Small Business Development Counselor

The International Rescue Committee

About the organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC is now at work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas. We deliver lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn, and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always seeking to address the inequalities facing women and girls.


The Small Business Development Counselor will support the continued development of the IRC Small Business Development Program with a strong focus on supporting the Small Business Administration Community Navigator Program and Small Business Development Center grants. As a Small Business Develop Center, the IRC SBDC offers one on one business advising on several topics including but not limited to start-up assistance, financial literacy, selling online and managing a business. The SBA Community Navigator Program, a federally funded program, focuses on providing targeted outreach for small businesses in underserved communities through leveraging partnerships with local and ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) who will connect to specific sectors of the entrepreneurial community to provide assistance during economic recovery, including financial assistance and access to capital, contracting and procurement, marketing, operations, business development, and exporting, and industry-specific training.


Job Requirements: *Proficiency in Spanish required* Excellent computer skills, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and the ability to learn the custom computer programs used for the SBDC. Experience with CRMs such as Salesforce, ETO, Neoserra preferred. Familiar with assessing business training needs and analyzing business-related materials, including financial reports, business and marketing plans as well as conduct market research. Undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Finance, Public Administration, or related field. Business experience in lieu of formal business education is acceptable. 2+ years of experience in small business development counseling and training. Experience operating a small business in lieu of small business development counseling and training may be acceptable. Prior experience working with immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs is strongly desired. Experience in the non-profit sector strongly preferred. Excellent organizational, record keeping, and analytical skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Proven ability to conduct affective instructional sessions to colleagues and entrepreneurs.



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