Missouri Outreach Manager

  • Small Business Majority
  • St. Louis, MO, United States
  • Nov 07, 2017
Full time Education Nonprofit-Social Services Other Work From Home

Job Description

Small Business Majority is seeking an innovative leader who can work with multiple diverse groups both in the community and within the organization. The Missouri Outreach Manager is interested in becoming an expert on a wide range of policy issues affecting small businesses including healthcare, immigration reform, access to capital and others. The ideal candidate has experience in community outreach and understanding the business community and can work autonomously from a remote office.  This position is based in St. Louis; however, there will be travel throughout Missouri and possibly to neighboring states.  This position reports to the Midwest Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

Outreach to organizations:

  • Partner development: Identify and develop strong external relationships, and serve as liaison with local and state partners and business organizations that work with Small Business Majority.
  • Small business owner relationship building: Build and maintain strong relationships with a multitude of small business owners who are interested in serving as spokespeople across our different issues. Educate and inform small businesses and the self-employed about Small Business Majority’s policy issues.  Assess small business owners needs and connect them to local strategic partners. Inform small business owners on how they can take action to affect state and federal policy decisions.
  • Grants Management: Develop and execute a strategy to complete specific deliverables related to various grant funded projects on behalf of Small Business Majority. Plan, facilitate, and organize events and additional grant requirements of each grant, meeting the deliverables on time and on budget.

Promote an inclusive economy:

  • Speak out on Small Business Majority’s policy issues: Develop credibility and be seen as a local resource on policy issues relevant locally and nationally. Present information to state and local business groups on Small Business Majority’s research and policy issues. Represent Small Business Majority by participating in panels, press conferences, events, coalition meetings and legislative hearings.
  • Find new ways to help small businesses succeed: Proactively seek out new ideas around policy areas in which Small Business Majority should be involved. Collaborate amongst Small Business Majority’s staff, including other state outreach managers and well as national staff, to move a policy issue on the state or national level.

Grow Small Business Majority’s reach in Missouri:

  • Communicate with local reporters to illustrate the power of small business: Fast-track communication with/and secure small business owners for events, legislative priorities and press events. Pitch stories, secure media coverage and work with Communications team to get op-eds and other pieces placed in local media. Develop and maintain relationships with local reporters.
  • Development: Identify, build and maintain national, state and local funding opportunities from foundations, corporations and advocacy organizations. In conjunction with the Midwest Director, raise funding dollars from state based funders each calendar year. Advise on grant proposals and grant reports, bringing in local information and data relevant to the grant application, and keeping detailed records of outreach efforts to present information for funder reports.

Qualifications:

  • 3 years outreach or public engagement experience, work within the business community preferred
  • Ability to work within a remote team throughout the Midwest, while also working independentally in Missouri
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Must be able to work from a home office
  • Regional travel required throughout Missouri, and possibly neighboring or nearby states
  • Outreach managers must also have an entrepreneurial spirit and show this by:
    • Being a self-starter; deadline oriented; ability to work autonomously; personable — able to foster positive working relationships with colleagues, media professionals, funders, partners, etc.
    • Establishing credibility and being seen as a leader in the small business and public policy space locally
    • Problem solving when issues come up, involving management and asking for help when necessary
    • Communicating on a regular basis with other Outreach staff, sharing ideas and best practices

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.