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If you’re a smart, energetic person who thrives in a cross-cultural, multilingual environment, we’d love to talk to you! The Welcoming Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Outreach Specialist, IPP (part-time)
The Outreach Specialist will conduct outreach to immigrant-serving organizations and in immigrant communities in Philadelphia with the aim of finding qualifying participants for the International Professionals Program. The role will involve conducting personal outreach to immigrant leaders and contacts as well as posting and promoting the International Professionals Program on social media channels. The role will include posting flyers in venues where large numbers of immigrants are known to frequent, for example, churches, mosques, temples, ethnic food grocery stores, and libraries in certain communities.
International Professionals Program
The International Professionals Program (IPP) is a structured 9-month program. It includes 10 weeks of intensive job-readiness training intended to reduce barriers to employment for foreign-education professionals. After the intensive program, there is an additional 6 months of mentorship and coaching with the goal of obtaining professional employment.
Even though more than 40 percent of immigrants in Philadelphia hold at least a bachelor’s degree, they face higher rates of unemployment and underemployment than college-educated native-born workers. Many are working outside of their trained professions in middle- or low-skilled jobs, which results in years of experience, education, and talent going to waste. Consequently, individuals experience isolation, families struggle, communities suffer, and economies lose out on valuable talent.
This is a part-time position estimated at 20 hours per week. Salary is $20,000 per year.
- Comfortable in dealing with a range of people, respectfully and empathically
- Strong interpersonal skills with experience in building a rapport with strangers
- Cultural sensitivity and good problem-solving skills are crucial
- Ability to provide information in a way that is engaging and factual
- Self-starter, able to identify opportunities for engagement without significant supervision
- Must be able to keep simple electronic records
- Availability during some evening hours and limited weekend appearances
- Access to a personal vehicle with PA Driver’s License
To apply, please submit your résumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Outreach Specialist, IPP (part-time)”.
Small Business Advisor
Reporting to the Director of the Small Business Department, the Small Business Advisor performs a variety of financial/business management, advising, technical assistance, and related training services to new and existing small businesses; evaluates technical assistance needs of Community Development Organizations, business associations, and other community groups; supports entrepreneurs in accessing a wide variety of resources available in Philadelphia and beyond; manages communication, outreach and client recruitment; and coordinates partnerships with stakeholders. Second language is required, preferably Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Korean, or Arabic.
- Provides direct technical assistance to small business clients in the research and development of business plans, marketing plans, loan proposals, and related business development tasks.
- Participates in the development, promotion, coordination, and delivery of small business management training programs and workshops.
- Coordinates and participates in efforts to build relationships with local businesses and organizations to establish and develop fee-for-service consulting opportunities.
- Facilitates effective relationships with program participants, community leaders, neighborhood residents, and members of the business community.
- Builds client base and uses different outreach strategies to recruits program participants.
- Prepares program performance reports for both internal and external stakeholders.
- Willing to work on evenings/weekends as needed.
Skills & Abilities
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated experience working effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Able to gather data, compile information, and prepare and present reports.
- Possesses effective logical thinking and analytical skills.
- Able to adapt to the changing relationships between the Welcoming Center and stakeholders.
- Second language required, preferably Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Korean, or Arabic.
- Bachelor’s degree in business management, finance, accounting, sales, or any other related subject; business ownership experience a plus.
- Familiarity with small business start-up process for the state of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia, including a knowledge of licensing & regulations for different sectors.
- Experience developing business strategies (marketing, financial, import/export, others)
- Familiarity with different models of small business financing.
- Knowledge of Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including nonprofit and city programs.