Small Business Resiliency Network Program Coordinator

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At the Department of Commerce, we are creative, collaborative, and trusted. We identify opportunities to deliver critical funding and services to strengthen communities, we cultivate an environment in which we continuously learn, and we own our work.

Are you looking for a great position that allows you to work remotely from virtually any location in Washington, with occasional travel required?

Would you like to join a passionate team working in partnership with community to advance social and racial equity? If so, consider this exciting new position!

The Small Business Resiliency Network (SBRN) Program Coordinator (CS3) serves as the key partner and collaborator with the SBRN Director in administering all aspects of the program.   The SBRN involves significant funding and technical support to community partner organizations that, in turn, provide outreach and technical assistance to small business owners and nonprofits from historically marginalized communities. This position reports to the Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, who reports to the agency director.

This position serves as a lead contract manager and overall coordinator of program implementation, working in close collaboration with the program director. This involves providing significant technical assistance to diverse community based partner organizations to ensure successful implementation of their contracts and overall positive results of assisting small businesses in their communities.


In this important role, you get to work with many community based partner organizations to ensure success of their contracts and positive results of assisting small businesses in their communities. This is done by providing significant technical assistance and performing duties below.

Manage contracts with Commerce Small Business Resiliency Network partners

  • Serve as a primary contract manager for agency contracts with SBRN partner organizations
  • Track contract budgets, expenditures, and balances using the Department’s Contract Management System (CMS).
  •  Collaboratively develop, manage, and monitor the SBRN partner organization contracts, including providing ongoing technical assistance and support to the partner organizations to ensure proper use of funds and program successes.
  • Serve as a primary contract manager for any other contracts related to administering the SBRN program, such as training, consulting, translation, communications and other contracts needed.
  •  Assist new SBRN partners with entering into and properly managing a contract with Commerce.
  • Monitor grantee and contractor compliance with state and federal requirements.

Coordinate program implementation for the Small Business Resiliency Network 

  • Lead overall program coordination between Commerce, the SBRN partner organizations, technical assistance and other support entities and initiatives.
  • Work in partnership with the SBRN Director and other assigned team members to track activities, respond to needs and requests from partner organizations and other community advocates.  This overall coordination includes training and technical support for the SBRN partners, support the overall effort.
  • Track and maintain performance metrics for all aspects of the program. Compile and report metrics, including developing reports, graphics and other content showing program activities and results.
  • Coordinate SBRN relationships and activities with affiliate entities that also support the SBRN program, such as organizations that provide funding, training, curriculum and tools for small business owners.

Collaborate on development of overall strategy and work plan for the SBRN program

  • Collaborate with SBRN Director, SBRN partners, agency leadership and stakeholders to develop and regularly update an overall strategy and work plan for carrying out the highly complex mission of providing trusted and culturally relevant support to diverse communities.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in public administration, economic or community development, communications, or a related field, and a of 3 years of professional experience in community development, including involving intercultural work and engagement with diverse multicultural community based organizations, businesses and entrepreneurs. Additional qualifying professional experience may substitute for the required education.
  • Fluent English speaker, reader and writer.
  • Successful contracting management experience, preferably within state government, and preferably with nonprofits and community based organizations.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to initiate and maintain positive and effective relationships, and work collaboratively and effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals and groups internally and outside the agency.
  • Working understanding of, experience working with, and ability to collaborate effectively with multi-cultural community based organizations.
  • Experience working on issues related to equity, environmental and/or racial justice, including supporting integration into organizational practices and policies.
  • Demonstrated skills in serving as a successful project manager, including planning, coordinating, and project management.
  • Track record of integrity, respect and results.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of local and state level government, tribal nations and communities, nonprofit sector, business sector, philanthropy, community based organizations, including intercultural organizations, and successful experience navigating in a political environment.

Supplemental Information

To be considered for this position the following are needed:

  • A complete and detailed online application
  • letter of interest (enter online);
  • At least three professional references (enter online).

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement 

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. For questions about this recruitment, please contact Jose Dominguez at 360-810-0182 or jose.dominguez@commerce.wa.gov.

Work From Anywhere
This position may be located anywhere within Washington state though occasional travel to a Commerce office building or in-state travel to attend events or meetings may be required. If selected, you will need to travel to pick up equipment and receive instruction. Many Commerce employees work remote or have a hybrid schedule. However, it is anticipated that interviews for this position will be held using virtual videoconferencing. You will work with your supervisor to identify an appropriate work schedule and balance, including telework and reporting to a duty station for work activities, if needed.

Important Notice
Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) , state employees must be fully vaccinated prior to your first day of employment.  Your vaccine status will be verified prior to an offer of employment.  Please reach out to Human Resources Specialist Jimmie Wimberly at jimmie.wimberly@commerce.wa.gov if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.

Additional Information:
The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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