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The Foster School of Business has an outstanding opportunity for a Program Operations Specialist.
The Consulting and Business Development Center is one of four major centers at the Foster School of Business. Each year more than 300 students and 175 small businesses and nonprofits participate in the center's programs. This position will have significant impact on the quality of work as well as the student and small business outcomes. This position will also represent the center, the Foster School, and the UW at community and business events as well as in the media. This position works closely with the Director to plan, execute and manage the Ascend national programs and with the Sr. Associate Director to plan, execute, and manage engagement with Black-led nonprofits and Black-owned businesses in Washington State.
Lead projects and programs that advance the Center's Ascend national ecosystem network, that currently operated in 15 cities, independently and in collaboration with other staff. •Plan, execute, manage and evaluate projects and programs in support of ecosystems in 5-7 of the Ascend cities. •With other Center staff that work on the Ascend program, develop guidebooks and deliver training programs to improve the performance of entrepreneurial support organizations across the country •Assist the director in providing technical assistance to university partners across the US seeking to learn from the center's programs •Evaluate Ascend programs across the 15-city network to make sure they are adding to the competitiveness of businesses in underserved communities. This work will include coordination with external evaluators •Identify research opportunities and support faculty interested in conducting academic and professional research related to growing businesses owned by people of color •Develop and administer program budgets •Design and produce electronic and print materials for small business owners, entrepreneurial support organization staff, business school faculty and staff that lead to improved results for the Ascend program.
Recruit students, volunteers, and small business participants for student consulting programs that work with businesses owned by people of color and that support nonprofit organizations that reach under-served communities. •Recruit students to participate in undergraduate and graduate programs •Recruit and manage volunteers who assist in the student consulting teams •Secure sufficient small business and nonprofit participation in each program to insure that we meet and exceed donor requirements and to insure financial self-sufficiency for each program •Expand partnerships with alumni and other key partners to continue to grow the programs
Help Coordinate fundraising activities for the center: •Assist the director in fund raising related to the Center's four national programs (Ascend, Minority Business Executive Program, Billion Dollar Roundtable, and the Bradford-Osborne Research Award) •Secure program sponsors for programs •Produce reports for donors •Deliver presentations about the center and its programs to business owners, CEO, nonprofit executives, civic leaders and elected officials
Lead Responsibilities: •The person hired for this position will have lead responsibilities for a number of programs. The lead responsibilities change from time to time given changes in the center's priorities and workload among other program managers. •Typically this position has lead responsibilities for the center's Ascend national network (Ascendcities.com) of entrepreneurial support ecosystems in selected cities, collecting outcome data, and creating performance improvement materials and convenings. •Additionally, this position will typically engage with people of color led businesses and nonprofits across Washington in the development and delivery of new programs.
Supervisory Responsibilities: •This position supervises a number of student assistants working on business and nonprofit consulting projects.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: •Bachelor's Degree plus a minimum of 2 years experience in business, communications, education, economics, ethnic studies or related fields. •The person hired for this position must have demonstrated experience working in multicultural communities and with individuals from under-represented minority backgrounds as defined by the University of Washington's Diversity Blueprint. •The person will have at least two years of experience in managing programs and projects, have experience in marketing and promoting programs, strong verbal and written communications skills, demonstrated ability to execute and manage a wide range of projects, a demonstrated ability to learn new skills and proficiency with MS office software. •This position also requires travel throughout Washington and across the US which includes some overnight trips.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Prior experience in working with students and/or small businesses is also desirable.
Working Conditions: The center is a team-oriented environment where we have shared goals and individual accountability in contributing to reaching those goals. Work is fast-paced and highly variable with significant room for professional growth and development. Travel (primarily within Washington though occasionally outside of Washington to assist in the Center's national programs) and evening and weekend work on occasion will be required.
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