Employment

Media Relations Manager 

Small Business Majority seeks a seasoned Media Relations Manager who will be responsible for planning and executing all media relations campaigns and strategies at the national, state and local levels. The position will develop and implement press strategies, coordinate interviews with reporters and producers, prep spokespeople, pitch stories and manage Small Business Majority’s media database. They will also be responsible for writing press materials, op-eds, talking points and more.

This is an ideal role for a self-starter who’s able to think creatively and strategically to garner earned media in a competitive news climate. This position will be directly involved with the organization’s COVID-19 response work and will need to be comfortable with coordinating competing, fast turnaround opportunities. The role reports to the VP, Communications while also working closely with other members of senior leadership and government affairs. 

The position is based in Washington, D.C.

If you would like to apply, please submit a cover letter indicating your specific interest in Small Business Majority along with 3 current writing samples and your current resume.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and execute media relations plans at the national, state and local levels to raise awareness of short- and long-term small business issues
  • Work closely with the VP, Communications and others to identify and implement new strategies to further the organization’s brand recognition; similarly, develop members of the organization and small business spokespeople as thought leaders on small business and economic issues
  • Develop and nurture relationships with print and online editors, writers, TV/radio producers, bookers, etc. at the national level and in key states
  • Pitch stories, secure media coverage and draft and place op-eds, letters to the editor and other pieces 
  • Write and distribute press releases, media statements, Q&A docs, talking points, policy summaries and other materials as needed
  • Maintain and grow our database of media contacts
  • Provide talking points on key policy issues to small business owners and Small Business Majority staff members
  • Help prepare Small Business Majority staff and small business owners for media interviews/interactions, including media training
  • Stay on top of critical related news and developments
  • Respond quickly to media inquiries
  • Proactively search out opportunities for media interviews and engagement for Small Business Majority staff and members of our small business network

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years media/journalism experience
  • Proven track record securing national broadcast and print coverage 
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal; bilingual a plus
  • Superior writing and interviewing skills
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Self-starter; deadline oriented; personable—able to foster positive working relationships with colleagues, small business owners, partners, etc.
  • Interest in advocacy and public policy; Previous Capitol Hill experience a plus 
  • Ability to understand complex policy issues and translate them into layperson’s terms for small business owners, media, etc.
  • Available to work outside regular working hours and weekends as needs arise 
  • Mastery of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogging) and social media analytics
  • Enjoy a collaborative work environment with ability to work as part of a team with multiple internal and external resources; as well, must be able to work independently and remotely with team members in other cities/states
  • Mastery of all Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Must be able to work from a home office temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Please send your cover letter indicating your specific interest in Small Business Majority along with 3 current writing samples and your current resume to: [email protected]

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.


 

Senior California Program Manager & Southern California Outreach Manager

The Senior California Program Manager & Southern California Outreach Manager oversees and manages a portfolio of outreach programs and partnerships that further the vision and mission of Small Business Majority in California. This position is responsible managing timelines while executing projects and conducting events associated with grants and initiatives throughout the state. The Senior California Program Manager also works closely with the Vice President, California to provide support, guidance and direction to the California Outreach Managers throughout the state.

This position also leads operations throughout the Southern California region, while directly managing the Southern California Outreach Manager. Additionally, this role designs strategies for outreach to small business owners, organizations, policy makers and other small business advocates throughout the region.

On the Program Management side, the Senior California Program Manager will focus on a variety of issues including access to capital, healthcare, retirement and others. Candidates must have exceptional project management skills, attention to detail and follow through along with expertise in areas of business community engagement, VIP relationship management and public policy. Also required is the ability to prioritize and work simultaneously on multiple projects in a fast paced, dynamic environment.

This position is located in Southern California and reports to Small Business Majority’s Vice President, California.

Program management responsibilities include: 

  • Successfully manage programs to meet deliverables and timelines on multiple statewide initiatives in collaboration with the California Outreach Managers.
  • Manage VIP relationships including, funders, partners, small business organizations and policy makers while successfully achieving the goals and outcomes of the programs
  • Collaborate closely with the Vice President, California to direct and support all of the California Outreach Managers around the state to achieve the goals of California programs
  • Oversee and support the outreach education programs managed by Small Business Majority throughout California
  • Assist the Vice President, California in tracking and managing all of the program deliverables of the California Outreach team

Southern California outreach management responsibilities include: 

  • Direct and manage the outreach operations throughout Southern California. This includes managing the Southern California Outreach Manager to ensure goals and objectives for the region are met
  • Identify and develop strong external relationships with business organizations, community organizations, policymakers and other stakeholders throughout California with a particular focus on Southern California
  • Support all the California Outreach Managers through advice, direction and collaboration by sharing best practices and outreach strategies with the team
  • Collaborate with the Vice President, California and the Vice President, Engagement to ensure the California Outreach team keeps up to date with Small Business Majority’s CRM’s system to improve outreach efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President, California to ensure that the California Outreach team maintains detailed records of outreach efforts and works in conjunction with the Grants Manager to present information for funder reports
  • Participate in panels, press conferences and events across the state and at times, nationally
  • In coordination with our national communications team pitch stories, secure media coverage and place op-eds and other pieces into business and mainstream media

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Identify and develop funding opportunities in collaboration with the Vice President, California for Small Business Majority from philanthropic foundations, corporate giving programs, etc.
  • Work closely with the Vice President, California and the Vice President, Entrepreneurship to advance the expansion of SBM’s Venturize digital resource, including the growth of the Venturize matching tool in Southern California and throughout the state. 
  • Stay on top of critical news and developments 
  • Work with Communications team to coordinate launches and media events 
  • Track news coverage on key issues, legislation, partner organizations, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional program management skills with a demonstrated track record of delivering completed programs on time while meeting or exceeding all desired outcomes
  • Strong ability and proven track record of building and maintaining strong professional relationships with a variety of dynamic, high-level 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 business leaders, policymakers and funders
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Collaborative in nature with ability to support and lead a team remotely
  • Strong sense of accountability; driven to meet and exceed expectations
  • Successful experience fundraising from corporate and/or philanthropic institutions, a plus
  • Direct employee management experience, a plus
  • Bilingual (Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog) a plus

Other

  • Regional travel required throughout California
  • Available to attend key external and internal meetings (including SBM’s annual 3-day All-Team retreat and annual 3-day Outreach Retreat)
  • Must be able to work from a home office

Please send your cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.


 

Small Business Engagement Intern

Small Business Majority (SBM) is a national small business organization that empowers America's diverse entrepreneurs to build a thriving and inclusive economy. We engage our network of more than 70,000 small businesses and 1,000 business and community organizations to advocate for public policy solutions and deliver resources to entrepreneurs that promote equitable small business growth. Our deep connections with the small business community along with our scientific research enable us to educate the public about key issues impacting America’s entrepreneurs, with a special focus on advancing the smallest businesses and those facing systemic inequalities. 

This is a 3-month internship with the possibility of extension.  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Work closely with the Engagement Team, and Vice President, Engagement to reach out to and vet small business owners nationally
  • Collect and write small business owner stories specifically with the recent COVID-19 funding legislation as well as other issue-based stories
  • Data entry stories into Salesforce database
  • Other tasks as needed and assigned

Qualifications:

  • Up to 2 years communications/writing experience – entry level position
  • Superior verbal skills ensuring a professional and productive telephone story collection
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience with Salesforce
  • Self-starter; entrepreneurial in nature
  • Highly detail-oriented with strong follow-through
  • Interest in advocacy and public policy
  • Must be able to work from a home office

Please send your cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.


 

Entrepreneurship Research Intern

We seek a temporary, full-time Research Intern to support and assist the Vice President, Entrepreneurship in preparing for and analyzing internal and external surveys and polls.  This position is a 3-month internship with the possibility of extension. 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop questions for internal and external surveys and polls
  • Analyze research finding, including crosstab analysis
  • Synthesize external data sources and compare them to each other and to SBM data
  • Assist in research reporting and writing

Requirements:

  • Familiarity with research methodologies and tools
  • Experience working on quantitative, qualitative and comparative analysis
  • Self-starter; entrepreneurial in nature
  • Highly detail-oriented with strong follow-through
  • Interest in advocacy and public policy
  • Must be able to work from a home office

Please send your cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.