Community College of Philadelphia

Director, Power Up Your Business Program

Posted on November 14, 2016

Director, Power Up Your Business Program
Community College of Philadelphia

As part of a grant funded program dedicated to supporting the sustainability, management and profitability of existing small neighborhood and commercial corridor businesses in Philadelphia, the Power Up Your Business Program Director will be responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the program. The Director plays a vital role in ensuring program operations are effective for program participants, and that the business services and education services components are tightly coordinated.

The Director will ensure that program goals, objectives and timelines are met, while serving as a key liaison with program partners and program participants. A self-starter, the Director will develop, and manage the implementation, oversight and quality delivery of this small business education, cohort-based, peer learning program for neighborhood-based businesses in Philadelphia.

  • Lead the implementation, day-to-day operations and evaluation of the Power Up Your Business Grant program in accordance with project goals, objectives and established timelines.
  • Develop, implement and execute program administrative and academic policies and procedures, and training programs.
  • Collaborate with instructors, faculty and consultants to plan and develop curriculum, workshop and clinic content, and localized materials.
  • Identify and implement ongoing improvements to the program, implement the program improvements through adjustments in curriculum, and targeted training for specific cohorts of small businesses.
  • Recruit, screen, interview, hire, and evaluate all grant-related instructors, consultant Business Advisors, and workshop instructors.
  • Manage the Business Advisors and Project Coordinator in coordinating all networking, mentoring, identification of points of integration with the curriculum, and professional services activities.
  • Provide leadership in Marketing, promoting, recruiting and evaluating applicants to the Power Up Your Business Grant program.
  • Maintain adherence to specific requirements of the program, including accomplishing timelines, participant goals, and outcomes within specified timeframe.
  • Build, develop and grow internal and external relationships vital to the success of the program.
  • Prepare program assessment and evaluation and monitoring budget for all aspects of the program.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum, the instructors, advisors, and overall program.
  • Ensure appropriate and timely interaction with participants to provide relevant, accurate, and timely information related to schedules, events, and administrative matters.
  • Ensure program components are scheduled in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure appropriate use of technology to capture information related to program participants.
  • Oversight of overall grant budget.
  • Leverage the relationships developed through the Power Up Your Business Program for Workforce and Economic Innovation’s other lines of business, including making referrals to the Ten Thousand Small Businesses Program, Career Connections employment opportunities for students, and potential contract training or other programs.
  • Maintain close working relationships with City government representatives, local chambers, community development corporations, business associations, economic development partners, and entrepreneurship organizations to promote small business concepts and needs.
  • Manage program data and record-keeping; develop reporting structures to track and address program outcomes and other financial and historical documentation collected from participants.
  • Convene and oversee the Power Up Your Business Program Advisory Board; willingness to work in and travel to all communities and neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
  • Travel throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and commercial corridors to identify businesses and partner organizations for each cohort run at the 3 regional centers and main campus, as well as other sites as identified to reach the appropriate audience.

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