Business Advisor / Program Director – Women’s Business Center (Franklin County)

Position Summary

Are you passionate about helping women owned small businesses in rural Maine start, grow and thrive? Do you have a background in business management, either through first hand experience as a small business owner or sector experience? Are you looking to be part of a team who shares your vision of the importance of developing a strong Maine economy with good, quality job opportunities for people, especially women in business, in all regions of the state?

Then we want to hear from you…

CEI is a non-profit investor headquartered in Maine who is a national leader in rural economic and business development. CEI’s mission is to help grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and in rural regions across the country by integrating financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions.

We are seeking a Business Advisor/Program Director to work with the Women’s Business Center at CEI to service Famington, Maine and the surrounding counties to include Franklin County, central and western Maine. The Business Advisor/Program Director works with women business owners by facilitating start-up, survival and business expansion; providing business planning, management development, and assistance with preparing for and obtaining financing.

Responsibilities and Duties

Within the assigned territory, the Business Advisor / Program Director conducts market research, develops local partnerships and represents the Women’s Business Center and CEI within the communities we service. The Business Advisor / Program Director may participate on panel discussions and in presentations as appropriate, as well as organizing and presenting workshops on a variety of business related topics. The Business Advisor / Program Director manages communications and reporting for the regional WBC advising activities.

This position serves the region of Farmington, Maine and surrounding counties to include Franklin County, central and western Maine. Due to the client-facing nature of this role, telecommuting is not an option. In-state travel to meet with clients and to attend once a month staff meeting in our Brunswick central office is required.

Qualifications and Skills

Qualified candidates are knowledgeable in all aspects of business management, planning and business financing – especially relating to women in business; are client focused, professional, results-driven, excellent listeners and communicators, work collaboratively, are comfortable presenting in front of small and large groups, and are proficient with business and office software and technology.

Candidates must have a college degree, preferably in business management or significant related business and/or professional experience. An advanced degree, especially and MBA, highly desirable. Candidates should have a minimum of five years’ related business and/or professional experience. Prior business ownership is also very desirable.


Our staff is essential to our mission. As a result, CEI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package for our permanent positions, including health, dental, short and long term disability, paid parental leave, life insurance, medical and dependent care flexible spending, health savings account, travel reimbursement, wellness programming and reimbursement, retirement plan with discretionary company contribution, generous time off, paid holidays and a commitment to helping staff achieve a healthy work/life balance.

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.