Small Business Organizer - Minnesota

Job Title: Small Business Organizer 

Location: Minneapolis, MN 

Small business owners have a critical voice to play in the relief and rebuilding agenda for our city, state and nation. The COVID-19 pandemic devastated our small business economy. The murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests elevated racial justice and community policing to a new level of urgent action. Main Street Alliance of MN and our values based small business owners play an important role in advancing policies for a just economy with access to capital, quality jobs and public investment. 

We are looking for a talented committed, strategic and enthusiastic person to join our MSA-MN organizing team! 

Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply. 

General Purpose: The Main Street Alliance (MSA) seeks Small Business Organizer to engage and grow the Minnesota Chapter of the Main Street Alliance. 

About the Main Street Alliance: Founded in 2008, the Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a growing national network of state-based small business coalitions working to ensure that the voices of real small business owners are heard on public policy issues that are critical to their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve. Small business owners are a powerful constituency and serve as trusted messengers with public officials, the media, and the general public. MSA implements game-changing strategies that shift debates over critical economic justice issues, impacting public policy debates at the local, state and national levels. 

Main Street Alliance of Minnesota was founded in 2016. Our Minnesota chapter is led by business owners who are dedicated to achieving systems change that fosters equitable outcomes in the communities where they do business. We’re focused on policies that level the playing field so values-based small businesses can be creators of good jobs in our communities. We believe in public investment that supports the infrastructure our communities and families need to thrive. 

MSA drives all our work with a racial and gender justice and equity lens. We work on the ground to organize business owners to advocate for smart policies that help entrepreneurs, families and communities. MSA develops strong small business voices for our current campaigns, which support more investment in the caring economy (a health care public option, paid family medical leave, earned sick and safe time, child care), COVID-relief and increasing access to capital, especially for entrepreneurs from BIPOC communities and women of all races, holding monopolies like Amazon accountable, and reimagining public safety. 

Job Overview: The duties of the Main Street Alliance Small Business Organizer is to focus primarily on new member recruitment, member engagement and leadership development, story collection, and engaging members in campaign events. The ideal candidate will be a highly energetic, creative self-starter with a proven track record of leading successful campaigns. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Organize. Recruit, engage, and develop small business leaders to build power in Minnesota and nationally and win campaigns.
  • Execute sharp and strategic campaigns. Use your outreach, canvassing, campaign, coalition, organizing and leadership development skills to execute strategic campaigns developed as a team. Work with Main Street Alliance staff and local coalition allies to develop a coordinated small business outreach and organizing plan for the state, and participate in the development of the Main Street Alliance network. 
  • Relationship & Leadership development. Develop and maintain relationships with small business owners across Minnesota. Identify and develop diverse small business leadership/spokesperson teams for direct engagement with decision-makers, media opportunities, and peer outreach through one-on-ones, organizing meetings and small business leadership trainings. 
  • Make No Small Plans. But do make well-written ones. Work with our team to develop monthly (and longer-term) work plans to drive campaigns forward. 
  • Look to the long-term. Push every campaign to address not just the short-term gains but how they interact with Main Street Alliance’s long-term goals. 
  • Build deep trust. Invest in relationships with members, leaders and staff in order to deeply understand their self-interest. 
  • Be inclusive. Recognize and appreciate different ways of working and being. 
  • Be proactive. Ask questions. Look for new ways to engage. Take ownership of your work and bring ideas to the table. 
  • Be a team player. We’re all in this together, we’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get the work done. Work with MSA staff to ensure we’re hitting goals to have the greatest impact. 
  • Model our values and culture. Model equity, support and optimism inside and outside the organization, and reinforce our core values and culture. Model transparent and accountable decision-making, and build this culture on staff. 

Education and Experience Required: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred. 
  • At least two years of nonprofit or labor experience in similar roles. 

Other traits, skills, characteristics or experience: 

  • Demonstrated track record of transparent and high integrity leadership. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission, to potential members, volunteers and the overall community. 
  • Demonstrated deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners. 
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers. 
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation. Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Strong public speaking ability. 
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy. 
  • Fluency to read, write and speak/listen in English required; ability to speak, read, write in other languages, especially Spanish, is preferred. 
  • Advanced familiarity and comfort in using Google Suite, Microsoft Office suite, Zoom, and other forms of customary office equipment or software. 

Compensation & Benefits

This is a temporary, full-time, contract position. The organizer will work an average of 40 hours per week through the end of June 2020, at a rate of $18 per hour. There is potential for the position to be extended, or if the organizational budget and fundraising allows, to be transitioned into a permanent, full time, salaried staff position with benefits. 

Workplace Conditions: 

  1. This is a remote position. Must be comfortable to work with minimal direct supervision from a home office setting. 
  2. Requires the ability to complete work in a timely and accurate manner individually as well as when working as part of a team. 
  3. If the state of the pandemic allows, ability and willingness to travel regularly (up to 25%). 4. Routine and repetitive use of telephone, Zoom video, repetitive typing, computer, reading required. 5. Standing, sitting and walking are customary throughout the workday in this role. 

How to Apply 

To apply, e-mail one single PDF, including a cover letter, resumé and at least 3 references, by Monday, January 18 to: and with subject line: Minnesota Small Business Organizer. 


We will begin reviewing resumes on Tuesday, January 19. Please submit by that date to ensure that your application gets full consideration.