The Senior Economic Development Manager will be getting in on the ground floor of a new organizational vertical, leading the expansion and continued development of two new place-based, equitable economic development initiatives.
Leadership in Local and Equitable Anchor Procurement (LLEAP), a systems-approach to building collaboratives of anchor institutions, small business capacity-builders, and financial institutions that increase the number of mutually beneficial contracts between anchor institutions and local and minority small employers
Latin Business Growth Initiative, a national, city government competition to catalyze the scaling of Latino-owned businesses informed by research from the Aspen Institute Latinos in America Program
We will also look to the Senior Economic Development Manager to identify and develop additional equitable economic development opportunities. The successful candidate will work independently, as well as within and across teams and with our national network of partners to ensure cross-functional integration of new initiatives.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply quickly. Interise seeks to fill this position by October 31, 2018.
Send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Nancy Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate where you learned of this position. Please use the subject line of “Interise Senior Economic Development Manager Application.”
Required experience and skills
8 to 10 years of experience in economic development with demonstrated success, and increasing responsibility, preferably at the municipal or regional level
Proven track record of successful consultative sales—leveraging the value of shared knowledge to get to “yes”
Proven track record in building and working with successful collaborations that generate measurable impact
Proven experience in successfully understanding and utilizing organizational behavior to achieve systemic change
Experience in applying systems thinking to social, economic, or physical ecosystems
Ability to lead concept development, strategy development, and implementation for a national initiative
Demonstrated excellence in organizational and managerial skills
Highly developed interpersonal, oral and written communication and presentation skills
Proficient computer skills: MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), customer relations management database (preferably Salesforce)
Up to date knowledge of policy and trends in small business development within lower-income communities and/or minority business ownership
Awareness of the policy and trends in leveraging anchor institutions for economic development, mayors and economic policy
Awareness of the challenges faced and strategies used by Latino-owned businesses to achieve scale.
Experience with motivating members of collaborations to collect supporting data for research and impact evaluation
About Interise, Inc.
Interise, a national not-for profit in Boston, stimulates economic revitalization in lower income communities with a proven model for accelerating the growth of existing small businesses. Our StreetWise 'MBA'™ (SWMBA) provides established small business owners with a hands-on, stage-specific, business curriculum; a professional support network; and increased access to capital and procurement opportunities. As our national network of alumni—75% of whom are either located in a lower income community or are a member of economically disadvantaged group—grow their businesses, they contribute to economic development, job creation, and community leadership. We expect our ecosystem approach to promoting inclusive and equitable economic growth will generate even greater impact as the size, depth, and variety of businesses and partners in our national network increase.