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Part-Time Project Coordinator


Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Part-Time Project Coordinator

IHCC represents a community of business owners and professionals committed to empowering individuals through entrepreneurship. With decades of combined business experience, IHCC engages entrepreneurs through community advocacy, networking, and innovative one-on-one training designed to help them be leaders and agents of change in today’s world. We contribute to the financial strength of the economy by helping businesses create jobs, increase their revenues and become more profitable.

We are inclusive. We are collaborative. We are a community.  We are IHCC.

The Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program is designed to prepare emerging and established transportation-related construction firms to participate on highway and vertical construction contracts. Program services include cohort-based training in addition to tailored one-on-one coaching and assistance.
The Project Coordinator for the Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program is responsible for supporting the team with both programmatic and administrative operations in connection with the project deliverables.

  • Facilitate client counseling: Schedule and coordinate client counseling with program consultants. Participate in one-on-one coaching sessions with small business owners and coaches to document technical assistance and key metrics. Conduct follow-up research for clients on an as-needed basis.
  • Coordinate sessions: Coordinate session logistics to help participating companies learn about key topics in line with program goals. Maintain communication with speakers, program consultants, and participants in preparation for scheduled programming.
  • Communicate with program participants: Maintain constant communication with current clients to inform them of upcoming programming and other resources and to otherwise ensure a consistent participant experience.
  • Support program marketing and outreach: Help with the execution of the outreach strategy to recruit prospective participants. Activities may include digital marketing and research to identify prospective clients.
  • Support program reporting and invoicing: Assist program manager in tracking and reporting individual program effort and collect program effort for other IHCC team members and consultants to be reported to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority on a monthly basis. Follow up on collection of grant-related metrics.
  • General IHCC marketing and outreach: Provide support to other IHCC programs and the organization overall to promote its work and offer its services to the small business community.
  • 3-5 years relevant experience in project coordination or management
  • General background in business administration with knowledge of basic business processes, e.g., procurement, marketing, inventory management, manufacturing, finance, and accounting
  • Ability to prepare written reports and correspondence and to communicate effectively
  • Self-starter who is comfortable in a close-knit, team-oriented setting
  • Must be able to work effectively with a diverse constituency
  • Proficiency using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and project management software
  • Experience in construction and related industries
  • History of work supporting small business owners and familiarity with issues that affect small, disadvantaged businesses seeking togrow their enterprises
  • Experience working with government agencies and community outreach
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish (verbal and written) at business proficiency

This is an hourly position. Compensation rate is commensurate with the candidate’s experience, motivation, and willingness to learn.

18-24 hours/week

Please submit all cover letters and resumes to dana@indepchi.com (cc
drosas@ihccbusiness.net).

current openings

Business Advisor

9 months - One Year (Project-Based)


Work Location: Chicago, IL

IHCC represents a community of business owners and professionals committed to empowering individuals through entrepreneurship. With decades of combined business experience, IHCC engages entrepreneurs through community advocacy, networking, and innovative one-on-one training designed to help them be leaders and agents of change in today’s world. We contribute to the financial strength of the economy by helping businesses create jobs, increase their revenues and become more profitable.

We are inclusive. We are collaborative. We are a community.  We are IHCC.

The Business Advisor position at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce involves a high level of client interaction and relationship building with different stakeholders. It requires an individual that is detail-orientated, bilingual (English/Spanish), and able to manage multiple tasks to meet performance expectations.

IHCC is looking specifically for an advisor that has experience in accounting and/or finance that can help clients build and understand basic financial statements and develop increased financial literacy to better inform their business decisions.

  • Provide one-on-one counseling, with a specific focus on helping small businesses develop recovery and resiliency plans in response to the new challenges and opportunities that have emerged in the COVID economy. Business advisors are responsible for arranging and scheduling their own meetings.
  • Schedule and deliver training workshops as needed.
  • Develop internal and external resources to accomplish project objectives.
  • Coordinate and cultivate relationships with various key stakeholders and groups.
  • Keep ongoing communication with clients and respond to their specific needs.
  • Effectively manage administrative tasks, such as maintaining a current and accurate database of client notes, workshops and webinars delivered, and other reporting requirements per the project guidelines.
  • Obtain information on client status including business growth, jobs created, business expansions, loans obtained, success stories and more.
  • ****Other IHCC duties might apply
Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting, or other relevant field and/or 5+ years related professional experience.
  • Strong accounting and finance background with ability to read and produce key financial statements and to create financial models/projections
  • General background in business administration with knowledge of basic business functions, e.g., sales, marketing, operations, HR, and business strategy
  • Must be bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Ability to grasp terms and details
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and customer service skills
  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization and external contacts
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and listening skills
  • Project a professional and positive image in dress, body language and attitude when representing IHCC
  • Preferred: grant-writing skills
Experience in:
  • Accounting Softwares: QuickBooks or similar accounting softwares
  • Financial Reports: Balance Sheets, Profit & Loss Statements, Cash Flow Statements
  • Google: G Suite, Gmail and Calendar
  • Microsoft Office Products
  • Salesforce

Dependent on experience and education.

Please submit all cover letters and resumes to Ivette Trevino at info@ihccbusiness.net. Include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

current openings

USDOT SBTRC Project Director

IHCC represents a community of business owners and professionals committed to empowering individuals through entrepreneurship. With decades of combined business experience, IHCC engages entrepreneurs through community advocacy, networking, and innovative one-on-one training designed to help them be leaders and agents of change in today’s world. We contribute to the financial strength of the economy by helping businesses create jobs, increase their revenues and become more profitable. We are inclusive. We are collaborative. We are a community. We are IHCC. The position provides leadership and oversight for program activities and initiatives designed to attract new DBE businesses and to support existing businesses that are classified as economically and socially disadvantaged. They will also work closely with partner organizations and subject matter experts to plan and execute events, webinars, and business development opportunities to serve potential and existing businesses. The Project Director will manage one other project staff to ensure all project activities under the Great Lakes Small Business Transportation Resource Center are implemented effectively and efficiently, and all goals are successfully met.
KEY RESPONSABILITIES:

● Create business development and matchmaking opportunities for clients and customers.
● Provide oversight for the design, development and quality of the Center’s outreach, marketing, and communication for all program activities and events.
● Manage the relationship with the marketing and communications department, and external vendors as needed to produce marketing collateral and promotional efforts (tasks include development and delivery of marketing materials)
● Work closely with partner organizations to co host events, webinars and related activities designed to assist MBEs and DBEs to access resources, tools, and technical expertise to access contracts and procurement opportunities
● Assist with developing impact reports to support the quality and delivery of grant objectives
● Oversee the quality and relevance of content for the Center’s website and social media platforms.

● Develop and cultivate robust partnerships with public and private organizations, corporate partners and small businesses to advance the reach and impact of SBTRC priorities.
● Lead the engagement and coordination with government, non-profit and private stakeholders to promote domestic business, contracts and procurement opportunities for MBEs and DBEs.
● Communicate opportunities, initiatives, and events with all existing and prospective partners in the public, private and corporate sectors.

● Develop a system and process for managing business client leads and strengthen existing mechanisms to better engage existing business clients.
● Partner and coordinate with other IHCC programs to synchronize areas where centers and programs overlap in its services to support the small business community.
● Design efficient process and systems for managing client services by connecting them to appropriate resources, technical assistance (certification, bonding, contracting), and subject matter experts to support the needs and goals of business owners.
● Develop relationships and partnerships with consultants, subject matter experts, and chamber partners to identify solutions and technical assistance to help clients succeed.

● Represent and communicate the mission and program goals of the Great Lakes Region SBTRC to internal and external stakeholders and how SBTRC works closely with IHCC to advance the economic development goals to support disadvantaged and minority businesses.
● Develop and manage all program updates and grant reports to Great Lakes Region SBTRC stakeholders, SBTRC/U.S. DOT, and IHCC leadership.
● Participate in all SBTRC/U.S. DOT monthly meetings and engagements as lead representative for the Great Lakes SBTRC.
● Manage, train and supervise all staff who supports the Great Lakes SBTRC.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

University degree in business development, marketing, business management

● Strong understanding of small businesses, U.S. government grants and contracts, U.S. government reporting and planning process
● Excellent planning, project management and personnel management skills
● Advanced written and verbal communication skills
● Flexible, creative, and able to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
● Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence
● Ability to engage senior leaders and small business community members
● Collaborative and strategic in partnering with other teams and departments to achieve program goals

● A minimum of 5 years of work-related experience in business development, project management, and implementation of activities in the economic development sector or a nonprofit organization.
● Excellent project management experience with attention to detail.
● Adept with identifying new business opportunities to serve clients.
● Experience with designing data collection tools and research methods to develop impact reports highly desired.
● Proven experience in leading a program and team towards achieving results under pressure.
● Demonstrated experience in building collaborative relationships and unity within an organization to ensure program operations excel.

If you are interested and would like to apply please submit your resume and cover letter by December 15, 2020 to AChavez@ihccbusiness.net .

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