Location: Fairfield, ME, with frequent time spent out of office
Classification: Temporary – Full time for two years
Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG) is a community nonprofit organization that provides planning and economic development assistance to the member towns in Kennebec, Somerset, Waldo, and Piscataquis counties. KVCOG is accepting applications for a COVID Recovery Project Manager specializing in small business assistance to fulfil a two-year contract.
NATURE AND SCOPE OF WORK:
The COVID Recovery Project Manage is responsible for delivering technical and administrative assistance to municipal and regional entities to small businesses, nonprofits, and other stakeholders through the CARES Act funding received from the EDA. The incumbent drives programming for entrepreneurs seeking to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses. Programming will include individual consultations and workshops on topics such as disaster recovery and strategic innovation. This person who fills this role will recruit and manage instructors and consultants, recommend and implement new programs, and make improvements to existing programs and services. The ideal candidate is an entrepreneur with a demonstrated knowledge of small business development and disaster recovery for small business. Core skills include innovation, organization, and relationship management. The right person for this position is a motivated self-starter who shares KVCOG’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
JOB REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Work closely with Director of Community and Economic Development to track and analyze activities and outcomes for required quarterly reporting.
- Position is expected to work collaboratively with the Economic Development and Community Planning Directors as well as the Community Resilience Coordinator.
- Collect and manage data specific to the COVID Recovery Project.
- Develop and deliver education and training programs specific to economic disaster recovery for small business.
- Build alliances with KVCOG’s staff and external community groups to offer programs collaboratively
- Working knowledge of the principles, and practices, and applications of small business planning and lending through an appropriate four-year college program or significant progressively responsible job experience. Must have knowledge and practical experience in small business support and assistance.
- Minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in one or more of the following fields: small business management, economic development, micro-enterprise, education, program development, and/or entrepreneurship.
- Experience with federal grant management and nonprofit organizations preferable.
- Ability to manage encounters with business owners who are dealing with difficult economic situations with a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to present technical information and planning concepts clearly and effectively to a range of audiences.
- Ability to organize and facilitate group and committee discussions leading to clear and identifiable outcomes. Must have the ability to organize and coordinate programs, committees, and volunteers towards specific initiatives.
- Ability to communicate and work well with local, state, and federal officials, and colleagues in other public and private agencies and institutions.
- Innovative self-starter with ability to work with limited supervision, including remotely, to organize and execute work assignments in a thorough and timely manner, to work under frequent time pressures and be able to keep several projects in progress at the same time.
- Willingness to travel, primarily within the central Maine area, and to attend both teleconferencing and occasional in-person night meetings, using personal vehicle and personal cell phone for business use (both reimbursable).
This is a temporary, full-time, two-year, grant funded, exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, short and long-term disability, paid time off, 12 paid holidays per year, 403(b) pension plan with agency match, flexible work schedules, and more. Compensation is set at $50,000 per year. KVCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Application should include a cover letter, resume, and three references and should be mailed to the office at 17 Main Street, Fairfield Maine or emailed to the Executive Director Laura Cyr at . Positions are open until filled.