Program: Asset Building Programs
Reports to: Business Development Program Manager
Revision Date: December 2017
Over its 44 year history, the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (www.medasf.org) has advanced innovative approaches to promote economic justice through asset development for the Latino community in San Francisco. Its programs foster asset creation through group education and one-on-one coaching in financial capability, small business development, homeownership, income tax preparation and community planning. The Business Development Program’s mission is to achieve economic self-sufficiency for San Francisco’s low and moderate income Latino entrepreneurs through the creation and expansion of sustainable local businesses, and job creation. BDP staff provides a continuum of business planning and support services, such as financial projections and business operations, access to capital, and lease negotiations to local businesses throughout San Francisco, and particularly the Mission District and Excelsior. All services are provided in English and Spanish through group workshops and one-on-one consultations.
MEDA is currently seeking a full-time Business Coach who will support economic development efforts of the Mission Street commercial corridor (along Mission Street from 16th Street to Cesar Chavez); to strengthen businesses and community institutions by working towards maintaining a vibrant and healthy corridor that serves local residents. Given the rapid displacement of businesses on the Mission corridor, this is a crucial position in supporting MEDA’s strategic efforts to preserve the Mission District as a supportive community for Latino businesses, residents, and institutions. The Business Coach will work very closely with the Community Real Estate and Policy teams as part of MEDA’s comprehensive strategies to address business stability, retention, and growth in the neighborhood. This Coach will also provide technical assistance to existing businesses to retain commercial space, access capital, and create local jobs. A key component of the Business Coach’s responsibilities is outreach, including block walking, cold calling, and leveraging existing relationships with local businesses.
The successful candidate will join our team of business development coaches providing a full continuum of business services to micro- and growing businesses. Our ideal candidate will be visionary, entrepreneurial, and able to motivate others, have a strong grasp of the technical aspects of the job, and have the ability to visualize success and be a strong team player.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Works collaboratively with BDP, Asset Building, Community Real Estate, and Policy teams to align place-based Corridor efforts.
- Survey and inventory local businesses and real estate, and make referral connections to services and events as appropriate.
- Conduct corridor outreach and door to door visits to businesses and community institutions within the Mission Street Commercial Corridor.
- Maintain documentation and develop databases of corridor work for tracking and reporting purposes
- Provides one-on-one coaching services and facilitates workshops.
- Assists clients with specific services and areas of business development, such as writing a business plan, obtaining financing (loan packaging), marketing, developing human resources, conducting a market analysis, etc.
- Collaborates with other staff to participate in program-specific partnerships with various stakeholders including representatives of local government, financial institutions, and community groups.
- Represent MEDA in advocacy opportunities.
- Two years previous experience in business planning and counseling field, including entrepreneurial training.
- Experience with program development especially as it relates to business, including outreach and service referrals.
- Demonstrated expertise and/or experience in the following areas: Loan packaging or loan underwriting, marketing, writing business plans, procurement, and program development.
- Excellent quantitative and financial analysis skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to data management.
- Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
- Experience working and living within low-income, Latino, and immigrant communities.
- Experience and/or certification in financial coaching desirable.
- Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, economics or other related field preferred or
- Spanish fluency required.
Click on the following link and complete the application, including a cover letter and resume.