MonTEC, or the Montana Technology Enterprise Center is Montana’s premiere business incubator, providing an entrepreneurial community for growth oriented enterprises ranging from health care data analytics to renewable chemistry to coding programs for the tech industry. Located in Missoula, Montana and managed by The University of Montana, MonTEC is currently home to:
Montana Code School
The Audience Awards
VAST Learning Solutions
MT High Tech Business Alliance
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WELL Women’s Business Center (WBC) Business Advisor Role Description
The priority application deadline is 10/31/21, however we encourage interested parties who see this role late to still submit their application!
This role is one of 20 new WBC roles across the country, the largest expansion of the SBA in the last 30 years. We want you to make your name while you help us make history.
Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC) in partnership with University of Montana’s (UM’s) Women's Entrepreneurship & Leadership Lab (WELL) invites applications for two business advisor positions designed to support current and aspiring women business owners throughout Montana.
WELL WBC is proud to have a statewide focus. While remote work will be integrated, our ideal candidates will live in north central Montana with proximity to Great Falls and Fort Belknap Indian Reservation areas. While we serve all Montana women we are focusing on underserved populations.
Reporting to the WBC Manager, the Business Advisors will be responsible for coaching, connecting, and creating content to serve current and aspiring business owners across Montana. These positions will work alongside professionals at the Great Falls Development Authority, Montana Native Growth Fund, MonTEC, and University of Montana.
The WBC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO). Our approach is unique as this center has a de-centralized model where the Manager is headquartered in Missoula and the Business Advisors serve Indian Country and Central Montana.
Roles will require advanced, interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal, as this individual will need to communicate with clients, decentralized team members, and statewide partners. We also want to tell the stories of our clients and WBC performance to the SBA.
The roles also require working knowledge of core business practices and procedures including preparation and presentation of sound business plans, use of financial/accounting information to analyze business performance and to make recommendations for necessary actions, and understanding of financing options for business start-ups or expansion. Professional development opportunities will be plentiful, and we encourage all team members to engage in continued learning.
While the core skills for the business advisor in each location remains the same, there will be subtle nuances to delivery and relationship building within the respective target markets in order to support growth in serving urban, rural and Native American populations. Central to our success are individuals who have excellent skills in collaboration, communication, attention to detail, customer service, professionalism, understanding of technology and teams, and a passion for supporting current and aspiring women business owners.
Team players ready to roll up their sleeves, please apply!
WBC Business Advisor Duties and Responsibilities
These are the nuts and bolts, the bread and butter, the nitty-gritty, if you will.
- Providing one-on-one business coaching/counseling, technical assistance, connections to community resources, and deliver business trainings/classes/events to aspiring and current business owners to build, stabilize and scale for-profit businesses.
- Present, facilitate and lead small and large groups of business owners or partners through curriculum, trainings, and relevant materials virtually and in-person (in-person depends on COVID-19 and your personal comfort).
- Create relevant business content (videos, blogs, guides/kits, worksheets, case studies, press releases, etc.) for the WBC online community, social media, and other outlets for content
- Prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion by taking implicit bias trainings, assessing unique needs of the diverse communities (urban, rural, indigenous) the WBC will serve, and design different plans to meet the diverse needs of said communities.
- Promote the center across the state of Montana as you travel or in your professional circles.
- Have a good understanding/experience/education of business principles, strategy, and accounting and finance language.
- Track data and support the WBC Manager in reporting metrics to the SBA Office of Women's Business Ownership.
- Disclose any and all private business relationships that may conflict with the WBC, host organization, or community services.
Dang. 1.0 FTE and benefits?! You know it!
- Position Title: Women’s Business Center Business Advisor
- Work Schedule: Full-time, (35-40 hours per week). Flexibility to work from home and in person, depending on proximity to Fort Belknap and Great Falls.
- Compensation: $45-50,000 (DOE).
- Signing Bonus: $1,200.
- Benefits: Health and welfare stipend and small cell phone plan stipend (retirement and medical plans are under research currently).
- Paid Leave: Federal holidays or alternative days, sick leave, and annual leave after 6-month probationary period
Be a big fish in a [relatively] small ecosystem. Make tangible impact.
- Connect and collaborate with local, university, state, and federal leaders who prioritize women in business (e.g., venture capitalists, bank presidents, foundation directors, deans and professors, CEOs, SBA district officers and federal officers, and beyond).
- Membership to the National and State Business Organizations.
- Access to UM educators, thought leaders, and student minds.
- Align your life's passion with your professional mission and make impact for Montana women!
Required and Preferred Experience:
Oh snap! Is it looking like your A-game is aligned with what we need? Nice. Let's do this.
Minimum Required Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree.
- Experience in any of the following: business ownership, startups, entrepreneurship, lending, business consulting, business management, economic development, business coaching, strategy.
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal and customer service experience- a people person.
- Knowledge of varied business models, their financial makeup, and a willingness to learn more.
- Strong understanding of how to leverage technology for communication, collaboration, and community-building.
- Employment history demonstrating ability to conduct outreach, track metrics, and contribute to the workforce as a positive team member.
- Real-world business experience selling a product/service and/or launching and running a small business- even as a side hustle.
- Experience delivering education/training programs and/or coaching/counseling- business-related is extra preferred.
- Passion for gender equity, closing the wage gap, and supporting diverse kinds of women to gain financial independence.
- Innovative, solution-oriented thinking that can support current/aspiring women in business as well as generate impact for underserve populations.
- Connection to the WELL program values which include inclusivity, leadership, entrepreneurship, wholeness, the collective.
About MonTEC, UM, Fort Belknap, and Great Falls
Live. Work. Play. Learn. Meet on Zoom, at a local business over a local beverage, or for a walk on a long country road. Our statewide, business ecosystem is welcoming AND pretty darn beautiful.
Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC) is University of Montana’s (UM’s) affiliate, startup incubator. MonTEC hosts several startups from the Missoula community as well as commercialized research from the university. Montana boasts two National Parks, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, as well as many state parks where employees can get out and adventure in between meetings.
Situated on the rolling plains of North Central Montana, Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is home to the Assiniboine (Nakoda) and Gros Ventre (Aaniiih) Tribes. It is located forty miles south of the Canadian border and twenty miles north of the Missouri River, which is the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Fort Belknap is also home to the Little Rocky Mountains where a peaceful, quiet beauty rooted in rich culture pervades. It is in close proximity to the quaint towns of Havre, Chinook, and Malta (which all boast affordable, charming housing), and about 2.5 hours away from Great Falls.
With access to some of the best hiking and fishing in the state, Great Falls is a place for independent, outdoor adventurers looking for a true, authentic Montana experience. Located on the Missouri River in the heart of Montana, Great Falls is a basecamp for a wide range of outdoor excursions to the Little Belt Mountains, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and Sluice Boxes State Park. A vibrant arts, history, and business community surrounded by Montana's picturesque plains make Great Falls a place where families and individuals thrive personally and professionally.
How to Apply
Bring it on! Qualified applicants apply ASAP!
Priority Application Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 11:59 PM.
Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration.
Applications received after the date above are not guaranteed consideration, however application review will begin after the date above and continue until the position is filled.
As an equal opportunity employer, MonTEC and the University of Montana do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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