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The Center For Women & Enterprise job openings are listed below. If nothing is listed we still encourage you to send us your resume. We are always interested, in hearing from motivated, talented people. Email us your questions or resume at info@cweonline.org.

Project Manager – Vermont Community Navigators

Location: Working remotely from Southern VT, with frequent time spent working in the field 

Two-year temporary contracted position, funded through November 2023 

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is an economic development nonprofit founded in 1995 to lift up women who lift up the world. CWE is home to the largest cluster of the partially-SBA-funded Women's Business Centers in the country, covering Eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Central Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. We believe that when women thrive economically, our families and communities thrive, and that a more equitable, inclusive economy is more effective and enjoyable. To do that, CWE offers business services - training, individual business counseling, and community connections - that help women start and grow their businesses. CWE operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of New England and is a regional certifier for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).   

WHAT YOU WILL DO: 

The Project Manager – Vermont Community Navigators is responsible for the development and implementation of the Community Navigators Project for the CWE Vermont Women’s Business Center (WBC). Funded through a federal grant from the Small Business Administration, the data-driven incumbent ensures excellence in the development and delivery of the Community Navigators program under the CWE Vermont Women’s Business Center. This is an opportunity to develop programming and systems that lead to systemic change for women- and veteran- aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. The person who fills this role will be responsible for creative programming, community development activities, and compliance with federal grant standards to ensure communities historically left out of economic development are served with relevant, inviting, and meaningful programmatic experiences. Programming will include individual consultations and cohort training programs where participants can build strong communities of support. The person who fills this role will recruit and manage instructors and counselors, recommend, and implement new programs, and make improvements to existing programs and services.   

The ideal candidate is an excellent connector, is deeply connected in the community, and has a background in entrepreneurship.  Core skills include innovation, organization, and relationship management.  The right person for this position is a motivated self-starter who shares CWE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.   

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Management 

  • Manage the Community Navigator – Vermont Spoke project for CWE Vermont under the direction of the CWE Vermont Director  

  • Liaise between the Community Navigators Spokes & Hub, ensuring excellence in partnership, compliance, communication, and program delivery 

  • Assess the needs of small business owners; recommend and assist with the development of a plan of action 

 

People Management 

  • Recruit, train and manage program consultants and volunteers 

  • Create and nurture community partnerships  

 

Client Service 

  • Develop and deliver education and training programs specific to the needs of rural women and veteran entrepreneurs 

  • Support business owners who are dealing with difficult situations with a high level of professionalism, pragmatic optimism, and compassion 

 

Outreach & Marketing 

  • Implement marketing and outreach to attract new clients 

  • Connect deeply with the community by engaging in community events & meetings (virtually or in-person)  

 

Data Management & Reporting 

  • Work closely with the CWEVT Director to track and analyze activities and outcomes of programs 

  • Collect and meticulously manage data specific to the Community Navigators Project  

  • Write evidence-based reports on project outcomes for various partners, including federal partners 

 

Work with Women’s Business Center (WBC) Team & Partner Organizations  

  • Build alliances with CWE’s WBC staff and external community groups to offer programs collaboratively 

  • Communicate clearly and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on an ongoing basis 

  • Related duties as assigned 

 

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR: 

There are many ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate most of the qualifications and experiences listed below.  

Experience 

  • Demonstrated professional experience in one or more of the following fields:  small business management, economic development, micro-enterprise, program development, entrepreneurship 

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Confidence in a variety of public-facing roles 

  • Dedicated to radical hospitality in all relationships 

  • Solutions-oriented with deep understanding of current community and business development resources and best practices 

  • Committed to serving the needs of a diverse client base 

  • Ability to work with a small team to perform effectively, nimbly, and with a sense of humor 

  • Ability to solve practical problems especially in situations where only limited standardization exists  

  • Comfort managing complex projects, preferably experience with government-funded projects 

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions 

  • Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and decision-making skills  

  • Innovative self-starter with ability to develop and drive new initiatives 

  • Ability and comfort utilizing a variety of platforms to communicate & effectively present information 

  • Operate in the online world seamlessly 

  • Ability to write research reports and business correspondence 

  • MS Office proficiency required 

  • Comfort learning & utilizing business and financial planning software 

  • Enthusiastic about the mission of CWE  

  • Committed to the success of all women and passionate about entrepreneurship  

  • Commitment to success and high-quality service delivery  

  • Independent and reliable  

 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations 

  • Required to have and maintain a valid Driver’s License and reliable mode of transportation 

 

Additional Requirements 

  • Expected to work outside of normal business hours 

  • Most work will be done in communities throughout Vermont, rather than a traditional office setting 

  • (Preferable) Well-networked in Southern Vermont 

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: 

The salary range for this position is $65,000 to $75,000, plus benefits. Benefits include mileage reimbursement, bereavement leave, health and dental insurance (CWE contributes a percentage to health and dental cost), family leave, life insurance (CWE pays 100% of the cost), paid holidays, jury duty leave, and vacation benefits. At CWE, we are proud to offer employees the ability to work with their managers to create a flexible schedule that suits clients, staff, and our organization. Additionally, we have implemented a flex time policy of 4 hours/week to provide employees with the additional support needed during this complicated time. This position is classified as temporary, full-time, and exempt. 

COVID-19 POLICIES:    

We are currently allowing employees to work remotely, in response to the pandemic. Our office space is available to employees if they choose to use it, provided they follow all CDC-recommended safety procedures. We offer each employee a laptop to facilitate working from home. We will resume in-person operations when it is safe to do so and will communicate with our employees as we learn more about the timeline for resumption of in-person work. Our decisions will be informed based on the latest guidance from health officials and from the Small Business Administration.  

We strive to meet our clients where they are, which involves some evening and weekend hours. We prioritize self-care and encourage staff to work with their manager to set a schedule that works for the organization, for our clients and for the employees, within a 40-hour work week.  

Each Women’s Business Center serves a particular geographic region. Between you and your team, you will ensure that the region is served, which will include travel within the region, when the health situation permits. Virtual engagements can take the place of in-person events where appropriate.  

HOW TO APPLY:  

To apply to this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to the CWEVT team, info.vermont@CWEonline.org. Please include the position title in the subject line.  

TIMELINE AND HIRING PROCESS:  

We will review and respond to all applications received. While subject to change, candidates elected to advance throughout the process can expect to interview with the Senior Director of CWE Vermont, and for finalists, an interview with a team of CWEVT Stakeholders. Expected start date is February 2022 and is negotiable.  

The Center for Women & Enterprise celebrates diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to intentional actions and relationships that sustainably advance the IDEAS framework:  Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice. These principles inform our hiring practices and our company culture.

Marketing Manager

Location:  Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire or Vermont (Currently Remote Work)

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is an economic empowerment nonprofit founded in Boston in 1995 to lift up the women who lift up the world. CWE is home to the largest cluster of Women’s Business Centers in the country, covering Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Women’s Business Centers are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  At CWE, we believe that when women thrive economically, families and communities also thrive, creating a more equitable and inclusive economy. To that end, CWE offers business services - training, individual business counseling, and community connections - that help women start and grow their businesses. 

 

Over 50% of CWE’s service footprint is focused on low-income communities in urban and rural areas whose access to such services have historically been extremely limited. While our focus is on serving the needs of those who identify as women, we serve all genders. CWE is also home to the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England and is a regional certifier for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. In 2020 alone, we trained and counseled 4,902 people across all our centers.  We helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture over 2,060 jobs, and helped entrepreneurs generate over $59 million in wages. 

WHAT YOU WILL DO
CWE is searching for a Marketing Manager who wants to shine the spotlight on our efforts to support women to launch and successfully sustain businesses, position us as thought leaders, promote our work and brand.  Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, Technology & Marketing, this CWE team member is responsible for enhancing CWE’s voice and presence through online and offline channels. They will promote our organization, values and mission.  The Marketing Manager will handle CWE’s communication with the public, clients, donors, partners, and the media. This person will help raise awareness about CWE both internally and externally.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience as a communications or public relations specialist or similar position, with skills in project management; the execution of PR and marketing campaigns and/or initiatives; copywriting and editing; corporate communications; and social media.  Key abilities include excellent communication both orally and in writing; strong strategist and storyteller; presentation; initiative; ability to prioritize and plan effectively; awareness of different media agendas; and creativity. The right person for this position is a motivated self-starter who shares CWE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES
Brand

  • Increase brand awareness, credibility, and engagement in alignment with our new brand strategy
  • Develop, manage, and train staff on use of brand assets
  • Develop email strategies and campaign templates
  • Oversee and manage the CWE website

Public Relations

  • Employ data an in-depth analysis to guide PR efforts and determine the effectiveness of these tactics.
  • Create and deliver content for press releases, media relations, case studies, white papers, newsletters, social media, website, and speeches.
  • Media outreach to industry blogs, publications, and press

Thought Leadership

  • Develop and implement content strategies that elevate our position as a recognized thought leader and build relationships with clients, donors, partners, and the public.


Marketing Campaigns

  • Use data to create niche campaigns and creative content that grabs the public’s attention and help CWE stand out from its competition.


Work with Staff & Volunteers

  • Work with various staff teams on PR and marketing for CWE offerings, events, and campaigns.
  • Research, identify and partner with other influencers


Data Analysis & Support

  • Lead survey initiatives and analyze public opinion
  • Related duties as assigned


WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate most of the qualifications and experiences listed below. 

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, or at least three - six years of professional experience in PR, communications, marketing, journalism, or relevant field

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven experience as a public relation and/or communication specialist or similar
  • Social media savvy
  • Graphic Design a plus
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and decision-making skills
  • Interpersonal skills     
  • Innovative self-starter with ability to develop and drive new initiatives
  • Enthusiastic about the mission of CWE
  • Team player

Language and Computer Skills

  • Ability to write professionally for varied audiences and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is a plus
  • MS Office proficiency required
  • Computer and Multimedia Technology– Knowledge of Web-specific technology, such as live stream, social media, Web content, and digital media.

 

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to work in an environment where multiple projects are being executed at one time.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Additional Requirements

  • May be required to work outside of normal business hours.
  • May require travel depending on business needs.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $65,000, plus benefits. Benefits include health and dental insurance (CWE contributes a percentage to health and dental cost), life insurance (CWE pays 100% of the cost), paid holidays, vacation benefits, family leave, jury duty leave, bereavement leave, and mileage reimbursement. At CWE, we are proud to offer employees the ability to work with their managers to create a flexible schedule that suits clients, staff, and our organization. Additionally, we have implemented a flex time policy of 4 hours/week to provide employees with the additional support needed during this complicated time. This position is classified as full-time and exempt. 

The Center for Women & Enterprise is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should submit: a resume, thoughtful cover letter, writing and campaign samples, and salary requirements to Mickey Riendeau at MRiendeau@CWEonline.org

Request for Proposals - Resiliency and Recovery Project Management

Request for proposals: RESILIENCY AND RECOVERY PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Proposals Due: November 15 by 5pm EST

Submission: Questions and Proposals sent to: mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org

Budget: $60,000-$80,000

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is requesting proposals for RESILIENCY AND RECOVERY PROJECT MANAGEMENT.  Vendors interested in being retained to provide the services (a “Vendor”) are invited to submit written proposals to CWE.  Proposals should be submitted via email to mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org by 5PM EST on October 25.  Any proposals received after this date and time will not be considered. 

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is an economic empowerment nonprofit founded in Boston in 1995 to lift up the women who lift up the world. CWE is home to the largest cluster of Women’s Business Centers in the country, covering Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Women’s Business Centers are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  At CWE, we believe that when women thrive economically, families and communities also thrive, creating a more equitable and inclusive economy. To that end, CWE offers business services - training, individual business counseling, and community connections - that help women start and grow their businesses.

Over 50% of CWE’s service footprint is focused on low-income communities in urban and rural areas whose access to such services have historically been extremely limited. While our focus is on serving the needs of those who identify as women, we serve all genders. CWE is also home to the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England and is a regional certifier for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

In 2020 alone, we trained and counseled 4,902 people across all of our centers.  We helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture over 2,060 jobs, and helped entrepreneurs generate over $59 million in wages.

A.  DESCRIPTION OF WORK

Services will be provided in a hybrid format.  Much of the work will be conducted virtually via Zoom, but as the health situation allows, from time to time some in-person meetings or activities may be expected.  In person work would be done in and around the communities of Greater Boston.  The Vendor shall minimally provide the services as described in Appendix A attached hereto plus any such services as may be reasonably inferable and necessary in the performance of the services.

B.   SELECTION PROCESS; SERVICES AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Responding firms will be evaluated and ranked in order of their qualifications.  CWE may hold discussions with firms to further explore their proposals and the scope and nature of the services they would provide.  In making its selection, CWE may consider any other information, including information not requested in this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) or not included in the proposals received.  CWE is not required to rank first the firm that submits the lowest cost proposal for providing the services.  In the event CWE is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the first ranked firm, CWE may terminate negotiations with that firm and enter into negotiations with the firm submitting the proposal ranked next best.

Evaluation of the proposals will be based upon several factors including, but not limited to: competence to perform the required services as indicated by the training, education and experience of the firm’s personnel, especially the training, education and experience of the employees who would be assigned to perform the services; ability in terms of workload and availability of qualified personnel, equipment and facilities to perform the required services competently and expeditiously; past performance as reflected by the evaluations of previous clients with respect to factors such as control of costs, quality of work and meeting of deadlines; and other similar factors.

This RFP is not and shall not be construed as an offer of a contract by CWE.  Any contractual arrangement will be evidenced solely by a contract authorized by CWE.

CWE accepts no responsibility for expenses incurred by responding firms in the preparation or submittal of a proposal and reserves the rights not to enter into any contract with any respondent, to waive any irregularities, informalities, or inconsistencies in the proposals, to enter into contracts with more than one respondent and to reject any and all proposals received.

In the interest of a fair and competitive procurement process, all questions must be submitted in writing and will be addressed with the entire list of interested vendors who have made questions and inquiries. Questions regarding this RFP are to be e-mailed to mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org.  All questions must be submitted on or before October 15 at 9:00 AM EST.  Answers to questions made in any other manner will not be binding upon CWE, and respondents shall not rely upon them.

Inquiries regarding this RFP should only be addressed to the individual identified herein and under no circumstances shall any interested party or their designees contact any other employee or official of CWE during the RFP process in an attempt to lobby or influence the selection process pursuant to this RFP.

Prior to the closing time and date designated for the receipt of proposals, proposals submitted early may be modified or withdrawn only by notice to mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org prior to the closing time designated for receipt of proposals.  Such notice shall be in writing over the signature of the responding firm and be received by Michelle Miller and Samilys Rodriguez prior to the official closing time and date of the receipt of proposals.  Any modification shall be so worded as not to reveal the amount of the original cost proposal.  To do so will render the modification and the original cost proposal invalid.  Withdrawn proposals may be resubmitted up to the closing time designated for the receipt of proposals provided that they are then in full compliance with this RFP.

C.   INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED

Proposals should provide straightforward and concise descriptions of the Vendor’s ability to satisfy the requirements of this RFP. The proposal must be complete and accurate. Omissions, inaccuracies, or misstatements may be cause for rejection of a proposal. The Vendor is solely responsible for the costs of developing the proposal and the costs will not be charged to CWE. Provide an overview of your firm including organizational structure. Provide detailed information on your core competencies, experience, and past performance.

Please include details of rates of personnel, monthly and annual fees including payment terms.

Proposals should be no more than 10 pages.  Pages are to be 8-1/2 x 11”, single-spaced type, one-sided.  No other promotional material is required or desired. All proposals must be submitted via email to mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org by 5PM EST on October 25. Proposals received after this date and time will not be considered. Proposals received by fax or mail will not be considered. 

In preparing proposals, vendors should provide the following information:

1.      Experience and Firm Information

a.     Briefly describe your firm and its areas of business.  Identify company name and address, company principals, years in business, number of employees, ownership and legal organization (e.g., corporation, partnership).

b.     Include information about pertinent prior experience, specialized expertise, and resources that the firm can bring in providing the services.  Summarize the firm’s experience with public sector entities and any relevant experience.

c.     Identify all the individuals who will be primarily and directly responsible for working with CWE, their anticipated roles and provide resumes for all persons who will be assigned to work with CWE.  Include the name and telephone number for the lead person who will be responsible for working with CWE.  Note: no substitution of personnel will be permitted without the written consent of CWE.

d.     Describe up to three examples of service arrangements that demonstrate the value your firm brings.

e.     Describe any investigation, review or litigation regarding a violation or alleged violation by your firm of any state or federal law or regulation that is currently pending or that was concluded within the past 10 years.

f.     Describe any investigation, review, or litigation regarding a violation or alleged violation by your firm of any ethics laws or rules that is currently pending or concluded since 2000.

g.     Describe any professional liability insurance policy or policies provided by a company or companies that are authorized to do business in Massachusetts and that afford professional liability coverage for the services proposed to be rendered.

2.      Cost proposal for required services.

         Provide a cost proposal itemizing all estimated costs and fees for providing the required services.  Cost information shall be presented in the format specified in Appendix C of this RFP.  The cost proposal shall include all costs of supervisory personnel, labor, materials, equipment overhead, profit and all other costs associated with providing the services.

3.      Transition Plan.

         Provide a transition plan describing how the respondent will take full charge of the services required to be performed.

4.      Cost proposal for additional services.

         Respondent shall submit a cost proposal, utilizing the format provided in Appendix B, for additional optional services that CWE may elect for respondent to perform.

5.      Labor Agreements.

         Each respondent must identify any existing labor agreements that would affect the Contract (as defined herein) and identify any bargaining agent that would represent employees for the Contract.

D. NOTICE OF AWARD

Once a vendor is selected, an agreement will be signed between CWE and the selected vendor, to allow immediate commencement of the project management tasks.      

E. THE CONTRACT AND CERTAIN TERMS

1.      The Contract.  The contract (“Contract”) between CWE and the Vendor will incorporate all provisions of this RFP, the appendices attached to this RFP, the Vendor’s proposal, and other provisions as may be mutually agreed upon.  The Contract negotiated will be submitted to the Board for its approval and will not be binding or effective until it is approved by the Board and all other legal requirements are met.  In the event of inconsistencies between the Contract, attachments to the Contract, this RFP and the Vendor’s proposal, the Vendor will be required to comply with the requirement more favorable to CWE.  The contract must also include the following contract clauses by reference:

Byrd Anti–Lobbying Amendment (31 U.S.C. 1352)

  • Debarment and Suspension (Executive Orders 12549 and 12689)
  • 22 U.S.C. § 7101 et seq. (Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000)
  • 49 U.S.C. App. 1517 (Fly America Act)
  • 41 U.S.C. § 701 et seq. (Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988), as implemented by 2 C.F.R. Part 182
  • 13 C.F.R. Parts 112, 113, and 117 (Civil Rights Compliance)
  • 13 C.F.R. Part 146 (Restrictions on Lobbying)
  • 37 C.F.R. Part 401 (Rights to Inventions Made by Nonprofit Organizations and Small Business Firms Under Government Grants, Contracts, and Cooperative Agreements)
  • Executive Order 13166 (Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency)
  • Executive Order 13513 (Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving

2.      Term. The initial term of the Contract will be from date of accepted proposal, through September 1, 2022.

3.      Indemnification. The Vendor shall indemnify and hold harmless CWE and its officers and employees from and against all claims and liabilities incurred in or arising out of the Vendor’s performance of the Contract

4.      Invoicing.  CWE will pay the Vendor for services in monthly installments on the last day of each month starting in November and ending in September of the following year.

5.      Labor Relations.  Vendor is an independent contractor, and the employees of the Vendor are not and shall not be considered to be employees of CWE. Vendor will be responsible for addressing all labor, employment and working condition issues with its employees without the involvement of CWE staff unless agreed to otherwise.

6.      Payroll Taxes, Deductions, and Contributions.  The Vendor will be required to pay all applicable payroll taxes and deductions required by local, state, and federal law, including Social Security taxes, unemployment compensation, Medicare, and other similar deductions.

7.      Worker’s Compensation Insurance.  Worker’s Compensation Insurance shall be carried by the Vendor in the full amount required by applicable state law.

8.      Termination.  CWE shall have the right to terminate the Contract at any time in the event of (i) a material breach of the Contract by the Vendor that remains uncured for fourteen (14) days after notice of the breach is provided to the Vendor by CWE, (ii) a determination by a court or administrative agency that any material provision of the Contract is contrary to law or that any material provision of the Contract may not lawfully be carried out or (iii) (a) the Vendor’s commencement of a proceeding under any Federal or state insolvency, reorganization or similar law, or having such a proceeding commenced against it and either having an order of insolvency or reorganization entered against it or having the proceeding remain undismissed and unstayed for ninety (90) days, or (b) the Vendor having a receiver, conservator, liquidator or trustee appointed for it or for the whole or any substantial part of its property.

9.      The Contract may also be terminated by CWE for its convenience and without cause upon ninety (90) days written notice to Vendor.

10.    In the event of any such termination and, in any event, at the end of the term of the Contract, all written records of operation and electronic data maintained by the Vendor will be promptly turned over to CWE, including but not limited to all data files compiled or maintained in connection with the Contract and all documentation required by regulatory agencies.

11.    Equal Opportunity.  CWE is committed to a policy of providing equal job opportunities on public contracts and prohibiting discrimination against any employee, applicant or subcontractor because of age, color, creed, handicap condition, marital or parental status, national origin, race, sex, veteran status, or political opinion or affiliation.  The Vendor represents, warrants, and agrees that it shall take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their age, color, creed, handicap condition, marital or parental status, national origin, race, sex, veteran status, or political opinion or affiliation.  Such action shall include, although not to be limited to, the following:  Employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship.  The Vendor agrees to post in conspicuous places notices setting forth the provisions of this Equal Opportunity clause.  The Vendor shall include in all solicitations and /or advertisements for employees placed by or on behalf of the Vendor, a statement that all qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, handicap condition, marital or parental status, national origin, race, sex, veteran status, or political opinion or affiliation.

12.    Appropriation of Funds.  CWE’s obligations hereunder are subject to there having been made and in effect such appropriations and other approvals of available funds to meet CWE’s obligations as may from time to time be required by applicable law.

13.    Vendor shall comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations as applicable to the services.

APPENDIX A

SCOPE OF SERVICES

  • Lead management and execution of CWE’s Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration Grant, in close partnership with the Director – CWE Eastern Massachusetts, and the VP Program Operations.
  • Participate in regular calls with SBA
  • Lead regular check-in meetings with key staff members
  • Lead on client intake – accept calls from Spanish-speaking clients, input data to Neoserra, refer to and register them in appropriate CWE courses, follow up with clients to capture impact metrics
  • Coordinate with Program Operations Manager to update Neoserra with Spanish-language content
  • Coordinate with current CWE consultants and Directors of the Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island WBCs to update programmatic offerings where applicable
  • Develop and provide CWE with a list of Spanish-speaking experts in key areas such as marketing, legal and accounting
  • Build a base of Spanish-speaking consultants and partnerships with community organizations, in coordination with the Directors of the respective centers
  • Communicate with Directors of other WBCs to avoid duplication of efforts
  • Run focus groups to identify the best way to deliver programs, and on what topics for Spanish speaking clients to build a course roadmap for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to start, sell, transfer and/or and grow their business
  • Develop a written manual to include best practices for program design to successfully serve Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs, as well as a step-by-step “How To” guide on planning, designing and executing successful focus groups for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs
  • Work with CWE’s marketing team to provide, and if appropriate, implement recommendations for marketing to Spanish-speaking communities
  • Provide a continuation plan for long-term sustainability of the activities and recommendations developed as a result of the scope of work of the contract

Challenge Statement:

We at CWE have a powerful, regional network of entrepreneurs and we want to provide a system by which Spanish-speaking clients can learn and connect.  We’ve offered Spanish-language content in the past, especially in our Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets, and want to develop a cohesive system for regularly serving Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs throughout our network.  We have an opportunity to utilize the recent award of a Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration grant to jumpstart this initiative in a way that will serve the region, building from an initial and primary focus on the Eastern Massachusetts market.

We now need an expert project manager and community facilitator with an eye for logistical implementation to integrate Spanish-language content and accessibility into our full program operations. We need someone to manage this grant in partnership with us, with the goal of building out the regional infrastructure for these services, including developing best practices for reaching and serving the Spanish-speaking community. We also need someone to jumpstart and facilitate the community in Eastern Massachusetts, driving meaningful, relevant engagement with our programs.