Multicultural & Small Business Development
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
DATE: October 27, 2011
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt, regular, full-time
The Vice President, Multicultural and Small Business Development, reports to the Chamber President & CEO and is a member of the Chamber Management Team. The position develops strategic programs and initiatives that promote the success of multicultural and small businesses in the Seattle metropolitan region. It performs its work by establishing effective relationships with organizations that support multicultural and small businesses. The VP collaborates with other Chamber departments, special programs and affiliated organizations to infuse the interests of multicultural and small businesses throughout all Chamber programs, events and publicity, and to create greater mutual access between the Chamber and multicultural communities.
- Leadership: Working with the CEO, key Chamber Board members and staff leaders, the VP will develop and implement Chamber programs and activities that address the needs of multicultural and small businesses. An overall objective is to develop new strategic alliances with agencies, organizations and universities that support multicultural businesses, including ethnic chambers of commerce and other minority business organizations.
- Development: With support from Chamber executive staff, the VP will identify innovative means of funding programs and activities that support multicultural and small businesses, and will cultivate the relationships required to ensure sustainable funding.
- Implementation: The VP will convene and collaborate with organizations and agencies that serve ethnic and multicultural populations (ethnic chambers, MBDOs and other multicultural organizations) to develop and implement a multicultural business accelerator focused on helping established minority businesses to grow. The VP will also establish a network of accountable referral sources for new and smaller businesses that do not meet the accelerator’s thresholds for service.
- Participate as an active member of the Chamber’s Management Team.
- Ensure that the interests of small and multicultural businesses are reflected in the development of Chamber programs, activities and policy positions.
- Ensure that high-potential small and multicultural businesses have access to and are welcomed and integrated into the Chamber’s programs and activities through membership.
- Serve as the Chamber’s primary liaison to multicultural communities and organizations, ethnic chambers and MBDOs.
- Serve as the Chamber’s primary spokesperson on issues related to small and multicultural businesses by communicating with members, the press and public; work cooperatively with Chamber executive and communications staff to develop and deliver appropriate messages.
- Develop an advocacy base within the multicultural and small business communities that can be strategically activated to support Chamber priority issues.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with Chamber Board members and staff leaders, volunteers, and members of other organizations and agencies that serve small and multicultural businesses.
- Partner with other Chamber executives to promote reciprocal membership services arrangements with ethnic chambers and other minority business development organizations.
- Convene organizations that serve multicultural businesses to collaboratively develop, initiate and sustain a business accelerator designed to help established high-potential multicultural businesses to grow.
- Identify, organize and establish a “resource center” for small and minority businesses to access programs and resources designed to support and assist their growth; develop a referral network, with accountability measures to ensure the effectiveness of referrals.
- Analyze the effectiveness of the Chamber’s previous efforts to serve multicultural businesses (the Urban Enterprise Center), and retain and integrate the programs with the greatest strategic worth to the Chamber and multicultural communities (e.g., Herman L. McKinney Diversity Forums).
- Lead efforts to obtain grant support and other funding to sustain the Chamber’s services for small and multicultural businesses; implement definable goals and objectives with measurable outcomes to ensure the viability of program funding.
- Perform other duties as required
- 5-7 years progressively responsible experience in a leadership role; experience leading and managing volunteers a plus.
- BA or equivalent experience in business, communications, public administration or related field.
- Ability to motivate volunteers and staff, to collaborate with colleagues and to provide effective supervision.
- Demonstrated fundraising skills, grant-writing ability.
- Demonstrated appreciation for a wide range of viewpoints, and ability to design and implement strategies for effectively meeting the needs of multicultural and small businesses.
- Proven leadership skills and initiative.
- Strong listening and oral and written communication skills.
- Strong computer skills; experience with MS Windows applications highly desired.
- Flexibility and willingness to accept challenges.
Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter with resume and two non-returnable writing samples:
VP, Multicultural and Small Business Development
c/o People Programs
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500
Seattle, WA 98101-2611
Attachments must be a PDF, Word document or text only
The Chamber provides a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to:
medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance
paid vacation and sick leave; holidays
employer-matched 401(k) plan
The Chamber is an Equal Opportunity Employer