Executive Director, Community Business Partnership
George Mason University and Community Business Partnership (CBP) are seeking an Executive Director for CBP. Created in 1995, CBP is a non-profit, 501c3 tax exempt organization whose mission is to foster economic development through the start-up and growth of micro/small businesses. CBP is a program of George Mason University operating within the Mason Enterprise Center organization that reports to the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
In 1995, Fairfax County, George Mason University, Fairfax County Small Business Commission, Northern Virginia Community College, and Northern Virginia Urban League joined efforts to establish a small business assistance and microfinance organization targeting low/moderate income individuals, women, minorities and veterans primarily in Northern Virginia. CBP is governed by a Board of Directors and George Mason University which employs CBP staff.
CBP serves potential and existing micro/small business owners primarily located in northern Virginia with a focus on socially and economically disadvantaged individuals including minorities, women and veterans. The organization provides education, technical assistance, business incubation services, access to capital and networking opportunities to a wide range of business types including lifestyle businesses, government contractors, professional service firms, consultants, and retailers. CBP empowers clients by providing access to resources so they can fulfill their dreams, provide for their financial security as well as that of their families, and contribute to the economic growth of their communities. The organization also helps strategic partners meet business development and regulatory objectives aimed at providing economic growth and stability for the region.
Over the past decade CBP has grown to include five distinct programs: Business Finance Center; Business Incubation Center; Small Business Development Center; Women's Business Center; and Veteran Business Outreach Center. In September 2016, CBP was designated a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
CBP is funded by Fairfax County, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and corporate sponsors.
The Executive Director of the Community Business Partnership (CBP) is responsible to ensure the strategic direction, financial stability, and operational efficiency of the organization. The position is governed by the CBP board of directors and by George Mason University, and reports to the Managing Director of the Mason Enterprise Center. Duties include:
Work with CBP board of directors on strategy development and governance;
Provide strategic vision and direction to ensure CBP continually works toward its mission to foster economic development through the startup and growth of small businesses;
Provide leadership and oversight for all CBP programs and staff to ensure collaboration, synergy, and alignment;
Develop and implement a plan to best take advantage of the new CDFI designation;
Ensure fiscal management that adheres to generally accepted accounting principles;
Operate within the approved budget, ensure maximum resource utilization, and maintain a positive financial position;
Lead fundraising efforts and develop other resources necessary to support CBP's mission;
Serve as the interface between CBP, George Mason University, local elected officials and other key funders and community stakeholders;
Ensure compliance with all grants, contracts, MOUs and cooperative agreements; and
Represent CBP, Mason Enterprise Center and George Mason University in the community.
Master's degree and substantial related experience (at least 10 years is preferred);
Demonstrated experience leading and managing a nonprofit community economic development organization;
Proven leadership—including the ability to make real time decisions, manage professional and administrative staff, marketing and negotiating skills, fundraising and financial management, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse partner groups;
Experience providing business advice to small and developing companies;
Familiarity with CDFI industry and markets;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Public speaking skills;
Proposal development and grant writing experience; and Strong financial skills (e.g., budgeting and financial analysis).
Evening and weekend hours may be required. Occasional travel for statewide and national conferences and meetings will be required.
Salary: $110,000 - $120,000
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA52Cz at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.