Opportunity to work with ONAC! Small Business Resource & Outreach Coordinator Contract

Oregon Native American Chamber 

Small Business Resource & Outreach Coordinator


Position Type: Contract/Contract-to-hire; part-time with potential for additional hours

Location: Oregon 

Deadline to Apply: October 9, 2020


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jparker@onacc.org. No phone calls, please. 

About the Oregon Native American Chamber

The Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to working with all members of the community to advance educational and economic opportunities for Native Americans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. For almost 25 years, ONAC has provided authentic, culturally specific programs and services for Native American entrepreneurs, business owners, and youth.  ONAC also creates intentional and intersectional connections to build the capacity of non-Native institutions to better understand the complex economic, social, and education hurdles and opportunities faced by Native Americans.


ONAC’s offers programs and services within three main focus areas: 


(1) Education & Growth

  • Student Academic Achievement Award Program: Financial assistance for Native American students who demonstrate leadership and intentionally engage tribal communities. 
  • StartUpOregon Platform: A one of a kind online center for entrepreneurship that brings learning content to one central place as well as authentic interaction and inspiration from existing Native American businesses. 
  • Oregon Native Enterprise (ONE) Program: 8-week business development course for small and early-stage businesses to grow, offered for business development centers serving Native populations.
  • Inclusive Business Resource Network (IBRN) Navigation: A citywide program that brings multiple services for Portland-based small business into a single network. 


 and more! 


(2) Relationship Building

  • Multi-chamber Gatherings: Engagement and networking opportunities between the many chambers & advocacy organizations that are committed to economic justice.
  • Networking Luncheons & Annual Spring Mixer: Networking with business and community leaders and showcase Native American businesses who make real contributions to strengthening our communities.
  • Communications & Media: Reliable and network of communications to cultivate, promote, and grow connections between our businesses, organizations, and community partners.


 and more! 


(3) Economic Justice & Transformation

  • Advocacy, Representation & Community Policy Engagement: Partnerships at local, state, and federal levels to transform opportunities for people and business, creating a more equitable and accessible economy.
  • Vibrant Tribal Economies: Economic development is community development. ONAC works to strengthen and reclaim Native economic assets in partnership with other businesses and community sites.


 and more! 

Position Overview

The Small Business Resource & Outreach Coordinator position is offered within ONAC’s economic and small business development work. ONAC’s efforts are guided by the belief that increased opportunities for business ownership can transform the economic trajectory of families, generations, and entire communities. Ownership opportunities build long-term wealth creation, strengthen economic agency and sovereignty, and increase equity within industries, systems, and institutions. 


On the ground, this work takes a variety of forms. From helping businesses compete for government contracts, to supporting entrepreneurs as they take the leap, to nurturing existing businesses with one-on-one mentorship and technical assistance – ONAC is synonymous with small business success within Oregon’s Native American and Alaskan Native communities. For the past two decades, we have provided technical assistance, networking, and culturally-specific programming for Native American owned businesses with fewer than 50 employees.


The goal of this position is to support Native American-owned businesses and Native American entrepreneurs. Generally, this would include supporting delivery of ONAC’s ONE Program; conducting outreach to ensure entrepreneurs are aware of available technical assistance and other support offered by ONAC and its partners; learning more about the needs of businesses to then place them with service providers and help them navigate available resources as their needs evolve; and strengthening and expanding partnerships across sectors and systems and throughout the state. 


In 2020, however, this work has become critical and urgent. Much of the economic opportunities ONAC has been helping Native-owned businesses build for decades have been torn away by COVID-19. The complex nature of Tribal economies, this disinvestment in Native American wealth-building strategies, and the higher prevalence of pre-existing health conditions have made Native Americans doubly vulnerable to the virus and its economic backlash. Combined with reliance on the bottomed-out tourist industry for reservation tax income and revenue, Native American communities in Oregon, particularly in rural communities, are facing exponential threats from which many individuals and businesses will never recover.


Since the beginning of this crisis, ONAC has responded by providing small businesses with resource navigation, trusted communications, and representation in statewide and municipal decision-making surrounding relief efforts. ONAC continues to shift, leverage, and prioritize resources to help Native businesses navigate this challenging time and build long-term resiliency.


ONAC looks forward to swiftly expanding these efforts through this contracted position. 

Essential Duties

ONAC’s Small Business Resource & Outreach Coordinator is a part-time contract/contract-to-hire position that will start at approximately 25-30 hours per week. The successful applicant will start as soon as possible, likely mid to late October. There is the potential for this position to transition from a contractor to a salaried staff member as early as spring 2021. This is dependent on a variety of factors. 

Resource Navigation (40%)

  • Support resource navigation by pairing businesses who need immediate support with culturally specific and competent technical assistance (TA) providers. 
  • Help businesses navigate a variety of TA providers as their needs evolve. 
  • Develop and facilitate business assessments and intake. 
  • Help manage and grow ONAC’s database of TA providers. 
  • Collect and manage a variety of metrics and data to support funder communication and fulfill contractual obligations. 

Program Support & Rural Outreach (40%)

  • Establish new ONE Program sites in several rural Oregon locations and through new and existing partnerships.
  • Train additional site-specific program providers to offer culturally responsive business services.
  • Support contractors and staff members as updates to ONAC’s StartUp Oregon platform are made; communicate with content providers and partners as necessary to gather new resources for inclusion on the platform.
  • Establish new partnerships in rural communities to better market ONAC’s programs and services; strengthen and maintain existing partnerships. 
  • Assist in the organization of special events, including donor, volunteer, and other fundraising events and initiatives.


Administrative Support (10%)

  • Maintain a calendar of outreach activities, including community events, workshops, and other communication opportunities.
  • Support marketing and communications including social media. 
  • Keep detailed records of all program metrics.


Other tasks as assigned; the above list is non-exhaustive (10%)


  • At least two years of relevant experience required (five preferred) in areas of program outreach, technical assistance for businesses, administration, and/or nonprofit work.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Demonstrated experience tracking and managing data to make program decisions and for use in a variety of reports. 
  • Warm and engaging interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with diverse individuals who have a variety of lived experiences. 
  • Ability to provide support in a way that is motivating, engaging, and empathetic.  
  • Shares our commitment to increasing justice and equity in all we do from leadership and internal organizational culture to program delivery and outreach. 
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours for events and important deadlines, as needed.
  • Experience working alongside Native American communities.
  • Experience working with small businesses and entrepreneurs. 


Travel Requirements

Physical travel within the state of Oregon comprises 35-55% of this position. This includes extensive travel to rural areas and counties, particularly in Eastern, Central, and Western Oregon including: the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation (Umatilla County); the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Wasco and Jefferson counties); and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (Yamhill and Polk counties). Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jparker@onacc.org. No phone calls, please.