Fair Trade Handicrafts/Jewelry Sales Manager/Entrepreneur for small charity

Miracles in Action & Beyond Beads Fair Trade - Naples, FL

Full-time | Commission

This position is NOT JUST A JOB, but more your PASSION -to help others and make a difference in the lives of impoverished women and children in Guatemala. We seek a Social Entrepreneur -a person who uses their initiative and innovation to create a business intended to transform the lives of others. You will use your knowledge of business and sales practices to innovate a sustainable organization capable of achieving social change for Mayan artisans and other impoverished people in Guatemala.

Miracles in Action buys handicrafts and jewelry made by artisans in Guatemala’s “cottage industry” and we pay their asking price or more. Our “Beyond Beads” program helps artisans to earn an income from home to feed and educate their children. We go “beyond” by providing water filters, solar lamps, school supplies for their children, and holding workshops on nutrition, women empowerment, and family health. Additional proceeds cover the charity’s operating expenses. A win, win, win business.

Our team holds handicraft sales events and decorates the tables with attractive beaded jewelry and woven textile products, so beautiful and inexpensive, that they sell themselves. Staff and volunteers working the event need only tell customers the story of the artisans who make the products and the impact of Miracles in Action in their lives. Customers buy more because they are “feel good purchases”.

Miracles in Action is a small, secular charity where you will wear many hats, doing a variety of activities that keep the work interesting, dynamic and at a fast pace without a lot of red tape. We are a passionate team of caring/giving people who find this work fun and rewarding, not just a job. Smiles from the artisans and knowing you have made a difference are bonuses without a price tag.

PRIMARY ROLE? This position manages sales and orders of handicrafts/jewelry - wholesale, retail, and online. The manager promotes/expands sales and our social impact via social media, promo pieces, video, website, networking, follow up sales visits/email, etc.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Coordinate and schedule sales events and volunteers. Set up and sell at events, and train volunteers. Seek new opportunities for craft fairs and sales activities.
  • Place orders for handicrafts with our two Guatemalan artisan coordinators and work closely with them to improve designs and quality. Add the new stock to our inventory, and process new products into the inventory system.
  • Promote Miracles in Action and our Beyond Beads handicraft program via email, Facebook, e-news, blogs, invitations, posters, phone calls, etc.
  • Build relationships by explaining the handicraft project and our work in Guatemala. Act as an Ambassador to develop relationships that lead to sales and donations.
  • Fulfill, ship and track payments for online orders (with support of volunteers and part time staff). Work with customers to place phone orders.
  • Restock the handicraft kits ready for sales events (with support of volunteers and part time staff). Assist Farmers Market Sales Coordinator by recruiting/scheduling volunteers, and working the markets, as needed.
  • Make signage and sales displays. Coordinate price labeling of jewelry using volunteer help.
  • Update website with new products, descriptions, changes, etc. Take photos of handicrafts. Edit and organize photos.
  • Develop marketing/promo pieces, signage, banners, annual news letter, etc.
  • Keep office and storage area organized, restocked, labeled, and clean. Utilize volunteers when possible.
  • Perform office/financial duties that may include deposits, QuickBooks entries, invoicing, and entering credit card sales. Follow up on late receivables.
  • Keep Executive Director up to date, working as a team to organize and arrange activities, presentations, schedule, and priorities.
  • Work as team with Executive Director on donor and volunteer relations, building our supporter database, fund raising activities and expressing gratitude.
  • Responsibly manage, maintain and secure Miracles in Action’s office and assets: handicraft inventory, vehicle, laptop, projector, etc.

Job/Skills Requirements:

- 3 years successful experience in business/management/sales/marketing or proven entrepreneurial or non-profit charity experience.

- Background security check is required. Drug/alcohol testing maybe required.

- Non-compete agreement must be signed, where the employee cannot enter in to or start a similar business in the US for two years after separation.

- Lives within 15-20 miles from Naples office. Or willing to relocate to Naples, FL.

- 3 year commitment or longer, if mutually beneficial. Rewards for longevity after 3 years.

- Marketing/Communications degree preferred.

- Strong computer/internet skills in Word, Excel, graphic design (Canva), simple photo editing, update website, social media...

- Organized and detail oriented. Prioritizes and effectively manages time and resources.

- Able to understand Spanish-English email communications. If not bilingual, use translation sites.

Benefits:

- Opportunity to work in our home office on a beautiful lake in sunny Naples, FL.

- Opportunity to use your knowledge and initiative of business practices to innovate a sustainable organization capable of making a difference in the world (Guatemala and further).

- Competitive full-time salary $40,000 annually with commissions on new sales. Medical benefits negotiable.

- 17 PTO days (vacation/sick), accrues after 3 months employment, and increases with length of employment. 11 paid holidays. Flexible schedule.

- After 6-9 months travel/visit to Guatemala.

- Mileage reimbursement, over the miles commuted to/from NaplesOffice - home

- 3-month probationary period. Temporary housing available for 3-4 months if relocating.

Cover letter to include:

1. Why are you interested? 2. What are you passionate about? 3.How are you a capable, innovative social entrepreneur? 4. What makes you a successful sales professional? 5. Tells us about your website and computer skills to manage online sales. 6. Why leaving your current position or looking? 7. Salary history of last two positions? 8. How far you live from zip code 34112or willingness to relocate?

Job Types: Full-time, Commission

Salary: $40,000.00 /year

Experience:

  • Professional Sales & Marketing: 2 years (Required)
  • Office Administration: 1 year (Preferred)
  • website, graphic design, social media: 2 years (Required)

Location:

  • Naples, FL (Required)

Language:

  • Spanish (Preferred)

Additional Compensation:

  • Commission
  • Store Discounts
  • Other forms

Work Location:

  • One location

Benefits:

  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • Professional development assistance

Company's Facebook page:

  • https://www.facebook.com/beyondbeadsorg/