Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit, founded in 1995, that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential to improve their lives through small business ownership. We provide access to business training, capital, coaching, incubation, 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 incomes. 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.
Ventures strives to provide impactful programs while maintaining a healthy work-life balance and a 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. We’re a highly collaborative team of mission-driven individuals who believe in impact and delivering high quality programs.
This position will play an essential role in shaping the future of Ventures’ retail programming and incubation strategy. It is a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on hundreds of Ventures entrepreneurs by redefining our program in response to the needs of our entrepreneurs. This role will require a proactive and creative mindset along with the ability and willingness to drive this essential work forward.
This position oversees the day-to-day management of the Ventures Marketplace (retail and e-commerce), our retail incubator and social enterprise arm of our organization. The position includes e-commerce management, leading sales and customer relations, staff management (when applicable), supporting with retail events, marketing activities, and public relations. Our retail store currently does not have retail staff, but when applicable this position will lead, motivate, and inspire a retail staff team, and work collaboratively with program staff to meet sales goals.
The Retail Manager will work collaboratively with the Director of Programs to fulfill on Ventures mission and strategic plan related to incubation services for product businesses. They will also act as the lead spokesperson and primary advocate for the Ventures Marketplace in the historic Pike Place Market and will exhibit the mission and values of the Ventures organization to the staff, Ventures entrepreneurs, customers, and community. This position will be required to work weekends.