Support the growth of small business in your community while doing something that you love
Are you passionate about meaningful work, entrepreneurship, and teaching? Do you want to give back by supporting women-owned and minority-owned businesses?
Join Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) as a part-time Entrepreneurship Instructor and help people start and grow their own businesses.
WEV (pronounced “weave”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. We are a purposeful, mission-driven organization with a passionate and engaged staff based in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, whose primary focus is supporting women-owned businesses and entrepreneurship. WEV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Become an Instructor for WEV
WEV offers a range of entrepreneurship programs, from Exploring Entrepreneurship classes to Business Plan writing classes, Small Business Finance, and Marketing classes. We are always looking to identify individuals who are passionate about teaching small business skills to add to our part-time Entrepreneurship Instructor pool. Note: this job description is for English-language Instructors. See additional job description if you are a bilingual English-Spanish speaker
WEV’s classes are taught in a variety of in-person, hybrid and online formats, depending on the class type. In-person classes will typically be taught at WEV’s Community Center in Santa Barbara. All Instructor positions are part-time with an average of 25 to 75 hours per course. Each course is taught two to three times a year, with an average class size of 12 to 15 individuals.
This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.
Instructs training course using the WEV-provided content.
Reviews and provides feedback on client work via WEV’s Learning Management System (LMS).
Available to assist course participants by email, phone or other method, such as set office hours.
Refer clients to other support services in the community for additional help, as needed.
Program Development and Implementation:
Plans and facilitates classroom activities to supplement WEV- provided material.
Evaluates curriculum content and effectiveness and provides feedback to WEV.
Submits attendance to WEV staff the day after each class.
Attends weekly check-ins with WEV staff (meeting and/or email, as required).
Recommends guest speakers/consultants to staff when appropriate.
Completes and submits biweekly timesheet.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
Demonstrated facilitation and teaching skills (including via Zoom).
General business skills (specialties in marketing, sales, finance, operations, technology, manufacturing, or other areas); expertise across a range of industries is a plus.
Highly-motivated, energetic, confident, and decisive.
Experience starting, managing and growing a small business.
Aligned with WEV’s mission and dedicated to WEV’s clients.
Excellent inter-personal, communication and client relations skills, including active listening, patience, and conflict resolution skills.
Gains the confidence and trust of others by acting from a foundation of honesty, integrity, and authenticity; builds strong client relationships; acts as a cheerleader whilst also holding clients accountable.
Proven high level of resilience and steadiness, ability to remain calm and provide reassurance in high pressure and sometimes emotional situations.
Continues to develop professionally; is a lifelong learner.
Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders of varying social and cultural backgrounds at all levels.
Demonstrated capacity to work in a highly organized manner both individually and collaboratively, proficient at scheduling and paperwork.
Personal, reliable auto transportation and current auto insurance.
Minimum: B.A. or M.A. in business, education, finance, marketing or related field.
Small business experience may substitute for degree.
$45 to $55/hr. DOE
Note: due to State legislation compliance, Entrepreneurship Instructors are part-time employees of WEV, not independent contractors; Santa Barbara/Ventura County residents are strongly preferred.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
To apply, click the button below. You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter, which should be addressed to WEV’s Hiring Manager. In your cover letter, please describe any personal or professional experience with entrepreneurship, if applicable. No phone calls, please.