Director, Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
Every day, staff at the Community Business Partnership (CBP) make a difference in the economy of Northern Virginia! In 2018, the CBP's highly qualified trainers and counselors created over 350 training events attended by over 3,600 entrepreneurs resulting in 1,029 individuals receiving one-on-one counseling. This activity led to the creation of 56 new businesses, 604 new or retained jobs, and over $3.5MM in direct capital investment. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
Whether it's helping an entrepreneur meet the challenges of starting a business or helping a struggling business owner understand a path to growth, you can be part of the CBP solution!
About the CBP:
The Community Business Partnership (CBP) is an independent not-for-profit corporation that is part of George Mason University's Mason Enterprise Center under the Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Located in Springfield, Virginia, the CBP's mission is to be a complete resource center providing training and support to those seeking to start and build successful small businesses.
The Veteran's Business Outreach Center is one of five centers of high impact small business services within the CBP.
About the Veteran's Business Outreach Center (VBOC):
The VBOC's mission is to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.
Founded at the CBP in 2014, the VBOC offers high quality training, classes, networking opportunities, and one-on-one counseling to women and men in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
The VBOC is part of a national network of Veterans' Business Outreach Centers supported and sponsored by the US Small Business Administration.
The Director's primary duties include:
Developing the VBOC's annual plans for classes, counseling, and events in accordance with SBAOVBD grant guidelines and CBP's mission.
Organizing and carrying out the highly regarded Boots-to-Business courses as well as Boots-to-Business Reboot classes and other exciting courses that meet the increasing interest in veterans as they start and grow their businesses.
Developing and implementing plans to market the VBOC's high quality services to clients as well as to stakeholders and other resource partners;
Providing expert counseling for people starting new business or seeking information on growing their existing business.
Providing leadership to the VBOC staff, support staff, subcontractors, and a passionate group of expert volunteers to assist with counseling and training activities;
Representing VBOC within the community and develop and oversee community outreach efforts.
The position of Director of the Veterans Business Center requires proven leadership and an understanding of issues impacting transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses.
A summary of the requirements:
Extensive background in small business issues.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required as this is a highly visible position within the veterans' community.
Advanced Degree in Business – related field or comparable experience
Experience as a small business owner, manager or advisor is strongly preferred.
Experience in operating a community-based program or in serving community-based programs is preferred.
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience up to $70,000
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 45112
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.