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Microenterprise Specialist for Western Region

Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community (MCWWC)

MCWWC has an immediate opening for a full-time Microenterprise Specialist to coordinate and provide business development training and other services to start-up and early stage entrepreneurs in the Western Region, based in Lewiston with outreach and travel throughout Androscoggin, Oxford, and Franklin counties. Responsibilities include: outreach, planning, and delivering microenterprise and financial education training and assistance to individuals engaged in self-employment or microenterprise development including low-income and non-traditional entrepreneurs. The position involves working as a team with regional and statewide MCWWC and University staff, developing and maintaining resources, and organizational partnerships that contribute to microenterprise development. 

 

Salary: the normal hiring range is low-to-mid thirties, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The University offers an excellent fringe-benefits package. 

 

The successful candidate must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent life/work experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, good customer service skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to organize and manage workflow, including attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Experience and knowledge of group process, training, and adult learning theory and practice.
  • Knowledge or experience in small business operation and management and personal financial capability and related public policy.
  • Computer/ information technology proficiency and ability to apply to training and business assistance.

 

Preference will be given to candidates with the following: 

  • Master’s degree in related field (accounting, marketing, or business management) or equivalent experience as owner/manager of a small business.
  • One or more years experience in microenterprise development training, technical assistance, and counseling.
  • Knowledge of women’s career and economic development issues.
  • Experience in computer applications and mobile technologies for business.

  

Review of applications begins immediately.  Applications received after May 23 will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.  Applicants must submit a completed Application for Salaried Employment; a letter of application; current resume; transcripts; and the names and daytime telephone numbers of three current professional references to: 

 

Administrative Services

Microenterprise Specialist Search

University of Maine at Augusta

46 University Drive

Augusta, ME  04330-9410. 

 

Applications and the job description for this position are available at www.uma.edu/employment.html. 

 

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check.

 

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  The University of Maine at Augusta (www.uma.edu) encourages and values diversity among its students, faculty, and staff.  UMA is a member of the University of Maine System and a recipient of the Wellness Councils of America’s Well Workplace Award.  Effective January 1, 2013 UMA became a tobacco-free institution.

This is a notice of a position vacancy and not an authorization for any paid advertising.

 

14-016P; December 6, 2013

Extended:  Janaury 7, 2014

Extended:  May 2, 2014

 

Job Description

(Professional Position)

 

I.   Job Title:   Microenterprise Specialist

   Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community

   Student Development

 

II.   Organizational Relationships

Reports to the Regional Manager/Executive Director and coordinates with the Director, Program and Policy Development, and works as part of the regional and microenterprise team; coordinates with other program and administrative staff, University of Maine System employees and other agencies involved in microenterprise development.

 

III.   Primary Purpose of the Position

The Microenterprise Specialist is responsible for providing and coordinating microenterprise training, technical assistance and support to the target population including displaced homemakers, single parents, TANF recipients, and other disadvantaged workers, and for developing and maintaining resources and organizational partnerships that contribute to local and statewide microenterprise staff, interacting with community resources including financial institutions, economic development agencies, businesses, education, training and employment programs, and social service agencies. The position supports the overall mission of the organization to help women and men succeed in the Maine economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families.

 

Duties of the Job

1.  Plan, coordinate, and deliver individual business start-up assessment, information, referral and on-going  technical assistance to participants engaged in business development.

2.  Plan, coordinate and deliver microenterprise training including core classes and other shorter workshops, incorporating technology in the classroom and/or utilizing virtual/on-line resources.

3.  Plan, coordinate and deliver asset building training and technical assistance including core classes and other shorter financial education workshops.

4.  Coordinate and provide case management to matched savings account holders; participate and provide support to VITA programs and other financial ‘products’ (mini-grants and supportive services) as appropriate.

5.  Plan and coordinate special events, conferences, public forum and new program initiatives, in partnership with other organizations and individuals as appropriate.

6.  Establish and maintain effective linkages and collaborative working relationships with other local, regional and statewide microenterprise and business development organizations.

7.  Establish and maintain records of participants and services and document within the MIS; maintain follow-through with participants and track progress, benchmarks and outcomes. Submit timely reports and other documents as required to supervisors, funders and other partners.

8.  Work with Microenterprise Team, members of the Marketing Team and other staff to develop and implement a marketing plan for microenterprise and asset development services. 

9.  Contribute to the development of grassroots leaders by supporting and helping to coordinate Regional Ambassador groups.

10.  Participate with the management team and the staff as a whole in developing and implementing the overall strategic plan, organizational goals and objectives.

11.  Participate on statewide and special project teams in particular the Microenterprise and Asset Development Teams; attend regional and statewide staff meetings and in-service training. 

12.  Assist in maintaining Center operations, coordinating outreach sites and services, and supervising and training other staff including work-study students, interns, and community volunteers.

13.  Maintain timely information on small business trends, opportunities and microenterprise "best practices."

14.  Perform other duties appropriate to the position as assigned. 

 

IV.  Budget Responsibilities

Maintains expenditures within budget allocated to the region and to microenterprise activities and participate in local and state-wide fund development. Understand the funding sources for this position and fulfill obligations to various funders including timely communication and reporting.

 

V.  Public and Professional Activities Related to Job Performance

A.  May take an active role as a member on state,  regional or national affiliated organizations.

B.  Continues to develop professionally by attending state, regional, national professional meetings.

C.  Participates in public service and UMA/UMS community activities as appropriate.

 

VI.  Knowledge and Skills Qualifications

A.  Minimum qualifications:

1.  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent life/work experience.

2.  Excellent oral and written communication skills, good customer service skills.

3.  Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

4.  Ability to organize and manage workflow, including attention to detail and deadlines.

5.  Experience and knowledge of group process, training, and adult learning theory and practice.

6.  Knowledge or experience in small business operation and management and personal financial capability and related public policy.

7.  Computer/ Information Technology proficiency and ability to apply to training and business assistance.

 

B.  Preferred Qualifications:

1.  Master’s degree in related field (accounting, marketing, or business management) or equivalent experience as owner/manager of small business.

2.  One or more years experience in microenterprise development training, technical assistance and counseling.

3.  Knowledge of women’s career and economic development issues.

4.  Experience in computer applications and mobile technologies for business.

 

12/6/13