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Bilingual Tenant Organizer

Small Business Specialist - DC

Small Business Coach & Trainer - MD

Bilingual Tenant Organizer

Affordable Housing Preservation Program

Posted: 6/26/15

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) of Washington, DC, a non-profit community development organization, seeks a full-time Bilingual Tenant Organizer.

Latino Economic Development Center

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt community development organization founded in 1991. LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other D.C. area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. We achieve our mission through small business development and lending, homeownership counseling and affordable housing preservation.

Affordable Housing Preservation Program

The Affordable Housing Preservation Program, as part of the Housing Department, works to preserve affordable rental housing and prevent displacement of low and moderate income tenants due to loss of a subsidy, code violations, or sale or conversion of affordable housing. LEDC accomplishes these goals by educating and organizing tenants, providing technical assistance to tenant associations and advocating for affordable housing policies that benefit low-income renters.

The Bilingual Tenant Organizer will be responsible for the following activities:

o Outreach to tenants at risk of displacement through door to door outreach, neighborhood trainings, written materials and popular education;

o Educate tenants through one-on-one counseling, group workshops and educational materials;

o Organize tenants to form and strengthen tenant associations, to purchase their building or to negotiate with the building owner and policymakers;

o Organize Campaigns includes organizing campaign activities, mobilizing support, conducting trainings, creating materials, media outreach;

o Advocate with DC government to improve or create programs benefiting low-income tenants;

o Develop leadership, including recruiting and identifying tenant leaders and training tenants to lead advocacy and organizing efforts;

o Provide technical assistance to tenants who wish to establish or strengthen a tenant or cooperative association, keep their building affordable, improve conditions at the building or exercise an option to purchase;

o Provide Translation and interpretation, including translation of written materials and simultaneous and consecutive interpretation at meetings and events; and

o Other tasks as necessary.

This is a full-time, 40 hour / week position that requires night and Saturday hours.

Required Qualifications: Bilingual in English and Spanish. Strong writing, public speaking and computer skills. Highly organized and able to work with limited supervision. Strong knowledge of and sensitivity to Latino and African American culture. Outstanding interpersonal communication and the willingness to develop working relationships with a wide variety of people. Flexibility and willingness to work after normal business hours multiple times during the week including occasional work on Saturdays.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong general knowledge of Washington, DC and related housing issues. One year of volunteer and/or paid experience at a non-profit organization focusing on the economic empowerment needs of low-income individuals. Experience with community organizing, popular education or providing direct services to low and moderate-income Latinos and advocating for affordable housing issues.

Salary Range: $36,000+ negotiable based on experience, plus full benefits and generous vacation.

LEDC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer; women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Farah Fossé at FFosse@ledcmetro.org. No phone calls please.

To learn more about LEDC visit www.ledcmetro.org.

Small Business Specialist - DC

FLSA Status: Exempt Position

LEDC Synopsis: The Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community development corporation founded in 1991. LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other D.C. area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.

Position Summary: The Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is seeking candidates for the Small Business Specialist Position. This full-time position plays a key role in providing business one-on-one technical assistance and group trainings to small business owners in Washington DC area. This position will support the Program Manager of Small Business Development and will work alongside a highly motivated team. Qualified candidates must possess a diverse set of skills including fluency in both English and Spanish, small business experience, and experience with immigrant populations.

LEDC’s small business services help low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs acquire the skills and knowledge to successfully open and grow their businesses, including assistance obtaining licenses and permits, marketing, recordkeeping and business planning. Our clients range from small start-ups such as cleaning or construction companies to established restaurants with multiple employees and locations.

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:

• Provide one-on-one coaching and interactive group trainings to aspiring and existing small businesses to help improve their core business skills and navigate the licensing/registration process---both onsite and offsite at partner organizations.

• Recruit and manage volunteers and consultants to assist with small business consulting and trainings.

• Develop and improve comprehensive training curriculum, working collaboratively with other team members and consultants.

• Build client base and fill courses through outreach via partner organizations, newsletters, phone-banking, site visits, public service announcements and community events.

• Assist in continually developing programmatic improvements and organizational advocacy efforts.

• Perform administrative tasks including intake, contact management and data entry.

• Assist with and help coordinate LEDC’s annual Samuel Adams Speed Coaching Event in October and other department events.

• May need to work on evenings/weekends, as needed.

Education and Experience Qualifications Required:

• Bilingual in English and Spanish

• Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal

• Bachelor’s in Business Administration or related field

• Experience providing small business technical assistance and/or training preferred

• Experience running a small business a bonus

• Available to work occasional nights and weekends as needed

• Experience and/or familiarity with small business financial management

• Experience and/or familiarity with small business marketing strategies

• Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage and multi-task in a fast-paced environment

• Strong technical skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher

• Self-starter, who is able to work with limited supervision

• Demonstrated ability to relate to people from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds, formal education levels, cultures, etc.

• Strong knowledge of and sensitivity to Latino culture

• Understanding of small business development as a tool for community-based economic development

Salary and Benefits:

• Salary is negotiable depending on experience, qualifications, and salary history. Range is $35K - $38K per year.

• Benefits are competitive within the DC area: compensation currently includes 3% 401K matched savings plan, healthcare plan with ZERO employee contribution, 10 observed holidays, and 4 weeks of vacation per year.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Rossana Espinoza, Program Manager-Small Business Development at respinoza@ledcmetro.org

To learn more about LEDC visit www.ledcmetro.org.

LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

Small Business Coach and Trainer - MD

FLSA Status: Exempt Position

LEDC Synopsis: The Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community development corporation founded in 1991. LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other D.C. area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.

Position Summary: The Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is seeking candidates for the Small Business Coach and Trainer MD. This full-time position plays a key role in providing business one-on-one technical assistance and group trainings to small business. This position will report to the Program Manager of Small Business Development and will work alongside a highly motivated team. Qualified candidates must possess a diverse set of skills including fluency in both English and Spanish, small business development experience, and experience with immigrant populations.

LEDC’s small business services help low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs acquire the skills and knowledge to successfully open and grow their businesses, including assistance obtaining licenses and permits, marketing, recordkeeping and business planning. Our clients range from small start-ups such as cleaning or construction companies to established restaurants with multiple employees and locations. LEDC also operates a microloan fund that works in close collaboration with the small business lending team under one Department: Small Business Services.

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:

• Provide on-on-one coaching and interactive group trainings to aspiring and existing small businesses to help improve their core business skills and navigate the licensing/registration process---both onsite and offsite at partner organizations in the community.

• Recruit and manage volunteers and consultants to assist with small business consulting and trainings.

• Develop and improve comprehensive training curriculum, working collaboratively with other team members and consultants.

• Build client base and fill courses through outreach via partner organizations, newsletters, phone-banking, site visits, public service announcements and community events.

• Assist in programmatic and organizational advocacy efforts.

• Perform administrative tasks including intake, contact management and data entry.

• May need to work on evenings/weekends, as needed.

Education and Experience Qualifications Required:

• Bilingual in English and Spanish required

• Experience providing small business technical assistance and/or training preferred

• Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal

• Bachelor’s in Business Administration or related field

• Experience running a small business a bonus

• Available to work occasional nights and weekends as needed

• Experience and/or familiarity with small business financial management

• Experience and/or familiarity with small business marketing strategies

• Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage and multi-task in a fast-paced environment

• Strong technical skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher

• Self-starter, who is able to work with limited supervision

• Demonstrated ability to relate to people from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds, formal education levels, cultures, etc.

• Strong knowledge of and sensitivity to Latino culture

• Understanding of small business development as a tool for community-based economic development

• Access your own means of transportation (car) is required for mobility within Montgomery County. Transportation costs will be offset by LEDC

Salary and Benefits:

• Salary is negotiable depending on experience, qualifications, and salary history. Salary range is $40-45K.

• Benefits are competitive within the DC area and include 401K savings plan, healthcare plan, 10 observed holidays, and 4 weeks of vacation per year.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rossana Espinoza at respinoza@ledcmetro.org . To learn more about LEDC visit www.ledcmetro.org.

LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.