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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge

NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: August 16, 2022
RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS REQUESTED BY: 09/13/22 POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Community Development Department
Job Title: Small Business Specialist
Job Code: M588
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.50 hours per week. Flexibility to work nights and weekends for community meetings and events, as needed.

ABOUT THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE:

Cambridge is a unique and growing urban community of 120,000 residents, making it the fourth largest city in Massachusetts. Our community is diverse, with 34% of residents identifying as people of color, and 34% of residents' home language is one other than English.  The City stands out as a hub of innovation and is home to Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an increasing number of biotechnology and high-tech start-ups.  The biotech corridor in Kendall Square has been called "the most innovative square mile on Earth," and has led the country in everything from the invention of rubber hoses to the development of Covid-19 vaccines.

At the City, we're committed to being a leader on issues of equity and sustainability, to supporting a workforce that reflects the diversity of the residents we serve, to maintaining an environment where all employees can thrive, and to creating a city that works for everyone. Cambridge has a long-standing commitment to nondiscrimination in employment and in providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, veteran's status, marital status, or age.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT:

The Community Development Department (CDD) is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. Encompassing the Economic Opportunity and Development, Housing, Community Planning, Zoning & Development, and Environmental & Transportation Planning divisions, CDD's mission is to foster a livable, sustainable, just, and equitable community. CDD engages and collaborates with community partners, other government agencies, businesses, and residents to make Cambridge a desirable place to live, work, learn, play, and innovate. 

ABOUT THE ROLE:

We care deeply about supporting small businesses and entrepreneurship and providing economic opportunity to our residents and business owners.  Under the direction of the Senior Economic Development Manager, and working closely with staff, the Small Business Specialist will develop initiatives aimed at small businesses and entrepreneurs, advance efforts to support businesses of all types, and work regularly with businesses owners, residents, and start-ups. You should be a self-motivated and detail-oriented professional, and ready to work as part of a team to support our diverse businesses and create economic opportunities for our residents. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to equity and respect, both in the provision of services and in the workplace.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Assist in the management of the Division's business development workshops and trainings programs. This includes a mix of tax-funded and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded entrepreneurship and financial workshops. This work includes developing the program and finding program-related contractors, marketing and conducting outreach to entrepreneurs and business owners, and working with contractors to carry out workshops.
  • Identify and work with local partners to promote, develop, and support entrepreneurship through new programming, including developing a business mentorship program.
  • Assist with the Retail Strategic Plan and BIPOC Business Advisory Committee implementation projects, including construction mitigation and marketing efforts.
  • Provide one-on-one counseling to entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in starting or growing their businesses.
  • Conduct research and industry analysis regarding the Cambridge economy including commercial district market profiles, employment, and other local and national economic trends.
  • Provide support for other division initiatives, such as ARPA-funded program implementation, and perform other duties as required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essentials functions. 

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field with 4 years of experience in planning, public policy, public administration, or similar professional experience. A Master's Degree may be substituted for 2 years of experience; an Associate's Degree in a related field with 6 years of experience in public or non-profit administration or similar professional experience will also be considered.
  • Strong community engagement and outreach experience, especially involving stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests and opinions; demonstrated ability to relate to the public and co-workers in a positive manner.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of Department staff, other City employees, volunteer board/committee members, elected officials, and members of the public in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to develop, research, analyze, interpret, and communicate written program guidance, requirements, and regulations.
  • A desire to study challenging and current issues in economic and community development.
  • Strong project management skills; strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Overall computer proficiency including general office applications (Microsoft Office suite) and advanced applications (e.g., Adobe Acrobat, CRM).
  • Ability to prioritize workloads, multitask and meet deadlines while working in a fast-paced environment.
  • The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse.  Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of Cambridge community.
  • Familiarity with federal or other grant award programs would be a plus.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to answer phones, maintain multiple files, and lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds. Ability to travel throughout the City of Cambridge to various meetings, etc. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office environment. Fluorescent lighting and air conditioning. Moderate noise level. This position may be eligible for hybrid work under the City's new Telework Policy, depending on operational needs.

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS:

  • Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Vacation and Sick leave eligible
  • Sick Incentive Pay Eligible
  • 3 Personal days
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Management Allowance, $2,700/year    
  • City employee transportation benefits (T-Pass reimbursement Bluebikes membership, EZRide Shuttle)

 

RATE: $65,545-$91,137/year + competitive benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit both your resume and cover letter via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and cover letter requested by 09/13/22.  Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES, WRITTEN MATERIALS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, AND REASONABLE MODIFICATIONS IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FREE OF CHARGE, UPON REQUEST. The City is committed to advancing a workforce culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

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