Certification Specialist – Chicago

Certification Specialist – Chicago


WBDC Headquarters, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 400, Chicago



Posting Date: 

March 25th, 2021

Closing Date: 

April 30th, 2021

Description of Opportunity: 

The role of the Certification Specialist is to manage the WBENC Certification program. Responsibilities include processing applications, managing the application process internally, and supporting the ongoing program requirements as a Regional Partner Organization to WBENC. In addition, the Certification Specialist supports activities to grow the region working with the Managing Director of Established Business Services.

REPORTS TO: Managing Director of Established Business Services

WBENC Compliance & Application Management
• Implement and execute WBENC’s standards and procedures, and provide recommendations to improve operational efficiencies and client experience in applying for WBE and WOSB certifications
• Process WBENC and WOSB applications and manage the application process
• Maintain relationships with WBENC professionals
• Prepare and submit WBENC reports as required and assigned
Client Acquisition & Services
• Support regional initiatives
• Position and maintain WBDC brand image as a premier women’s business development and resource organization
Corporate and Volunteer Management
• Manage certification committee meetings, and recruit members and site visit volunteers
• Manage volunteer site visitors
Training and Events
• Conduct certification/procurement-related workshops for the purpose of attracting new and renewed applicants
• Participate in and remain current in all trainings provided by WBENC; and maintain extensive knowledge of WBENC online systems
• Work closely with Managing Director of the Established Business Program to support programming
General Administration & Services
• Perform other duties as assigned by Managing Director of Established Business Services
• In collaboration with the WBDC Marketing department, create awareness and drive certification growth

• Analytical skills and high attention to detail
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Highly proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
• Strong organization skills with ability to manage priorities and deadlines
• Requires travel locally and out-of-state
• Passionate about women’s issues and women’s economic development
• 2-3 years progressive work experience
• Business degree preferred

A competitive total benefits package and tremendous potential with a growing mission-focused organization. Benefits include a flexible work schedule, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, short term and long-term disability insurance, long term care, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan with matching benefits. Salary range is $45,000 – $50,000. Commensurate with experience.

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is a nationally recognized 501(c)3 economic development organization headquartered in Chicago with over 35 years of successful experience assisting women establish and grow sustainable businesses that create jobs and fuel economic growth. The organization delivers business development programs and services throughout the Greater Chicagoland area and, also certifies women-owned businesses and offers procurement services in a nine-state Midwest region with offices in Chicago, the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and St. Louis.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to:
Carolina Diaz Martinez, Financial Operations Controller
Women’s Business Development Center
8 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603
E-mail: cdiaz@wbdc.org

Position available immediately. Commensurate with experience. The Women’s Business Development Center is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Further information on the WBDC is available at www.WBDC.org.