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Director, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Policy, Joint Center

Remote, open to EST and CST time zones
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, provides compelling and actionable policy solutions to eradicate persistent and evolving barriers to the full freedom of Black people in America. We are the trusted forum for leading experts and scholars to participate in major public policy debates and promote ideas that advance Black communities. We use evidence-based research, analysis, convenings, and strategic communications to support Black communities and a network of allies. Currently, the Joint Center focuses on the future of work in Black communities, the impact of economic policies on Black communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, technology policy and Black communities, congressional staff diversity, and Black presidential appointments.
For more information about The Joint Center: https://jointcenter.org/
The Director, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Policy, will be an inspirational leader dedicated to leading the Joint Center’s budding Small Business and Entrepreneurship program. The Director will be responsible for building the Joint Center’s expertise and influence on key policy issues affecting Black small business owners and entrepreneurs through research, building, and convening the Joint Center’s network of experts and engaging in public education on timely issues affecting Black business owners.

The Director will grow the Joint Center’s program on Small Business and Entrepreneurship policy program to provide leadership in national policy conversations. The Director will manage the completion of research, engage with the media, educate policymakers, cultivate donors, and provide input on Joint Center messaging related to small business and entrepreneurship.
The Joint Center has a small growing team and operates much like a start-up.  The ideal candidate for this position should be entrepreneurial, creative, flexible, and comfortable working in a quickly changing environment. The person will be a critical thinker, a solid communicator, and able to work on a team effectively. The Joint Center is focused on the goal of driving policy change in service to Black communities, and the ideal candidate for this role should be passionate about these issues. 

The ideal candidate is also comfortable working internally with a small team, reporting to the Vice President of Policy, and working collaboratively with peers across the organization, including colleagues on the Workforce Policy, Technology Policy, Communications, and Development teams. The Director will interact with various stakeholders, including federal and state policymakers, advocates, national thought leaders, and philanthropists.

Additionally, the Director will embody The Joint Center’s cultural principles, including a deep commitment to  Black communities in the United States with an unapologetic focus on and prioritization of the needs and preferences of Black people and disseminating accurate data, research, and solutions that reflect Black interests.
  • Develop, implement, and manage the production and distribution of various written products–such as reports, issue briefs, columns, and op-eds–translating complex issues, policies, and analyses into digestible information for different audiences
  • Follow developments at relevant agencies, relevant congressional committees, DC economic policy think tanks, and advocacy organizations and participate in the small business/entrepreneurialism policy debate through op-eds, speaking engagements, meetings, and policy analysis
  • Represent the Joint Center in coalitions, with the media, at conferences, and other opportunities for public education on issues of policy affecting Black small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Build, manage, and grow a team of internal and external experts to support and grow the impact of the Joint Center’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Program
  • Work with the Vice President of Development to engage in donor research, relationship management, and solicitation activities to ensure the sustainability and growth of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship program
  • Serve as a leader, ensuring that the Joint Center’s work has maximum impact on the service of Black communities
  • Convene economic experts to develop research questions on the impact on Black small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Commission and manage external experts in producing commentaries, briefs, and reports related to economic policy topics
  • Engage in outreach to identify, deepen relationships, and collaborate with community stakeholders, key policymakers, philanthropy, and other national partner organizations
  • Demonstrate the versatility and vision to support the Joint Center’s growth into new areas.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • Commitment to the Joint Center’s values and cultural principles, including commitments to the Joint Center’s mission, producing rigorous and excellent work that has the most significant positive impact on Black communities, constant feedback and growth, collaboration and respect, and being proactive (reflective, visionary, innovative, calm, strategic, purposeful, organized, and punctual).  
  • Graduate or Advanced Degree Required
  • 7+ years of experience in research or policy on relevant topics, including financial services, small business policy, technical assistance, economic development, and/or procurement
  • Experience working in a think tank, other policy organization, or government
  • Awareness of issues facing Black business owners, including but not limited to challenges in accessing capital, technical assistance, and procurement
  • Experience with, and understanding of, economic issues facing Black communities
  • Previous experience in supervising and growing a team, fundraising, and managing funder relationships
  • Proven ability to communicate evidence-based policy guidance to key stakeholders, including policymakers, advocates, and the media
  • Relevant experience conducting policy analysis and developing economic policy solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high-performance goals and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to build and engage a community of experts on various issues and manage internal policy analysts and research assistants as the program grows.
  • Expert-level written and verbal communication skills
  • Established proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
  • Highly resourceful team-player
  • A forward-looking thinker who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions                                                                                                                                       
The hiring salary range is $120K+.  The Joint Center offers a generous benefits package, including medical/dental/life insurance, annual leave, sick leave, and federal holidays.
Remote work is allowed, but candidates should be located in the Eastern or Central time zones and must be willing to travel regularly to Washington, DC. 
The Joint Center has retained the executive search firm LeaderFit to manage this search. 
Applications are accepted until the position is filled.
The Joint Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
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