Every day, staff at the Community Business Partnership (CBP) make a difference in the economy of Northern Virginia! In 2017, the CBP's highly qualified trainers and counselors created over 350 training events attended by over 4,000 entrepreneurs resulting in 763 individuals receiving one-on-one counseling. This activity led to the creation of 56 new businesses, 604 new or retained jobs, and over $3.5MM in direct capital investment. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
Whether it's helping an entrepreneur meet the challenges of starting a business or helping a struggling business owner understand a path to growth, you can be part of the CBP solution!
The Community Business Partnership (CBP) is an independent not-for-profit corporation that is part of George Mason University's Mason Enterprise Center under the Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Located in Springfield, Virginia, the CBP's mission is to be a complete resource center providing training and support to those seeking to start and build successful small businesses.
The Women's Business Center (WBC) of Northern Virginia is one of five centers of small business services within the CBP.
The WBC's mission is to provide women with the training, assistance, and support needed to start and expand successful small businesses in Northern Virginia. Founded at the CBP in 2001, the WBC offers high quality training, classes, networking opportunities, and one-on-one counseling to women and men in the northern Virginia region.
The WBC is part of a national network of Women's Business Centers supported and sponsored by the US Small Business Administration.
Responsibilities: The Business Counselor's primary duties include:
Coordinate guest speakers for classes and other events
Train and counsel Northern Virginia businesses starting and growing up to two years of operation
Provide training instruction on all core WBC classes and new classes as required
Work with WBC Director to create/update curriculum
Create content for Social Media outreach, and help manage it
Assist WBC Director with reporting requirements as spelled out in contracts, grants and cooperative agreements
Advise and counsel business owners on a full range of business assistance services
Act as a team member to assist with the daily operation of the WBC and CBP at large when directed
Strong organizational and time management skills showcasing independent initiative
Significant interpersonal, customer service, and communication (both written and verbal) skills
The ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in diverse communities
Ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion and professionalism
Ability to work some evenings and weekends
Advanced degree in business-related field or significant comparable experience
Experience as a small business owner, manager, or consultant/coach
An understanding of issues facing women business owners and/or experience with women's business ownership
Experience in operating a community-based program or in serving community based programs
Experience as staff lead on projects and/or volunteer management
Public speaking and/or training experience
Proposal development and grant writing experience
Experience managing database systems
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 44368
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