Business Development Specialist

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FCF Vermont office has an opening for a Business Development Specialist (BDS) candidate to work with small businesses in Vermont. This position is a remote work opportunity with the expectation of travel within your assigned region in Vermont when required to meet with partners, individual child care businesses, and communities.

Candidates must be based in Vermont.

The Business Development Specialist position provides business and financial planning, consultation, training and support to child care providers; promotes FCF and its programs and services; and connects to a diverse group of FCF stakeholders, partners, and constituents. This position works closely with members of the FCF team to promote and ensure the effectiveness of FCF’s core programs, including: (1) consulting services and technical assistance to child care businesses; (2) training and education to a variety of audiences; and (3) facilitation of community engagement activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops, promotes, and implements programs, services, and resources to support the mission of FCF.
  • Provides training and consultation support to child care businesses to improve business practices and strengthen operations.
  • Assists start-up child care businesses and existing child care businesses experiencing financial crisis.
  • Provides input and analyzes financial and program data.
  • Assists with program reporting as assigned.
  • Facilitates small-group and community engagement activities in support of FCF’s community-based programming.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in financial management, planning and/or training.
  • Successful experience in consulting, training, lending, and/or financial analysis.
  • Experience working with small businesses, or experience owning/operating a small business.
  • A strategic thinker and planner as well as an effective implementer.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, with a can-do attitude.
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, and able to work independently.


  • Direct experience with child care.
  • Experience in resource development and/or fundraising.
  • Experience in private sector engagement and partnership.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Familiar with state child care licensing regulations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to promote a positive image of FCF and position FCF as a key resource in the field of early care and education.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and analyze financial statements and develop and manage budgets.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with communities of color and low-resourced communities.
  • Ability to think strategically and implement plans on the ground.
  • Ability to be flexible and work collaboratively with a diverse FCF staff, customers, partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision yet be a part of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

Work Conditions:

  • Must be able to work on the computer for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to travel when needed.
  • Remote work location.

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