policymakers, submitting opinion pieces to local media, etc. 
  • Participate in panels, press conferences, events and possibly testify at legislative hearings 
  • Supported by Small Business Majority’s national Small Business Engagement team, use creative techniques to help grow the small business owner network
  • Fast-track communication with/and secure small business owners for events, legislative priorities and press events
  • 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 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 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 
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • 3 years outreach or public engagement experience, work within the business community preferred
  • Self-starter who has ability to make cold calls and network with small business owners, business organizations, funders, policymakers and other advocates
  • Interest in advocacy, public policy and small business issues
  • 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 Colorado, and possibly neighboring or nearby states
  • Successful experience fundraising from corporate and/or philanthropic institutions, a plus 
  • Available for periodic travel throughout Colorado (and potentially nearby states) and attend key external and internal meetings (including SBM’s annual 3-day retreat in California) 
  • Must be able to work from a home office 

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.


 

Communications Associate

The position of Communications Associate supports Small Business Majority (SBM) staff in all areas of policy research and writing.  Reporting to the Communications Director, the Communications Associate provides direct writing support to the Director of Entrepreneurship, as well as the CEO, Regional Outreach Directors and Outreach Managers. 

This position is located in our Washington, DC office.

Responsibilities include:

  • Draft and edit documents including fact sheets, talking points, advocacy letters and public education materials

  • Draft speeches, letters to the editor, op-eds, and other opinion pieces

  • Work with the Director of Entrepreneurship to develop content and resources for the organization’s Entrepreneurship Program, including developing and updating PowerPoints and other educational materials (handouts, fact sheets, videos, etc.) to deliver educational information

  • Write and curate content SBM’s Entrepreneurship Portal, the online platform we use to deliver information and resources to small business owners about the various components of our Entrepreneurship Program

  • Develop communications resources on key initiatives for partner organizations including, but not limited to, social media guidance, messaging guidance, and more

  • Research and write policy summaries and reports

  • Write web content and blog posts

  • Keep up with articles and blog postings about relevant issues and small business perspectives in both print and electronic publications; make recommendations on, and craft responses

  • Work with our outreach team to interview small business spokespeople and write profiles/case studies

Requirements:

  • Superior writing and editing skills

  • Min 2-3 years writing experience

  • 1-2 years experience in public policy and/or non-profit

  • Ability to quickly condense complex issues into multiple digestible written components
    Interest in advocacy and public policy

  • Collaborative in nature; enjoy working as part of a team with multiple internal and external resources; as well, must be confident and able to work independently

  • Self-starter; entrepreneurial in nature

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Fast-paced work environment; deadline-oriented with changing priorities

  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogging) 

  • Mastery of all Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • Any of the following experience a plus: small business, healthcare, taxes

Please submit cover letter, resume and 2-3 writing samples 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.