Micro Business Development Coach – Focus on New American Communities

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Location: Addison County, Chittenden County, Franklin County, Grand Isle County,
About the Job

CVOEO’s Micro Business Development Program helps low-income Vermonters develop and grow micro businesses. In this role, you’ll provide business counseling and workshops for clients. You will research best practices for training clients on digital literacy, integrating this work into the full Micro Business team’s work with clients. You’ll collaborate with CVOEO’s Financial Empowerment for New Americans Project to build relationships with New American communities and support access to business development services. You’ll also play a key role in coordinating statewide efforts to improve outreach and services to New American entrepreneurs.

Successful applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree in business, social work or a related field or at least two years’ relevant experience; effective verbal and written communication skills, bilingual abilities are a plus; strong computer skills including experience with databases and Microsoft Office Suite; and strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills and attention to detail. A commitment to social justice and to working with individuals with limited financial resources is necessary.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

CVOEO's mission is to address fundamental issues of economic, social, environmental, and racial justice and we work with people to achieve economic independence.
We launched the Financial Empowerment for New Americans Project in 2017, to support New American communities in reaching financial security within the United States, and to support their efforts to build assets for themselves, their families, and their communities. Our team of 10 Community Ambassadors supports clients in Somali, MaiMai, Arabic, Swahili, French, Nepali, and Spanish to learn how to use the US banking system, establish credit, build savings, start and sustain small businesses, and work towards long-term financial goals like homeownership.
Our Racial Equity Committee, under the guidance of our Director of Racial Equity, has been hosting and facilitating agency-wide trainings on diversity, equity, and belonging since its inception in summer of 2020. We continue to offer new formats of training and support team members in integrating the concepts from these trainings into their daily work.

Wage or Salary
$22.08 per hour, 40 hours per week