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Program Director, Renaissance SOMA

Position:          Program Director, Renaissance SOMA

Reports to:      Renaissance CEO

Supervises:      Program staff and consultants

Location:         San Francisco, California

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center ( is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to create sustainable economic development through small business ownership.  At our offices and off-site programs, we deliver high-quality business training support services to socially and economically diverse men and women starting and expanding microenterprises. 

Renaissance seeks a passionate, experienced colleague with expertise in small business and economic development to lead programs in our San Francisco South of Market (SOMA) location.  Programs and services at Renaissance SOMA are evolving and growing rapidly; this is a key position in optimizing our largest program site and in strategic growth and impact across the Bay Area.  The ideal candidate has proven experience in program design and management, small business, and leadership in collaborating and working with diverse clients and community stakeholders. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·         Lead the SOMA program team in managing, developing and delivering programs and services at Renaissance’s SOMA program site, including training classes, workshops, technical assistance and consultations; and loan packaging - intensive business support services designed to support microentrepreneurs at all stages of business launch and growth

·         Contribute to strategic planning and leadership towards achieving Renaissance’s program goals, client success and organizational impact across the Bay Area

·         Recruit, train, manage and evaluate consultants and volunteers who deliver client services

·         Oversee community outreach and marketing strategies; cultivate relationships with multiple stakeholders:  clients, community partners, funders, local nonprofit organizations and businesses

·         Work with Renaissance’s CEO and program teams to identify and develop new client services, partnerships and other initiatives to increase the impact of our programs

·         Provide effective management and assure quality of client case management, data input and tracking, for program evaluation

·         Work with CEO, Finance Manager and Programs Team to develop and oversee program budgets, invoicing, consultant contracts, reporting and other communications to local and federal government and other funders

·         Work with Development Director to develop project concepts for funding proposals and report on program deliverables

Skills and Qualifications:

·         Passion for the mission and vision of Renaissance; knowledge of general business practices, applicable laws, ordinances and regulations related to small business ownership and operations, and ability to convey these to emerging entrepreneurs

·         A combination of at least ten years of experience in small business, knowledge of the field of microenterprise, community economic development, and/or senior management in administering programs for low-income or under-resourced communities

·         Expertise in training and curriculum development with emphasis on the needs of adult learners; ability to manage diverse client business cases, and to evaluate, motivate, and monitor business consultants in multiple industries

·         Demonstrated capacity in assessment and evaluation, problem-solving and action-orientation in successful administration of multiple/simultaneous projects as demand, funding and conditions change

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills; strength in making presentations to individuals and groups, and in writing clear and concise program proposals and reports. Ability to convey information to diverse audiences in constructive clear way

·         Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate a compelling and inspired sense of purpose; knack for managing and inspiring a diverse group of people to optimize each other and the team; capacity to identify skills in and recruit consultants, instructors, and volunteers

·         Comfort working in a small, highly communicative, collaborative, fast-paced, process-oriented, and mission-driven organization

·         Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree(s) welcome but not required

·         Availability for flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours.  Ability to travel to remote training sites and events.  California Driver’s License is required.

Salary and Benefits:  This full-time, exempt position includes a competitive salary based on experience with benefits that include medical and dental insurance, 401K, paid time off, and holidays.

Application Process:  Please send a cover letter (one page), resume (no more than two pages), and LinkedIn profile address (if available) to Sharon Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please note “Program Director, Renaissance SOMA” in the subject line of your email.  No telephone calls or personal inquiries please. 

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity with respect to age, ancestry, color, ethnicity, gender, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, sexual orientation, veteran status and physical abilities.



Development Volunteer

Position: Development Volunteer (Unpaid)
Reports to: Development Coordinator
Location: San Francisco, CA

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (“Renaissance”) brings the power of entrepreneurship to under-resourced individuals, populations and communities. Our mission is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of new businesses, new jobs and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency. Since our inception nearly 30 years ago, we have assisted over 23,500 low-to-moderate income individuals to start, grow and sustain more than 8,600 businesses and create Employment for over 12,000 additional residents.

The Development Volunteer will assist with administrative aspects of development activities, including our upcoming Annual Event in October 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in learning many aspects of non-profit development.  Working with the Development, Programs, and Marketing, Monitoring and Evaluations Teams, the Development Volunteer will also gain experience in event-planning, networking, donor stewardship, and database management.  S/He will also learn about entrepreneurship and the training and support services Renaissance provides to help low-income men and women to start and grow small businesses.

Projects will include:

  • Updating Salesforce donor database and files, including calendaring deadlines, logging donations, generating and mailing donor acknowledgment letters and emails.
  • Maintaining event guest lists, gather and preparing registration materials and other duties as assigned for the Annual Event.
  • Assembling donor solicitation packages for events, meetings and distribution (i.e. copying, filing, mailing, e-mailing).
  •  Maintaining and updating mailing lists.  
  • Conducting preliminary research on prospective corporate foundation and individual donors.

Volunteer Perks:
As a Renaissance volunteer, you will have access to our ongoing informational and educational sessions hosted by experts on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship. You can visit this link to view the robust calendar of classes and workshops we offer. We can also offer work references and a ticket to our Annual Event for volunteers who complete the entire three month commitment.

Requirements for becoming a Development Volunteer:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • A 3-month commitment for approximately 15 hours per week.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • 2 years of office experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  •  Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  •  Ability to organize and prioritize work.
An interest in learning more about the nonprofit sector or entrepreneurship would be also helpful for your success in the role.  Salesforce and/or database management (entry) experience would be ideal, but not required.

To Apply: 

Please send your resume and a short letter explaining your interests to Development Coordinator, Kathlyne Park:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it