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The Center For Women & Enterprise job openings are listed below. If nothing is listed we still encourage you to send us your resume. We are always interested, in hearing from motivated, talented people. Email us your questions or resume at info@cweonline.org.

Project Manager - Rhode Island COVID Recovery

Title:   Project Manager – Rhode Island - COVID Recovery 

Location:  Providence RI, with frequent time spent out of office

Salary:  $55,000 - $70,000 based on experience                           

Classification:    Temporary – Full time for one year, with possibility to extend for one additional year

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a nationally recognized economic development organization that supports women and veterans with small business development.  We offer a dynamic, fast-paced, and intellectually stimulating environment.  We provide opportunities for veterans, women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. With offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, CWE delivers business development programs and certifies women owned businesses. 

In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), CWE operates five Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) and the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE).  While our service delivery is focused on veterans and those who identify as women, we welcome all genders. 

Job Overview
 

The Project Manager – COVID Recovery is responsible for the development and implementation of the COVID Recovery Project for the CWE Rhode Island WBC.  The incumbent drives programming for entrepreneurs seeking to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses.  Programming will include individual consultations and workshops on topics such as disaster recovery and strategic innovation.  This person who fills this role will recruit and manage instructors, recommend and implement new programs, and make improvements to existing programs and services. 

The ideal candidate is an entrepreneur with a demonstrated knowledge of small business development and disaster recovery for small business.  Core skills include innovation, organization, and relationship management.  The right person for this position is a motivated self-starter who shares CWE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Duties and Responsibilities
 

  • Manage the WBC Supplemental Funding Opportunity for CWE Rhode Island
  • Assess the needs of small business owners; recommend and assist with the development of a plan of action
  • Recruit, train and manage program consultants and volunteers
  • Work closely with the CWE Rhode Island Director to track and analyze activities and outcomes of programs
  • Collect and manage data specific to the COVID Recovery Project; prepare required reports
  • Develop and deliver education and training programs specific to economic disaster recovery for small business
  • Build alliances with CWE’s WBC staff and external community groups to offer programs collaboratively
  • Implement marketing and outreach to attract new clients
  • Attend and speak at community meetings and events, occasionally
  • Related duties as assigned

Performance Measurements

Expectations

Measurements

Quality Programs

  • Client satisfaction
  • Economic impact – number of businesses served, jobs supported, capital infusion

Development of a Robust Community

  • Increase in volunteers and alliances
  • Brand awareness

Demonstrated Competence/Skills

  • Innovation
  • Client focus
  • Project management
  • Goal/action orientation
  • Relationship building/communication
  • Flexibility/adaptability to change
  • Strategic leadership

Modeling of CWE Mission and Values

  • Respect
  • Equity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Joy
  • Connections
  • Diversity 
  • Quality
  • Impact

Qualifications

  • High level of business experience, defined as having owned a business or held a C-level in a small business 
  • Confidence in a variety of client-facing roles
  • Undergraduate degree in economics, business administration or liberal arts; MBA preferred (significant work/life experience may be considered in lieu of degrees)
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of professional experience in one or more of the following fields:  small business management, economic development, micro-enterprise, education, program development, entrepreneurship
  • Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and decision-making skills          
  • Innovative self-starter with ability to develop and drive new initiatives
  • Committed to serving the needs of a diverse client base
  • Enthusiastic about the mission of CWE
  • Team player
  • Handles supporting business owners who are dealing with difficult situations with a high level of professionalism

Language and Computer Skills

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is strongly preferred
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence
  • Ability to effectively present information in a variety of ways, including online (i.e. via webinar)
  • MS Office proficiency required

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to solve practical problems especially in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Required to have and maintain a valid Driver’s License and reliable mode of transportation

Additional Requirements

  • Expect to work outside of normal business hours
  • Most work will be done in communities throughout Rhode Island as opposed to in a traditional office setting
  • Must communicate clearly and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on an ongoing basis

Physical Demands:  Walking, bending, sitting, typing at a keyboard, driving, and occasional lifting of up to 30 lbs.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Work Environment and Environmental Conditions

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

The Center for Women & Enterprise is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter and salary requirements to Veronica Martinez at vmartinez@cweonline.org.

WBENC Client Relations Coordinator

Classification:  Full time
Location: Boston/Providence

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a nationally recognized economic development organization that supports women and veterans with small business development.  We offer a dynamic, fast-paced, and intellectually stimulating environment.  We strive to provide opportunities for veterans, women entrepreneurs, and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. With offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire, CWE delivers business development programs and certifies women-owned businesses.  The VBOC program serves all six New England states. CWE is also a regional partner organization of the Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest third party certifying agency for Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) in the US.

Mission

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is an economic empowerment organization whose mission is to strengthen communities and the economy by supporting women to launch and successfully sustain businesses.

Job Overview

WBENC Clients Relations Coordinator – WBENC New England supports the WBENC certification administration and program delivery across New England including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and northern Connecticut . The incumbent will maintain and support a network of WBENC-certified businesses throughout New England; assist with coordination of programs, events, and volunteers; and manage data and program compliance under direction of the CWE-WBENC Director. Please note that this position is highly client-facing.

The person who fills this role may also be involved with marketing, outreach, and feedback for implementation of programs and services.

The ideal candidate is a motivated self-starter who is confident working collaboratively and has demonstrated strong reading comprehension (or willingness to learn) of financial and legal business documents. Core skills include strong organization and communications skills, event/program coordination, and customer service experience. The right person also shares CWE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Willing to be trained and become knowledgeable in WBENC’s Standards & Procedures and handling confidential sensitive proprietary information in order to:
    • Process WBENC & federal WOSB certification applications
    • Handle technical/customer service questions
    • Host pre-scripted monthly webinars
    • Conduct WBENC Certification site visits as needed
    • Attend and coordinate WBENC-related events (ie: networking events, webinars, meetings, CWE’s Women Business Leaders Conference, etc)
  • Maintains strong ongoing communication with clients through various means and feedback mechanisms including surveys and newsletters
  • Support recruitment, training, and coordinating of volunteers
  • Collaborate with CWE’s staff, volunteer committees, and external community groups to offer consistent programs collaboratively
  • Support the VP of Strategic Partnerships and CWE-WBENC Director with corporate relations tasks as needed
  • Perform administrative functions i.e. data entry, invoicing, and prospecting research
  • Related duties as assigned

Role breakdown by %

  • 50% WBENC Processing/Client Service
  • 15% Volunteer Management
  • 30% Event Coordination
  • 5% Staff & project support

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Strong reading comprehension and ability to interpret financial and legal documents (or willingness to be trained)
  • Comfortable handling sensitive, confidential and proprietary information
  • Supports staff, clients, partners with a high level of professionalism, pragmatic optimism, and compassion
  • Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and administrative skills; with confidence in interfacing with variety of stakeholders
  • Enthusiastic about the mission of CWE and team player
  • Ability to work with a small team in and out of the office to perform effectively, nimbly, and with a sense of humor
  • Innovative self-starter with ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Must communicate clearly and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on an ongoing basis
  • Travel (approximately 5%) within the New England region
  • Technology Savvy
  • Ability and comfort to use and/or learn a variety of platforms to process applications & communicate
  • Operate in the online world seamlessly
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence
  • MS Office, G-Suite proficiency required
  • Comfortable assisting others with general online platform technical support
  • Ability to effectively present information and communicate with a positive presentation and an excellent telephone presence
  • Good reasoning ability
    • Will work in an environment where multiple projects are being executed at one time
  • Ability to interpret a variety of legal and financial documents as it pertains to the certification criteria, as well as instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Must have and maintain a valid Driver’s License and reliable mode of transportation

The Center for Women & Enterprise is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter and salary requirements to Melinda Leon, at MLeon@cweonline.org