Thank you for considering employment with Propeller. To learn more about employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities, email us at email@example.com.
See below for available positions to join our team at Propeller:
- Senior Business Counselor
- Accounting and Data Coordinator
- Evaluation & Special Projects Associate, AmeriCorps VISTA
- Facilities and Events Contractor
- Propeller Incubator Host, Work Trade
Propeller is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority individuals are encouraged to submit applications.
Senior Business Counselor
Propeller, with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is launching a neighborhood-based consulting program for businesses along the Washington and Broad commercial corridor in New Orleans. With the help of local neighborhood organizations and community leaders, our focus will be on identifying and supporting local brick-and-mortar, including corner stores, restaurants, and daycare centers, with the potential to significantly enrich the Central City, Zion City, Hoffman Triangle, Gert Town, and/or Broadmoor communities. The Senior Business Counselor will lead the development and delivery of entrepreneurship education and community building resources to advance this initiative.
Key Responsibilities & Outcomes
- Plan, develop, deliver, coordinate, and evaluate the Neighborhood Accelerator Program resulting in high client satisfaction, high learning outcomes, increased revenue, profit, financing, and increased jobs.
- Provide direct technical assistance and workshops to small business clients including the research and development of business plans, marketing plans, financial forecasts and analysis, loan proposals, advocacy, access to networks and new customer segments, and related business development requirements.
- Provide advice and assistance in the establishment and maintenance of business and financial records and record keeping systems, ensuring small business clients remain in compliance with all relevant business, accounting, and taxation laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards.
- Cultivate prospects to build and strengthen connections and networks with residents, neighborhood organizations and community leaders.
- Lead community engagement efforts (i.e. neighborhood history events, infrastructure advocacy, etc.) and recruitment of program participants; screen and assess interested business for program eligibility and participation.
- Ability to develop strong business plans, marketing plans, sophisticated pro formas and financial strategies, and successful business loan proposals.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
- (preferred) Experience working with diverse and low-income communities.
- (preferred) Knowledge of and experience working with Central City, Zion City, Hoffman Triangle, Gert Town, and Broadmoor communities.
- (preferred) Experience in operating, managing, or owning a business, or training and consulting experience.
- (preferred) Degree in a related area such as business, marketing, finance, accounting, management, human resources, and/or operations management.
Compensation: $50,000+ annually, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Propeller also offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, retirement, paid time off, and professional development.
Travel with some evening and weekend work required. This is a salaried, grant-funded, and exempt position.
Start Date: January/February 2017
Application Directions Apply online by presenting your resume, cover letter, and responses to the questions below. In your cover letter, please explain how you heard about Propeller and your interest and qualifications in the position.
Why are you passionate about entrepreneurship and working with underserved communities?
What is your understanding of why poverty exists in New Orleans?
What do you think will be your greatest strength in this role? In what way, do you think you will need to grow the most to be successful in this role?
What do you find gives you the most energy in your current work? What drains your energy the most in your current work?
What are your salary requirements?
Application Deadline February 28, 2017; we strongly recommend early applications and may fill the position before the deadline.
Accounting and Data Coordinator
The Accounting and Data Coordinator is charged with performing accounting duties in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles while maintaining a focus on applicable grants management protocols. This role is also responsible for collecting and managing electronic and paper data used to analyze the effectiveness of Propeller’s programmatic and administrative functions.
This position will report to the Business and Operations Manager and work closely with cross functional department leads as well as external professional service providers.
The starting salary for this position is $35,000 annually.
Propeller offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, healthcare, retirement savings, and an allowance for professional development.
- Accounting: Manage day-to-day accounting activities including but not limited to preparing check disbursements, payroll processing, and account reconciliation.
- Payroll: Manage Payroll by preparing bi- weekly payroll journal entries and maintaining employee HR files.
- HR: Assist with HR compliance by managing new employees’ paperwork and maintaining employee HR files.
- Salesforce: Develop Salesforce knowledge and skills in order to serve as Propeller’s Salesforce Database Expert that demonstrates advanced skills, knowledge, experience and capabilities including but not limited to managing multiple user setup, profiles and roles, customization of objects, fields, record types, page layouts and validations.
- Data Coordination: Assist with developing data capture and filing system initiatives to ensure ease of access to a comprehensive database of information (e.g., surveys, applications, stakeholder relationship management data, and internal work products).
- Office: Perform general office duties such as answering the phone and organizing the office.
- Enthusiasm and passion for accounting, bookkeeping, office administration, and data management.
- 1-3 years related experience or demonstrated expertise in accounting and/or data coordination or management.
- Proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
- Ability to provide instruction to audiences of varying technical ability and consistently provide friendly staff support.
- Access to Reliable Transportation
- Ability to successfully managing Databases, Excel Data Sets, and Data Analytics.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a business-related field
- Non-Profit work experience
- Salesforce or Data Management Software knowledge or experience
- Quickbooks experience
March 31, 2017; we recommend early applications and may fill the position before the deadline. We recommend early applications by February 28, 2017 and may fill the position before the deadline.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and answers to the questions below to Dorcas Omojola here.
Please answer the following questions:
Why are you passionate about accounting, data management, accuracy, and entrepreneurship?
What do you think will be your greatest strength in this role? In what way do you think you will need to grow the most to be successful in this role?
What do you find gives you the most energy in your current work? What drains your energy the most in your current work?
The Facilities Contractor is a part-time position to provide administrative support to the Propeller Incubator Manager. The Facilities Coordinator is responsible for daily coordination of activities to ensure clean, efficient, and safe operation of the Propeller Incubator including:
- Performing general repair tasks; including but not limited to painting, basic carpentry, and general facility repairs.
- Complementing the overnight janitorial team by removing trash, maintaining floors, handling spills, etc.
- Maintaining office equipment and telecommunications systems for the Propeller Incubator.
- Responding to requests for various facilities/administrative activities; such as conference room set-up, site event planning, and other building related projects.
- Ensuring building supplies are maintained at an adequate level.
- Scheduling and/or performing preventative maintenance.
Start Date: Immediate
Compensation: $12/hour, 15-30 hours/week
- 2-3 years of experience working in facilities, custodial, and/or carpentry
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and ability to work under specific time constraints
- Very strong listening and communication skills
- Ability to work overtime when requested and respond to facility emergencies in off hours
Evaluation and Special Projects Associate, AmeriCorps VISTA
The Evaluation and Special Projects Associate will be responsible for designing and implementing systems and materials that will expand funding opportunities for Propeller and the quality of outreach by Propeller; which will grow the number of social enterprises served impacting the social, environmental, and economic problems of New Orleans in the areas of educational equity, food security, health, and water.
- Start Date: March 24, 2017
- Term: 1 Year *There may be an option to serve for an additional year
- Salary: Living Allowance of $911.40/month
- Up to $550 relocation assistance (if moving more than 50 miles from previous home location)
- Mileage reimbursement for move (if moving more than 50 miles from previous home location)
- $ 1, 500 end of service stipend (if $5,550 Education Award is not needed)
- $5,550 Education Award
- Major Medical Health Insurance
- To expand our strategic partnerships vital to the success of both fundraising and the accelerator. Goal: Long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with community members.
- Develop knowledge, management strategies, and practices that ensure partners’ interest is captured.
- Build relationships and systems to harness that interest.
- Develop new strategic alliances for Propeller.
- To expand our outreach vital to the success of the accelerator and other programs. Goal: Successful events by working with a broad variety of partners and community members.
- Help Propeller reach attendee goals and local press coverage and community-wide exposure goals for various Fundraising and Loan Fund Events.
- Exceptional attention to detail, organized, efficient, and desire to get things right. Does not let important details slip through the cracks.
- Exceptional creative and analytical writer who can express complex principles in clear, simple and compelling language to a variety of audiences.
- Highly developed proofreading skills to ensure all written materials are 100% accurate and grammatically correct.
- Strong project management and administrative skills with demonstrated ability to set concrete goals, organize, and prioritize.
- Attention to detail – Precision and quality focused, methodical, with great patience and attention to detail. Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.
- Organization and planning – Able to meet deadlines and handle and prioritize multiple simultaneous requests. A documented history of successfully and efficiently driving projects to completion. Strong time management skills and ability to communicate production timelines on multiple projects. Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets time in an efficient, productive manner.
- Follow-through on commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal cost. Reliable. Motivated by meeting deadlines.
- Proactive – Must be able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision.
- Work ethic – Possesses a strong willingness to work hard to get the job done. Has a track record of working hard.
- Ego in Check/Openness to criticism and ideas – Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback. Admits to mistakes.
- (preferred) We strive to be highly effective in serving all aspects of the New Orleans community. To do so requires expertise and deep knowledge. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with low-income or underrepresented minority (African-American, Latino American, Native American or Vietnamese American) communities in New Orleans.
January 31, 2017; we recommend early applications and may fill the position before the deadline. Please follow all application instructions so you will be able to be considered for the position.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and answers to the questions below here and complete the VISTA application on the VISTA website. Please follow all application instructions so you will be able to be considered for the position.
Please answer the following questions:
- Why are you passionate about Fundraising, Communications, and Social Entrepreneurship?
- What do you think will be your greatest strength in this role? In what way do you think you will need to grow the most to be successful in this role?
- What do you find gives you the most energy in your current work?
- What drains your energy the most in your current work?
Propeller Incubator Host, Work Trade
As a host, you will be the first point of contact for our members, guests, and curious community members who come into the space. Your job is to orient all stakeholders to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of Propeller Incubator, our community and resources.
- Front Desk: We ask that host greet visitors, answer co-workers’ questions, collect and distribute mail, answer the telephone, provide tours of the incubator, and process payments for Day Passes, Punch Cards, and Events. Hosts will also be expected to assist with opening, closing, and daily operations tasks.
- Propeller Project: We ask that hosts develop and implement a community project during their time here. Examples of community projects include organizing yoga classes, working on an Incubator member spotlight blog, pop-up breakfasts, round table discussions, happy hours, etc.
- Event Hosting; Propeller Incubator hosts off-hour and weekend events. Hosts are able to serve as building hosts for these events to maintain the security of Propeller Incubator facilities, assist with janitorial needs, support event registration, building opening and closings. Event staffing needs will be communicated at least one week before the event.
- Greet everyone who comes through the door, including members and guests. Direct everyone to appropriate locations throughout the building. Give tours to potential new members and curious folks who wander in.
- Keeping Propeller clean and well stocked. Propeller has biweekly janitorial service, but we rely on our members and staff to clean up after themselves in between. This means you will be expected to occasionally take out the trash, empty the dishwasher, clean up spills, make coffee, restock the bathrooms and kitchen, clear off conference tables, etc. as needed.
- Administrative and tech support for members; including receiving and distributing mail, installing printer drivers and troubleshooting printing issues, assisting with projectors and event set-up, etc.
- Answering the Propeller Incubator office phone and getting calls and messages to the appropriate staff members.
- Answering questions from members and guests about the building, neighborhood, Propeller services, other organizations, etc.
- Building community through member introductions and your special project. Interacting with members in the common areas and facilitating connections between members.
- Understanding members’ businesses and needs and finding potential resources for them within the network.
- You are welcome to bring other projects to work on while you are at Propeller, however we ask you prioritize your propeller host duties while you are on shift.
- Commitment to Excellence: Propeller Incubator Host Program is a reflection of our commitment to excellence. We ask that hosts call within 24 hours of shift to cancel, reschedule monthly hours when needed, and be punctual for their shifts.
- Hosts who do not fulfill expected duties and hours, or act outside of Propeller Incubator’s standards of conduct will be asked to forfeit their 24 hour access card to the Incubator Manager.
As a host we ask you to commit to working 15 hours per month for a 2 – 6 month time frame.
During 2- 6 months of your hosting, you will receive a co-working membership with 24/7 access, introductions and mentoring from Propeller staff when requested, references from Propeller team members, and access to meeting and event spaces for your own activities if needed.
Please email our Incubator Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Propeller hires and works with unpaid interns in order to provide growth and learning opportunities to students in high schools, universities, colleges, and trade schools and/or to provide volunteer experience to non-students.
We accept applications for internships year-round. Selection is based on the applicant’s interest and Propeller’s need. We accept applications for internships in all departments: programs, fundraising and development, marketing, business and operations, and incubator management.
We ask that our interns commit at least 5 hours per week for 5 weeks in order to gain the most meaningful experience.