Consultant-Small Business Instructor-Remote

Mercy Corps Northwest Anywhere, United States


About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.  In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.


Mercy Corps NW conducts regular small business training for entrepreneurs, and individuals looking to start a business. The Portland office holds live 4 to 6-week and self-paced on demand classes each year, serving over 1,000 entrepreneurs annually. Small business education is an integral part of our economic development programming.

Purpose / Project Description:

Instructors of Mercy Corps NW small business classes deliver defined curriculum to students through these different types of classes:

  • Business Foundations 1{6 wks/18hrs} -held16 times annually. This course is facilitated to help entrepreneurs launch a new business.
  • Business Plan Workshop (4 wks/12 hrs) - held 4 times annually. Instructors of this course will walk students through the process of writing a business plan.
  • During COVID 19: Rebuilding Your Foundation {5 wks/15hrs}, if needed
  • One-on-one general business consulting 50 minute session, 10 minutes of prep {total 60 minutes}.

Consultant Objectives:

Build students' knowledge, comprehension and technical skill of small business concepts, launch, growth, and operation concepts and tools. Provide a positive and inspirational learning environment for students

Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will:

  • Train students in topics relevant to business startup and operation.
  • Direct students to various resources.
  • Assists students in navigating business challenges through classroom discussion.
  • Facilitate classroom discussion.
  • Communicate challenges and successes to MCNW staff.
  • Collaborate with MCNW staff to manage relationships with students.
  • Attend approximately 2 Train-the-Trainer activities per year held by MCNW for small business instructors.
  • Attend approximately 2 Instructor team meetings per year.
  • Work with MCNW education team staff to coordinate classroom logistics.
  • Track attendance of students enrolled in classes.
  • Provide modest refreshments (reimbursed by MCNW) for every class.
  • Provide backup instruction as a substitute teacher as available on occasion (costs will be re-allocated).
  • Provide one-on-one general business consulting as needed.

Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will:

  • Attend up to 2 Train-the-Trainer workshops per year.  
  • One-on one general business consulting, 50 minute sessions  
  • Instruct between 12 and 120 hours of small business courses per year, as requested and scheduled by Mercy Corps Northwest. 

Timeframe / Schedule:  

The contract will last one year from the date of signing. Instructors are expected to work days, evenings and weekends according to class scheduling.

The Consultant will report to: 
WBC Manager  

The Consultant will work closely with:

Women's Business Center Manager, Education Coordinator, and

MCNW Business Development Services team.

Mercy Corps Diversity Statement 

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. 

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. 

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.