The WCWB needs a Program Manager!

Join our team and work toward advancing women entrepreneurs and small business owners! The Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business & Innovation (EDC/CB&I) is seeking a full time Program Manager for the Washington Center for Women in Business. View printable PDF of job announcement.

The Washington Center for Women in Business’ mission is to empower women entrepreneurs to succeed in business by providing coaching, training, and technical assistance. The WCWB offers entrepreneurial training programs, workshops, one-on-one counseling and an annual Women’s Business Conference to women in all stages of business development. Using in-person, phone, and web-based delivery methods, the WCWB provides services throughout most of the State of Washington, the office is located in Lacey.

The WCWB program is embedded in the Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation. The Program Manager reports to the CB&I Director. The WCWB is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) and the CB&I. The WCWB is one of more than 100 SBA-affiliated Women’s Business Centers (WBC) in the country. WBCs are designed to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs. Learn more about the WCWB at

Position Objective

The WCWB Program Manager (PM) is an EDC/CB&I leader, operating in alignment with the organization’s overall mission of creating a vital and sustainable economy. The PM is responsible for administering the WBC program and ensuring that it meets all performance deliverables, is aligned with the budget, and remains in full compliance with federal guidelines. The full-time (40 hour per week) position manages the design, development, delivery, integration and evaluation of client programs and services specific to the WBC program.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Program Management – 30%
    • Manage day to day operation of all WCWB programs and special projects.
    • Ensure compliance with the SBA Program Announcement, Notice of Award, regulations, statutes, and Office of Management & Budget (OMB) circulars.
    • Collaboratively develop, implement, and monitor plans to meet program deliverables.
  • Client Service – 20%
    • Provide in-person, phone-based, and online business training in planning, management, marketing, accounting/finance, regulation, export, and additional specialty areas is strongly desired.
    • Build and strengthen client relationships.
    • Design, develop, deliver, and evaluate program offerings to address changing client needs and economic conditions of small businesses.
  • Program Outreach – 20%
    • Seek public speaking opportunities. Make appropriately targeted presentations to potential clients, potential referrers of clients, and potential funders.
    • Coordinate outreach efforts to targeted clients, with an emphasis on socially and economically disadvantaged women.
    • Develop, maintain and expand relationships with resource partners, to include SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, financial institutions, other business lenders, libraries, appropriate state and local government staff, chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, various nonprofit organizations, and women’s organizations.
  • Fundraising – 30%
    • Maintain a strong understanding of program funding match requirement and keep good records to know how current fundraising is, relative to the budget.
    • Research grant and other funding opportunities; make connections and write grant applications.
    • Seek opportunities for and track in-kind donations, to include recruiting volunteers, using outside facilities for program purposes, and receiving donated products and services
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Ability to work well in a collaborative, team environment
  • Ability to manage diverse people, budgets and complex program requirements
  • Ability to develop a thorough understanding and comply with federal and other rigid guidelines and regulations
  • Strong understanding of basic business principles
  • Innovative, self-starter with ability to initiate and implement multiple projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking to large groups
  • Proven marketing and outreach skills
  • General understanding of local economic development issues and community development
  • Ability to work flexible hours including nights and weekends on occasion
  • Ability to travel on occasion

Education and Experience

  • BA/BS in business or related course of study, or equivalent work experience
  • 5+ years of program management, small business management, public outreach, or other related work experience
  • Small business management knowledge required; small business ownership experience preferred
  • Business training and coaching experience preferred

Salary and Benefits

The position is a full-time, salaried position based on a standard 40-hour workweek. This position salary range is $55,000 – 65,000 annually. Employee benefits include vacation and sick leave, medical/dental insurance, and others as described in the EDC Personnel Policy Handbook.


The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is the state-designated lead economic development organization in Thurston County. The EDC is a non-profit organization and is the parent organization to the Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The EDC/CB&I’s combined mission is to create a vital and sustainable economy throughout the county and region that supports the livelihood and values of our residents.

Learn more about the Thurston EDC and its mission:

Learn more about the Center for Business & Innovation and its mission

If you have questions about our organization, this program or this job please contact Traci Hansen, WCWB Program Manager. 360-464-6050 [email protected]


The EDC and CB&I are equal opportunity employers and welcome all qualified applicants regardless of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C status, pregnancy, political affiliation, or any other legally protected status. The EDC/CB&I is a drug-free workplace.


To apply:             Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]