We’re Hiring – Trail & District Business Recovery Advisor

Supporting local small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) to recover and grow
Job posting

Business Recovery Advisor

Temporary – Contract Position

Application Deadline:  May 21, 2021 by 4:30 pm

The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce (TDCOC) continuously strives to bring a united front to all sectors and all sizes of businesses, especially when faced with challenges such as COVID-19.  One of the key components of our day-to-day operations is to work with local businesses as well as municipal and provincial governments. This ensures that our business community remains viable and promotes growth. This is the guiding principle for our new Recovery Business Advisor for the Lower Columbia Region funded through the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior – British Columbia (ETSI-BC).

This contract position will enhance the TDCOC’s capacity on a significant level to adapt and implement a Regional Recovery Playbook developed by the BC Chamber Network. This playbook, in combination with the grant funding initiative from ETSI-BC, will create the support needed for local small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) to recover and potentially create new opportunities for growth.  

DUTIES & DELIVERABLES:

  • Provide employers with resources they need and guidance as to how to obtain funding. This includes meeting one-on-one with them to identify which supports might be beneficial.
  • Deliver virtual workshops to business around topics including but not limited to, developing a business plan for the long-term, government supports available to employers, funding opportunities, and strategy development.
  • Strategize outreach to a minimum of 300 businesses and make them aware of all services available to them.
  • Offer referrals through various methods to businesses to help them gain access to appropriate assistance.
  • Update resource tab on our webpage to allow easily accessible resource information to our business community.
  • Send email communications to employers to ensure they are aware of upcoming funding opportunities (ex. Canada Summer Jobs Get Youth Working, Employer Training Grant, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Business Recovery Grants, funding available through CBT).
  • Based on key themes that emerge through the one-on-one support, develop a list of community resources that would support businesses, such as how to move sales online. If appropriate, gather roundtable meetings for certain sectors to share their ideas and deliver targeted training.
  • Create analysis of business trends and issues, prepare potential action plan, prepare report and presentation to communicate relevant information.

DATA INPUT:

  • Prepare and present reports based on the status of businesses, detailing struggles and opportunities to better support them
  • Building a business list database for all communities covered in this region that can be maintained moving forward as well.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

  • Attend in-person and virtual community events with marketing materials, brochures, pamphlets, to give to employers on funding opportunities, community resources, wage subsidies, labour market information and trends.
  • Attend local (and where possible regional) community meetings that may provide opportunities to support employers.
  • Use opportunities to promote #ThinkLocalFirst initiative, contributing to marketing efforts to encourage the community to shop local.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

  • Valid BC driver’s license and insured vehicle, personal computer and cell phone, and internet access for working remotely.
  • Knowledge of employer services with an in-depth awareness of programs that are available including but not limited to COVID-19 supports.
  • Proven meeting facilitation experience, both in-person and virtual, with proficiency in meeting logistics, presentations, and engagement skills.
  • Experience in media, advertising, writing, and marketing preferable.

SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Self-motivated, confident, and able to work well independently.
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal, written and electronic.
  • Excellent customer care skills including cold calling and relationship management.
  • Strong organizational and time management abilities including proficiency multi-tasking and prioritizing tasks.
  • A well-developed understanding of the local and regional business community.
  • Sensitivity to employer and job-seeker confidentiality and ability to adhere to privacy and security regulations and protocols.
  • Strong abilities relating to computer software.
  • The ability to listen, understand and respond to the marketing needs of the organization as identified by program staff is essential.

Schedule:  June 1, 2021 through to March 31, 2022

COVID-19 precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place