Women’s Business Center Director

Position: Director, Women’s Business Center/SoMa Programs
Reports to: CEO
Supervises: Program Coordinator, Interns and Program Consultants
Works with: Fellow Program Directors and business consultants
Location: SoMa (South of Market) San Francisco, California

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (www.rencenter.org) seeks an experienced and passionate colleague to lead our US Small Business Administration (US SBA) Women’s Business Center (WBC) and programs of Renaissance SoMa. The WBC is dedicated to supporting low-income, high-potential Bay Area women entrepreneurs at all stages of business start-up and growth in taking critical steps towards achieving economic stability for themselves and their families through small business ownership.

Our ideal new colleague brings an awareness of the economic impact of women entrepreneurs and a passion for empowering women through training, support services and program excellence.  They have experience in program management, small business ownership, coaching or consulting, and in working directly with clients, consultants, volunteers and staff. They enjoy working with diverse clients, matching resources to needs, and building client success; bilingual Spanish highly preferred.  

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (www.rencenter.org) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to create sustainable economic development through small business ownership.  We deliver critical business training and support services to assist socially and economically diverse women and men starting and expanding microenterprises.  Each year, through our four Bay Area Centers and off-site programs, we serve over 1,500 women and men who start and grow over 500 businesses. Our clients reflect the diversity of the Bay Area: 89% are very low- to moderate-income; 75% are women; 76% are people of color.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Direct Renaissance’s US SBA Women’s Business Center

  • Serve as Director of the Renaissance’s US SBA Women’s Business Center, managing programs under the grant, maintaining our relationship with the US SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO), ensuring grant excellence and reporting of deliverables.
  • Oversee multiple trainings and programs; identify and develop new workshops, classes and other clients-service programs, to enhance our offerings
  • Match consultants with  clients’ for individual support.
  • Provide direct coaching to clients
  • Actively participate in California’s Women’s Business Center Network

Program Management, South of Market San Francisco

  • Recruit, train, manage, and evaluate consultants and volunteers who deliver client services
  • Supervise client data intake and monitoring, client files and evaluation of impact
  • Coordinate consultant contracts, reporting and other program and grant administration facets
  • Oversee marketing and outreach efforts to promote programs
  • Represent Renaissance in San Francisco Economic Development Association
  • Collaborate with fellow program directors and development team to ensure optimal programs for our clients, and reporting to funders of our work.

Partial listing of current programming includes:

  • Women-focused training classes and workshops
  • One-on-one consulting and coaching for women entrepreneurs
  • Women Mean Business: monthly women in business speaker and networking event
  • Industry-Specific Class Series in Fashion, Food, Makers, Services
  • English- and Spanish- Language Business Planning, Lean Start-up, and additional classes.
  • Financing Resource Center – loan packaging and access to capital program

Skills and Qualifications

  • Passion for the mission and vision of Renaissance and knowledge of the field of microenterprise
  • Minimum five years’ experience in small business, community economic development, and/or senior management in women-centered program administration
  • Experience managing employees and consultants; capacity to identify skills in and recruit consultants, instructors, and volunteers
  • Expertise in coaching or consulting with small business owners; strength in working directly with clients and case management models and experience in training for adult learners
  • Comfort working in a small, highly communicative, collaborative, fast-paced and mission-driven organization
  • Ability to convey information to diverse audiences in constructive clear way; strength in writing clear and concise program proposals and reports, and in making presentations to individuals and groups.
  • Demonstrated experience concurrently managing a variety of projects and successfully executing, expanding, and adapting program activities as demand, funding and conditions change
  • Bachelor’s degree.  Advanced degree(s) welcome but not required.
  • Bilingual Spanish highly desired.
  • Availability for flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours on occasion.  Ability to travel to remote training sites and events.

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 (two pages max), recent writing sample and LinkedIn profile address (if available) to jobs@rencenter.org. Please note “Women’s Business Center Director ” in the subject line of your email.  No telephone calls or personal inquiries please.

Renaissance believes in the equal dignity and rights of all persons. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity with respect to age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical abilities, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Renaissance considers all qualified applicants for employment and complies with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance in addressing arrest and conviction records in hiring decisions.