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Director - RI Women Business Center

About the Center for Women and Enterprise

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), established in 1995 and today a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses, launches its search for its new Rhode Island Women’s Business Center Director.  CWE Rhode Island provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. CWE achieves its mission by providing education, training, technical assistance, access to markets, and paths to funding for entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. Over 50% of CWE’s service footprint is focused on low-income communities in urban and rural areas whose access to such services have been extremely limited.

CWE serves clients throughout New England and has office locations in Providence, RI; Boston, MA; Westborough, MA; Nashua, NH; and Burlington, VT.  CWE operates Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  These Centers assist women in starting and growing small businesses, by offering comprehensive training, resources, counseling and connections to women.  In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE), which equips veteran and active duty service members and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses. 

Section 1:  Position Summary:

The Rhode Island Women’s Business Center (RI/WBC) Director works in a dynamic, fast-paced, and intellectually stimulating non-profit organization and is the first point of contact with the public to ensure that the programs and services provided by Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) reflect the needs and expectations of communities across the state.  CWE’s mission is to serve all women.  We focus over 50% of our offerings on serving women from low income and marginalized communities.

The RI/WBC Director position is sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA) grant, and has specific responsibilities to that organization (detailed below in Section 2.) The Director is responsible for outreach into the community which she/he serves ensuring that CWE services and programs within the Rhode Island Women’s Business Center (WBC) are well known and made accessible to entrepreneurs of all socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities.  She/he reaches out to statewide community, municipal, legislative and business leaders to promote, engage, and collaborate to achieve CWE’s mission. The Director manages clients’ business requests, successfully delivers programs and services to clients; interacts with training providers and ensures that programs are provided with excellence and consistency focusing on the customer; additionally the Director ensures that programs are effective and achieve relevant results. 

July of 2019 CWE went through a CEO leadership transition.  With new leadership in place, CWE will be embarking on a comprehensive and exciting strategic planning process over the first 6 months of FY2020.   The Strategic plan will be informed by all Women Business Centers and their key stakeholders across New England including participation from the RI/WBC Director. The right candidate will have experience collaborating and with public and private sector organizations.  Demonstrated passion for women’s leadership and financial empowerment is essential.  The RI/WBC Director reports to the organization’s VP of Finance and oversees one full time manager and a half time coordinator.  Information below defines essential responsibilities and characteristics of the ideal candidate.

Section 2:  Essential Responsibilities



Oversee high quality program delivery:  Oversees the implementation of programs (in house and in satellite locations) to ensure they are carried out consistently within CWE and SBA delivery expectations. Ensures that technical assistance and access to capital are provided to clients through multi-week courses, workshops, women’s business certification and loan packaging assistance.  Teaches/leads some of CWE’s introductory workshop and provides effective business counseling and technical assistance to WBC clients.  Ensures program evaluations are collected, reviewed and used for reporting and continuous improvement.  Ensures that programs are held on a schedule that works for our clients, which includes some nights and weekend days. Appropriately promotes programs, products and services to make sure all communities, and in particular, marginalized and low income communities, know of the SBA and CWE’s offerings and how to access them. Listens to and acts on (when appropriate) suggestions from community partners and collaborators to ensure that CWE is relevant in the communities that need services most.



Spearhead PR and Marketing for CWE across Rhode Island:  Proactively engages communities across the State to gain creditability for the programs and services that the Women Business Center (WBC) provides.  Outreach includes attending civic and community events, business expos/presentations, chamber of commerce/political events and other similar activities.  Builds and maintains strong partnerships with community and business leaders, state and municipal representatives, religious, educational and civic organizations. Engages with local media and advances the public image of the WBC whenever possible.  Enlists volunteers to participate on the CWE State Advisory Board.  In this capacity, the Director is a key participant in supporting the raising of financial resources for RI/WBC.



Ensure contract compliance, consistent communication and coordination with the SBA: Works closely with SBA ensuring that the WBC is compliant with program announcements, communicates (as appropriate) information received from those agencies; participates in periodic conference calls and SBA provided audio and web trainings.  Regularly collaborates with local SBA district office, and responds

to the SBA on project term goal setting, and telephone and written correspondence. Maintains meticulous records on grant expenditures and other financial aspects of the business including but not limited to accounts payable and accounts receivable.  Approves all project expenses prior to submitting to CWE’s finance department;  Provides reports on a regular basis to Finance and Development to ensure that records are updated and maintained for SBA reporting requirements including but not limited to Counseling Activity (SBA Form 641) and Training Activity (SBA Form 888).



Manages a high functioning team of staff, consultants and volunteers: Manages the RI/WBC staff, instructors, and volunteers to make sure that the Center is meeting all program delivery goals as well as ensuring an open and welcoming environment for clients of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.  The Director is responsible for WBC staff development providing support, training and feedback as well as properly vetting all external consultants on a regular basis.



Coordinates and Shares Best Practices across CWE New England: CWE Rhode Island is one center of six that CWE oversees across New England.  The Director plays a key role in ensuring that resources are well leveraged across all the centers, maintaining key organizational systems and best practices. In addition, The Director will play a role in supporting programmatic development, helping to define and report on the execution of non-SBA grants as well as informing organizational strategy through strategic planning. Finally, the Director will work closely with the VP of Strategic Partnerships to ensure that the RI/WBC is well resourced by supporting fundraising efforts with key partners such as The Rhode Island Foundation, the City of Providence, and Commerce RI.


Section 3: Budget Responsibility:

  • Dollar Amount of Budget:  $300,000
  • Revenues that are dependent upon the successful performance of the department: $300,000

Section 4: Scope of People Management:

  • Does this position manage employees?    _X_ Yes   __ No
  • Non-Exempt              0
  • Exempt                        1.5

Section 5: Organizational Impact:

Not performing the responsibilities of the position successfully could have operational, financial and reputational impact to the organization, specifically loss of significant grant money which supports this position.

Section 6: Experience:

Type of Experience Desired

Required Years

Preferred Years

Office management in a small business or non-profit where there has been responsibility to manage people as well as grants (or similar funding sources)


Experience actively selling/explaining programs, services, products.


Program or services marketing in a small business


Has launched or played a central role running a for profit business


Section 7: Qualifications/Skills:




Proven ability to speak in public, make and create presentations and communicate orally extemporaneously


Excellent business verbal and written communication


Proactively engages people, organizations to support mission/organizational goals.


Proven ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects


Proven working ability to multi-task, organize and prioritize own work and work of others


Proven ability to pay attention to detail and delivery high-quality products and services


Working proficiency at an intermediate level in Microsoft Office Suite, especially in creating and maintaining Excel spreadsheets and creating professional looking PowerPoint presentations


Valid driver’s license, auto and ability to travel within CWE office locations


Bi-lingual in Spanish (fluent)


Proven ability to triage multiple priorities that can change quickly


Section 8:  Education:



Bachelor’s degree or higher in a business discipline (e.g. Non-profit Administration, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources)


Section 9:  Competencies:



Attention to Detail

  • Review data/documents for accuracy and consistency
  • Take action to prevent mistakes
  • Follow procedures closely
  • Keep records accurate and up to date


  • Be tactfully and helpfully honest
  • Maintain confidences
  • Show consistency between words and actions
  • Demonstrate respect for other, even in difficult situations

Gets Results

  • Do everything possible to meet goals and deadlines
  • Demonstrate high personal work standards
  • Persist in the face of repeated challenges
  • Demonstrate a sense of urgency about results


  • Maintain high performance in the face of setbacks or rejections
  • Remain calm and professional in potentially volatile or emotionally charged interactions
  • Maintain high productivity in stressful situations

Continuous Quality & Performance Improvement

  • Identify and apply "best practices” in own work
  • Establish personal standards of quality for own work

Decisiveness & Judgment

  • Demonstrate good judgment in routine, day-to-day decisions
  • Use good judgment in deciding whether to make a decision or escalate it

Flexibility & Achieving Change

  • Positively deal with changes that affect job requirements
  • Work to clarify situations where information, instructions, or objectives are ambiguous



  • Act in accordance with organizational culture
  • Know when to bring an issue, problem, or decision to someone higher up in the organization

Section 10: Physical requirements:


Office environment working with computers, phones and other office equipment


Up to 20 pound on an occasional basis


Some moderate stretching

Repetitive movements

Typing, spreadsheets

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in the position. Employees are required to perform any other job-related duties requested by their manager.


Salary Range:  $70,000 - $85,000

Resumes Accepted Until, Monday, December 2, 2019.

Please email your cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to,