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AmeriCorps VISTA – Dedicate a Year of Service:  AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty.  Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.

By serving through VISTA, you’ll gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus you’ll get the satisfaction that comes from helping others. During your service, you’ll also receive a modest living allowance ($11,352/year), health care, and other benefits. And, upon completing your service, you can choose to receive either an education award worth $5,550* to pay for college, or $1,200* cash (*before taxes).

ABOUT THE CAPITAL CITY AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:

The Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (CCAACC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to facilitating economic development, tourism, access to capital, and capacity building for African American and minority businesses in Austin, TX. CCAACC partners with a variety of government, business and community stakeholders to accomplish our mission.   For more information please visit www.capcitychamber.org.

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS INNOVATION FELLOW POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The African American Business Innovation Fellow will work directly with the President & CEO to identify best practices in the cultivation and attraction of African American businesses in high growth industries of focus to the City of Austin and the Chamber.      The fellow will identify the eco-system supports needed and align them with existing infrastructure, where applicable, to the Austin market.

More specifically these industries include:

  • High tech (wireless, software, web 2.0, technology start-up companies)
  • Clean Technology
  • Wireless
  • Creative Media – Music, Film
  • Advanced Manufacturing – Semiconductor, Computer
  • Data Centers
  • Biotechnology and Bio Manufacturing
  • Research and Development in any of the targeted industries

The fellow will also work with the President to development best practices trips to markets of high interest and to coordinate business recruitment trips on behalf of the Chamber making contact with key business leadership and companies of interest.

This position reports to the Director of Operations & Membership.

 

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • A college or masters  graduate with a least a 3.0 GPA, major in Business (Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Accounting), Economics, Political Sciences, International Business, or Public Administration with an interest in Economic Development (previous work experience in the field of economic development can substitute major requirements)
  • Computer literate with knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, mature, with the ability to network with individuals of various professions and titles
  • Articulate in speech and written document
  • Attention to detail and experience with research
  • Demonstrated interest in minority community development/economic development

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The African American Business Research Fellow will work directly with the Chamber executive team, community, government and academic partners to conduct research and assessment of the historic African American business corridor in Austin, Texas.  The position will include a large amount of out-of-office field research, meetings and interviews with new and historic minority businesses, community leaders and organizations.   The fellow will also work to help provide, where applicable, technical support and programming to help build the business acumen of small businesses along the corridor.

More specifically, research fellow will work with the CCAACC President and the African-American business taskforce to accomplish the following:

  • Development of electronic and paper survey assessments
  • Conducting written, phone and in-person outreach to African American community and business leaders
  • Interviewing and data capture for African American business owners
  • Compiling and analyzing data
  • Research report writing and data synthesis

A final report will be presented to Chamber executive, community leaders and the City of Austin African American Resource Advisory Commission.

This position reports to the Director of Operations & Membership.

 

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Master’s or Ph.D graduate with a least a 3.0 GPA, major in Business (Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Accounting), Economics, Political Sciences, International Business, or Public Administration with an interest in Economic Development (previous work experience in the field of economic development can substitute major requirements)
  • Computer literate with knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Extensive research experience and demonstrated writing experiences
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, mature, with the ability to network with individuals of various professions and background
  • Articulate in speech and written document
  • Attention to detail
  • Must have a car
  • Demonstrated interest in minority community development/economic development

 

TO APPLY:

To apply for one of the positions listed above you must first complete an AmeriCorps VISTA program application.   You can do so by clicking here.