POSITION: DIRECTOR, ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

LOCATION: LOS ANGELES, CA  

REPORTS TO: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LA 

SUPERVISES: N/A  

FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT  

   

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION 

LIFT is a national nonprofit whose mission is to invest in families to break the cycle of poverty. We connect hardworking parents and caregivers of young children to the people, tools, and resources they need to reach economic stability and mobility. We help them build personal well-being, social connections, and financial strength to secure basic needs and achieve long-term goals and aspirations, like a safe home, living wages or a better education. LIFT operates in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., communities with some of the highest rates of concentrated poverty. To learn more, visit www.whywelift.org.    

LIFT is at an exciting moment in its organizational trajectory, having recently launched a new four-year strategic plan for scale through influencing systems and policy change in addition to continuous improvements to our direct service model. We are looking for entrepreneurial, results-driven, relationship builders who are committed to LIFT’s mission and values of diversity, operating with excellence, equity, relationships, and hope.    

*LIFT has transitioned to a hybrid schedule, and this role will be expected to work in the office as needed, potentially up to twice a week.   

POSITION OVERVIEW  

This role is an exciting opportunity for a partnership builder and program developer who understands the world of entrepreneurship and is deeply committed to providing low-income families with the excellent support and resources they need to achieve their goals with creating and maintaining successful businesses. The Director, Entrepreneurship Program is responsible for creating, maintaining, and growing the LIFTing Entrepreneurship Program (LEP), providing communities members with the resources, knowledge, and connections they need to be successful entrepreneurs.  

The Director, Entrepreneurship Program will lead planning, implementation, evaluation, and growth of the Program. This includes designing, managing, and administering program activities, as well as building and managing relationships with partner organizations and business leaders to deliver LEP. The Director will also partner with the Executive Director on a fundraising strategy and cultivation to ensure sustainability of the program.  

AS A DIRECTOR, ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM, YOU WILL:  

  • Lead program design and strategy development for LEP, manage the budget and overall operating plan as well as the development & execution of a recruitment strategy for entrepreneurs 
  • Define how LEP integrates with LIFT’s existing programmatic and growth strategies
  • Serve as LIFT’s internal subject matter expert on entrepreneurship best practices, leveraging this expertise to design and implement LEP
  • Deliver entrepreneurship programming seamlessly, providing a world-class training experience with meaningful outcomes
  • Build and manage relationships with clients and other stakeholders to gain community support for the program and to solicit input to improve the program
  • Partner with the Executive Director and Development Director to create and execute a sustainable funding strategy for LEP 

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:  

  • Commitment to LIFT’s mission and values  
  • 7+ years of relevant, related experience in management, business operations and/or coaching preferably with small business development, marketing, community outreach, and/or nonprofit management organization; must include experience designing and delivering adult education  
  • Experience as a business owner/entrepreneur 
  • Demonstrated track record of leading program from conceptualization and design through implementation and continued growth
  • Strong cultural competencies with extensive experience partnering with diverse communities
  • Dynamic leadership and relationship building to engage partner organizations, funders, and other community leaders in this work
  • Interest and experience in program design and implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement and innovation
  • Highly effective interpersonal, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills
  • Track record of strong team management
  • Strong managerial, project and program management experience
  • Proven ability to be self-starting, highly organized, and detail-oriented—comfortable with unstructured assignments, juggling multiple responsibilities, and meeting quick deadlines
  • Spanish language proficiency (written and verbal) strongly preferred 

Don’t think you have everything for this role but are still very interested? Please don’t hesitate to apply. We’d love to hear from you!   

 

LIFT believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. LIFT’s goal is for our people to reflect the communities in which we live and serve and to ensure representation of people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities in our organization.    

 

WHAT WE OFFER:   

LIFT’s compensation philosophy is to pay competitively for our non-profit sector and ensure equity across the organization. The salary range for this role is $100,000 - $110,000. Compensation for the role will depend on several factors including qualifications, skills, competencies, and experience, and may fall outside the range shown.  

LIFT provides an attractive benefits package that includes employer-paid health care coverage (100% for employees, 75% for dependents), a 403(b) retirement plan including an employer match contribution, 12 weeks paid parental leave, partial cell phone coverage, and pre-tax accounts for transit, health, and childcare benefits. LIFT also provides a generous paid-time-off policy, including one-week company-wide vacation over the winter holidays and a one-week company-wide vacation over the summer fiscal year transition.    

LIFT is a qualifying public service employer, which means all full-time LIFT employees qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. To learn more about the program, please visit: https://studentaid.gov/pslf/.

 

TO APPLY

Qualified individuals, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover.

 

 

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