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Executive Director, Community Business Partnership

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA52Cz at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Position Information

Position Information

Department Mason Enterprise Center
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position?
Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Executive Director, Community Business Partnership
Working Title Executive Director, Community Business Partnership
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA52Cz
Recruit Number Faculty - 7145
Working Hours
Location Other
Pay Band
Salary $110,000 - $120,000
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Executive Director, Community Business Partnership

George Mason University and Community Business Partnership (CBP) are seeking an Executive Director for CBP. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. 

About the Community Business Partnership:

Created in 1995, Community Business Partnership (CBP) is a nonprofit, 501©(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to foster economic development through the start-up and growth of small businesses. CBP is a program of George Mason University operating within the Mason Enterprise Center organization that reports to the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

In 1995, Fairfax County, George Mason University, Fairfax County Small Business Commission, Northern Virginia Community College and Northern Virginia Urban League joined efforts to establish a small business assistance and microfinance organization targeting low/moderate income individuals, women, minorities and veterans primarily in Northern Virginia. CBP is governed by a Board of Directors and George Mason University which employs CBP staff.

CBP serves potential and existing small business owners primarily located in Northern Virginia with a focus on socially and economically disadvantaged individuals including minorities, women and veterans. The organization provides education, technical assistance, business incubation services, access to capital and networking opportunities to a wide range of business types including life style businesses, government contractors, professional services, consultants, and retailers. CBP empowers clients by providing access to resources so they can fulfill their dreams, provide for their financial security as well as that of their families, and contribute to the economic growth of their communities. The organization also helps strategic partners meet business development and regulatory objectives aimed at providing economic growth and stability for the region.

Over the past decade, CBP has grown to include five distinct programs: Business Finance Center; Business Incubation Center; Small Business Development Center; Women’s Business Center; Veteran Business Outreach Center; and, in September 2016 was designated a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The CDFI designation will require significant organizational restructuring and capital infusion over the next few years to meet the U.S. Treasury stringent requirements.

CBP is funded by Fairfax County, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Treasury and corporate sponsors.


The Executive Director of CBP is responsible to ensure strategic direction, financial stability, and operational efficiency for the organization. This position is governed by the Board of Directors and George Mason University, and reports to the Managing Director of the Mason Enterprise Center. Duties include:

  • Work with Board of Directors on strategy development and governance;
  • Provide strategic direction to ensure the organization continually works toward its mission, maintains financial stability, and provides quality and relevant services to its clients;
  • Research and implement a restructuring plan for CBP to best take advantage of the new CDFI designation (restructuring may include the establishment of a separate entity for the CDFI);
  • Ensure fiscal management that adheres to generally accepted accounting principles;
  • Operate within the approved budget, ensure maximum resource utilization, and maintain a positive financial position;
  • Lead fundraising efforts and develop other resources necessary to support CBP’s mission;
  • Serve as the interface between the organization, George Mason University, local elected officials, and other key funders and community stakeholders;
  • Ensure compliance with all grants, contracts, MOUs and cooperative agreements;
  • Provide oversight for day-to-day operations for all CBP programs and staff; and
  • Represent CBP, Mason Enterprise Center and George Mason University in the community.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and substantial related experience (at least 10 years is preferred);
  • Nonprofit management or leadership experience in a nonprofit organization;
  • Community economic development experience;
  • Familiarity with CDFI industry and markets;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Public speaking skills;
  • Proposal development and grant writing experience;
  • Strong financial skills (e.g., budgeting and financial analysis);
  • Business consulting experience;
  • Must have demonstrated experience leading and managing a nonprofit community-based organization;
  • Proven leadership—including the ability to make real time decisions, manage professional and administrative staff, marketing and negotiating skills, fundraising and financial management, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse partner groups; and
  • Experience providing business advice to developing companies.

Evening and weekend hours may be required. Occasional travel for statewide and national conferences and meetings will be required.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA52Cz at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: September 25, 2017
Posting Date 08/28/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? No
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents