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Small Business Developer

#17-0909

REPORTS TO: Program Director, YWCA Greenbridge Learning Center 

LOCATION: YWCA Greenbridge in White Center

DESCRIPTION:

The small business developer’s primary function is to offer assistance and support to existing White Center and neighboring local businesses and incubation assistance for future startups to help them thrive economically. The small business developer functions as a liaison between the business community and residents seeking employment opportunities within White Center, promoting a symbiotic relationship between business and community resulting in an economically thriving White Center.  This position will coordinate locally-focused recruitment fairs, featured employer of the day events and other functions that increase the visibility of local businesses and offer employment opportunities to residents. This position will organize and coordinate a White Center and South King County business advisory group and an annual Business-to-Business networking event that provides businesses with an opportunity to discuss how their products and services fit into the community and how they can best collaborate for each other’s benefit. The small business developer will also provide one-on-one business planning consultations to new and existing White Center businesses and offer entrepreneurial training and support to White Center residents in collaboration with entrepreneurial education and service providers. The focus of both business and job seeker development services is on people of color, immigrants and refugees, and limited English proficient residents.

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work directly with White Center businesses to assess their immediate and long-term staffing needs and determine what skillsets and education needed to fill job openings
  • Develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships between the YWCA, WorkSource, and White Center businesses.
  • Promote and encourage local employers to fill their staffing needs directly from White Center residents.
  • Assist residents to develop business plans and provide one-on-one business planning and development consultations with residents
  • Work in partnership with  Highline College StartZone; the Puget Sound Welcome Back Center, Seattle SCORE the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, and other entrepreneurial service and training providers
  • Coordinate job placements between residents and employers to ensure mutual benefits for White Center residents and businesses
  • Build a matrix of White Center employers from diverse industries to meet regularly to share information on hiring trends and other useful economic data.
  • Develop understanding of Section III initiatives and foster the creation of both individual and collaborative businesses among King County Housing Authority residents
  • Work with local financial institutions and the Small Business Administration to provide resources, information, navigation assistance, and funding opportunities for small businesses
  • Meet regularly with Greenbridge staff to understand program participant skills and interests in order to place jobseekers with local White Center businesses.
  • Assist career navigator and program coordinator to collect data and information to guide decisions on education needs and other requirement to successfully prepare residents to secure living wage employment Participate in YWCA employer advisory group meetings.
  • Report program outcomes, successes and challenges to program coordinator and director.
  • Attend YWCA Greenbridge monthly staff meeting.

Other Duties:

  • Organize “Local Employer Breakfast/Lunch” events designed to promote interactions between businesses and partnership between the YWCA, WorkSource, and the community.
  • Develop internship, apprenticeship and other learning opportunities with local employers
  • Network with local Chamber of Commerce, industry associations, HR groups, diversity networks and others to learn about business needs in the community
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative in all aspects of businesses and workforce development by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in all institutions and systems.
  • Develop understanding of how racist practices and policies have resulted in inequities in the development of regional businesses
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions.
  • Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity.
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring.
  • Assure that clients, residents, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, business administration or related field desired.  An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products
  • One to two years of demonstrated experience required performing similar work related to employer relations, human resources, marketing or other relevant experience
  • Core competencies expected: achievement, caring, communication: oral and written, initiative, collaboration, planning and organizing/time management, interpersonal skills, negotiating, decision making, problem solving, professionalism, technical expertise, fostering diversity, race & social justice advocacy

PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In performing this job, the employee:

  • Continuously does indoor work including operating computer
  • Frequently stands and walks while performing duties
  • Occasionally reaches outward, above shoulders, lifts/Carries 11-20 lbs., pushes/pulls 13 – 25 lbs., bends, and handles/fingers office equipment

* Continuously over 80% time, frequently 20-80% time, and Occasionally under 20% time

BENEFITS, HOURS, RATE:

  • $19.00 per hour  
  • Part time 20  hours per week
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt
  • Grant-funded position, review for funding availability
  • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and cover letter along with the job title included in the subject line to mahiring@ywcaworks.org.

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled

The YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer