Bilingual Small Business Counselor

Northern Virginia Family Service

About the organization

Working at Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) means doing work that matters every day because of the difference you will make in the lives of children and families in Northern Virginia. NVFS’ breadth, depth and scope of services offer the resources and support to ensure that everyone in need, at every stage of life, maximizes their potential and fully contributes to a thriving community. NVFS is a private, non-profit human service organization with 400+ employees, 6,000+ volunteers, and various offices located throughout Northern Virginia. Serving nearly 35,000 children and families, our program areas include housing and emergency services; nutritional, physical, and mental health services; early childhood education, foster care and child placement services; family reunification, youth intervention and prevention services; job training and entrepreneurship programs services; and legal services.


Escala, NVFS’ small business development program, assists aspiring and existing business owners with establishing, building and growing successful business enterprises. The Small Business Counselor oversees the development and delivery of all technical assistance and services that assist clients with establishing and growing their businesses including one-on-one consultations and coordinating and/or facilitating specialized training. The Small Business Counselor will coordinate and oversee a mentor program for the entrepreneurs.
Oversee work plan and implementation; ensure program goals, objectives and outcomes are met.
Conduct client needs assessment and provide one-on-one counseling sessions to assist clients to provide in-depth and targeted assistance launching and growing their businesses.
Deliver specialized workshops that teach basic business concepts and help clients assess and improve their readiness to be entrepreneurs and improve the viability of their businesses; recruit presenters and topic experts and program partners to improve program capacity and impact.
Create resources to assist entrepreneurs to identify and pursue necessary steps to register a small business.
Conduct outreach and presentations; participate in networking activities to learn about available resources; collaborate with other agencies to complement the agency’s services and increase program impact.
Identify and develop partnerships that help entrepreneurs take their products to market.


Must have one of the following:
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field; OR
Four (4) years of experience as a business owner or in a related training and development role with no relevant degree.
At least two (2) years’ experience in small business development, microenterprise, or other relevant field preferred.
Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish required.
Knowledge of local small businesses, counseling resources, and small business service providers a plus
Excellent planning, management and leadership skills required, especially in program design and implementation
Experience building relationships and inter-agency collaborations required
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
May be called upon to work beyond normal working hours
Successful completion of background checks required upon hire

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