Fund 17 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to create economic opportunity in the 17 wards of New Orleans by providing technical assistance and capital access to underserved entrepreneurs. As part of a new effort to empower micro-enterprise in the 7th and 8th wards of New Orleans, Fund 17 is seeking to hire two Business Case Managers (BCMs) who will provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs from a particular study area. The BCM role is part of Phase Two of a project funded by the K.W. Kellogg Foundation. Click here to learn more about Phase One of the project, which is community research.
Hired BCMs will complete training on business basics such as business plans, LLC registration, social media and more. BCMs are required to meet with entrepreneurs weekly to make progress on outlined goals. Business Case Managers will be trained in navigating the resource network throughout the city, from our partners in business development, financial services and other social services. Business case managers’ 20 hour weeks will be divided between meeting time with entrepreneurs and time needed to complete necessary work outside of meetings. Overall, assistance provided by BCMs should train and empower entrepreneurs to be more effective business owners on their own.
This position is guaranteed for three months, June-August, with a strong potential to become a long-term position beyond the summer.
Below are the traits and skills we are seeking when hiring:
- Entrepreneurship or small business experience. This could include starting your own company, experience working for another small business owner or previous small business coaching experience.
- Understanding of New Orleans community and culture. BCMs will be responsible for navigating various resources and service-providers in the city to provide holistic assistance. Understanding of the resources available to New Orleanian community members and business owners will be vital.
- Interpersonal and relationship-building skills. This is a role where building a strong and personal relationship with many local entrepreneurs will be inherent. BCMs will need to be outgoing, friendly, people-minded and genuinely passionate about getting to know each entrepreneur they serve.
- Organization and communication skills. BCMs will be managing a portfolio of entrepreneurs with varying needs, personalities, communication preferences and calendars. They will need to leverage Fund 17’s management systems to set and track goals, organize themselves and ensure that each entrepreneur is progressing accordingly.
- Particular business strength or skillset. Fund 17 hopes to build a small staff of BCMs will various skillsets that complement each other in order to ensure all our entrepreneurs’ needs are met. We are looking for expertise in: 1) accounting, financial planning and taxes 2) marketing, social media, online presence building 3) legal registrations including city licensing and permitting.