JFCS is currently seeking a full-time Business Advisor to work with the Navigate Enterprise Center. The Business Advisor will provide business training and technical assistance to refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs. The purpose of this position is to create economic opportunities within refugee communities through self-employment and microenterprise development. The primary focus will be to provide individual and group business planning and financial training assistance to support the start-up and expansion of businesses. Responsibilities will include: assistance with financing packages to start or stabilize enterprises; provision of post-loan technical assistance to existing clients; leading business training classes and workshops to refugees/immigrants; and, outreach to and fostering relationships with local ethnic and refugee communities.
This position will require some local travel (30%) during business hours and will require flexibility with schedule.
Associate’s degree in business administration, humanities, social sciences or a related field required. Advanced degree preferred. Demonstrated experience pertaining to small business management, microenterprise development or business development preferred. The ideal candidate will have prior experience working with multinational populations and an awareness of issues pertinent to adult development. Prior public speaking, teaching, or training experience desired. Preference will be given to qualified candidates with bilingual (Spanish and/or Arabic) abilities.
Cultural sensitivity and experience working with diverse ethnic and socio-economic groups is imperative. Candidates should have strong organizational skills with the ability to keep timely and accurate case notes and meet deadlines. Ability to understand and place business development within the larger context of human/adult development is important. Communication and teamwork skills are vital.
Satisfactory results from a pre-employment background check will be required.
Please have qualified candidates send their resume and cover letter to Kathryn at [email protected].