Business District Organizer



TITLE:                               Business
District Organizer   

HOURS:                       20-36 hours/week
Monday-Friday, Occasional Nights/Weekends

SALARY:                     $33,700 (DOE and Hours) 

BENEFITS:                  Paid Holidays/Sick
Leave/Vacation and IRA Match

SUPERVISOR:            Catalytic Investment Initiative Manager


Are you:Inspired
by Portland, local small businesses, and advocacy?Passionate
about helping and supporting others?Excited
about a dynamic work environment that embraces creativity and innovation?Relational
and enjoy making new connections while building meaningful relationships?A collaborative person with a desire to participate with a team? 

If you answered yes to these questions, we want to
talk with you!


Position Description:

Venture Portland’s Business District Organizer
must be passionate about Portland and its unique neighborhood business
districts. The ideal
candidate is a people-person; a natural networker; a customer service pro; data geek; successful multi-tasker and innovative
team-player focused on getting the job done. The Organizer must be culturally
sensitive, highly motivated, responsible and solutions-oriented with organizing
experience. The position
requires strong communication and organizational skills, excellent attention to
detail, computer fluency, flexibility, creativity, a great sense of humor and
commitment to Venture Portland’s mission and values. The Business
District Organizer will spend at least 30% of work hours ‘on the street’
working with business owners in up to three (3) different business districts.  Potential Districts include but are not
limited to:LentsMidwayMontavillaMultnomah Village 

Since 1986, Venture Portland
has supported Portland’s 50 unique and thriving neighborhood business districts,
which together contain 19,200 businesses (98% of which have five or fewer
employees) and provide 270,000 jobs. Through grants, training and promotion,
Venture Portland invests in the smart, strategic growth of these critical
commercial corridors.


The Organizer works with the ED and Venture Portland’s team to build the
capacity of Portland’s volunteer-run neighborhood business districts and
strengthen the district’s economy.


Specific Responsibilities:Strengthen
Neighborhood Business Districts – increasing membership and member
Business Association Membership 10-20% – implement annual membership campaign;
launch new membership benefits to serve their diverse business community.Support
All-Volunteer Neighborhood Business District Board of Directors – track volunteer hours; grow volunteerism by 10-20%, recognize
volunteer contributions; recruit new volunteers, build relationships for future
leadership pipeline. Implement
District-specific Events
– support signature
annual event and additional seasonal event; implement revenue generating
components; track and analyze event results. Examples of District Events might
be but not limited to: Street Fairs, Annual Meeting, Tree Lighting or member
meeting. Represent
Neighborhood Business District
– build relationships
with neighborhood businesses and community groups; advocate for business district
support; promote membership; events, activities and successes. Manage
Data – ensure effective data tracking to
analyze success of outreach, events and volunteer recruitment efforts
(qualitative and quantitative); utilize data analysis to create materials and
future programs; increase program utilization by diverse constituents. Manage
Communication and Marketing Assets – manage email subscriptions,
newsletters, Facebook public and private groups/pages, Instagram, and Twitter
as needed on behalf of district.Explore
Business District – spend at least 30% of work time ‘on
street’ to understand unique needs of neighborhood businesses and design
appropriate resources and events.  Build
relationships with members and non-members. Report
and meet with CII Manager
– weekly report to CII
Manager on ongoing efforts and progress with workplan and goals. Assist
Venture Portland’s Executive Director with
all other duties as requested. Qualifications:Passion for Portland’s neighborhood businesses
and business districts and commitment to Venture Portland’s mission and
values Proven ability to set priorities and work
efficiently and effectively in a sometimes chaotic and deadline-driven
environmentConsummate professional with excellent
attention to detailAbility to problem-solve with spirit of
innovation; strong interest in coming to work and creating your job dailyProven experience as a community organizer;
demonstrated ability to
inspire others to actionExcellent communication skills including
public speaking, material production/writing, editing and proofreading;
comfort working one-on-one and in small groups; second language
proficiency a plusExcellent organizational and interpersonal
skills including ability to work independently, as a team player and with
diverse constituents; proven customer service expertiseProven computer skills including in-depth
knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Office; experience working with
relational databases, WordPress, Emma, PowerPoint and design software a
plusFlexible schedule to work occasional early
mornings, nights and weekendsAt least 2 years organizing and/or volunteer
management experience  Bachelor’s
degree or equivalent experienceVenture Portland is an
Equal Opportunity Employer. East Portland residents, people of color, veterans
and people with foreign language competency are encouraged to apply. To Apply
Submit a compelling
cover letter outlining your passion for, and fit with, the position. Please
also provide a complete chronological resume and the names and contact
information for three references to with “Business District Organizer” in
the subject line no later than February 20th, 2019 at