City of Boston

Cannabis Business Manager

Posted Date 2 months ago(8/10/2022 4:51 PM)
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Off of Eco Opp & Incl
Regular Full-Time
ASD-Min & Womens Bus. Office
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The mission of the Economic Opportunity and Inclusion Cabinet is to make Boston a global model of economic equity for working people, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors by implementing sustainable practices that repair economic harm and help build generational wealth for disadvantaged communities, fosters local talent and innovative ideas, creates thriving and healthy neighborhoods, establishes equitable procurement strategies, and strengthens the partnership between the City and local organizations, thereby enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of government, the quality of life for all Bostonians, and the experience of all visitors.


Brief Job Description:


Reporting to the Director of Business Stratergy and serving on the Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion team, the Emerging Cannabis Business Manager will play a key role in furthering the mission of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion agenda.


The Emerging Cannabis Business Manager will work within the Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion will work with the Business Stratergy unit to implement Economic Opportunity and Inclusion Agenda to ensure that Boston residents have access to the resources they need to develop cannabis businesses in Boston. The Emerging Cannabis Business Manager will work with the Business Stratergy team to facilitate the strengthening of existing and launch of new cannabis businesses in Boston.


The Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion is seeking a Data Analyst pertaining to the City’s equity and inclusion policies. As the City of Boston is anticipating that Cannabis-based businesses will be a key sector in Boston in the near future and in the coming years and the industry continues to grow and evolve.




  • Facilitates the strengthening of existing and launch of new cannabis businesses in Boston.
  • Assists in developing, implementing and sustaining programs and initiatives to address business needs in this emerging industry, including building capacity for equity applicants women, minorities.
  • Identifies business needs and provides one-on-one business assistance for a wide diversity of cannabis entrepreneurs, through all stages of business development and for the range of types of businesses (from supply through retail):

○ Guidance on how to start, strengthen or relocate a business in Boston

○ Connections to appropriate business service organizations for legal advice, financial assistance, business plan development, bookkeeping services, and marketing experts.

○ Provides referral recommendations on requests for loans and other financial assistance.

○ Provides assistance with permitting and licensing requests in collaboration with the Office of Emerging Industries.

○ Assists businesses with site selection service providers in Boston’s neighborhoods and Boston Main Streets commercial districts based on business needs.

○ Provides direct assistance and/or referrals on requests for additional City services.

  • Develops formal and informal partnerships with external organizations in order to better leverage and coordinate cannabis specific business assistance resources.
  • Performs other related work as required.


Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least three (3) years of relevant experience, including at least one (1) year directing/managing neighborhood business improvement or related activities and two (2) years’ experience with small business development and assistance.
  • A bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, marketing, finance, or a related field preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • Familiarity with Boston’s neighborhoods and direct experience dealing with neighborhood businesses’ needs preferred.
  • Strong customer service skills, including rapid and quality follow-through.
  • Demonstrated business needs-assessment and direct business assistance skills, including financials.
  • Strong negotiation and organizational skills .
  • Ability to lead, strategize and problem solve.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of city services .
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Bilingual or multilingual proficiency preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office and experience with other field related programs/software preferred.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as necessary.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.

Boston residency required.



Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-9

Hours per week: 35


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