The Company: The Business Outreach Center Network (BOC Network) is a community-based, non-profit organization, serving New York City. For over 15 years, BOC Network has fostered microenterprise and community business development and job creation by building community relationships, sharing business knowledge and resources, bridging access to capital, and more. BOC promotes economic justice together with its affiliate loan fund BOC Capital Corp., a community development financial institution (CDFI) and SBA micro-lender. BOC Network achieves its mission by helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams, by helping community businesses access capital and by supporting businesses that create local jobs. BOC Network is looking for a highly capable and enthusiastic individual to join its team.
To learn more please visit: www.bocnet.org
The Opportunity: Bi-lingual Business Counselor and Trainer
The Business Counselor and Trainer will be an integral member of the BOC Network Women’s Business Center and immigrant business development initiatives in Brooklyn. The Business Counselor & Trainer will report to the BOC WBC’s Program Director and will be responsible for providing one-on-one business counseling, pre-loan and general business technical assistance, and sector-specific training to individuals working to start or expand a microenterprise/small business. In addition, the Business Counselor and Trainer will assist with program coordination, reporting and administration. Fluency in Spanish and/or French is preferred.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Conduct outreach, source clients and promote BOC services in local neighborhoods
Both organize and represent the organization at community and small business events;
Conduct client interviews, assessment of needs, referrals and follow-up;
Provide individualized business planning, management, marketing and financial technical assistance, including loan packaging;
Deliver individual coaching and small group workshops for community business owners and new entrepreneurs on small business topics, building credit and techniques for start-up, operations and growth;
Deliver workshops and trainings, including Spring and Fall evening microenterprise development courses designed by BOC.
Manage client flies, both physical and electronic; track client progress; enter activities in applicable databases;
Research available programs and cultivate relationships with public and private microenterprise and small business resource providers;
Write client profiles for public relations and reporting and articles for e-newsletters;
Research and provide guidance in microenterprise and business trends and techniques and develop specialized and/or industry-specific expertise;
Coordinate short-term initiatives with the support of BOC Network’s Director of Programs;
Actively contribute to the overall development of the organization and take on additional responsibilities as needed;
Work during scheduled and periodic evening and Saturday hours.
Minimum 2 years of relevant professional work experience, particularly as part of a diverse team; i.e. business counseling, management consulting/coaching, loan officer, small business trainer, marketing and P/R, financial analyst, government grants management, etc.
Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in relevant field; Master’s degree – highly desired;
Ability to review financial statements and sales projections and develop small business cash flow analysis; work-related experience desired;
Strong written and verbal communications, sales ability and team skills;
Ability to promote/sell program services and to develop and implement targeted marketing campaigns, represent the organization in public and maintain community relationships;
Ability to learn and work in a fast-paced environment;
Comfortable managing diverse tasks simultaneously—sales activities, direct services, administrative functions, and team support for program design and coordination;
Bilingual Spanish and/or French;
Experience owning/managing a small business a plus;
Self-initiating; organized; great attention to detail; resourceful; and flexible;
Advanced computer skills including MS Excel;
Graphic design and/or website development/management experience a plus;
Passionate about community business and economic justice. .
Salary range $32K – $42K; will be determined based on qualifications and experience.
Please send a letter of interest/cover letter and resume to Theresa Santiago, Director of Network Programs, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org; write BUSINESS COUNSELOR & TRAINER in the subject line. No phone calls please.