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Executive Director (Greensboro/High Point)

ORGANIZATION: National Institute of Minority Economic Development
POSITION: Executive Director

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINORITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The National Institute of Minority Economic Development exists to strengthen the asset base of diverse populations through policy, education, and economic opportunities. We do this by helping diverse small businesses, HBCUs, and nonprofit organizations to grow, thrive, create jobs, become sustainable, and be valued partners within their local communities. Our vision is economic prosperity for diverse populations and an environment in which race, gender, and geography are no longer a barrier to economic opportunity and prosperity. Our core values are trust, excellence, innovation, and collaboration. We believe that all people should have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to our economy and civic life.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

This position is responsible for the development of education and training programs that address the needs of women entrepreneurs. The position will manage human and financial resources of the organization to achieve the Women’s Business Center’s mission. The position will develop and foster partnerships with other resource providers across the state to better serve our clients in the most collaborative manner.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL

  • Provide strategic direction and guidance in alignment with the WBCG’s mission and vision
  • Develop training and counseling programs for women entrepreneurs
  • Plan and oversee the execution of WBCG’s conferences, seminars and education and training events on a state-wide basis with a primary focus on the WBCG’s 55 county service area
  • Recruit and establish an advisory board to support the WBCG’s vision
  • Interview, evaluate and contract with presenters for training programs
  • Work with the Institute’s Executive Management team in support of program operations and financial management
  • Engage in program fundraising as necessary and as approved by the Institute and SBA
  • Coordinate services and activities with other Institute’s programs
  • Oversee WBCG’s financial reporting and manage WBCG budget
  • Review and approve expenditures of WBCG
  • Report performance and statistical activities quarterly to SBA
  • Provide performance reports on a semi-annual basis, or as needed
  • Establish partnerships between WBCG and other WBCs, state agencies and organizations
  • Manage WBCG staff and consultants
  • Approve timesheets and time out of office requests
  • Conduct employee performance management reviews
  • Manage all marketing and publishing campaigns, WBCG newsletters and marketing brochures
  • Oversee the WBCG database
  • Provide oversight of the WBCG’s website content in accordance with SBA guidelines

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF

You have a Master of Business Administration or in a related field and at least five years’ experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.  Experience in Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications required. Working knowledge of business and entrepreneurship; budget and financial statements; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong understanding of organizational behavior and design; strong interpersonal and relationship skills; ability to meet deadlines; working knowledge of curriculum development.

YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Starting salary range: $65,000-$75,000

  • A compassionate and supportive work environment.

  • A competitive benefits package including paid time off and sick leave, health and dental insurance, life insurance, and the option to participate in a 403b retirement plan with employer match.

  • A background check conditional for job offer. Must satisfactorily pass a national service criminal history check that includes national sex offender registry, State Police, and FBI checks. The National Institute of Minority Economic Development is an equal opportunity employer.

HOW TO APPLY

For consideration, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. Cover letters must address candidate experience and qualifications being sought. All materials should be sent to jnghiemlee@theinsitutenc.org with e-mail Subject Title: Women's Business Center Greensboro Executive Director Position.

Executive Director (Durham)

ORGANIZATION: National Institute of Minority Economic Development
POSITION: Executive Director

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINORITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The National Institute of Minority Economic Development exists to strengthen the asset base of diverse populations through policy, education, and economic opportunities. We do this by helping diverse small businesses, HBCUs, and nonprofit organizations to grow, thrive, create jobs, become sustainable, and be valued partners within their local communities. Our vision is economic prosperity for diverse populations and an environment in which race, gender, and geography are no longer a barrier to economic opportunity and prosperity. Our core values are trust, excellence, innovation, and collaboration. We believe that all people should have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to our economy and civic life.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

Public Allies North Carolina is a program of the National Institute of Minority Economic Development, and a member of the AmeriCorps national service network. The Executive Director is the leader and administrator of the Public Allies North Carolina site. The Executive Director ensures the overall leadership, operational and programmatic excellence of the site. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: fund development, external relations, and driving the development of community impact strategies through collaboration, innovation, and strategic partnerships throughout the State of North Carolina. Internally, the Executive Director builds capacity and infrastructure to support effective programming, staff development, internal collaboration and support of other programs, operational and financial management to sustain a program that is rooted in the communal social impact and concern.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL

Site Leadership

  • Identify community partners and foster their relationship to place allies and advance the Public Ally Program.
  • Place allies with community partners, according to ally allocation from the national office.
  • Hold regularly scheduled capacity building training sessions for allies and community partners.
  • Maintain and regularly meet with an active local advisory board that champions the program in the community and provides advice regarding goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate with Public Allies National Organization and other affiliates for program standardization, best practices and compliance.
  • Vision cast goals, expectations and program expansion for site and provide timely, helpful feedback and reports on progress toward meeting those goals and expectations.
  • Create and support innovations and partnerships that improve program quality, expand the impact, and encourage lead to growth and enhanced sustainability.
  • Serve as an active ambassador in the community and engage stakeholders productively to raise awareness and support organizational success and sustainability.
  • Develop and implement effective communications strategies to attract allies and communicate program impact.
  • Manage alumni engagement and communications for long term sustainability and permanent placement.
  • Fund Development and Fiscal Management.
  • Fundraise, in collaboration with The Institute development team, to garner the necessary resources to operate effectively and meet program financial goals.
  • Manage program donor relationships, including federal, foundation, individual and corporate grants by meeting reporting requirements and other grant compliance responsibilities.
  • Identify in-kind support that reduces program and operating costs and increases organizational and program effectiveness
  • Manage and oversee local finances in full compliance with PANO fiscal management policies and procedures

Fund Development and Fiscal Management

  • Fundraise, in collaboration with The Institute development team, to garner the necessary resources to operate effectively and meet program financial goals.

  • Manage program donor relationships, including federal, foundation, individual and corporate grants by meeting reporting requirements and other grant compliance responsibilities.

  • Identify in-kind support that reduces program and operating costs and increases organizational and program effectiveness

  • Manage and oversee local finances in full compliance with PANO fiscal management policies and procedures

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF

Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred. Candidate should have 5+ years of professional experience in nonprofit leadership and management. Strong strategic thinking skills are essential, having the ability to co-create a vision and enroll staff and stakeholders in that vision. Candidate should have demonstrated success in identifying, building and managing key stakeholder relationships within the State of North Carolina that increases organizational visibility, partnership opportunities and funding sources. Strong people management skills, including the ability to motivate and coach to achieve results; able to manage complex and ambiguous goals and champion change are required. Ability to think critically combined with a sound understanding of strategic business planning. Must have a passion for and demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of social justice and a belief in young people’s ability to lead. Strong teambuilding and collaborative leadership skills and demonstrated experience as an entrepreneurial thinker and product developer, ability to identify key opportunities and challenges and the agility to respond accordingly are preferred. Candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy with diverse constituent groups. A commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

  • An outgoing personality with the ability to relate to a wide variety of people at all levels of authority.
  • Strong leadership qualities (i.e., management, organizational, analytical and relationship development).
  • Energetic results-oriented team member who can manage time, resources and quickly grasp their responsibilities, innovative and self-motivated with strong project management, conceptual and critical-thinking skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse colleagues and function within a high-performing team that can travel throughout the Institute’s footprint.
  • Understand change management and can manage multiple priorities, handle changing priorities with strong attention to detail; ability to navigate effectively in a matrix organization.
  • Understand and apply corporate policies and procedures and be familiar with information systems, including Outlook, Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word & Excel) and Novant’s third party supplier diversity management system.

YOU CAN EXPECT

  • A compassionate and supportive work environment.

  • A competitive benefits package including paid time off and sick leave, health and dental insurance, life insurance, and the option to participate in a 403b retirement plan with employer match.

  • A background check conditional for job offer. Must satisfactorily pass a national service criminal history check that includes national sex offender registry, State Police, and FBI checks. The National Institute of Minority Economic Development and Public Allies is an equal opportunity employer.

HOW TO APPLY

For consideration, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. Cover letters must address candidate experience and qualifications being sought. All materials should be sent to rmccullough@theinstitutenc.org with e-mail Subject Title: Public Allies Executive Director Position.

Public Allies Apprenticeship (Durham/Raleigh)

ORGANIZATION: National Institute of Minority Economic Development
POSITION: Apprenticeship

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINORITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The National Institute of Minority Economic Development exists to strengthen the asset base of diverse populations through policy, education, and economic opportunities. We do this by helping diverse small businesses, HBCUs, and nonprofit organizations to grow, thrive, create jobs, become sustainable, and be valued partners within their local communities. Our vision is economic prosperity for diverse populations and an environment in which race, gender, and geography are no longer a barrier to economic opportunity and prosperity. Our core values are trust, excellence, innovation, and collaboration. We believe that all people should have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to our economy and civic life.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

Public Allies is a 10-month, paid AmeriCorps Apprenticeship and Leadership Development Program. We are committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership capacities of our community members. When you apply to Public Allies, you are applying to become part of a dynamic leadership development program, and to be placed in a full-time apprenticeship position with a local organization, school, or government initiative. (Read more: publicallies.org)

The AmeriCorps Public Ally will work on an initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by Black, Indigenous, and Latino boys/young men in Wake County. This Ally will work collaboratively with community groups to identify issues that impact the well-being of young men of color in Wake County and determine programming solutions that would address these issues.

Public Allies is a 10-month, full-time commitment through AmeriCorps. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis at apply.publicallies.org. Men of color are encouraged to apply for this role.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL

The Public Allies Apprenticeship Program consists of the following components:

  • Placement: Four days per week, each Ally serves with a nonprofit organization that has a deep commitment to cultivate, mentor, and encourage the development of young leaders. In each organization, the Ally is assigned a supervisor who will guide their work, challenge and coach them through work experience, and expose them to opportunities and experiences common to professional life in the nonprofit or government sector. Allies will work full-time with their partner organization to achieve measurable service goals.
  • Cohort: We've developed a cohort model, in which all Allies convene regularly as a group, cultivating a sense of community and support. Allies are encouraged to collaborate in their work and personal development.
  • Training & Learning: Once a week, Allies gather for all-day trainings focused on skill-building, nonprofit leadership, and understanding persistent social issues as part of a broader leadership development model that includes 1-on-1 coaching, leadership development, self-discovery, and other professional development opportunities.

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF

  • You are committed to stepping up as a leader in your community

  • Have a willingness to learn and grow

  • Have at least a high school diploma or GED

  • You are a US citizen or have permanent residency
  • You are at least 17 years of age

  • Not be listed on state or national sex offender registries, nor be convicted of murder

Our program is available to all who meet the above requirements. People of color, LGBTQ-identified folks, people with disabilities, the economically disadvantaged, Spanish speakers, formerly incarcerated people, and those who have not obtained a 2- or 4-year degree are encouraged to apply. We are especially seeking applicants that are Black, Indigenous, or Latino men, to ensure that our cohort reflects the diversity of North Carolina.

YOU CAN EXPECT

Public Allies North Carolina offers a living stipend of $16,000 over 10 months, 100% health insurance coverage, and a childcare voucher for eligible candidates. While serving, members are allowed to defer their student loans and may qualify for other financial services, such as food assistance. Upon successful completion of their 10 months of service, Allies will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of over $6,000 for future educational expenses or to repay qualified student loans. Other benefits include:

  • A compassionate and supportive work environment.

  • A competitive benefits package including health insurance, tuition reimbursement, professional development assistance among other benefits.

  • A background check conditional for job offer. Must satisfactorily pass a national service criminal history check that includes national sex offender registry, State Police, and FBI checks. The National Institute of Minority Economic Development and Public Allies is an equal opportunity employer.

HOW TO APPLY

For consideration, interested candidates must apply online at: publicallies.org/ally-application/

Office Manager I (Raleigh/Durham)

ORGANIZATION: National Institute of Minority Economic Development
POSITION: Office Manager I

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINORITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The National Institute of Minority Economic Development exists to strengthen the asset base of diverse populations through policy, education, and economic opportunities. We do this by helping diverse small businesses, HBCUs, and nonprofit organizations to grow, thrive, create jobs, become sustainable, and be valued partners within their local communities. Our vision is economic prosperity for diverse populations and an environment in which race, gender, and geography are no longer a barrier to economic opportunity and prosperity. Our core values are trust, excellence, innovation, and collaboration. We believe that all people should have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to our economy and civic life.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

This is a full-time position reporting directly to the Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Office Manager II. This position is a key member of the administrative team and supports the Office Manager II, Executive Team and Program Directors. The Office Manager II will coordinate, manage and assist in all administrative and operational tasks in both the Raleigh and Durham offices. Hours may vary depending on the needs of the organization; however, the Office Manager I can generally expect to work normal business hours. 

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL

Using appropriate methods and best practices, the Office Manager II will coordinate, manage and assist with overall facility management and office administration by identifying and implementing processes that increase efficiency and workflow. The major responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Raleigh front-office, Institute offices and building maintenance 
  • Provide a welcoming atmosphere for all staff, vendors, tenants and guests 
  • Co-manage staff, volunteers and interns within financial and administrative departments 
  • Property Management: Assist with building management including maintenance and tenant relations (Durham and Raleigh) 
  • Collaborate with Office Manager II on tasks including but not limited to building lease advertising and contracts, event planning, website updates and marketing support 
  • Coordinate organizational policy development and system improvement, including IT 
  • Maintain office supply inventory, building passes and parking assignments 
  • Assist with processing accounts payable; processing payments and deposits 
  • Prepare calendars, reports, invoices, summaries and other documents 
  • Create, read, analyze, file, retrieve and organize organizational documents, invoices, and orders 
  • Manage internal IT resources and infrastructure with vendor 
  • Vendor management 
  • Equipment inventory, by location and annual audit prep 
  • Aid in the preparation of the annual and strategic reports 
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Aid all programs in the administration and execution of the program’s strategic initiatives. Support may include, but is not limited to: 

  • Grant application assistance, data analytics and documentation 
  • Event management and program compliance 
  • Consolidation of program data

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF

You are a motivated and diligent individual with the ability to multi-task and work both independently as well as collaborate among diverse staff, program partners, community leaders and vendors. You are detail-oriented, have strong communications skills and proactively anticipate the needs of your leader and team. You like to work in a challenging and dynamic environment that can change and improve the lives of underserved communities.

  • Possess a bachelor's degree
  • Requires 3-5 years of experience in office administration, facility management, event planning, finance, accounting or bookkeeping and IT 
  • Proven experience in people management and proficiency in utilization of technology and office systems, software and equipment
  • Have the ability to work with diverse staff, program partners, community leaders and vendors 
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Can work independently with minimal supervision and collaborate effectively when necessary
  • Must exhibit integrity and professionalism at all times when representing the organization 
  • Bilingual – English (first language) Spanish is a plus (not required) 
  • Ability to travel as needed.

YOU CAN EXPECT

  • A compassionate and supportive work environment.

  • A competitive benefits package including paid time off and sick leave, health and dental insurance, life insurance, and the option to participate in a 403b retirement plan with employer match.

  • A background check conditional for job offer. Must satisfactorily pass a national service criminal history check that includes national sex offender registry, State Police, and FBI checks. The National Institute of Minority Economic Development is an equal opportunity employer.

HOW TO APPLY

For consideration, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. Cover letters must address candidate experience and qualifications being sought. All materials should be sent to jnghiemlee@theinstitutenc.org with e-mail Subject Title: Office Manager I Position.

Public Policy Analyst (Durham)

ORGANIZATION: Research, Policy and Impact Center
POSITION: Public Policy Analyst

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINORITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The National Institute of Minority Economic Development exists to strengthen the asset base of diverse populations through policy, education, and economic opportunities. We do this by helping diverse small businesses, HBCUs, and nonprofit organizations to grow, thrive, create jobs, become sustainable, and be valued partners within their local communities. Our vision is economic prosperity for diverse populations and an environment in which race, gender, and geography are no longer a barrier to economic opportunity and prosperity. Our core values are trust, excellence, innovation, and collaboration. We believe that all people should have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to our economy and civic life.

ABOUT THE RESEARCH, POLICY AND IMPACT CENTER

The Research, Policy and Impact Center (RPIC) is a non-partisan research advocacy organization, technical assistance provider, and racial equity change agent. We engage minority voices and educate decision-makers for the purpose of better supporting diverse communities. The RPIC measures and tracks the state of minority and women owned businesses, serves as the center of knowledge on the status of minority and women owned business and relevant public sector policies and private sector practices, and hosts forums/symposia on key areas of interests in the economic development and net worth growth of minorities, women, and under resourced populations. At the RPIC, community engagement is our guiding principle. With a staff and board that represents the communities we serve, we are able to engage those voices from a place of trust and shared experience - setting us apart from traditional and mainstream research entities and elevating us among public and private sector funders, partners, and other agencies. The RPIC addresses the root causes of economic disparities – income, wages, general economic opportunity, community access, and funding allocations – keeping our clients and stakeholders informed of shifts in the ecosystem and opportunities to participate in corporate and public policy dialogues and decision-making.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

As a key member of the Research, Policy, and Impact team, the Public Policy Analyst is a critical role helping to shape advocacy, outreach, and state policy to benefit minority population access, affordability, and innovation. The Public Policy Analyst will assist Research, Policy, and Impact Center leadership and staff as we provide original research, evaluation, technical assistance, advocacy, and policy development at the federal, state, and local levels. The Public Policy Analyst is a researcher who assess the impact of various policies on stakeholders and communities and seeks to understand how policies impact the needs of minority communities. The Public Policy Analyst will support senior staff researchers on existing applied research and policy advocacy projects on topics ranging from small business and economic development, educational opportunity, affordable housing, and health equity.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL

Using appropriate research methods and best practices the Public Policy Analyst Based will support the strategic vision of the RPIC as a leader in minority small business, education, housing and healthcare. Provide policy solutions, advise on state and federal bills, and provide recommendations on RPIC product strategy regarding research projects, advocacy education and training, and other issues as needed. Collaborate with internal NIMED cross-functional partners to develop and implement business and advocacy state policy strategies to address evolving policy and changes within states through NIMED’s footprint, ensuring alignment through internal and external communication plans. Typical tasks may include:

  • Remain informed and educate internal stakeholders on evolving and timely channel, policy and requirements and updates, including, but not limited housing, education, small business and healthcare initiatives.
  • Assess impact of proposed policies to businesses within NIMED’s portfolios and propose and guide policy strategies, and financial impact.
  • Schedule and conduct qualitative or quantitative research tasks, such as managing literature and document reviews, conducting interviews and focus groups, designing survey data collection and analysis; and conducting secondary data analysis as needed.
  • Provide research project management to assist with setting timelines and responsibilities to ensure deliverables are completed on time.
  • Develop network of external consultants to model impact of evolving policy across stakeholders, and work in tandem with outside consultants.
  • Summarize findings and present data effectively in multiple formats.
  • Contribute to proposals and/or fundraising efforts of Director and Vice President.
  • Lead the development of products such as policy briefs, blogs, features, and research analyses.
  • Work closely with senior researchers and contribute to technical assistance materials, research papers and publications, and conference presentations.
  • Present to professional associations, practitioner organizations, technical working groups, funders, or policymakers.
  • Assist in development, planning, and execution of Annual Policy Agenda, Policy Advocacy Week, Policy-related Town Halls and Colloquium, and IMED Conferences.
  • Serve as liaison with relevant state agency staff responsible for Diversity Equity and Inclusion, policy issues, and changes.

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF

You are a motivated self-starter with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously both individually as well as in cross-functional environments. You have strong communications skills as well as state and federal policy experience. You like to work in a challenging and dynamic environment that can change and improve the lives of underserved communities.

  • Possess a master’s degree or higher in public policy, public administration, political science, sociology, health policy, social work policy, economics, law, business administration, education, or related fields. Or a combination of education and experience to equal a master’s degree.
  • Requires 3-5 years of prior research experience in government, non-profit, academia, or in relevant private sector.
  • Demonstrate substantive knowledge in health/ housing/ economic development/ education policy or related fields; and knowledge of historical and current issues related to equity and disparity preferred.
  • Evidence of excellent verbal, analytical, written, and interpersonal communication skills, particularly in interpreting and distilling complex information.
  • Evidence of organizational and project management skills—demonstrated ability to independently manage multiple work streams.
  • Possesses strong quantitative and/or qualitative skills with demonstrated skills in research methods, a sophisticated understanding of policy and research, and subject matter expertise in related policy issues.
  • Displays creativity, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to communicate and translate sophisticated concepts to a general audience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ensuring minority populations have equal access to innovative services, funding, and a thriving economy.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Starting salary range: $45,000-$60,000

  • A compassionate and supportive work environment.

  • A competitive benefits package including paid time off and sick leave, health and dental insurance, life insurance, and the option to participate in a 403b retirement plan with employer match.

  • A background check conditional for job offer. Must satisfactorily pass a national service criminal history check that includes national sex offender registry, State Police, and FBI checks. The Research, Policy and Impact Center is an equal opportunity employer.

HOW TO APPLY

For consideration, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. Cover letters must address candidate experience and qualifications being sought. All materials should be sent to sjsills@theinsitutenc.org with e-mail Subject Title: Public Policy Analyst Position.