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Come Home Oregon - Micro Enterprise Program Manager - Umpqua CDC

April 2, 2010View for printing

Live and work in beautiful Southern Oregon In the aftermath of the collapse of the timber industry, and in an economy that struggles with chronically high levels of unemployment, the MEDAL Program offers low and moderate income community members a chance to make a new future for themselves and their families by empowering them with the tools, skills, and resources necessary to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. It is a solution to poverty, one family at a time.

Umpqua CDC is currently seeking a new MEDAL Program manager. This is a full time, salaried position with full benefits, and oversees up to 3 staff members.

The MEDAL Program Manager is charged with design and implementation of projects and services that:

1) Increase business literacy among low and moderate income entrepreneurs in Douglas and Coos counties

2) Increase the accessibility of key tools and services to support the start up or expansion of small businesses

3) ‘Level the playing field’ for local small businesses to compete in an ever changing business and market environment.

Lead us into the Future.

The MEDAL Program Manager position poses an excellent opportunity for a leader who is enthusiastic about promoting entrepreneurship, a commitment to promoting sustainable rural livelihoods, and a passion for social justice. The organization has all of the necessary ingredients for growth and success: a timely mission, a 15-year track record, an excellent reputation, a committed staff, and an active board.

Join a Great Team. The staff in the MEDAL Program do what they love and love what they do. They also care about each other; while each person has a particular role, the staff works together to support the program as a whole.

Positioned for success.

The MEDAL Program has grown steadily over the last three years, and proven itself to be an innovator and leader in the field of Micro Enterprise Development in the State of Oregon.

Let your skills shine.

With this position, you have the opportunity to integrate your unique skills and interests into a successful program, and take it to the next level. The program integrates several types of service provision, covers a variety of different communities and geographies, and allots ample room for creativity on the part of the service provider.


• Oversight of all MEDAL Program grant applications, reporting, and management unless otherwise delegated to program staff.

• Serve as ‘Director’ and staff advisor of the Think Local Umpqua initiative (an AMIBA affiliate organization). Provide or delegate initiative support as deemed appropriate.

• Ensure all grant deliverables are completed in a timely and effective manner.

• Engage in continual program evaluation, and adjust program offerings to integrate feedback or more effectively meet changing community needs.

• Participate in Umpqua CDC management team, particularly with respect to coordination and cross program service integration.

• Other duties as assigned.


• Experience in providing technical assistance to businesses, organizing workshops and events, fundraising, marketing events and programs, and program/project management.

• Competency in financial management and performance to budget, and a demonstrated ability to impart these skills to others.

• Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.

• Demonstrated ability to work in economically and culturally diverse communities and groups.

• Experience in group leadership role with groups of 10 to 200 members.

• Experience in grant writing and development and in program delivery consistent with grant guidelines.

• Experience in supervision and leadership of 3 to 7 program staff.

• Experience and competence in public presentation and public relations.

Application instructions Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Umpqua CDC no later than April 14th, 2010. The anticipated start date is May 17th.

MEDAL Program Manager Application

c/o Lilian Brislen

Umpqua CDC

605 SE Kane St.

Roseburg OR



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