Business Counselor
Hmong American Partnership - Saint Paul, MN

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Organization Description:
Hmong American Partnership (HAP) is a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is to empower the community to embrace the strengths of our cultures while achieving our potential. Serving over 8,000 clients annually in diverse communities across the Twin Cities, HAP helps people to reach their potential with services in: education and training, employment, housing and economic development, children and family services, and health and wellness.

Department: Economic and Community Development
Position: Business Counselor
Job Type: Full-Time, Exempt
Hours/Days: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, with some evenings and weekends
Location: 394 University Avenue West, 2nd Floor, Saint Paul, MN 55103

Section 1: Primary Function of the Position:
Hmong American Partnership is seeking a dynamic, high performance team member who thrives in a challenging, face-paced work culture. The candidate must demonstrate a strong work ethic, as well as integrity, accountability, and excellence in previous work experiences. The best candidate for this position is someone who can align him/herself to our HAP Culture which includes: creating high impact, driven to be a high performer/achiever, innovation, drive towards results/outcomes, and data savvy.

The Business Counselor, along with the Loan Officer and Business Case Aides, is primarily responsible for the recruitment, screening and selection processes of clients into HAP’s microenterprise and small business programs. S/he will tailor specific service plans for each participant, which will integrate business technical assistance and take into account clients’ related needs, such as housing, healthcare and educational needs, as well as his/her financial literacy level. Duties of the Business Counselor will include creating and helping participants implement business plans, facilitate and teach business classes and work closely with the Loan Officer in the loan procurement process.

Section 2: Position Specifications/Main Responsibilities

  • Develop systems, processes, and resources for program effectiveness.
  • Develop strong business relationships with community partners.
  • Recruit and select applicants through a selective screening process.
  • Determine eligibility and make appropriate referral to appropriate program tracks.
  • Oversee and coordinate workshops, training sessions and classes for project participants.
  • Draft and finalize business and individualized service plans with and for project participants.
  • Draft and refine curricula for business classes and training, as well as obtain and distribute training materials, secure volunteer lecturers, draft and implement testing materials, and record-keeping.
  • Help and support project participants with revising their business plans when and as necessary.
  • Assist the Loan Officer with presentations to the Revolving Loan Committee
  • Provide individualized technical assistance sessions to project participants during program enrollment.

Section 3: Education and Experience
B.A. required. Degree in business studies or related field preferred. M.B.A. preferred. Experience developing financial literacy and business programs and curricula related to loan accreditation, as well as working with a diverse community. A commitment to building the strengths of immigrant/refugee families is necessary. Adaptable, flexible, and the ability to be results-focused and outcomes driven is critical. Experience working in a high impact and high performing culture is essential.

How to Apply: Please email your cover letter stating your required salary range and resume


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Hmong American Partnership (HAP) is a social service and community development organization whose mission is to empower the community to...