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Vice President (Center for Entrepreneurship) (Durham, Charlotte, Triad)

ORGANIZATION: Center for Entrepreneurship
POSITION: Vice President

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 CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP:

The Center for Entrepreneurship provides meaningful education and training, growth strategies and technical assistance for diverse businesses, women at various stages of business, and key stakeholders.

ABOUT THIS ROLE:

Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President of the Center for Entrepreneurship (Center) will provide leadership, strategy, operations in management to all technical assistance programs. The VP will collaborate with leadership teams to continually refine and implement the strategic growth plan to expand and position the National Institute as a leader in providing minority business development services on a national scale. The VP will have the responsibility to work with all program team members to execute and achieve the goals and metrics of the program corporative agreements. Responsibilities will include oversight leadership in marketing, business development, operations, staff professional development, client services and financial performance of the Center for Entrepreneurship. It is expected that the VP will be skilled in balancing internal management and external leadership, business development and national visibility to support the goals of the organization. The VP should foster an environment of accountability, excellence, and collaboration among the staff while demonstrating fiscal responsibility.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Direct oversight of all technical assistance and educational programs to provide meaningful education and training, growth strategies and technical assistance for diverse businesses at various stages and key stakeholders.

2. Align and develop Center for Entrepreneurship strategy.

3. Lead program directors to be proactive and manage program goals and objectives, including timely reporting.

4. Set and monitor performance goals for the Center and the programs to ensure progress is being made and corrective action, if necessary, is taken.

5. Monitor and assist program leaders with achieving their budget targets to promote program sustainability.

Areas of Focus:

· Strategic partnerships

· Partnerships with colleges and universities, particularly with service to minorities and women.

· Technical Assistance

· Supplier inclusion initiatives

· Capacity Building and Growth Strategies

· Corporate Supplier Executive Education

· Workshops, Seminars and Summits

Sales and Marketing:

· Create business plan to penetrate program target markets.

· Develop creative, unique ideas for targeting new clients across all programs.

· Review business plans with program management team to maximize opportunities for cross collaboration and drive efficiency of resources.

· Ensure relationships with key stakeholders, advisory councils and clients are continuously developed across all programs to strengthened relationships.

Management and Operations:

· Manage team members and consultants to ensure that the organization grows, consulting capabilities meet or exceed industry in client requirements for cost, quality, and responsiveness.

· Manage recruiting, hiring, coaching and professional development of program area staff.

· Work closely with the executive leadership on managing and developing plans, goals, and future product innovations for the organization.

· Operations, budgeting, and fiscal responsibility: managing budgets with a focus on revenue generation, matching requirements, profits, resilience, and sustainability.

· Responsible to refine, implement and monitor the organization’s way of delivering projects that creates a positive experience with all clients.

· Leads the continual refinement and monitoring of planning and implementation or program services to leverage the organization’s brand.

KEY MEASURES OF SUCCESS:

The Vice President of the Center for Entrepreneurship will be evaluated annually by the president and executive leadership team based on the personal development plan that will include leadership in support of strategic plan that meets or exceeds goals, matrix as a national practice in these specific areas:

  • Center leadership -leadership team effectiveness
  • Organizational leadership--supporting Institute’s strategic initiatives.
  • Marketing and business development
  • Operations, budgeting, and fiscal responsibility
  • Program performance, goals, and objectives

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 like to work in a challenging and dynamic environment that can change and improve the lives of underserved communities.
  • You possess a Master’s Degree (preferred) or at least ten years’ professional experience in counseling/consulting, business technical assistance, program development and leadership with a strong business acumen.
  • Demonstrated leadership managing multiple teams in a demanding environment.
  • Are a leader, motivator, innovator that leads by example, supports growth agenda with a strong public persona, and industry presence.
  • Administrator/Manager- accountable for financial and operational oversight or all technical assistance programming.

YOU CAN EXPECT:

  • Starting salary range: $80,000-$90,000
  • 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 Center for Entrepreneurship is an equal opportunity employer.
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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: Vice President Center for Entrepreneurship.

Program Director (Greensboro)

ORGANIZATION: National Institute for Minority Economic Development
POSITION: Program 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 THE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER GREENSBORO:

Program Highlights

  • Women’s Business Center of Greensboro is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and support from host organization, The Institute.
  • Advancement, building and developing women, men, minority, and veteran-owned small businesses in targeted counties.
  • Empower client base with tools, resources and opportunities needed to establish, stabilize, and generate profits and economic growth in area communities
  • Offer events/trainings that focus on women, minority and veteran owned businesses, women in construction/engineer and other non-traditional industry business ownerships

ABOUT THIS ROLE:

The Program Director provides overall programmatic support in the general operations of the Women’s Business Center of Greensboro. Specific services support in the area of planning, scheduling, promotion and coordination of workshops, training sessions and facilitate in conducting such sessions. Other responsibilities include assistance in the preparing of organizational reports, publications, and other materials, as well as in scheduling meetings and arranging travel.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL:

  • Coordinate, plan schedule and promote various training/seminars/conferences within the WBC Greensboro and Tri-Ad region
  • Teach webinars on various topics on entrepreneurship and business development
  • Provide one-on-one consultation with clients seeking guidance in entrepreneurship
  • Provide referrals and resources to assist small business owners
  • Assist walk-ins and provide materials and WBC/SBA intake (Data collection) form
  • Maintain and compile detailed records of all programming including seminars, workshops, Client records and economic impact
  • Responsible for monthly, quarterly and year end reports on Center IC data system
  • Create marketing materials for Statewide and local events, flyers, and brochures
  • Market and promote upcoming seminars and services/trainings and services through social media/ email marketing campaigns and word of mouth
  • Foster and develop relations with business resource partners across the state
  • Assist Director with grant writing process including renewals, reporting and data compilation
  • Serve as liaison for maintain and updating organizations website

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF:

You have Bachelor’s Degree in business related field, with 3+ years’ experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified as a plus.  As Program Director—skill sets include IT database management along with professional experience in Word, Excel, Adobe Plus and PowerPoint Microsoft applications. Have a strong working knowledge of business and entrepreneurship, budget and financial statements, excellent oral and written communication skills, with strong interpersonal and relationship skills are required. Experience with Center Dynamics and/or i-Contact program a plus!

  • Subject Matter Expertise with Business – strategy, operations, counseling
  • Proficiency with web base training programs, customer relationship management, database management, etc., (ability to conduct/teach/facilitate program-based webinars)
  • Proficiency with Social media platforms and management
  • Professional experience with Microsoft Office Suite of Application
  • Working knowledge of office equipment and information technology systems
  • Able to work independently and meet deadlines and with little supervision
  • Event planning experience
  • Self-motivated, team player
  • Flexible and able to multi-task
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills

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 check. 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 lbarry@theinstitutenc.org with e-mail Subject Title: Program Director WBCG.

Executive Director (High Point/Charlotte, NC)

ORGANIZATION: National Institute for 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 THRIVE HIGH POINT:

Thrive High Point: Minority Entrepreneurship Initiative is a new program offering of Business High Point: Chamber of Commerce, formally launching fall 2021. High Point, NC has a diverse population of business owners and budding entrepreneurs. Thrive has been developed to support the broad needs of minority and women-owned businesses in the city.

The concept for the program originated from the High Point Equity Project. Launched in Summer 2021, the High Point Equity Project is a sustainable course of action that supports the growth and development of minority-owned and economically challenged businesses in the City of High Point through the provision of non-traditional business financing, technical assistance, entrepreneurial mentorship, and business coaching.

Several new partnerships helped to generate the project’s momentum, starting with High Point University’s $500,000 challenge gift and the High Point Community Foundation’s agreement to act as the fiduciary agent. These commitments prompted a steering committee of local leaders, facilitated by High Point’s social innovation consulting firm Change Often, to identify the National Institute of Minority Economic Development (The Institute) as the best partner for collaborative programming.

Through training, counseling, mentorship, and networking, Thrive High Point will be a driving force in enhancing and broadening High Point’s inclusive economic ecosystem.

Program Highlights

• The Business High Point- Chamber of Commerce is the program partner and the funding agency for the Equity Project.

• There exist a cooperative agreement between the funding partner and the Institute which details program goals, objectives and expected outcomes.

• The program service area includes 4 counties in North Carolina and in collaboration with WBCs in the Durham, and Charlotte regions.

• This job requires limited overnight travel including in-state.

• Collaboration between programs, state agencies and trade organization is highly recommended.

ABOUT THIS ROLE:

This position is responsible for the leadership and development of education and training programs that address the needs of minority, women and disadvantaged entrepreneurs. The position will manage human and financial resources of the organization to achieve Thrive High Point’s mission. The position will develop and foster partnerships with other Resource Providers in the service area to better serve our clients in the most collaborative manner.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL:

• Provide strategic direction and guidance in alignment with the Institutes’ mission and vision.

• Develop training and counseling programs for minority and women entrepreneurs.

• Plan and oversee the execution of Equity Projects’ conferences, seminars and education and training events with a focus on High Points 4 county service area.

• Establish a informal/formal support network to support the Equity Projects’ 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 HPEP Steering Committee, representing and collaborating with Business High Point partners and stakeholders.

• Coordinate support services and activities with other Institute’s programs.

• Collaborate with the Institute and Business High Point for budget oversight, projection, and management.

• Review and approve expenditures of Thrive High Point.

• Report performance and statistical activities quarterly in collaboration with Business High Point stakeholders and leadership.

• Provide performance reports on a quarterly, or as needed.

• Establish partnerships between Thrive High Point, Institute programs, state agencies and organizations.

• Manage Thrive High Point staff and consultants, including approving and managing timesheet reporting.

• Conduct employee performance management reviews.

• Spearhead all marketing and publishing campaigns, newsletters and all marketing materials to include social media, web page and print material.

• Oversee the database for contact and business information.

• Provide content for the HPEP’s website in accordance with the Institute and HP Chamber guidelines.

• Experience using web-based technology for training, presentations, and meeting facilitation (e.g., Teams and Zoom).

• Other responsibilities as assigned.

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF:

You possess a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or in a related field with 7 to 8 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. Must be familiar and engaged with the broader High Point community of business, non-profit, education, and entrepreneurial community.

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 check. The National Institute of Minority Economic Development and Thrive High Point 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 jham@theinstitutenc.org with e-mail Subject Title: Executive Director Thrive High Point.

Membership Director (Statewide)

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ORGANIZATION: North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
POSITION: Membership Director

ABOUT THE NORTH CAROLINA CENTER FOR NONPROFITS:

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits (the Center) places extraordinary value on seeing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) embedded within the structure of all organizations and communities across the state. We are committed to transforming North Carolina into a more equitable state and dismantling racism on the four levels on which it operates in society (Personal; Interpersonal; Institutional; Structural).  

As such, the Center is dedicated to: 

  • Operationalizing equitable practices and policies both internally among board and staff and externally when engaging with our Members, funders, and others; 
  • ​Ensuring that decision-making is inclusive of all staff and board members and considers the voices and needs of the organizations and communities most affected by systemic barriers and discrimination; 
  • Being innovative in how we approach our equity, diversity, and inclusion work; 
  • Continuously learning and reflecting on how to be a better champion of equity for our sector; 
  • Taking full responsibility for and correcting mistakes we make along the way; and 
  • Providing support and training to our fellow nonprofits so that we may grow together in equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

ABOUT THIS ROLE:

The Membership Director is responsible for managing the overall organizational strategy related to retaining and recruiting nonprofit members of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, with the primary objective to help the organization determine and meet annual membership revenue goals. 

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL:

MEMBER RETENTION, RECRUITMENT AND STEWARDSHIP

  • Design, recommend, and implement a comprehensive annual membership development plan with financial goals. 
  • Engage and collaborate with staff, board, donors, and key stakeholders to achieve membership development and stewardship goals. 
  • Evaluate and improve strategies to retain members. 
  • Create strategies to recruit new members using a nonprofit prospect pipeline, marketing, communication, and sales principles to cultivate and solicit new members. 
  • Oversee membership renewal process as implemented by the Membership Development Assistant. 
  • Employ stewardship practices to assure lasting relationships with the Center’s members. 
  • Analyze and present reports that track and forecast membership development results; make recommendations for course corrections. 
  • Collaborate with the Chief Learning Officer, and Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy to retain and recruit members. 
  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Manager to promote members and market membership in print, emails, social media, and other media. 
  • Manage and develop benefits for Center members. 
  • Manage and develop money-savings partner programs, in collaboration with the Chief Finance and Operations Officer 
  • Create membership recruitment opportunities and engagement for events. 
  • Provide support to the President & CEO, in collaboration with the Development Director, in management of the board Sustainability & Membership Committee to achieve annual committee goals.  Includes creating an annual plan of action, writing committee correspondence, follow-up work, and preparing board reports. 
  • Supervise the Membership Development Assistant. 
  • Participate with all Center staff for annual Statewide Conference and other workshops and events as requested. 

DATA ADMINISTRATION AND REPORTING

  • Learn and understand the Center’s Salesforce membership database systems and protocols.  

  • Prepare a variety of membership development reports to assist with membership recruitment and retention and show progress towards set goals. 

  • Create and utilize a system for tracking all campaigns. 

  • Work with Membership Development Assistant and Data & Sustainability Manager to ensure database is current and records contain key information. 

  • Demonstrate creativity, curiosity, and familiarity in working with member data, leading to new opportunities in member services, stewardship, and recruitment.

  • Continually review data and stakeholder feedback to assess and improve member recruitment and retention strategies. 

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF YOU:

  • Have proficiency with Salesforce (the Center’s database platform) or similar customer relationship management system.  

  • Are proficient in MS Office applications (particularly SharePoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).  

  • Have experience working with a variety of nonprofit organizations; membership organization experience preferred. 

  • Have customer orientation that is friendly, responsive, personable, and professional.   

  • Possess strong business correspondence and proofing skills with a keen eye for accuracy. 

  • Are intuitive with internet research and possess web-based business applications abilities.  

  • You highly value equity and inclusion, adaptability, problem solving, honesty, and teamwork.  

  • Are a self-motivated, initiator, curious, ability to manage multiple deadlines and work with limited supervision, and a sense of humor. ​

YOU CAN EXPECT:

  • Starting salary range: $60,000-$70,000

  • A compassionate and supportive work environment.

  • An extensive benefits package including health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off.

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 jobs@ncnonprofits.org with e-mail Subject Title: Membership Director, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. Diverse and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color) candidates and those living in North Carolina are encouraged to apply. 

Development Director (Statewide)

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ORGANIZATION: North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
POSITION: Membership Director

ABOUT THE NORTH CAROLINA CENTER FOR NONPROFITS

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits (the Center) places extraordinary value on seeing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) embedded within the structure of all organizations and communities across the state. We are committed to transforming North Carolina into a more equitable state and dismantling racism on the four levels on which it operates in society (Personal; Interpersonal; Institutional; Structural).  

As such, the Center is dedicated to: 

  • Operationalizing equitable practices and policies both internally among board and staff and externally when engaging with our Members, funders, and others; 
  • ​Ensuring that decision-making is inclusive of all staff and board members and considers the voices and needs of the organizations and communities most affected by systemic barriers and discrimination; 
  • Being innovative in how we approach our equity, diversity, and inclusion work; 
  • Continuously learning and reflecting on how to be a better champion of equity for our sector; 
  • Taking full responsibility for and correcting mistakes we make along the way; and 
  • Providing support and training to our fellow nonprofits so that we may grow together in equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

ABOUT THIS ROLE

The Development Director is responsible for leading, managing, and securing the contributed revenue required to support and sustain the operations of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. Reporting to the President and CEO, this position’s responsibility areas include corporate, foundation, and individual fund development, and special business development projects. For FY 2023, the Development Director will set goals of contributed and earned revenue with the CEO.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL

FUND DEVELOPMENT

  • Design, recommend, and implement a comprehensive annual corporate, foundation, and individual fund development plan with financial goals.
  • Engage and collaborate with staff, board, donors, and key stakeholders to achieve contributed revenue goals.
  • Renew annual foundation grants, foundation and corporate sustainers, and individual donors.
  • Employ stewardship practices to assure meaningful and lasting relationships with the Center’s full portfolio of donors.
  • Manage a prospect strategy and pipeline using moves management principles in the cultivation and solicitation of new corporate and foundation donors.
  • Analyze and present reports that track and forecast fund development results; make recommendations for course corrections.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Learning Officer and Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy to secure foundation or corporate grant or sponsorship support for continuing and new learning programs.
  • Collaborate with the President/CEO to create a corporate cultivation and networking group to advance the Center’s mission.
  • Manage business-related earned revenue programs, implemented by the Sustainability & Data Manager (currently Business Finder, Exhibit Halls).
  • Provide support to the President/CEO, in collaboration with the Membership Director, in management of the board Sustainability & Membership Committee to achieve annual committee goals. Includes creating an annual plan of action, writing committee correspondence, follow-up work, and preparing board reports.

ADMINISTRATION

  • Supervise the Sustainability & Data Manager.
  • Participate on the board Finance and Investment Committee with the CFOO.
  • Participate in interdepartmental committees as appropriate.

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF YOU:

  • Have demonstrated success in a nonprofit development function expanding, cultivating, and managing existing donor relationships over time and forging relationships with donors and prospects. 
  • Have experience identifying and successfully executing new development strategies and alternative revenue streams.
  • Are an excellent communicator with strong oral and written skill, with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and nonprofits to build long-term relationships.
  • Are proficient in use of databases, Salesforce or other similar CRM, Microsoft Office applications, and the internet.
  • Possess the ability and willingness to travel.
  • Have experience in basics of nonprofit operations including knowledge of fundraising principles and best practices.
  • Have the ability to prioritize work successfully and complete multiple tasks within expected time frames.
  • Have a commitment to adaptability, problem solving, honesty, and teamwork. - Exceptional interpersonal skills with ability to work collaboratively.

YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Starting salary range: $60,000-$70,000

  • A compassionate and supportive work environment.

  • An extensive benefits package including health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off.

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 jobs@ncnonprofits.org with e-mail Subject Title: Dvelopment Director, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. Diverse and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color) candidates and those living in North Carolina are encouraged to apply.