Business Coach

About Accion:

Accion (us.accion.org) is a nationwide nonprofit community lender dedicated to helping entrepreneurs generate income, build assets, create jobs and achieve financial success through business ownership. Our network serves small businesses in communities across the U.S. and is made up of four certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and a U.S. Network office. Globally, for more than 50 years Accion has helped over 90 partners serve the financial needs of tens of millions of people in 40 countries.

Business Coach Position:

The Business Coach is a salaried, exempt position that reports to the Director of Coaching and Connections. The Business Coach is responsible for advising clients on how to improve their businesses using the organization’s methodology.

Essential Duties:

  • Provide coaching to at least the budgeted number of entrepreneurs each year
  • Contribute to a net surplus each year

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Nurture trusted relationships with entrepreneurs, community leaders, and other service providers
  • Deliver clear messages for who we serve, the value we provide, and how we deliver that value effectively
  • Measure the value we provide entrepreneurs effectively by carefully capturing key data
  • Promote the organization’s work at events and site visits that focus on community building, visibility, or entrepreneur service
  • Help manage the Neighborhood Entrepreneurship Lab, through which cohorts of entrepreneurs and investor/advisors prepare neighborhood small businesses for significant growth
  • Participate in new initiatives through which the organization experiments with providing entrepreneurs with new services
  • Perform other duties flexibly and creatively as needs arise
  • Create and deliver monthly workshops on timely topics to business owners across industries and stages
  • Introduce business owners to our cloud-based planning tools and guide them through the creation of business plans and financial projections

Qualifications:

Accion requires its staff to:

  • Solve problems creatively
  • Manage time efficiently
  • Attend to details meticulously
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Collaborate flexibly with colleagues in a diverse and changing environment
  • Believe strongly in Accion’s mission

 

The Business Coach should have experience in:

  • Small business coaching
  • Client services

How to Apply:

Email Jobs@accionchicago.org with a resume and cover letter. Please include the position title in the subject line.