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Director, Asian Business Empowerment Council (The Boston Foundation)

Company Name

The Boston Foundation

Company City

Boston

Company State

MA

Job Location

Remote, with the potential for occasional on-site work.

Company Information

The Boston Foundation believes that one of the great strengths of the Greater Boston community is the rich diversity of its residents in race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age and physical abilities. The Foundation seeks to enhance and support that diversity, not only by its grant making, but also by adopting and implementing employment policies and practices designed to recognize and respond to such diversity.

The Boston Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experience.

All applications should be submitted online. Go to https://www.tbf.org/who-we-are/careers and select “Director, Asian Business Empowerment Council” to complete our online application process.

Job Description

Title: Director, Asian Business Empowerment Council
Department: Philanthropy
Reports To: Director, Asian Community Fund
FLSA Classification: Exempt FTE: 1
Supervises: None

Position Summary:
The Director, Asian Business Empowerment Council (ABEC) will shape, communicate, and execute on the vision to enhance supports for the Asian American business community, grow economic empowerment, and strengthen workforce development opportunities. The Director of ABEC will identify, cultivate, and coordinate a vibrant community of business owners, entrepreneurs, service providers, and advocates to build a strong collective voice for business advocacy.

A remote position, with the potential for occasional on-site work.

Essential Functions:

•Define and implement the strategic goals, objectives, and success criteria for ABEC in collaboration with the Director, Asian Community Fund (ACF) and ACF leadership, including a 3-5 year plan for growth, convening, training, and technical assistance;
•Convene and sustain a broad multi-sector coalition comprised of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) entrepreneurs, small business owners, technical assistance providers, industry groups, corporate leaders, employee resource groups, and supporters;
•Develop and pilot programming to support constituents in the Asian American business community with technical assistance and other identified needs;
•Build strong working relationships with other community organizations serving business owners of color to increase the collective power of entrepreneurs of color;
•Identify, track, and pursue policy opportunities and partnerships to advance inclusive business, finance and government regulations and pathways, including state and city business opportunities for Asian American and minority-owned businesses;
•Support ABEC’s development efforts in partnership with the Boston Foundation (TBF) Development & Donor Services team, Director, ACF and ACF leadership, including fundraising from corporate, individual, and institutional donors by making asks, identifying and pursuing new leads, and fielding inquiries;
•Manage on-going operations and deliverables of the Asian Business Empowerment Council (ABEC); and
•Delivering periodic reports and benchmarking related to ABEC and its impact.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

•Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

•Ability to work at a workstation for long periods of time;
•Ability to travel locally with some national potential;
•Ability to use phone and/or video communications effectively; and
•Ability to use a keyboard and electronic screen for extended periods of time.
•Able to work remotely at this time, may become hybrid at some point.

About the Asian Community Fund and the Asian Business Empowerment Council

The Asian Community Fund (ACF) was established in 2019 as a non-partisan permanent resource to develop, strengthen and support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community power in Massachusetts, to galvanize and unite the diverse ethnicities within this community, and to build a stronger advocacy voice. The Fund seeks to advocate for equal access to all aspects of our society and collaborate with other communities of color and oppressed communities to build collective strengths to overcome injustice and racism. Given the ongoing barriers and the historic philanthropic underinvestment in the AAPI community, ACF is pursuing an initial strategy to advance three critical gaps: small business technical assistance, community leadership, and community advocacy.

The Asian Business Empowerment Council (ABEC) is an emerging venture that is being seeded and incubated by the Asian Community Fund (ACF) at the Boston Foundation. ABEC aims to support Asian American businesses, particularly immigrant-owned businesses, to overcome historic inequities in access to capital and public contracting opportunities, and to increase opportunities for economic growth and success.

The Asian Business Empowerment Council will serve as a platform to increase economic power within the Asian American business community and to address systemic disparities that limit business ownership, growth, and sustainability. ABEC will initially be incubated within the ACF, with the goal of becoming a standalone nonprofit organization in three to five years. ABEC will serve as an organizing force and central hub for entrepreneurs, business owners, advocates, and service providers by advancing the following four priority areas:

•ADVOCATING to expand opportunities for and address concerns common to the Asian American business community in order to promote business success and equitable access to economic prosperity. ABEC will act as a voice for the Asian American business community in creating and sustaining inclusive business, finance and government regulations and pathways, including state and city business opportunities for minority-owned businesses.
•BUILDING a community of stakeholders and supporters of Asian American entrepreneurs and small business owners to provide equitable access to business resources and capital for the Asian American business community. ABEC’s interactive collection of resources for Asian American entrepreneurs and small business owners will include nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, established businesses, technical service providers and experienced businesspeople to address issues unique to the Asian American business community, such as access to financial resources, language translation, and navigating government requisition and regulatory processes.
•EDUCATING Asian American entrepreneurs through existing programs to grow and sustain their businesses. ABEC will partner with nonprofit organizations, technical service providers and educational institutions to support the educational growth of Asian American entrepreneurs through programs to develop language skills, technical skills, financial acumen, and business knowledge.
•COLLABORATING with other communities of color to amplify equitable change for business owners of color. ABEC will work with other similar organizations serving other communities of color to leverage shared issues and common mindsets to create greater impact for sustainable growth for businesspeople from all communities of color.

The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents, who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or applicable state law, must be able to perform the essential functions of the job (including those listed above) either with or without reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation, if any, will be determined by management in consultation with the employee on a case-by-case basis.

This job description is intended to be general and may be revised from time to time. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.

Job Qualifications

Qualifications
Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:
•College degree or equivalent experience;
•6+ years related work experience ideally including business development, program design, and/or management experience;
•Demonstrated experience leading or working actively in a membership organization or collaborative environment with diverse coalitions and decision makers;
•A proven track record in designing programming and overseeing training and technical assistance efforts that actively engage stakeholders;
•Familiarity with workforce development issues and the process of seeding, incubating, and spinning out new organizations and/or initiatives;
•Experience managing diverse committees and stakeholder groups; and
•Passion for the goals of the ABEC and knowledge of the Asian American community in Massachusetts.

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:
•Excellent interpersonal and networking skills with a strong desire to collaborate and network with leaders across multiple sectors, particularly the Asian American and local business community;
•Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively with flexibility for changing priorities and tight deadlines within a dynamic start-up environment;
•Excellent organization skills and attention to detail and accuracy in organizing and prioritizing a work plan;
•Aptitude for engaging and educating the Massachusetts general public and decision makers about inclusive business pathways and growth opportunities;
•Ability to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing;
•Professional, respectful, and mature interpersonal work style; ability to constructively give and receive feedback;
•Willingness and ability to work outside the regularly scheduled work day as needed;
•Willingness and ability to handle confidential information;
•Be a team player and have a sense of humor;
•Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products – especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point; Salesforce or other database experience strongly preferred; and
•Excellent data analysis, management, and reporting skills.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted online. Go to https://www.tbf.org/who-we-are/careers and select “Director, Asian Business Empowerment Council” to complete our online application process.

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