Interise Careers


Interise recently completed our next business plan which calls for doubling our revenue and our activity over the next three years. We are hiring the following positions to join our team and work with us to achieve this goal. Interise offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. Interise is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and thrive on diversity!


  • Join Our Team! We are hiring the following positions:

  • Senior Development Manager

    Senior Development Manager
    Boston, MA

    Organizational Overview
    Since 2004 Interise has been a national leader in business-led economic development. Our innovative approach to leveraging the growth potential of established small businesses in lower income communities was recognized in 2008 by the Smaller Business Association of New England when we received their New England Innovation Award, which recognizes organizations that have the potential to be a game changer. (Other past winners include Zipcar, E Ink, Hubspot, Genzyme, and VistaPrint.) After rigorous screening and proof of impact, Interise was chosen as a member of the Social Impact 100 (S&I 100 Index www.SI100.org), signifying that it is one of America’s top-performing 100 organizations on this first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits. Since 2008 Interise has been the national instructional provider for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.

    Small businesses are the U.S. job creation growth engine, generating 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years. We provide established small employers with the management education and business know-how needed to plan, achieve, and manage the long-term growth of their businesses. Completion of our award-winning curriculum—the StreetWise ‘MBA’™--leads directly to business growth, net new job creation, and community leadership. As a result, Interise businesses create jobs at 5x to 7x the rate of the private sector as a whole. 93% of Interise business owners are women, minorities, immigrants or located in a low- to moderate-income community.

    Through a national network of partners, Interise currently works in 65 cities across the country – with new partners joining the network on a monthly basis. Almost 3000 small business owners have partnered with Interise to grow their existing small businesses. Our Annual Impact Report details the outcomes arising from our work. We follow the Harry Truman Theory of Social Impact – “It’s amazing what you can achieve when you don’t care who gets the credit”. To learn more about how we do this, visit our website at www.interise.org/get-involved/partnerships .

    Interise uses a mixed income business model. Earned income (a combination of government contracts, license fees and tuition) comprises 80% of Interise’s annual revenue. Interise plans to maintain this model as it continues its national expansion.

    Revenues: $ 4.2MM

    Learn more about Interise, our impact, and our growth at www.interise.org

    Position Overview
    Reporting to the Director of Corporate Partnerships and External Affairs (Director), the Senior Development Manager (SDM) serves as a key External Affairs team member, and is responsible for ensuring effective implementation of fundraising and development activities. The SDM will assist in the design and implementation of a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating and stewarding philanthropic, government, and individual relationships.

    The SDM will have responsibility for achieving the development target through responding to federal and state request for proposals, the stewardship of foundation and corporate donors and the promises made to them, and organization of events. Our current annual fundraising target is $750,000. We expect this target to increase as the Director and the SDM systematically and effectively strengthen the organization's overall fundraising capacity and expand and diversify Interise’s donor base/pipeline.

    The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and the ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors, building long-term relationships. S/he will have a flexible and adaptive work style, with the ability to work both independently without close oversight and as a team player. S/he will be a strategic thinker and planner with strong project management skills, who can productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Interise. S/he will evidence life-long learning and the drive to thrive upon new challenges and opportunities. Lastly, s/he will have a healthy sense of humor, and an appreciation for exploration and fun in the workplace.

    Works with: Marketing and Communications Manager, Social Media Assistant, Director of Programs, and the Senior Research Manager.

    Development Responsibilities
    Strategy and Implementation
    • Assist the Director of External Relations in development and execution of Interise’s annual fundraising plan.
    • Sustain and steward relationships with current funders and donors.
    • Identify and research potential new donors and funders.
    • Collaborate with the Program Manager (Continual Engagement) on the organization of special events, ensuring that sponsorship targets are achieved.

    Grants Management
    • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundations, corporations and individuals.
    • Ensure the implementation of the grants management process, liaising with the Director of Programs to ensure that all commitments are communicated internally and included in the planning of the program staff.
    • Develop and implement communication strategy for existing and potential donors and funders.
    • Develop the strategy for the annual appeal and work with the Marketing Manager to achieve it.
    • Liaise with the Marketing and Communications Manager to ensure the media coverage promised to corporate sponsors is obtained.

    Interise is an entrepreneurial organization. All staff share administrative responsibility for the organization, assume new and emerging responsibilities as the organization evolves, and engage in learning opportunities to share new information and knowledge that can help inform the future of the organization.

    Position Requirements
    All Interise staff must have demonstrated leadership skills and a passion for urban communities.

    Other requirements include:

    • BA (required), MA (a plus) (A degree in marketing, business, communications, or a related field is preferred)
    • 5-plus years’ experience in development with demonstrated success in the development function
    • Proven success in the hands-on management of the grant-making process and multiple donor relationships
    • Strong customer focus
    • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and managerial skills
    • Highly developed interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including excellent grammar, writing, and editing ability
    • Proficient computer skills: MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), knowledge of customer relations management software (preferably Salesforce), or similar contact management database software

    Interise offers a generous benefits package including two weeks paid vacation, an annual end-of-year company holiday, health/dental/vision insurance, 403B plan, Flexible Savings Account, professional development (time and money). Salary is salary commensurate with experience.

    Application process: Please send your resume, cover letter and a writing sample (proposal preferred) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Interise is an equal opportunity employer
    Ours is a multi-cultural team and we thrive on diversity.
  • Senior Learning and Development Manager

    Senior Learning and Development Manager
    Boston, MA

    Organization Overview:
    Interise stimulates economic revitalization in lower income communities. We provide a diverse group of small business owners with entrepreneurial education, new networks, and access to markets. We offer an academically developed and an award winning curriculum called the ‘StreetWise MBA.’ ™ With this curriculum our community creates jobs, strengthens business networks, and develops community leaders. As a result, Interise businesses create jobs at 5x to 7x the rate of the private sector as a whole. 93% of Interise business owners are women, minorities, immigrants or located in a low- to moderate-income community.

    Through a national network of partners, Interise currently works in 65 cities across the country with new partners joining the network on a monthly basis. Almost 3000 small business owners have partnered with Interise to grow their existing small businesses.

    As a result of a three year business plan, Interise has been on an exciting path of growth over the last several years, scaling our scope and impact through partnerships, licenses and contracts. In order to support these new partnerships, Interise anticipates hiring several Program Managers, Partnerships during the next several months.

    Learn more about Interise, our impact, and our growth at www.interise.org

    Position Overview
    Interise is seeking a senior learning and development professional to join our rapidly scaling national organization. The successful candidate will be flexible, forward thinking, and a self-directed problem solver. You will have a commitment to excellence and to ensuring the best possible development, implementation, and evaluation of Interise’s learning programs and products for established small businesses and our organizational partners. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in instructional design and proven impact in developing and delivering game-changing learning products for adults, utilizing a combination of instructional approaches. Knowledge of organizational development and small businesses, and experience in creating scalable curricula are highly desirable.

    The Senior Learning and Development Specialist (SLDS) will increase the impact of Interise’s mission and help us maintain our position as a market leader. S/he is a member of Interise's Learning and Development Team, consisting of the Senior Training Manager, the Program Associate for Instruction Support, a team of eight Instructor Support Coaches, and a national network of 65+ contracted small business instructors. Interise instructors have a proven record in successfully growing established small businesses and in facilitating adult learning.

    Responsibilities:
    • Oversee core learning and development of curricula including assessment, design, implementation, and operational guidance and standards.
    • Project manage subject matter experts drawn from business, universities; Interise instructors and 3rd party instructional design vendors in the revision of existing educational resources and the development of new learning and development products.
    • Partner with the Senior Training Manager and the Continual Engagement Program Manager to execute high quality learning experiences with measurable results for Interise partners and customers.
    • Collaborate with the Senior Training Manager on the development and delivery of instructor trainings.
    • Collaborate with a variety of stakeholders across the Interise network, including government agencies, university departments, business associations, Interise instructors, and Interise business owners to develop new and refine existing educational products.
    • Identify and implement operational efficiencies, including the use of new instructional technology.
    • Drive continuous improvement through process discipline and innovation. Conduct ongoing benchmarking against internal/external best practices to ensure programs are effective and competitive.
    • Identify ways to contribute to Interise’s recurring earned income stream through learning products and services.
    • Ensure a commitment to Interise’s partners and to achieve annual licensee/partners renewal goals through strong relationship building. Direct and coordinate workflow of significant projects and activities.
    • Serve as the liaison between Interise, licensees and partnership institutions, representing the organization effectively and with strategic value.

    Requirements
    • 8+ years of demonstrated excellence in training and instructional design, with a minimum of 2 years of e-learning experience.
    • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters Degree in Business Administration, Education, Instructional Design or a related discipline preferred. Experience with small businesses is a plus.
    • Highly competent in adult learning principles and contemporary learning theory and practices, including needs analysis, curriculum design, facilitative instruction, learning technology, evaluation, and overall organizational development principles.
    • Strong people and project management skills with experience managing learning and development professionals preferred.
    • Extensive knowledge of learning management systems (Moodle is used by Interise) and the design and delivery of learning programs in multiple formats (instructor lead, blended, self-directed, and classroom).
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including planning and facilitating meetings and writing reports to build commitment, share information, gather input and accomplish tasks.
    • Results and deadline-driven. Excellent time and project management skills.
    • Strong team orientation and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people as well as independently.
    • Sales or Customer Service orientation and experience.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Adobe Indesign.
    • Sense of humor and desire to be an integral member of a learning community.

    • Interise is an entrepreneurial organization. All staff share administrative responsibility for the organization, assume new and emerging responsibilities as the organization evolves, and engage in learning opportunities to share new information and knowledge that can help inform the future of the organization.

      Travel: 15% on average across the year.

      Salary: Commiserate with experience. Benefits include health/dental/vision insurance, two weeks of vacation and ten public holidays, 403B Plan with employer contribution, commuter benefits, Flexible Spending Account, and professional development (time and money). Interise observes a paid company holiday the last week of the year.

    To Apply:
    Applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as we hope to fill this position by August. Applications should include a cover letter and resume.

    Please send your application to the attention of Steve Kirk to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your name (last, first) and Learning and Development Senior Manager in the subject line of your email. Please note in your email where you learned of this position.

    Interise is an equal opportunity employer.
    Ours is a multi-cultural team and we thrive on diversity.


  • Program Manager, Partnerships

    Program Manager, Partnerships
    Boston, MA
    (Interise is open to candidates relocating for this role)

    Organization Overview:
    Interise stimulates economic revitalization in lower income communities. We provide a diverse group of small business owners with entrepreneurial education, new networks, and access to markets. We offer an academically developed and an award winning curriculum called the ‘StreetWise MBA.’ ™ With this curriculum our community creates jobs, strengthens business networks, and develops community leaders. As a result, Interise businesses create jobs at 5x to 7x the rate of the private sector as a whole. 93% of Interise business owners are women, minorities, immigrants or located in a low- to moderate-income community.

    Through a national network of partners, Interise currently works in 65 cities across the country with new partners joining the network on a monthly basis. Almost 3000 small business owners have partnered with Interise to grow their existing small businesses.

    As a result of a three year business plan, Interise has been on an exciting path of growth over the last several years, scaling our scope and impact through partnerships, licenses and contracts. In order to support these new partnerships, Interise anticipates hiring several Program Managers, Partnerships during the next several months.

    Learn more about Interise, our impact, and our growth at www.interise.org

    Position Overview
    Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Manager, Partnerships (Program Manager) will support and build the national network of connected partners, creating common impact. The Program Manager will assist in the cultivation of public and private sector partners as well as ensure Interise’s licensee partners have the resources and quality assurance needed to consistently achieve our program standards. By the end of 2015 Interise plans to have 20 licensee partners, as such, this role will play an integral part in the organization’s growth and scaling of its mission.

    Responsibilities:
    • Identify and qualify leads for a license or partnership, particularly with reference to anchor institutions, membership organizations and city/state governance.
    • In partnership with the Director of Programs and Senior Managers, cultivate relationships, sell programs and close deals with potential partners and licensees.
    • Identify and capture opportunities to deliver existing and new Interise products and services to new licensee/partner and/or small business owners in the StreetWiseTM Network.
    • Participate in orientation, training, and on-going technical assistance for new and existing partner programs, including creating materials and ensuring clarity about their management responsibilities and role in supporting the delivery of the curriculum.
    • Develop systems, tools, and processes needed to scale the quality of partner support.
    • Ensure that the contracts between Interise and partners are delivered as agreed and within budget.
    • Capture and share best practices and program learning across Interise network.
    • Ensure partners have the communication, resources, and support needed to effectively deliver Interise’s educational resources, including instructor training and support.
    • Use evaluation data to continuously improve the quality of program delivery by partners and assist them in achieving participant retention goals; ensure that members associated within your assigned partner programs complete the annual survey.
    • Ensure a commitment to Interise’s partners and to achieve annual licensee/partners renewal goals through strong relationship building. Direct and coordinate workflow of significant projects and activities.
    • Serve as the liaison between Interise, licensees and partnership institutions, representing the organization effectively and with strategic value.
    • Supervise the work of interns and/or other staff members as it pertains to specific projects.
    • Collaborate with other staff members and organization partners to achieve project and program success.

    Qualifications
    • 3-5 years of successful work experience with a track record of supporting programmatic improvement and growth; ideally with experience working in a nonprofit or social enterprise.
    • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the Interise mission and strategic priorities with a desire to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with focus on social change.
    • Strong track record in recruitment and/or sales as well as partnership development and management.
    • Highly developed interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; ability to network, communicate and build relationships with a variety of constituents.
    • Excellent professional judgment with confidential or sensitive information.
    • Results and deadline-driven.
    • Excellent project management skills and attention to detail.
    • Strong team orientation and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people, but also independently.
    • Healthy sense of humor, enthusiasm, and appreciation for creativity, fun and diversity in the workplace. High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude with a desire to be an integral member of a learning community.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and desktop publishing software.
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
    • Travel is anticipated to average 20% across the year.

    To Apply:
    Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, to Steve Kirk at http://commongoodcareers.force.com/careers/ts2__Register?jobId=a0K1600000e10MG&tSource=
    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Interise offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.
    Interise is an equal opportunity employer


    About Commongood Careers
    Interise has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Boston Program Manager. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 700 searches at 275 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.
  • Instructor

    Instructor
    Boston, MA

    Organizational Overview
    Since 2004 Interise has been a national leader in business-led economic development. Our innovative approach to leveraging the growth potential of established small businesses in lower income communities was recognized in 2008 by the Smaller Business Association of New England when we received their New England Innovation Award, which recognizes organizations that have the potential to be a game changer. (Other past winners include Zipcar, E Ink, Hubspot, Genzyme, and VistaPrint.) After rigorous screening and proof of impact, Interise was chosen as a member of the Social Impact 100 (S&I 100 Index www.SI100.org), signifying that it is one of America’s top-performing 100 organizations on this first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits. Since 2008 Interise has been the national instructional provider for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.

    Small businesses are the U.S. job creation growth engine, generating 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years. We provide established small employers with the management education and business know-how needed to plan, achieve, and manage the long-term growth of their businesses. Completion of our award-winning curriculum—the StreetWise ‘MBA’™--leads directly to business growth, net new job creation, and community leadership. As a result, Interise businesses create jobs at 5x to 7x the rate of the private sector as a whole. 93% of Interise business owners are women, minorities, immigrants or located in a low- to moderate-income community.

    Through a national network of partners, Interise currently works in 65 cities across the country – with new partners joining the network on a monthly basis. Almost 3000 small business owners have partnered with Interise to grow their existing small businesses. Our Annual Impact Report details the outcomes arising from our work. We follow the Harry Truman Theory of Social Impact – “It’s amazing what you can achieve when you don’t care who gets the credit”. To learn more about how we do this, visit our website at www.interise.org/get-involved/partnerships .

    Interise uses a mixed income business model. Earned income (a combination of government contracts, license fees and tuition) comprises 80% of Interise’s annual revenue. Interise plans to maintain this model as it continues its national expansion.

    Revenues: $ 4.2MM

    Learn more about Interise, our impact, and our growth at www.interise.org

    Position Overview
    Interise is currently hiring part-time independent contractors to teach its StreetWise Steps curriculum to up to 20 participants. We are a national organization seeking qualified and talented persons to help us deliver our mission.

    We are hiring in the following cities: Louisville, KY, Charlotte, NC, Indianapolis, IN, Newark, NJ, New York, NY (Manhattan), Long Island, NY (Hempsted area), Sacramento, CA, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miami, FL, Spokane,WA, Jackson, MS, Vermont (Williston/Burlington Area), New Hampshire (Southern/Merrimack Valley).

    The program includes one orientation session, and 13 instructor-led classes scheduled between April and November 2016.

    Responsibilities
    Prepare and facilitate 13 classes using the StreetWise StepsTM curriculum, following the instructor’s manual and program standards;
    • Establish and monitor learning in the self-directed CEO forums (approximately three or four groups with five participants each. Instructor does not attend);
    • Reinforce the importance of the participants’ pre-session work in the delivery of the curriculum.
    • Conduct at least one 30-minute consultation with each participants before Session 4, either on site or in-person;
    • Work with the local program sponsor and his/her staff to identify and prepare local Guest Experts as designated in the curriculum. Provide a written and verbal briefing for all Guest Experts per the curriculum requirements;
    • Provide feedback and coaching to participants on their Live Case presentations (total of 8 live cases throughout the curriculum);
    • Provide written or verbal feedback on the Strategic Growth Action Plans (Growth Plan) that are produced at the end of each module, from Modules I – IV;
    • Ensure that participants are prepared for the Growth Plan Presentations at the end of the curriculum.

    Instructor Training and Supply
    • Participate in the Instructor training which will review the StreetWise StepsTM curriculum, program standards, and teaching techniques. The expense-paid residential training session is March 14-16, 2016 in Atlanta, GA;
    • Participate in the assigned Instructor Support Group by attending curriculum preparation conference calls (one for each module) and 1:1 virtual coaching sessions with the Instructor Support Group’s Coach.


    • Evaluation
      • Ensure that the session and program evaluation process is followed;
      • Participate in the on-going capture and distribution of best practices and the end-of-program instructor evaluation and debrief;
      • Support the collection of participants’ annual assessments.


      • Participant Recruitment and Retention
        • Provide local program sponsor and his/her staff recruitment guidance as needed.


        • Expertise and Qualifications
          • BA or BS required, Master’s preferred
          • Personal experience as an entrepreneur, having successfully started and grown a business, with current knowledge of financial, marketing and/or business strategy;
          • Prior experience in teaching/coaching adult learners, preferably in the field of business;
          • Demonstrated understanding of adult learning methods; including interactive teaching techniques, case-based learning, encouraging self-directed learning and reflection, and incorporation of participants’ past experiences and expertise;
          • Ability to create an environment of learning and personal accountability; including facilitating the development of a trustful and honest learning relationship amongst the participants, ensuring that learning objectives are met, and communicating the importance of course assignments to the development of participants’ businesses;
          • A toolbox of teaching skills that include skilled facilitation and presentation, excellent organization and time-management skills, ability to assess learning needs and respond appropriately—taking an individualized teaching approach as needed, good observation skills, appropriate analytical skills, fostering of reflection, giving and receiving feedback effectively;
          • Personal Characteristics that include engendering confidence and trust; teaching competency with different personalities, cultures and learning styles; flexibility; adaptability; and ability to demonstrate that learning is an essential part of leadership.

          Compensation
          Contract Fee: $10,500. Instructors receive extensive pre-program and on-going training, individual coaching, and peer-based learning throughout the duration of the contract. They are part of a growing national network of StreetWise StepsTM Instructors. Interise offers a generous benefits package including two weeks paid vacation, an annual end-of-year company holiday, health/dental/vision insurance, 403B plan, Flexible Savings Account, professional development (time and money). Salary is salary commensurate with experience.

          To apply, send your cover letter and resume to the attention of Carly Commiso at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

          *When applying, please be sure to indicate how you heard about this opportunity and which city you are applying to.

          Ours is a multi-cultural team and we thrive on diversity.
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