About Nuestra Casa

At Nuestra Casa, we welcome our community to a place that feels like home. We stand by their side to help them navigate institutions, build people power, and use their voice to shape a new, more equitable community. Our programs transform our leaders into advocates who are actively engaged in our local economy, school district, and civic life. Together, we will build a community that leaves no one behind.

About Nuestra Casa’s Women on the Rise Business Incubator  

We are proud to call East Palo Alto and the mid-Peninsula our home. Our community is filled with optimistic and hard-working people who are fighting to give a better life to their children just like families in every other community of this country. Yet many of our neighbors face an uphill battle when they dream of launching their own business. Small businesses employ 48.5 percent of the state’s workforce, over 7 million people and have been hurt by COVID (70% of business owners are experiencing a revenue decline of at least 25% or more). Systemic barriers to capital, a lack of mentors, and limited access to business education can prevent women from flexing their inherent entrepreneurial spirit.

Nuestra Casa’s Women on the Rise Business Incubator supports our community leaders on the journey towards business ownership. Through in-depth training, mentorship, and peer networking, we help women achieve their dreams and join the small business community.

Who are the participants?

Low-income women from our communities of East Palo Alto and the mid-Peninsula interested in becoming a small business entrepreneur can apply to the program. The pilot of the program will focus on those actively engaged in Nuestra Casa programs such as our Promotoras who are passionate leaders and trusted messengers in the community. Many of our Promotoras have expressed deep interest in starting their own businesses and achieving economic independence. Our pilot Women on the Rise Business Incubator will center these leaders’ needs to help their business dreams come true. 

Here’s What You Will Be Doing:

  • Act as a thought partner with Nuestra Casa’s Board to design our new Women’s Business Incubator program. You will be supporter by two experienced investors on our board.
  • Design and develop new curriculum for women from various backgrounds and of various levels of English proficiency.
  • Support and train program managers in the implementation of the program curriculum.
  • Create engaging learner content that is easily digestible and meets the needs of our program participants.
  • Ensure the programmatic curriculum with assessments, content delivery methods, learning approaches, and accompanying materials
  • Conduct secondary research on instructional design and learning to create resources for Nuestra Casa’s team on learning best practices for the community we serve.
  • Align curriculum with quality design standards, pedagogical practices, and program outcomes.
  • Determine criteria for evaluating learners’ performance on program learning outcomes to develop and implement the appropriate assessment strategies
  • Design work including but not limited to deck design, training materials, etc.
  • Support staff by teaching strategies to advance inclusive excellence and a sense of belonging for immigrant participants, participants of color, and other underrepresented participants.

We’re excited about you because you have:

  • 3+ years of professional experience in instructional design, learning & development, or teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to advance equity and work collaboratively with individuals of diverse cultural, social, and educational backgrounds. Ability to apply principles of cultural competence and cultural humility when working in a diverse context.
  • Experience with digital learning tools, Google Suite, PowerPoint, and project management applications.
  • Knowledge of developing and implementing inclusive pedagogies, teaching for inclusive excellence, and equitable assessments.
  • Understanding of instructional design, adult pedagogy principles, and techniques..
  • Experience developing courses and content for communities of color, bonus points for soft skills content development.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical abilities to identify and frame issues, synthesize information, and draw insightful conclusions.
  • Exceptional project management and organization skills: the ability to move multiple projects to the finish line at the same time and on schedule.
  • Great communication skills and the ability to create and foster strong relationships.
  • Excellent verbal, written, proofreading, and editing skills
  • You have an understanding of instructional methodologies, especially mastery learning, project-based learning, and flipped classroom.

How to Apply: Send over your resume and cover letter to jobs@nuestracasa.org.