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:

  • Director of Corporate Partnerships and External Affairs

    Director of Corporate Partnerships and External Affairs

    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 3,000 small business owners have partnered with Interise to grow their existing small businesses.

    Our Annual Impact Report details the outcomes arising from our work. 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.

    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. Corporate partnerships are an untapped resource for Interise and the Director will lead Interise into these new relationships.

    Position Overview

    Interise is seeking an energetic, forward-thinking and experience individual to lead the team responsible for our fundraising and marketing agenda. The Director will be a flexible leader, able to successfully drive projects forward and work with others in a collaborative, supportive, yet direct manner. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director will develop and implement targeted strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward corporate partnerships. The Director is a member of Interise's Leadership Team, consisting of the CEO, the Director of Finance and Administration, and the Director of Programs.

    The Director will bring extensive experience in frontline fundraising of six-figure corporate partnerships, will demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively, will possess an energetic and entrepreneurial attitude, and will have interest in economic development as well as intellectual curiosity for cities and how they work. S/he will bring a sophisticated, global view to the work and a track record of best practices.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Corporate Partnerships and Marketing
    • Supervise, manage and provide leadership for the External Affairs team, consisting of the Marketing Manager, the Development Senior Manager, and Communications and Social Media Assistant. Interise also engages a public relations firm.
    • Develop and ensure execution of Interise’s development and marketing strategies and annual plans.
    • Identify and cultivate individual, corporate and foundation funding sources capable of making gifts of six figures or higher.
    • Represent Interise in meetings with external constituents, including corporate sponsors, donors, and the media.
    • Oversee the development and use of consistent messaging across the organization to promote Interise’s mission, vision and values.
    • Manage all media relations.
    • Oversee dissemination and maintenance of all written and electronic communications, including social media, press releases, op-ed pieces, newsletters, annual reports, the website, and promotional materials.
    • Ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of the grants management system and the stewardship of existing funders and partners.

    General Management and Leadership
    • Serve on the senior leadership team and play a key role in organizational decision-making and strategy.
    • Represent Interise at strategic external events, meetings, conferences and events.
    • Work closely with the CEO and Director of Finance and Administration to integrate fundraising and financial management efforts to ensure optimum management of organizational resources.

    Basic Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of eight years of successful direct fundraising experience, preferably in corporate partnerships or leadership.
    • Demonstrated ability to form and leverage relationships with top prospects, effectively manage volunteers and secure significant gifts through effective prospect management.
    • Outgoing and positive interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively or independently in managing multiple projects in a fast-paced and goal-oriented environment.
    • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with senior level corporate marketing and development staff. Has strong management skills including the ability to inspire, motivate, influence and hold staff accountable to significant standards.
    • Strategic thinker and planner and strong project management skills.
    • Exceptional writing, oral communication, and presentation skills required.
    • Proven success in developing mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external partners.
    • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and databases.

    Additional Requirements
    • Master’s degree preferred
    • Occasional travel and weekend work required
    • Knowledge of economic development or small business highly desirable

    Benefits

    Interise offers a wide range of benefits that invite comparison with the best employers in the Boston area, including a competitive salary (commensurate with experience and skills), a commitment to professional development that includes time and money, a comprehensive benefits package, holiday, and an annual end-of-year company holiday.

    To apply, please send your resume and cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity to human resources, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Ours is a multi-cultural team and we thrive on diversity.
  • Senior Program Manager Partnerships

    Senior Program Manager Partnerships

    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 3,000 small business owners have partnered with Interise to grow their existing small businesses.

    Our Annual Impact Report details the outcomes arising from our work. 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.

    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. Corporate partnerships are an untapped resource for Interise and the Director will lead Interise into these new relationships.

    The Position

    The Senior Program Manager Partnerships (SPMP)’s role is to support and build the national network of connected partners, creating common impact. S/he will focus on the goal of scaling the mission. By 2015 Interise plans to have 20 licensee partners. Travel is anticipated to average 20% across the year.

    The (SPMP) will ensure Interise’s licensee partners have the resources and provide quality assurance needed to consistently achieve our program standards. She/he will assist in the research of new opportunities while developing the relationships, systems, and services needed to secure and retain licensee partners. The (SPMP) will report to the Director of Programs, work within the Partnerships team, and be a member of the Sr. Manager team.

    S/he will assist in the cultivation of public and private sector prospects such as universities and hospitals, business membership organizations, and city and state governments to execute licenses and will manage a fast growing network of partners who are utilizing Interise small business development resources and programs. S/he will be responsible for deepening and widening this network and ensuring that it maintains mission-alignment and quality delivery. The SPMP will support in the annual target of new and sustained licensee partners.

    The SPMP will ensure a smooth transition new partners experience internally & externally with the proper transfer of knowledge across the organization. S/he will also work with the Director of Finance and Administration and Director of Programs to identify the operational systems needed for quality control and quality assurance across the partner network.

    Interise is a highly successful entrepreneurial organization with an innovative team culture. 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.

    Reports to: Director of Programs

    Responsibilities Include:

    Business Development

    1. Identify and qualify leads for a license partnership, particularly with reference to anchor institutions, membership organizations & city/state governance.2. Work with the Sr Expansion Manager & Director (Programs) to assist in cultivating leads.3. Identify and capture opportunities to deliver existing and new Interise products and services to new licensee/partner and/or the small business owners in the StreetWise TM Network.

    Account Management

    1. Participate in orientation, training, and on-going technical assistance for new & existing partner programs, ensuring clarity about their management responsibilities and role in supporting the delivery of the curriculum.2. Develop systems, tools, and process needed to scale the number of and quality of partner support.3. Ensure that the contracts between Interise and partners are delivered as agreed and within budget.4. Achieve the annual licensee partnership renewal goals.

    Quality Assurance & Customer Satisfaction

    1. Capture and share best practices and program learning across Interise network.2. Ensure partners have the communication, resources, and support needed to effectively deliver Interise’s educational resources, including instructor training and support.3. Use evaluation data to continuously improve the quality of program delivery by partners and assist them in achieving participant retention goals.4. Work with the Evaluation Team to ensure that members associated within your assigned partner programs complete the annual survey.

    Organizational Leadership

    1. Work collaboratively with fellow Sr. Manager staff to facilitate the capturing and sharing of best practices, system creation and implementation.2. Help maintain Interise’s position at the cutting edge of small business economic development.3. Consistent use of Interise systems and procedures, including Salesforce & Smartsheet etc. Qualifications

    All Interise staff must have demonstrated leadership skills and a passion for lower incomecommunities.

    Other qualifications include:

    • BA/BS required, MBA preferred.
    • Has expanded a model or program into new sites & demonstrated facility with developing and using systems to achieve scale
    • Experience using internal and external data to manage systems, processes, etc.
    • Four to Six years of work experience in new business or economic development.
    • Strong track record in consultative selling, partnership development and account management.
    • Ability to network, communicate and build relationships with corporations and small businesses.
    • Highly developed interpersonal, written, strategic thinking and oral communication skills.
    • Highly organized and able to manage multiple priorities in an environment of change.
    • Excellent 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.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and desktop publishing software.
    • Healthy sense of humor, enthusiasm, and appreciation for creativity and fun in the workplace.
    • Desire to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with focus on social change.
    • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude.
    • Demonstrated commitment to and respect for diversity in all its forms.
    • Sense of humor and desire to be an integral member of a learning community.


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