Business/Entrepreneurship Instructor, Community Carrot

Community Carrot is a 501c3 non-profit that advances equity and justice through entrepreneurship for low-income young adults in Seattle. We are seeking a part-time instructor for our 16-week entrepreneurship training program.

Job Summary

This part-time, contract position is responsible for instructing a cohort of participants on business related topics (e.g. branding, naming, marketing, primary and secondary research/competitive analysis, business, bookkeeping, intellectual property, etc.). Responsibilities also include contributing to the growth of our curriculum, representing Community Carrot’s mission and values, helping participants secure business licenses, and other administrative duties.

This is a contract position which means that candidates may choose to teach one or more 16-week cohorts (typically offered two times or more per year). Classes take place in person, once per week, culminating in a pitch contest event.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Instruct and support participants to meet the objectives of our 16-week training entrepreneurship training program:
    • Provide weekly instruction on business topics, including basic bookkeeping, use of digital platforms for marketing (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), , creating a one page business plan using LEAN Canvas, and the basic tax requirements at the federal and state levels.
    • Improve students’ knowledge of common business practices by instructing and facilitating classes on business and entrepreneurship subjects, as outlined in the curriculum. Adding supporting examples from your personal experience is encouraged.
    • Teach the skills and knowledge necessary for students to function as responsible citizens in the business world.
    • Schedule, conduct, and document weekly one-on-one meetings with each participant.
    • Guide participants through the development of a basic business pitch deck and prepare them for the program’s friendly pitch competition.
    • Implement incentives for participants to attend and participate in class.
    • Meet weekly with the Executive Director and Life Coaches to be aware of participants’ social service needs.
  • Represent and model the Community Carrot mission and values to participants and in the community
    • Create an authentic, consistent, culturally safe, and responsive learning environment for program participants, reflecting the diverse educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds of the students served.
    • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of the curriculum and its delivery, to assure continuity of content from one cohort to the next, including reviewing video of previous classes.
    • Come to each class prepared, modeling business-appropriate behavior and expectations for participants.
  • Perform administrative activities for your assigned cohort, including, but not limited to:
    • Collaborate closely with Program Coordinator to assure successful program delivery and a positive participant experience.
    • Identify and manage guest speakers, and/or field trips to businesses
    • Advise the Life Coach on barriers to success participants may share with you.
    • Maintain record of attendance, participation, and outcomes.
    • Manage the process of preparing for and setting up participants’ new businesses, including, at the direction of the Executive Director:
      • Application for and management of business name selection withparticipants, checking for trademarks and other conflicts
      • Application for and manage of the business license and registration processes, securing an EIN
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of course and program content, in consultation with the Executive Director.
    • Provide feedback on opportunities to grow and/or evolve the curriculum.
    • Integrate competencies, goals, and objectives into lesson plans if not already present.
    • Although the curriculum is provided, the Instructor is encouraged to add personal experience and grow the curriculum with approval from the Executive Director.

Although not a requirement of the position, additional funding is available for work performed by the Instructor to do the following, with approval from the Executive Director:

  • Create projects designed to enhance our curriculum.
  • Develop professional relationships with other agencies, programs, and guest lecturers from supporting organizations, including the Seattle Public Library, and or business partners who offer instruction support, including banks, restaurants, and makers.
  • Review and provide feedback on grant proposals where funding could impact the class experience (e.g., augmenting curriculum or adding staff or other resources) to gain funding for additional programming, if requested by the Executive Director

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements for Community Carrot Instructor are:

  • Passionate about Community Carrot’s mission and values
  • Previous experience running a business
  • Demonstrated success as a coach, teacher, or mentor
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications & Competencies

  • Highly organized and proactive
  • Reads and stays abreast of business-focused current events, trends, and topics
  • Demonstrated experience establishing rapport with youth from Community Carrot’s participant population


Compensation for a 16-week cohort is based on reaching mutually agreeable, monthly milestones. For example, the Instructor and Exec Director could agree that successfully completing 4 classes and conducting 1:1 meeting with 75% of the participants each week, updating records on the meetings,and participating in weekly team meeting results in one quarter of the total available pay. Total compensation not to exceed $15,000.

About the Program

The class meets one night per week for three hours during the 16-week program. In addition, the instructor makes themselves available to meet one-on-one with each participant for 45 minutes each week. We currently offer two classes per year: one in the spring, and one in the fall.

Participants “earn” CarrotBucks – up to $1500 to start their business by participating in class, attending one-on-one meetings with the instructor, and participating in our pitch competition. Participants are also supported by a Life Coach who helps participants navigate through social service needs. A Program Manager helps to assure participants are ready to learn and have tools necessary for each class and assists at the instructor and executive director’s request.


Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to David Sheon, Executive Director, Community Carrot, at