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Business Development Manager, Capitol Hill Business Alliance

Feb 11, 2021
400 E. Pine St.
Position open until filled

Organizational Background

GSBA is Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce. The mission of GSBA is to combine business development, leadership and social action to expand economic opportunities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and those who support equality for all. GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing communities together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business. GSBA also promotes LGBTQ tourism through Travel Out Seattle, advocates for small businesses in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood through the Capitol Hill Business Alliance (CHBA), and invests in the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

CHBA Mission
The Capitol Hill Business Alliance (CHBA) is dedicated to ensuring a healthy, vibrant, diverse, neighborhood business community in Capitol Hill. CHBA provides business development, engagement, and advocacy for business and nonprofits located or doing business in the neighborhood, and for all who are committed to the economic vitality of the neighborhood. CHBA is a program of GSBA.

Description of Position
We are looking for a Capitol Hill Business Alliance Manager, who has a commitment to a vibrant Capitol Hill Business district, a passion for our mission, is outgoing, and has exceptional oral and written communication skills. This person will also have the ability to think critically, problem-solve, and bring energy to this important role.

This person will ensure Capitol Hill businesses are provided with business development tools including education, programming, and networking opportunities to be successful. In this role, the CHBA Manager will work with marketing and communications staff to ensure this commercial district is promoted throughout the city to cultivate new business. This position will represent Capitol Hill businesses with government agencies to ensure their concerns and issues are addressed. In addition to external relations and advocacy, this position is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and stewarding business and nonprofit members located on Capitol Hill. This position will focus on both annual membership renewal and growth campaigns for CHBA, as well as the many public policy issues that impact small business. In this role, this position works in close collaboration with the GSBA VP of Membership &d Programs, Marketing and Communications staff, and the Director of Public Policy & Government Relations.

This position plays an important role in ensuring that CHBA and GSBA’s current and prospective members feel frequently engaged and informed of important issues facing small business. This is an incredibly fun and fast-paced job for a creative, energetic, and dynamic person who wants to use their skills and passion for small business, equality, and education to benefit the LGBTQ, allied, and progressive business community.


External Relations: Reach out and develop collaborative relationships with Capitol Hill stakeholders including small businesses, nonprofits agencies, and business and community leaders to understand the issues that are important to them, and be able to represent their voices with government agencies and elected officials

Convene community meetings around issues of importance to businesses on the hill
Represent CHBA at community meetings: (Cal Anderson Park Alliance, Seattle Police Department, PPUNC, Community Roots Housing, Capitol Hill Merchant Associations, etc)

Advocacy: Develop a strong relationship with government agencies and elected officials to address issues affecting small business. Ensure CHBA is recognized as the voice of small business with city agencies such as: the Office for Economic Development, Office for Labor Standards, City Council, Mayor’s Office, Office for Civil Rights, Office of Grants and Contracts, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks Department, Seattle Police Department and other government offices that create policy, enforce labor standards, address civic issues and provide funding to organizations that support small businesses - most especially those who serve historically underrepresented communities.

Resource Development

Work with GSBA Membership and Sponsorship departments to develop attractive membership and CHBA sponsorship packages that will demonstrate the value of being a member or sponsor of CHBA.

- Research, apply for, and manage grants and contacts to fund CHBA
- Identify and cultivate past and prospective member and sponsor businesses located on Capitol Hill
- Create an in-person, as well as email campaigns, to reach out to those businesses and nonprofits located on Capitol Hill


- Develop online and in-person (as appropriate) programs to increase business development skills
- Create opportunities to network
- Provide training around labor standards

Retention and Renewal

- Create business plans to set and achieve goals around membership development
- Develop a communication plan to ensure an engaged and informed CHBA membership
- Have a clear timeline for annual membership and sponsorship renewal plans

Membership Growth

- Identify and cultivate underrepresented constituencies
- Develop a prospect pipeline and recruit new members to CHBA
- Reach out to underrepresented industry sectors
- Participate in Capitol Hill events providing visibility to CHBA

Administration & Other Responsibilities

- Provide staff support to the CHBA Advisory Chair and Committee: preparing and sending out agendas; taking notes, providing updates on community issues
- Ensure CHBA members and prospective members are maintained in an up-to-date and accurate database
- Manage grant tracking and reporting

Professional Qualifications

- Experience working with LGBTQ, multi-ethnic, and diverse populations
- Background in business development, with a focus on small business
- Knowledge of and an interest in retaining and growing the vibrancy of Capitol Hill businesses
- Ability to work with governmental agencies to promote the mission of the CHBA and to look for funding opportunities
- Ability to be the CHBA spokesperson for media opportunities to promote the mission of CHBA
- Three to five years of experience preferred working in membership, revenue development or sales
- Ability to write compelling messages to the membership. Writing samples will be requested and a writing test may be a part of the interview process.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to take initiative, work independently, or as a helpful team member.
- Commitment to GSBA, understanding the importance of small business, social justice values, and a personal commitment to equity and inclusion.
- A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and be composed under pressure.
- Strong organizational and project management skills, including a passion for detail and follow-through.
- An ability to work flexible hours when necessary, including some evenings and weekends for special events.
- Experience and knowledge working with Microsoft Suite.
- A sense of humor and the ability to work joyfully in a fast-paced environment.


Salary range is $60-$65,000 depending on experience. Excellent compensation package includes generous vacation, medical, dental, and vision coverage along with short-term disability insurance and option to invest in an individual retirement account with an employer match.

To Apply

GSBA is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of marginalized sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities are encouraged to apply.

Send letter of interest (must include experience working with small business and the LGBTQ community), resumé, the names, emails, and phone numbers of three professional references, and how you heard about this position to: Ilona Lohrey (she/her), VP of Membership & Programs, Please include “CHBA Manager” in the subject line of your email.

The position is available immediately. All applications will be reviewed and acted upon as they are received. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is therefore recommended that you submit your materials as soon as possible.

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