Microenterprise Business Counselor

International Rescue Committee

About the organization

Responding to the world’s worst humanitarian crises in a great variety of roles, the International Rescue Committee’s staff is a force for humanity and hope. If you’re skilled and passionate, we’d like to add your energy to ours.


Under the supervision of the Senior Microenterprise Business Counselor, the Microenterprise Business Counselor will support the continued development of the IRC Microenterprise Program. The IRC Microenterprise Program offers loans and technical assistance to help CDBG, ORR, and SBDC eligible San Diego County residents start or grow a small business.

Major Responsibilities:

Assist in the outreach and recruitment of program participants; screen and assess interested City of San Diego residents for program eligibility and participation;
Provide one-on-one business counseling and management assistance to new and existing San Diego county residents owned-businesses in all areas of business start-up and expansion;
Assist entrepreneurs to become ready for business financing through preparation of loan applications, business plans, and financial statements;
Underwrite and package loan applications, and present for review to the IRC’s CDFI;
Conduct individual case management and loan collections, including "off-site" technical assistance visits to the businesses or homes of program participants;
Proactively facilitate referrals to outside service providers as necessary to meet the diverse needs of the program participants;



Undergraduate degree in a relevant field; business experience in lieu of formal business education is acceptable;
At least 1 year of experience in microenterprise development or operation of a small business;
At least 1 year of experience in non-profit sector and experience with immigrant entrepreneurs is strongly preferred;
Proficiency in Spanish or Vietnamese required;
Knowledge and experience with an array of business topics, including marketing, management, financing, and entrepreneurship;
Familiar with business software and technologies, especially low-cost online marketing strategies;
Excellent organizational skills;
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to make presentations;
Ability to work independently, be a self-starter and maintain responsibility for multiple tasks.
Working Environment:

Standard, professional office environment;
Regular travel to off-site locations is required;
Offices hours are scheduled as Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm;
Access to a reliable vehicle to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area with a valid driver's license and current insurance.

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