Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC) in partnership with University of Montana’s (UM’s) Pursue Your Passions program is announcing the opportunity to hire one, full-time Women’s Business Center Manager. The Women’s Business Center (WBC) is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO). This role will report to the UM director for women’s entrepreneurship and leadership and work alongside the other Accelerate Montana economic development professionals and student team. Our team is one that works collaboratively as a collective- everyone believes in and loves the work they do.
The WBC Manager, in partnership with existing UM programming and teams, will provide business counseling, create and promote classes and trainings, and host events for current and aspiring women business owners. The WBC Manager will manage operations of the decentralized center including the supervision of two, full-time WBC Business Advisors. The WBC Manager will be based out of Missoula, Montana and will provide support to employees in Great Falls and Fort Belknap in Montana. The WBC Manager will also manage data collection and required grant reporting.
This role will require considerable knowledge of business financing practices and procedures including: preparation and presentation of sound business plans, financial analysis, use of financial information to analyze business performance and to make recommendations for necessary actions, establishment and maintenance of business accounting systems, analysis of financing options for business start-ups or expansions, and preparation of business financing packages.
This role requires leadership, collaboration, attention to detail, ability to manage ambiguity and gray area, and a passion for supporting current and aspiring women business owners. Team players ready to roll up their sleeves, please apply!
WBC Manager Duties and Responsibilities:
- Dedicate between 25-50% of time to direct counseling and training activities.
- Supervise and lead additional staff, including two, decentralized (teleworking) business coaches.
- Manage WBC Advisory Board.
- Manage all federal grant reporting requirements and collect all required data.
- Develop a client data management plan for all WBC staff using NEOSERRA CMR software.
- Manage partnerships and relationships with Missoula, Fort Belknap, and Great Falls service providers and stakeholders to strengthen opportunities for women in business.
- Assess needs of the diverse communities the WBC will serve and design different plans to meet the diverse needs of said communities.
- Working with the WBC business coaches and trainers, create classes, trainings, and events to drive results (unique clients served, new businesses started, cash infusions).
- Have firm knowledge in accounting and finance to support financial modeling for clients.
- Work with the local media and grant partners to promote favorable publicity and recognition for the WBC.
- Disclose any and all private business relationships that may conflict with the WBC, host organization, or community services.
- Take implicit bias training, identify and implement best practices into coaching for women, and share best practices/key findings for the larger team to implement.
- Communicate with rural, indigenous, and underserved populations and advocates for those populations.
- Work with the Montana SBA District Office representative to foster compliance and involvement on projects.
Minimum Required Experience:
- Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related fields.
- At least three years of directly-related experience in lending, public accounting, business consulting/coaching, business or startup management, or economic development.
- Employment history demonstrating knowledge and ability to 1) direct, manage, and market a client-based program, 2) apply business management principles and techniques, 3) design small business education programs, 4) identify issues within a small business and propose resolutions, 5) develop outreach assistance programs, 6) leverage outside public and private sector resources, 7) measure and evaluate impact of program delivery 8) lead and manage a team.
- MBA from an accredited institution in a business-related field is preferred.
- Experience selling a product/service and/or launching and running a small business even as a side hustle.
- Passion for gender equity, closing the wage gap, and supporting diverse kinds of women to gain financial independence.
Position Title: Women’s Business Center Program Manager
- Work Schedule: Full-time, (40 hours per week)
- Compensation: $55,000-$65,000
- Benefits: $4.22 per hour taxable health and welfare stipend, 10 paid federal holidays or alternative days, paid sick leave, paid annual leave after 6-month probationary period.
- 10 paid federal holidays or alternative days
- Paid sick leave
- Paid annual leave after 6-month probationary period
Position Open Until Filled
As an equal opportunity employer, MonTEC and the University of Montana do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.