Empowering Youth Through Entrepreneurship
Black Business Initiative
BBI’s primary stakeholder is the Black Community of Nova Scotia and is governed by a regionally-represented volunteer Board of Directors.
The BBI is the principal business and economic development agency for African Nova Scotian communities in the Province of Nova Scotia. It has as its vision to foster a dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia business community.
Within its composite group of companies, the BBI operates a registered charity called Business Is Jammin’ (BIJ). BIJ is focused on introducing youth to entrepreneurship and supporting them to experience it as a way of understanding it. It is about creating an entrepreneurial culture where our youth build the skills, confidence, ability and motivation to action their entrepreneurial creativity. The BIJ team is committed to working with partners and stakeholders to ensure access to a manageable continuum of programs and support services that nurtures the progressive development of entrepreneurial minds and passion.
Applications are now being accepted for the following position:
Position Title: Director, Youth Entrepreneurship
Location: Suite 1201, 1660 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Closing Date: 4:00 pm on September 29, 2014
Competition #: BIJ-09/29/2014
Reporting to BBI’s CEO and the BIJ Chairperson, the candidate will bring action oriented leadership to funding, designing, marketing and expanding all components of BIJ’s youth entrepreneurship agenda, which engages youth ages 9 to 29. The candidate will design and lead a corporate sponsorship and fundraising campaign that will fund the development and implementation of a broad continuum of entrepreneurship training and business support services. The candidate will engage, train and supervise youth support staff, trainers, entrepreneurship consultants and volunteers in an effort to advance an entrepreneurial culture across Nova Scotia.
The successful candidate will consult and collaborate with stakeholders to develop and deliver demand driven entrepreneurship programs, support services, activities, mentorship supports, information sessions and training that introduce youth to the exciting world of entrepreneurship. The candidate will also be responsible for marketing BIJ’s activities and growing the numbers of youth that we engage in meaningful entrepreneurial experiences. This will include keeping the website updated and managing a social media strategy. She/he must be comfortable working with youth in and outside the school system. The candidate must be familiar with youth entrepreneurship organizations in NS, as it is essential to partner to increase Black youth participation in mainstream entrepreneurship programs and services. There is also a requirement to write funding proposals and seek charitable donations, grants, in-kind contributions and to coordinate fund-raising activities to secure required resources to reach youth across the province.
Post-secondary training in education, business, entrepreneurship or a related discipline and 2 years of related experience or an acceptable equivalent. The successful candidate will possess skills in conceptualizing and managing results driven youth focused projects, programs, training and events. Applicants must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to write entrepreneurship programs, activities, successful funding proposals, partnership proposals, grant applications, sponsorship packages and activity reports. She/he will demonstrate an ability to deliver effective presentations, negotiate and build a winning rapport with corporate Nova Scotia.
The candidate will demonstrate an ability to coordinate, monitor and report on performance outcomes. She/he shall have an ability to work with youth in and out of the school system including youth in crisis. The candidate must function fluidly in a computerized environment, use social media for marketing purposes and be able to post updates and make revisions to the BIJ website. He/she must possess sound judgment and tact in dealing with a variety of people; demonstrate excellent organizational skills; and possess an ability to maintain confidentiality. He/she must be a team player demonstrating a high degree of initiative, a positive can-do attitude, have a strong work ethic and an ability to prioritize, set and meet deadlines and work in a multi-task environment. He/she must be outcomes and results oriented.
The candidate must have a driver’s license and be available to travel throughout the province advancing BIJ’s youth entrepreneurship training and development mandate.
The following will be considered an asset: teaching and curriculum design experience; experience in public relations or marketing; fundraising, experience running a charity or foundation; expertise using experiential, participatory and learner-centered learning methods; business start-up experience; business management experience including financial management, budget preparation and project management training or experience; and an understanding of the challenges facing African Nova Scotian learners and the Black business community.
Please demonstrate in your application how you meet the above qualifications. In your cover letter, please identify the competition number, position title and location.
Please forward applications to:
Black Business Initiative,
1660 Hollis Street,
Halifax, NS, B3J 1V7,
Fax 426-6530, or by
email at BBI@bbi.ns.ca.
For more information on BIJ, visit us at: http://www.businessisjammin.ca/
Please note that an offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of an interview and all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. Checks may include one or all of the following: reference checks, other employment checks, criminal background checks, child abuse registry, education verification and social media checks.
We thank all applicants for their expressed interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.