Boston Ujima Project

Job Description

Business Alliance Coach

Position Summary

“Not every success story is a 10X venture funded breakout or an MVP season or an IPO. There is organic home grown success in our city because of the same formula behind Kayak.com or Mookie Betts or Wayfair - talent, drive, vision, skill and believers who get behind a leader and push.” Andy Tarsy, Founder and Principal, Emblem Strategic

The Business Alliance Coach is an unabashed champion of women, immigrant, and entrepreneurs of color, in Boston and within Ujima’s network. The Business Alliance Coach will support the growth of Ujima’s member-led Business Alliance (UBA), its individual members, and Boston’s wider Black and Brown entrepreneurial economy. This work will be completed  via coordination of UBA members, development of UBA programs, coordination of Ujima’s Business Support Team,  linkages between businesses and technical assistance providers, major corporations, hospitals, universities, local government, customers, and volunteers, and management of the small business portion of the Boston Builds Credit (BBC) Initiative. BBC is a partnership with LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Boston, the Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and  Merrimack Valley. The Business Alliance Coach’s time will comprise around 60% UBA-focused activities and 40% BBC-focused activities. The Business Alliance Coach will jointly report to the Director of Boston Ujima Project and Economic Opportunity Program Officer for LISC Boston.

Responsibilities

Develop Business Support Programs

Technical Assistance and Resource Coordination

Meeting Coordination and Facilitation

Coordinate Procurement Advocacy

Reporting and Engagement

Desired Qualifications

 Multi-language applicants encouraged to apply (Spanish, Vietnamese, Cape-Verdean Creole, Somali)

Compensation

The salary is $55,000 with flexibility for outstanding candidates. The position includes insurance, benefits, and flexible time-off.

How to Apply

Email Nia Evans (nia@ujimaboston.com) with “Business Alliance Coach”  in the subject line. Please include:

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Boston Ujima Project  is an equal opportunity employer. Boston residents, women, Black people, people of color, immigrants, queer, and gender nonconforming people strongly encouraged to apply.

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ABOUT UJIMA BUSINESS ALLIANCE

The Ujima Business Alliance (UBA) is a local business association sponsored by the Boston Ujima Project for community oriented companies within its network. Members of the UBA are business owners and entrepreneurs who are committed to advancing social and economic justice through the private sector. Ujima Businesses align their corporate practices with their values by creating good jobs, sharing ownership and wealth, meeting local needs, and generating community benefits. Business Alliance Members find strength in unity, and value cooperation over competition to achieve shared success.

The Ujima Business Alliance serves two main purposes:

  1. To strengthen the business members of the Alliance through strategic programs, including both internal organizing and coordination/collaboration with other stakeholder groups such as consumers and investors
  2. To represent the business stakeholder group in larger Ujima decisions, particularly in business standards setting/certification but also including neighborhood planning processes and capital fund discussions

Read proposals for the Ujima Business Alliance, Ujima Technical Assistance Network, and Ujima Worker Services Network to learn more.

ABOUT BOSTON BUILDS CREDIT

Boston Builds Credit (BBC) is Boston’s first citywide initiative that seeks to improve residents’ financial resilience by increasing credit scores. BBC has a goal of supporting 25,000 Boston residents to attain a prime credit score -- defined as a 660 -- by the year 2025. This partnership is being led by a partnership comprised of LISC Boston, The United Way, and the City of Boston Office of Financial Empowerment. BBC seeks to use credit building as a lever to promote financial wellbeing and economic mobility. In Boston, 236,000 residents are either unscored or have poor credit scores, making it more challenging to access mainstream credit products which can help manage daily cash flow or weather a financial emergency. Research has shown that consumers with low or no credit will pay an average of $200,000 more in interest and fees during their lifetimes and that poor credit is a key contributor to the growing racial wealth divide. To learn more about the Boston Builds Credit Initiative please click here: https://www.bostonbuildscredit.org/

ABOUT LISC BOSTON

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) equips communities with the capital, strategy, and know-how to become places where people can thrive. Working with local leaders, we invest in affordable housing, health, education, public safety and employment – all basic needs that must be tackled so that progress in one area is not undermined by neglect in another.

As part of a national organization with deep local roots, LISC Boston is uniquely positioned to share resources, best practices, and innovations with the communities we serve. We provide funding, financing, and technical assistance to community development corporations (CDCs), nonprofit developers, grassroots organizations, as well as policy and advocacy organizations throughout Massachusetts.

LISC Boston focuses on supporting entrepreneurs to grow their businesses through funding accelerator/business incubator programs, sponsoring pitch contests with startup cash prizes, and financing small businesses. We now seek to support these efforts and the BBC initiative by providing technical assistance around credit building services for entrepreneurs. This role will seek to help more entrepreneurs’ access the resources needed to successfully start and grow micro enterprises into thriving small businesses.