Business Relationship Manager – The Main Street Alliance of Oregon – Portland, OR

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team! The Alliance for a Just Society and Main Street Alliance are 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.

Job Title: The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager

Position Summary: The Business Relationship Manager will develop and manage relationships with medium sized, locally owned businesses working with The Main Street Alliance of Oregon. The Main Street Alliance of Oregon is an affiliate of the national The Main Street Alliance network and a project of the Alliance for a Just Society, that works to advance win-win public policies that benefit small business owners, their employees, and the communities they serve. The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager will work with Main Street Alliance staff to develop a coordinated outreach plan, conduct outreach to recruit small and medium locally owned and operated business owners to join The Main Street Alliance of Oregon, help develop and implement a grassroots fundraising plan, develop small and medium business leaders, and mobilize small and medium business owners to impact decision-makers, opinion leaders and the media. This position involves frequent travel around the state.

The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager reports toThe Main Street Alliance of Oregon State Director.

Job Description:

The duties of The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager focus primarily on outreach/recruitment, leadership development/training, and mobilizing business owners to engage decision-makers, the media, and the public in support of issues like revenue reform, health care reform, fair taxes, and high road workplace benefits. These duties include:

Work with Oregon & national Main Street Alliance staff to develop a coordinated small & medium business outreach and organizing plan for the state, and participate in the development of the national Main Street Alliance network.
Use existing databases, develop lists of target business owners for recruitment and engagement.
Identify and develop a small & medium business leadership/spokesperson committee for direct engagement with decision-makers, media opportunities, and peer outreach through one-on-ones, organizing meetings and business leadership trainings.
Engage emerging business leaders in peer outreach and research to develop leadership and build resources for research products.
Organize statewide and local tactics, action steps and events in coordination with the national small business campaign plan – leverage the voices of small & medium business owners to impact the public debate.
Work within existing coalitions, help manage those relationships, and help identify opportunities for new relationship development.
Help develop and build support for a small business agenda.
Help to implement a grassroots fundraising plan with a dues structure for members of The Main Street Alliance of Oregon.

Minimum Qualifications:

Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners in Oregon.
Strong commitment to organizing through relationship building.
At least 2 years experience in community/grassroots organizing, &/or political campaigns
Ability to communicate effectively and engage members of the business community at their level.
Strong written and verbal skills, and ability to listen.
Ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment.
Experience working with/within the Oregon business community, (current connections and relationships developed with high-profile locally owned and operated businesses a plus)
Experience working in or with the Legislature
Experience with grassroots fundraising.
Willingness and ability to travel around the state on a regular basis and work flexible hours required.
Ability to work independently and strong time management skills.
Strong facilitation skills.
Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & database, Power Point, electronic communication).
Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.
Experience with national campaigns or large municipal/state coalitions a plus.
A passion for organizing and a sense of humor.


There will be an evaluation after the first month, again at the six-month mark, then ongoing at the end of each year.


Salary $40-50K, DOE.
Generous benefits, including health and dental coverage, retirement contributions, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays, as per personnel policies.

How to apply

To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resumé and references to: and with subject line: The Main Street Alliance of Oregon Business Relationship Manager