Jobs

We’re a team of passionate professionals who LOVE the work we do, the communities we do it for AND the people we do it with! If you or someone you know has an inherent interest in entrepreneurship and wants to come on board to help us empower small business for big change, then introduce yourself and let’s work!

Currently, we are accepting applications for the following roles:

Full Time

Operations Coordinator

Part Time

RISE Community Business Navigator

Rural Ecosystem Navigator


POSITION TITLE: OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

A. JOB SUMMARY

The Operations Coordinator is the administrative backbone of CIC’s office. This is a front desk position that will be part office manager, part receptionist and part t-crosser and i-dotter. The position will report to and their performance will be evaluated by the Director of Lending and Operations, although will work closely with all staff. This position primarily works weekdays with occasional responsibilities on evenings.

The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and customer service skills, an interest in business and entrepreneurship and willingness to serve our growing community. The ideal candidate would work full time in this position.

B. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Within the limits of the CIC’s programs, policies, procedures, and budget, the Operations Coordinator is responsible for and has authority to perform the duties listed below:

Client and Program Support

  • Client and Program Support
  • Provide exceptional customer service by phone, email and to in person visitors, volunteers and clients
  • Assist clients in finding/navigating CIC programs and services
  • Manage the “Collaborative” space and programs
  • Manage Office Hours program, including coordination of volunteers
  • Plan and execute the bi-annual resource fair and other events as needed (graduations, alumni reunions, resource fairs, Tom Tom etc.)
  • Coordinate CIC role in Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso (CE-2)
  • Support administration of targeted grant programs
  • Assist with entrepreneur workshop recruitment- sends emails to leads

Operations

  • Respond to client and partner inquiries (front desk, phone calls, emails, etc.)
  • Record and deposit incoming payments
  • Coordinate with property manager on office management issues
  • Schedule and manage setup of conference and meeting rooms in collaboration with the SBDC Clients Service Coordinator
  • Maintain common areas, storage, and supplies
  • Coordinate technology maintenance and support with IT service providers
  • Document office operations, event checklists, and event timelines
  • Ensure front desk coverage during regular business hours
  • Assist with onboarding of new employees
  • Manage internship program including coordination of recruitment, hiring, onboarding and day to day supervision of interns
    • Responsible for recruitment deadlines
    • Coordinate intern needs with other departments
    • Edit job descriptions as needed
    • Train new interns
    • Supervise and assign other supervisors depending on the role
    • Responsible for offboarding including exit survey

Executive Assistant

Provide administrative support to the organization’s President including:

  • Provide administrative support to the organization’s President including:
  • Managing and scheduling meetings
  • Coordinating logistics for meeting setup including technology, reminders, food, etc.
  • Gathering/collecting information from staff and partners
  • Answering or directing inquiries to the appropriate place in the organization
  • Compiling reports or requests for information as needed

The Operations Coordinator will have an opportunity to grow their responsibilities based on their
skills, abilities and the needs of the organization.

C. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders, including team members, entrepreneurs, volunteers, partners, and industry professionals.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and be adaptable to change
  • Must be able to work independently to manage multiple activities, prioritize tasks, and resolve problems.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage various tasks
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook), Google Suite
  • Comfort and ability to learn new systems (Quickbooks, Salesforce, Mailchimp,Lenderfit)

D. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Have a passion for small business/entrepreneurship, creating a more equitable ecosystem for entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds
  • Basic bookkeeping knowledge and comfort with accounting systems
  • Experience working with or servicing under-resourced or under-served populations.

E. COMPENSATION

Full time compensation of $40,000 to $46,000 annually plus health insurance, dental insurance, and retirement benefit.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter and resume to carolina@cicville.org. Priority consideration will be given to resumes received by May 10, 2024, and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Target start date is in late May/early June.


POSITION TITLE: RISE COMMUNITY BUSINESS NAVIGATOR (Part Time)

A. JOB SUMMARY

CIC is currently seeking a candidate or candidates to serve as part time RISE Community Business Navigator(s) for up to 20 hours per week. The position will contribute to the overall growth and sustainability of the RISE Collaborative regional entrepreneurship and innovation initiative. This position will be based at the SOVA Innovation Hub coworking space in South Boston, Virginia, and will require weekly travel within the RISE region and occasional evening or weekend events. The RISE Community Business Navigator will be responsible for working directly with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them connect to and access resources (ex: capital, technical assistance, mentor or peer support) for their businesses and coordinating with the RISE Navigator Program Manager to ensure collective impact across the region. The position will report to the RISE Navigator Program Manager.

RISE Collaborative is a regional entrepreneurship and innovation initiative serving 15 localities in Southern Virginia, spanning Brunswick County west to Patrick County and north to Buckingham County. Note: Through an agreement with the SOVA Innovation Hub and GO Virginia, this is a grant-funded, part-time position for up to 24 months and may be extended if additional grant resources are identified. 

The RISE Community Business Navigator will be based and primarily work from the SOVA Innovation Hub, 715 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592. The successful candidate will need to live within the Virginia/North Carolina region. This is a hybrid position with some remote work (1-2 days/week) and in-person work, including reporting to the SOVA Innovation Hub and traveling to meet with entrepreneurs in the project region. 

B. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Within the limits of the CIC’s programs, policies, procedures, and budget, the RISE Community Business Navigator is responsible for and has authority to perform the duties listed below:

  • Communicate systematically with local and regional economic developers within their footprint to share updates on RISE Collaborative to develop and maintain a referral pipeline of potential entrepreneurs and innovators aligned with traded sector and/or scalable business opportunities.
  • Work with local and regional partners including SBDC, economic developers, Chamber of Commerce and others, to understand resources available to start, or expand, small businesses. Maintain a referral network of local service providers, business resources, state and federal agency resources, and financial institutions for emerging and growing business owners to access.
  • Collaborates with the RISE Navigator Program Manager, other RISE Community Business Navigators, aspiring and local entrepreneurs to ascertain the needs of business owners in the region 
  • Implements and grows the SOVA Innovation Hub’s RISE Collaborative initiative, including identifying and developing relationships with promising startups and existing businesses. 
  • Works to help entrepreneurs navigate resources in the RISE Collaborative Ecosystem Map and find new ones. Tracks referrals from organizations and service providers and follows up to ensure the entrepreneur has received the assistance necessary.
  • Conducts outreach to existing solopreneurs and small businesses, resulting in one-on-one intake sessions to match the entrepreneur with the right resources at the right time.
  • Facilitates networking opportunities for program participants. Mentors entrepreneurs one-on-one and in small groups in technical skill sets and sit side by side with entrepreneurs to deliver tangible outcomes (ex. Small Business Loan Application or a Business Website).
  • Participate in the development, promotion, coordination, and delivery of entrepreneurial boot camp programs, workshops, training programs, webinars, and panels relevant to small business and organizational needs, as well as the creation and maintenance of the appropriate tools and databases. Marketing and program development should target scalable and/or traded sector business opportunities to fulfill grant requirements.
  • Document, monitor, and evaluate activities and services, grant hours, and efficacy, including use of reports, data management, and other tools as appropriate.

C.  REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Have a passion for small business/entrepreneurship, creating a more equitable ecosystem for entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds, and driving economic development through entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders, including entrepreneurs, investors, government officials, and industry professionals.  
  • Understanding of the principles, standards, and practices of small and micro business operations including financial management and/or digital marketing.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others and successful work in teams.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and be adaptable to change.
  • Must be able to work independently to manage multiple activities, prioritize tasks, and resolve problems.
  • Must be comfortable reaching out to communities and individuals without prior engagement.
  • Ability to develop, and present programs and training in an engaging manner, to either a virtual or in-person audience.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook), OneDrive, Google Suite, database management, and task management systems (e.g. Trello, Asana), 
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license due to travel expectations, including weekly travel within the project region.

D. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with or servicing under-resourced or under-served populations.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of demonstrated experience in entrepreneurship or innovation-related roles.
  • General understanding of digital marketing or willingness to learn basic digital marketing skills, including social media, Canva, and email marketing platforms.
  • Proficiency in leveraging technology and digital tools to enhance program delivery and participant engagement. 
  • Ability and willingness to utilize new technology solutions (e.g. ChatGPT).

E. COMPENSATION

Part time, hourly compensation is $28/hour, up to 20 hours per week.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter and resume to teira@cicville.org. Priority consideration will be given to applications received before May 3, 2024 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


POSITION TITLE: RURAL ECOSYSTEM NAVIGATOR (Part Time)

A. JOB SUMMARY

The Rural Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Navigator position is a part-time professional position responsible for cultivating partnerships through community outreach and raising awareness of entrepreneurial activities throughout Central Virginia. This role will focus on the counties of Culpeper, Orange, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Madison, Louisa, Greene, Fluvanna, and Nelson. The position will work to improve community knowledge of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and establish relationships with businesses, individuals, and other organizations interested in supporting entrepreneurs. The role is anticipated to average 10- 20 hours per week and works remotely with a primary connection to the Charlottesville-based CIC and SBDC office at 300 Preston Avenue. This can be a staff or contractor position.

This position is an employee of Community Investment Collaborative and reports to the Director of the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CV SBDC – which serves the counties of Culpeper, Fluvanna, Nelson, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock) and the Director of the Laurel Ridge Small Business Development Center (LR SBDC – which serves Fauquier County.) This position is supported by the Rural Ecosystem Builder, operating under a GO Virginia grant.

B. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Within the limits of the CIC’s programs, policies, procedures, and budget, the Rural Ecosystem Navigator is responsible for and has authority to perform the duties listed below:

  • Connect and nurture relationships with entrepreneurs, connecting them to entrepreneur support resources throughout the region
  • Act as a point of contact, as needed, for potential entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the region
  • Identify potential mentors, sponsors, and locally-based subject matter experts
  • Identify, cultivate and support local champions in each county and in target industry sectors including Finance and Business Services, Food & Beverage Manufacturing, IT, Communications and Light Manufacturing
  • Support the development and launch of business circles in target industry sectors as needed
  • Support activities of CIC and Central Virginia SBDC as needed
  • Track activities and metrics for required grant reporting

C.  REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Self-starter with the ability to manage goals, time, and deadlines effectively
  • Comfort with conducting outreach and “knocking on doors” with the ability to start, cultivate, and guide connections with entrepreneurs who are generally disconnected from regional entrepreneur service organizations (ESOs)
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented (reporting and tracking required)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in Google Workspace and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends for occasional event attendance

D. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Personal or professional connection to one or more counties in Central Virginia, including counties Culpeper, Orange, Madison, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Louisa, Fluvanna, Nelson, or Greene Counties
  • Ability to coordinate or lead meetings, including public speaking
  • Knowledge of the entrepreneurial life cycle and how businesses work
  • Connection to one or more targeted industry sectors: Finance and Business Services, Food & Beverage Manufacturing, IT, Communications, and Light Manufacturing

E. ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Training will be offered. This is a professional role representing, and performing outreach on behalf of, regional ecosystem builders that are supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Significant outreach (cold calling) and travel are anticipated. Mileage is reimbursed beyond a 10-mile office radius. Reliable transportation is the responsibility of the employee.

F. COMPENSATION

The salary range for this 1⁄2 time position is $27,500 – $35,000, depending on level of expertise. If less than 20 hours is sought by an accepted applicant, this may be a contracted (rather than staff) position.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Mesa McMurtrey at mmcmurtrey@cvsbdc.org

We don’t expect all applicants to have every listed qualification. If you would like to explore in a conversation if you might be a good fit, please contact Mesa McMurtrey at mmcmurtrey@cvsbdc.org or 434-295-8198. We are happy to discuss the minimum qualifications to succeed in the role before you take the time to submit your application. The CV SBDC team is committed to inclusiveness and accessibility including readiness to train the right candidate for the position.

Priority deadline for application submissions is April 30, 2024.


INTERNSHIPS

POSITION TITLE:  PROGRAMS AND OPERATIONS SPECIALIST (INTERN)

A. OVERVIEW OF OPPORTUNITY

CIC is looking for a student to join its team in the role of Programs and Operations Specialist. Working at CIC is a unique opportunity to be fully involved in a diverse organization and the chosen applicant will have a meaningful impact in the development of a local community organization that supports small businesses. The Programs and Operations Specialist will be offered a variety of experiences, including but not limited to the following:

  • Facilitate scheduling for pitch competitions
  • Assist in community networking and outreach efforts
  • Provide technological assistance for entrepreneurs and volunteers
  • Assist with special projects as needed
  • Assist with management of coworking space
  • Organize the biannual Resource Fair
  • Manage Office Hours program

B. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The  Programs and Operations Specialist will experience the organic process of entrepreneurship not only through assigned projects but also through the stories and daily realities of CIC clients as they launch and grow their businesses. CIC maintains intimate relationships with its entrepreneurs in order to ensure full and ongoing support.

Students will hone their communication skills through CIC’s education programs and stakeholder engagement, expand their knowledge of business through the loan program and through the interaction with clients applying for financing.

C. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Curiosity/interest in learning
  • Interest in small business and entrepreneurship
  • Interest in working with others and teams
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong technology skills (G Suite, Microsoft Office)
  • Interest in helping individuals from low-income backgrounds
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time
  • Preferred: Experience in working with business financial statements

D. SCHEDULE

The  Programs and Operations Specialist will collaborate with the Operations Coordinator and the Director of Programs to establish a mutually agreeable, required, and consistent schedule of 10-20 hrs/wk. We request that the student work in the office two to four days per week depending on their hours. CIC understands classes are a priority and as such, some flexibility with remote work is allowed as needed. Our office is located at 300 Preston Ave. Suite 201, Charlottesville VA. Our office is located at 300 Preston Ave. Suite 206, Charlottesville VA.

E. COMPENSATION

This role pays $15.00 dollars per hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications for Summer 2024 are currently closed. For consideration for work during the 2024-2025 academic year, please email a resume and cover letter to Hannah Deal at hannah@cicville.org.


POSITION TITLE:  COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT (INTERN)

A. OVERVIEW OF OPPORTUNITY

CIC is looking for a student to join its team in the capacity of Communications Assistant. Working at CIC is a unique opportunity for students to be fully involved in a local and diverse organization. Students will be offered an array of experiences to include: developing marketing materials and client outreach, evaluating and monitoring success metrics associated with the financing and education of entrepreneurs, researching organizational funding opportunities and writing grants, arranging special events, website and social media management, developing programmatic elements, assisting with micro loan applications and proposals. Interns can be assured of having a meaningful impact in the development of a local community organization that supports small businesses.

B. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

The Communications Assistant will experience the organic process of entrepreneurship not only through projects assigned but also through the stories and daily realities of CIC clients as they launch and grow their businesses. CIC maintains intimate relationships with its entrepreneur clients in order to ensure full support. Therefore, will similarly have strong connections with the struggles and triumphs of business.

Students will learn the art of communication through CIC’s education programs and stakeholder engagement, the basics of business through the training courses and live client examples (Conducting interviews, writing stories, successful fundraising strategies, community impact measurement, researching businesses, and collecting information.) Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to branch out and learn about other parts of CIC. 

The Communications Assistant will experience the organic process of entrepreneurship not only through assigned projects but also through the stories and daily realities of CIC clients as they launch and grow their businesses. CIC maintains intimate relationships with its entrepreneurs in order to ensure full and ongoing support.

Students will hone their communication skills through CIC’s educational programs and stakeholder engagement and expand their knowledge of business throughout the course of their internship.

C. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Curiosity/interest in learning 
  • Interest in working with others and teams 
  • Interest in marketing (social media, email newsletters, website management) Interest in event planning and coordination 
  • Interest in small business and entrepreneurship 
  • Interest in helping individuals from low-income backgrounds 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Strong writing skills, interest in grant writing 
  • Strong technology skills (G Suite, Microsoft Office) 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time

D. SCHEDULE 

The Communications Assistant will collaborate with the Operations Coordinator and the Director of Lending and Operations to establish a mutually agreeable, required, and consistent schedule of 10-20 hrs/wk. We request that the student work in the office two to four days per week depending on their hours. CIC understands classes are a priority and as such, some flexibility with remote work is allowed as needed. Our office is located at 300 Preston Ave. Suite 201, Charlottesville VA. Our office is located at 300 Preston Ave. Suite 206, Charlottesville VA.

E. COMPENSATION 

The student will be compensated $15.00 dollars per hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email a resume and cover letter to Hannah Deal at hannah@cicville.org if you are interested in learning more about this position.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT COLLABORATIVE

Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) with a mission of strengthening our community and contributing to economic development by fueling the success of under-resourced entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, financing and networking.

CIC is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer and will consider all applications without regard to race, color, religion, citizenship, political activity or affiliation, marital status, age, national origin, race, traits historically associated with race, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, military status, sexual orientation, sex or gender (which includes harassment and discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other characteristics protected under federal, state, or local laws.

Together we are strengthening our community.