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Grants Manager

The position of Grants Manager reports to the Director of Entrepreneurship and is based in the San Francisco Bay area.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the department’s two grant writers, assign tasks and edit documents produced.

  • Oversee all steps of the grant proposal process including About Us documents, letters of inquiry, formal grant proposals, grant reports and other development material.

  • Work with Small Business Majority CEO, directors and others to create grant proposals.

  • Ensure department meets deadlines for grant submissions, grant renewals and grant reports. This includes ensuring the grant-tracking database and reporting notification systems are up to date and accurate.

  • Help in the development prospecting process including leading weekly development calls, helping find new prospects and working with appropriate staff to ensure prospect-tracking system is current.

  • Write letters of inquiry, formal proposals, reports and other materials as needed.

  • Assist the CEO and other directors in other areas of development work as required.

Requirements:

  • Self-starter

  • 2 years grant/proposal writing and management experience

  • Superior research and writing skills

  • Ability to organize and synthesize volumes of disparate information from multiple sources

  • Ability to work with multiple team members

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities

  • Interest in advocacy, politics and public policy

  • Mastery of all Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Pluses:

  • Small business experience

  • Experience in some or all of the following fields: Healthcare, entrepreneurship, access to capital, retirement security, tax and budget

  • Familiarity with CRM tools such as Salesforce

Please submit cover letter and resume to:
humanresources@smallbusinessmajority.org 

Small Business Majority is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual preference, citizenship, or marital status.


 

Colorado Outreach Manager

Celebrating our 10th anniversary, Small Business Majority is a small business advocacy organization founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today. Since 2005, we have actively engaged small business owners and policymakers in support of public policy solutions, and have delivered information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth and drive a strong, sustainable economy. We regularly engage our network of more than 45,000 small business owners and thousands of business organizations, along with a formal strategic partnership program of more than 125 business organizations, enabling us to reach more than 500,000 entrepreneurs. Our extensive scientific polling, focus groups and economic research help us educate and inform policymakers, the media and other stakeholders about issues including taxes, healthcare, access to capital, clean energy, immigration, entrepreneurship and workforce development.  

Small Business Majority is seeking a full-time Outreach Manager based in the greater Denver metro area to manage our on-the-ground work in Colorado. This position will help develop and implement strategies to conduct outreach to small business owners, organizations and other small business advocates. This position will focus on a variety of issues including access to capital, health care reform, workforce issues and others. The ideal candidate will have expertise in areas of outreach, media engagement and business community engagement and be able to work simultaneously on multiple projects. This position will report to Small Business Majority’s Vice-President, National Outreach and work alongside our existing Denver-based Outreach Manager. 

Outreach Responsibilities Include:

  • Identify and develop strong external relationships, and serve as liaison with local and state partners such as small business owners, business organizations, other advocacy organizations, funders, reporters and policymakers 
  • Develop strategy to successfully meet specific deliverables related to various grant funded projects on behalf of Small Business Majority in Colorado and potentially other states in the Western United States region   
  • Identify funding opportunities for Small Business Majority from philanthropic foundations, corporate giving programs, etc. In coordination with national team, strategize to develop relationships with Colorado-based institutional funders t0 secure grant funds 
  • Educate small employers, the self-employed and business organization about relevant public policy issues facing small businesses by planning, facilitating and organizing events including conference call briefings, webinars and in-person presentations throughout Colorado 
  • Inform small business owners on how they can take action to affect state and federal policy decisions by writing letters to policymakers, submitting opinion pieces to local media, etc. 
  • Participate in panels, press conferences, events and possibly testify at legislative hearings 
  • Supported by Small Business Majority’s national Small Business Engagement team, use creative techniques to help grow the small business owner network
  • Fast-track communication with/and secure small business owners for events, legislative priorities and press events
  • Enter small business and other contact information into Small Business Majority’s database in a timely and accurate manner 
  • Keep detailed records of outreach efforts and work in conjunction with Grants Manager to present information for funder reports 

Additional Responsibilities May Include

  • In coordination with our national Communications team pitch stories, secure media coverage and place op-eds and other pieces into business and mainstream media
  • Stay on top of critical news and developments 
  • Work with Communications staff to coordinate launches and media events 
  • Track news coverage on key issues, legislation, partner organizations, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Strong ability and proven-track record of building and maintaining strong professional relationships with a variety of external stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a flexible, entrepreneurial environment with frequently shifting priorities and evolving internal processes and structures 
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • 3 years outreach or public engagement experience, work within the business community preferred
  • Self-starter who has ability to make cold calls and network with small business owners, business organizations, funders, policymakers and other advocates
  • Interest in advocacy, public policy and small business issues
  • Collaborative in nature with ability to work remotely in conjunction with team members across the country
  • Strong sense of accountability; driven to meet and exceed expectations
  • Regional travel required throughout Colorado, and possibly neighboring or nearby states
  • Successful experience fundraising from corporate and/or philanthropic institutions, a plus 
  • Available for periodic travel throughout Colorado (and potentially nearby states) and attend key external and internal meetings (including SBM’s annual 3-day retreat in California) 
  • Must be able to work from a home office 

Please submit cover letter and resume to:
humanresources@smallbusinessmajority.org 

Small Business Majority is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual preference, citizenship, or marital status.


 

Policy Communications Associate

The position of Policy Communications Associate supports Small Business Majority (SBM) staff in all areas of policy research and writing.  Reporting to the Communications Director and the Director of Partnerships & Government Affairs, the Policy Communications Associate provides writing assistance to the CEO, Regional Outreach Directors and Outreach Managers. 

This position is located in our Washington, DC office.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Director of Partnerships & Government Affairs to build relationships with external partners' communications staff on issues that Small Business Majority works on nationally and in key states
  • Working closely with the Communications Director and Director of Partnerships & Government Affairs, help create and implement communications strategies for key national and state issue campaigns
  • Develop communications resources on key initiatives for partner organizations including, but not limited to, social media guidance, messaging guidance, and more
  • Draft and edit documents including fact sheets, talking points, advocacy letters and public education materials
  • Synthesize data from public policy reports, research studies, and partner organization resources to translate into external documents and reports
  • Research and write public policy summaries as well as documents outlining the organization’s accomplishments
  • Write web content and blog posts
  • Assist with managing SBM’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs)
  • Keep up with articles and blog postings about relevant policy issues and small business perspectives in both print and electronic publications; make recommendations on, and craft responses
  • Track key legislation at the national level
  • Draft speeches, letters to the editor, op-eds, and other opinion pieces
  • Assist with writing press releases and media statements
  • Work with our outreach team to interview small business spokespeople and write profiles/case studies

Requirements:

  • Superior writing and editing skills
  • Min 2-3 years writing experience – not an entry level position
  • 1-2 years experience in public policy and/or non-profit
  • Ability to quickly condense complex issues into multiple digestible written components
  • Interest in advocacy and public policy
  • Collaborative in nature; enjoy working as part of a team with multiple internal and external resources; as well, must be confident and able to work independently
  • Self-starter; entrepreneurial in nature
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Fast-paced work environment; deadline-oriented with changing priorities
  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogging) 
  • Mastery of all Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Any of the following experience a plus: small business, healthcare, taxes

Please submit cover letter, resume and 2-3 writing samples to:
humanresources@smallbusinessmajority.org 

Small Business Majority is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual preference, citizenship, or marital status.


 

Communications Intern

This position is in our Washington, DC office and reports to the Communications Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote our national events on community calendars and social media
  • Data entry: input new small business contacts into Salesforce database
  • Assist in writing profiles to fill in our small business profile map
  • Assist with work associated with our Annual Summit in May
  • Other communications work as assigned and available
  • Available to work up to 20 hours per week

Qualifications

  • Strong writing, research, and analytical skills.
  • Administrative skills: attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize/handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines,
  • Positive attitude and the ability to handle stress and high-pressure situations.
  • Strong computer skills with excellent proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strongly preferred: Working knowledge of database software and web-based platforms such as Google docs and Salesforce.  

Please submit cover letter and resume to:
humanresources@smallbusinessmajority.org 

Small Business Majority is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual preference, citizenship, or marital status.