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Company: Accion Opportunity Fund
Location: San Jose
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

The Organization

Small businesses uplift communities and anchor local economies, while creating opportunities for themselves, their families, their employees, and our neighborhoods. Yet entrepreneurs who are people of color, women, and immigrants often struggle to secure capital and resources, as they are systematically shut out from traditional financing.

Accion Opportunity Fund is an unparalleled financial support system that provides these small business owners with access to capital, networks, and coaching. We work to build inclusive and accessible options for these determined business owners. For over 25 years we have served a client base that is nearly 90% women, people of color, or immigrants.

In addition to providing resources and loans to small businesses, we also conduct original research, advocate for policy changes, and finance community construction projects in low-income neighborhoods through our New Markets Tax Credit program.

Together, we are building a diverse, vibrant community where opportunity, knowledge, and access to capital are within reach.

For more information about us, visit


Reportingto the Vice President for Partnerships & Development, Accion Opportunity Fund (AOF) is seeking anexperienced and dynamic Communications Specialist to support theorganizations fundraising and communications teams. The ideal candidate willhave experience researching and writing compelling narratives under tightdeadlines for diverse audiences and communicating organizational impact throughstorytelling. They are proactive, energized by engaging with others, valuemutual respect in discourse, and have a natural curiosity about how to achievegoals and higher aspirations. They will be passionate about entrepreneurship,racial equity and justice, and community and economic development. Spanishbilingual preferred. This position can be fully remote with occasional domestictravel required post-COVID.


  • Research and write grant proposals, reports, concept notes, andimpact narrative. This includes proactively seeking out and interviewing keystakeholders such as community partners, loan clients, staff, and others who areinvolved in our work and identifying compelling stories that the organizationand funders can use in our work.
  • Work with teams across the organization on key communicationsdeliverables for funders, including crafting media pitches around key momentsand gathering data to be responsive to funder and media communications requests.
  • Proactively reach out to AOFs clients across diverse geographiesand industries to identify clients to feature in client stories on our website,funder reports, social media, and media pitches. This includes responding undertight deadlines to requests for story information and developing creativesolutions to meet stakeholder communications needs.
  • Research and stay abreast of key trends, reports, and informationthat demonstrates the challenges the organization is trying to address forsmall business and the impact of small business on the broader economiclandscape. This includes tracking and keeping updated key statistics and datathat can be drawn upon for fundraising and impact narratives.
  • Support marketing team on social media efforts, includingproposing social media campaigns and posts around key communications moments toexpand the reach of the organization.
  • Draft communications products and content for diverse audiences,including funders and small business owners. This may include annual reports,e-newsletters, campaign collateral, flyers, impact story highlights around keymoments, or organizational responses to issues in the news.
  • Draft talking points, briefing documents, and other internalcommunications materials to support team members.
  • Assist with special events as assigned.
  • This can be a fully REMOTE (work from home) position.

The Person

Highly qualified candidates will share Accion Opportunity Fundscommitment to its mission and will embody the organizations core values bringinga broad range of skills and experience including, but not limited to:

  • BA/BS required and a minimum of five (5) years of writing and reportingexperience, ideally either for nonprofit organizations and/or as amission-driven journalist. A combination of education and experiencemay be considered.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and communications skills,with an emphasis on proposal writing for funding. Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simplematerials. Ability to understand the organizations target audience and developeffective communications strategies and materials.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills andcomfort level with conducting outreach and interviews to develop compellingnarrative.
  • Experience with digital tools instorytelling.
  • Experience collaborating withmultiple stakeholders to integrate input and feedback form a wide audience to achieve work objectives.
  • Proventrack record of exceeding goals; evidence of the ability to make strategicdecisions; ability to navigate and balance interests of multiple stakeholders.
  • Abilityto maintain high level of organization, to manage several projects at once, andto meet deadlines. Attention to detail and ability to consistently followthrough, with determined self-motivation and autonomy.
  • Evidenceof sound judgment, discretion, and highest ethical standards.
  • An entrepreneurialmindset, self-motivated, flexible, creative, comfortable in a fast-paced workculture.
  • Works well under tight deadlinesin a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with and interest inentrepreneurship, community development, and racial and social justice.
  • Spanish bilingual preferred.

Perks & Benefits

Our mission is what motivates us to come to workeach day. We know that happy employees are productive employees, which is whywe offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive salary commensurate withexperience.
  • An environment that values work-life balance.
  • 100% company-funded Medical, Dental,Vision, Life & Disability coverage for employees (Based upon your planselection). 90% company-funded dependent coverage (Based upon your planselection).
  • Voluntary benefits with payrolldeduction for Supplemental Life & AD&D insurance, Auto/Renters/Homeownersinsurance, Pet Insurance, and Legal plans.
  • Tax-deferred & Roth 403(b) Retirement Plan withemployer match. Employer match increases with tenure.
  • Paid vacation days (increased with tenure), 12 paidholidays, and 10 Sick days, and family leave days per year.

Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply,especially BIPOC.

Accion Opportunity Fund is an Equal OpportunityEmployer.

Keywords: Accion Opportunity Fund, San Jose , COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (REMOTE), Other , San Jose, California

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