Thank you for your interest in applying to work with MERIT!

Below are our current openings – please contact us if you are interested in applying.

Title: Program Assistant

General Duties

  • Reply to general inquiries via phone and email
  • Identify successes and write stories
  • Write monthly newsletter
  • Update website as needed
  • Maintain social media accounts – content and responding to any posts/messages
  • Implement marketing plan
  • Maintain database updated
  • Translation of materials as needed
  • Research as needed
  • Foster community awareness of our services by representing MERIT at community events
  • Some evening and weekend work will be required
  • Other duties as assigned

Program Duties

  • Reply to inquiries via phone, text or email
  • Coordinate classes
    • Schedule dates, times, and locations
    • Arrange for instructors
    • Schedule guest speakers
    • Oversee registration process and collection of data
    • Set up classrooms
    • Collect and process fees as required (generally on the first day of class)
    • Print rosters
  • Prepare classroom materials
    • Create class completion certificates
    • Order supplies for classes
    • Purchase food and drink when necessary
    • Other tasks as needed
  • Data entry (class evaluations, Worksource workshop registrations, etc)
  • General client follow-ups
    • Schedule and meet individually with clients for general technical assistance needs
    • Connect clients to resources
  • Other duties as assigned

Individual Development Account (IDA) Duties

  • Reply to inquiries via phone and email
  • Meet with clients to ensure completeness of waitlist packets
  • Process application fees
    • Copy, scan, save and email documents
  • Data entry in database
  • Follow up with clients via phone and email to keep them on track
  • Review any client submitted forms for completeness
  • Process waitlist packets, applications, withdrawal requests & exit packets
  • Schedule client appointments
  • Coordinate orientations for new IDA participants 2-3 times a year
  • Coordinate financial education classes



  • Business background, business ownership experience preferred
  • Group facilitation skills
  • People skills
  • Analytical, able to identify business problems
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook
  • Experience with WordPress and Constant Contact a plus
  • Learns computer applications quickly
  • Organizational skills
  • Communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Bilingual – Spanish and English
  • Ability to translate materials (English/Spanish)

Hours and Compensation:

  • 20 hours/week and up to 40
  • $12.50/hour Starting wage


Interested in applying? Contact us here.


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MERIT Endorsed Businesses on Kiva

Kiva Zip creates a way for individuals to lend small amounts (as little as $25) to businesses they like. We have endorsed Ladies of Liberty, a business that has been connected to MERIT since Diane Bishop opened the doors to her quilt and fabric business in 2009; and she is now fundraising her loan​.