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Food Business Specialist

Apr 3, 2019
ABOUT US: Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potentialto improve their lives through small business ownership. We provide access to business training, capital, coaching and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs. We serve those in our community for whom traditional business development services are out of reach, with a focus on women, people of color, immigrants, and individuals with low income. Our ultimate goal is to support individuals to increase their income potential, achieve long-term financial stability, and provide for their families, and enrich their communities through small business ownership.

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK FOR VENTURES: Ventures strives to provide impactful programs, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance and positive, team-oriented atmosphere. Our core values are Diversity, Integrity, Community, Empowerment, Innovation, and Client Success. Our team typically consists of 10-20 employees, plus a corps of contractors and volunteers, as well as an engaged Board of Directors.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The purpose of this position is to equip low-income individuals to increase their financial stability by launching or expanding their own food-based small businesses. This position will provide targeted technical assistance and training for food-based small businesses including restaurants, mobile food (including carts, booths and trucks), packaged foods and catering. The Food Business Specialist will develop and implement tools, mechanisms and processes within the respective program to promote the highest level client service and integration of Ventures programs.

Other duties may be assigned as needed.
 Provide one-on-one coaching (at Ventures office, commercial kitchen and client business sites)for clients with established businesses or business ideas to help them address specific barriers to business growth;
 Provide support and coaching for clients in applying for necessary food permits and licenses;
 Equip food-based businesses to complete their business plans, cost out food items, increase sales, grow their businesses, and work towards personal/household financial stability;
 Lead outreach for food based businesses on loan and financial products by facilitating meetings or orientations as needed and coaching clients who fit program requirements to submit applications;
 Coach food-based businesses through loan process through technical assistance in loan application and business plan writing, attending loan review meetings for food-based businesses;
 Support the Ventures program team in working towards quantifiable loan and grant goals;
 Implement program evaluation systems for food based businesses and program offerings;
 Oversee coordination and implementation of regular food-based trainings (such as Commercial Kitchen Training, Farmer’s Market Trainings, Packaged Food Trainings, and Business Workshops) including outreach, curriculum development, guest speakers, training space coordination.
 Collaborate with other staff to participate in program-specific partnerships with various stakeholders including representatives of collaboratives, local government, financial institutions and community groups;
 Work with program staff to recruit and enroll appropriate businesses into the program both internally (at English and Spanish Business Courses) and externally via local markets, events or partnerships;
 Support and assist with advocacy & policy efforts related to food businesses, including but not limited to attending stakeholder meetings, informing food policy agendas, and supporting Director of Advocacy & Communications with food specific advocacy projects;
 Provide thought leadership in relation to food advocacy through informing grant applications, blog posts, and other public awareness initiatives related to how Ventures supports food businesses

 Food business management experience (small business ownership preferred);
 Written and verbal Spanish language skills;
 Experience creating/reviewing business plans, marketing plans, and/or loan applications;
 Knowledge and expertise in food business licensing, regulatory environments, and permitting of food businesses;
 Experience working with diverse, vulnerable communities and possesses ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, income levels, etc.
 Sensitivity in speaking about confidential personal and business circumstances;
 Experience in training, facilitation, and adult education, specifically in Food Business topics & curriculum

Strongly Preferred:
 Current or previous small business ownership;
 Experience in microenterprise development, small business development, asset building, financial empowerment, or related industry

The employee must be able to operate a computer and other office equipment, speak and listen on the telephone, and accurately see and interpret columns of numbers.

Please submit a cover letter & resume to: Jen Hughes, Director of Programs, Position open until filled. No phone calls please. 

Compensation Package:
 Starting Rate: $24.50 per hour, ($50,960 annually) We maintain a competitive compensation package; within budget constraints, you will be eligible for performance-based raises on an annual basis.
 Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
 Flexible Spending Account
 403b Retirement Account
 Subsidized ORCA pass
 Annual professional development allowance
 15 paid holidays per year
 17-22 paid vacation days per year, depending on tenure
 12 paid sick days per year 

 Schedule: 40 hours per week, exact schedule to be determined, some evening and weekend trainings, events and client support required
 Location: 2100 24th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144
 Desired Start Date: As Soon as Available

This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position and the level of knowledge and skills typically required. It does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and it is subject to change as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change. Ventures is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications are considered without regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and gender expression of identity) or any other classification protected by law.

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