Cooperative Economics Small Business Manager

Website Unite Oregon

We work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement

Duration: Full Time, Ongoing Hybrid, 80% Remote, 20% In person.
Compensation: $60,000-$70,000 per year depending on experience; generous and progressive benefits including medical and dental care 100% of premiums paid by Unite Oregon, paid wellness leave, vacation, flex time, and personal days off; technology reimbursement; 4 hours personal time off/week, $300 annual FSA contribution, 2.5% 401K contribution after 6 months.

About Unite Oregon: Unite Oregon is a 501c3 grassroots community organization with chapters in Portland, Beaverton, Clackamas, and Medford. We believe that all people can become leaders and agents of change in the areas of racial justice, immigrant and refugee rights, affordable housing, and living wages. Unite Oregon is building a unified intercultural movement for justice in our state.

Unite Oregon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access in a non-discriminatory manner to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.

Unite Oregon approaches community work with six pillars in mind. We lead with Reimagining Community Safety, Economic Justice, Climate Resilience and Environmental Justice, Housing Justice, Education Equity, and Health Equity.

Position Description

Unite Oregon is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking Cooperative Economics Small Business Manager who is passionate about breaking the mold of “business as usual” and committed to redefining traditional business models in support of small businesses within communities of color. We are looking for someone who is passionate about economic justice and has a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities within communities of color. This role is not for someone content with the status quo; we are seeking a change-maker who will champion equitable economic solutions that challenge conventional practices. This Manager will lead the small business team working toward solidarity economics practices. The position reports to the Community Development Director.

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities, in collaboration with other departments and staff, are as follows:

The Cooperative Economics Small Business Manager will work with the Small Business team to develop and implement an economic ecosystem that generates wealth and promotes asset creation through workforce and business development pipelines for low-income community members who identify as immigrants, refugees, and people of color.

Key Responsibilities

*Support, guide, and work with the small business team and community to create and implement economic strategies that promote collective ownership, community empowerment, and sustainable business practices
*Advocate for and create systems that favor equitable growth and sustainability, challenging existing exploitative policies and practices that perpetuate inequality
*Identify and set up trainings for staff and community to grow knowledge about and implement cooperative economic models
*Campaign for policies and practices that support the growth and sustainability of small businesses in communities of color, ensuring their voices are heard in broader economic discussions
*Partner with other Pillar Managers to ensure all work is advanced within a holistic, integrative, abolition oriented framework
*Foster a healthy and sustainable team

Project Management

*Support the Small Business team with grant reports
*Manage and track small business projects
*Track project expenses and deliverables
*Manage project invoices
*Oversee and support small business and entrepreneurship projects
*Develop and oversee the state-wide small business programs
*Coordinate communication support for small business projects both internally and externally
*Work with team to effectively document activities and outcomes including time and project tracking, client goals and action plans, project progress, and client activities and achievements

Supervisory Responsibilities
*Manage team of 5, interns, and volunteers as assigned

Preferred Skills and Experience

*Three years of experience
*Ability to work independently and take initiative, while maintaining solid communication with team
*Experience working in social justice with diverse communities
*Strong written and verbal communication skills
*Bilingual and bicultural
*Ability to travel to meetings and events across the state as necessary
*Availability to work during evenings and weekends as needed

All interested candidates, please and resume, cover letter and 2 references to HR and Operations Director admin@uniteoregon.org.

This position is open until Monday, February 19, 2024 or until the position is filled.

Unite Oregon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access in a non-discriminatory manner to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.

To apply for this job please visit www.uniteoregon.org.

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