Employment Opportunity: Business Enterprise Consultant
Position: Business Enterprise Consultant
Contract Dates: September 20, 2010 – September 12, 2011
Salary: $45,000 pro-rated
Number of Positions Available: 1
UrbanArts is a progressive, not-for-profit community arts council providing opportunities for diverse cultural expression, artistic development, training and employment to urban communities with a focus on youth in central west Toronto.
UrbanArts is seeking a Business Enterprise Consultant to support the business development component of the new Youth Micro-Loan Pilot Project. The Youth Micro Loan Pilot is designed to help business-minded youth who have limited access to the financial resources required to become their own boss. The pilot will serve youth living in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods in the west end.
This innovative new pilot program is being offered by the City of Toronto in partnership with Alterna Saving, Toronto Community Housing (TCH), Toronto Community Foundation, Social Enterprise Centre of Excellence (SECE), Urban Arts and other local community partners and provides a wide variety of success supports for the youth entrepreneurs including: Life skills training, One on one business mentoring, Post loan support and networking, Business development training & workshops and access to up to $5,000 business loan to qualified youth entrepreneurs from the program. The program will be delivered by UrbanArts and supported by the partners.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES:
Support youth to develop business plans
Match the youth with mentors based on the skills and business development needs
Assess business viability
Assess youth business acumen and develop individual plans to support business and social enterprise development skills.
Develop a plan of action to address the barriers faced by participants and conduct youth evaluation.
Ensure all participants are learning appropriate work habits and skills needed to be successful entrepreneurs.
Identify additional networking, marketing and specialized skills development opportunities.
Assist the participant(s) in developing realistic short and long goals
Participate in the on-going evaluation and development of the project
Link youth to business development opportunities after project completion
Connect with each participant at least monthly, one-on-one or in group setting to assess the progress of their business
Support youth to complete all reporting requirements to the City
Assist with the coordinating of the business/social enterprise workshops
Keep accurate program and participant data in a centralized and secure location
Support youth to meet the loan eligibility and suitability by week 8
Support youth to prepare for the Business Pitch Competition
Support the youth to understand and meet all legal/taxation obligations of a business
Provide business analysis and assessment of clients’ financial statements, and marketing/operational strategies and activities and provides targeted recommendations and strategies for business improvement
Develop and implement culturally sensitive and responsive business supports
Coordinate the mentoring component in collaboration with the Personal Development Coach
Actively follow up with the Community Micro Loan Coordinator to assist in the post development of the entrepreneur
Report to Toronto Employment & Social Services and other program funders according to reporting criteria
KEY SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Experience coaching and mentoring young entrepreneurs from racialized communities.
Experience building and maintaining relationship new entrepreneur from racialized communities
Post secondary education in a discipline pertinent to the job function combined with relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Program planning and delivery skills
Experience working with youth from or in priority neighbourhoods and/or have a connection to underserved communities
Experience in supporting the development of social enterprises.
An innovative and dynamic individual with a demonstrated commitment to youth development.
Technical knowledge of areas affecting business start-ups including finance, relevant legislation, basic principles of accounting, marketing and customer service.
Proficiency in human relations skills, communication and committee development, public relations and promotion.
Report writing skills
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Interested applicants please submit a resume via email only to:
Youth Micro-Loan Pilot Project
UrbanArts Community Arts Council
Attn: Marlene McKintosh, Executive Director
Application deadline: Friday, August 13, 2010
Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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