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Tennessee Center for Employee Ownership

Interim Launch Manager

Tennessee Center for Employee Ownership


Job Summary


The Tennessee Center for Employee Ownership Center (TNCEO) is a nonprofit that serves as the central hub for resources on employee-ownership businesses in Tennessee. Its primary mission is to educate business owners, their advisors (lawyers, bankers, accountants, wealth advisors), and community leaders on the social and business benefits of employee ownership.

TNCEO educates the public about employee ownership through events, resources, case studies, and connections to service providers who can assist with employee ownership transitions. TNCEO serves the entire state of Tennessee, with a particular focus on outreach to minority-owned businesses and companies located in lower-income regions. Our overarching goal is to create broad-based community wealth by increasing the number of employee-owned businesses in Tennessee. 

TNCEO was founded in May of 2020 by a group of volunteers and is now seeking a part-time Interim Launch Manager to move it to the next level. The Interim Launch Manager position is currently a 6-month funded position. This contract will mainly work on a remote basis.

Job Responsibilities


  • Lead outreach to and cultivate relationships with potential audiences, including business groups, business advisors, government, community & educational institutions;
  • Implement outreach to the business community;
  • Develop and facilitate educational events to help spread awareness of employee ownership across Tennessee;
  • Create and maintain database of contacts;
  • Identify fundraising targets and lead efforts to raise funds, including but not limited to corporate, individual, foundation, and municipal grants;
  • Establish effective relationships with partner organizations and track contacts in spreadsheets and/or a CRM program;
  • Build on existing deep roots in business and community ecosystems in TN;
  • Conduct marketing and PR efforts;
  • Develop and manage website and social media presence;
  • Create materials for advertising, conferences and displays;

Other – potenital limited travel in within the state.


Desired Experience

  • Excellent written communication and public speaking skills
  • Online research
  • Non-profit management
  • Fundraising/business development
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Familiarity with MS Office Suite, Google Suite, social media
  • Marketing or public relations
  • Social media
  • Knowledge of employee ownership concepts plus
  • Website development a plus

Personal Characteristics

  • Commitment to social and economic equity
  • Inquisitive with desire to create a large network for TNCEO
  • Comfortable with engaging in direct outreach, including cold-calling
  • Strategic thinker and builder
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Self-driven
  • High level of confidence in decision-making
  • A service/mission mentality
  • Ethical with high personal standard of conduct and accountability

Additional Information


No Benefits – This is a part-time contract position

How to Apply

Submit resumes and cover letters to:


  • Date Posted: July 15, 2021
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Other
  • Start Date: 08/16/2021
  • Salary Range: $20 - $22 per hour
  • Working Hours: 10 - 15 hours/per week