Facilitator Job Description

The facilitator for Kokomo CEO is responsible for creating an engaging learning environment that encourages students to explore, discover, and experience learning through real-life activities. The facilitator's key responsibilities include modeling a passion for learning, connecting with students and the community, collaborating with the CEO board, and providing guidance to students.


This is an Independent Contractor position, with 90 minutes spent directly with students each day (and up to 4 hours / day, total). The remaining time is dedicated to arranging business visits, coordinating guest speakers, engaging with business investors, and other related activities. The facilitator plays a crucial role in establishing relationships with the business community, ensuring program transparency, and building a conducive learning environment for student success. 

We are seeking a facilitator who is:

  • A magnet for students, dedicated to their success

  • A skilled relationship builder

  • An excellent communicator

  • Willing and able to interact with business investors and partners

  • Comfortable working in a technology-rich environment

  • Resourceful and adaptable

  • An enthusiastic learner and naturally curious

  • Able to collaborate with community experts, as facilitators are not traditional instructors in this program

  • Capable of contextualizing and prioritizing Craig Lindvahl's Life Lessons and their own throughout the program.


Specific functions of a facilitator:


  • Promote a positive image of CEO.
  • Serve as a shared point of contact for all CEO matters.
  • Schedule CEO visits and speakers.
  • Receive feedback from presenters.
  • Assist with marketing of the program: write and post class updates through Facebook.
  • Prepare and present a monthly board report.
  • Collaborate with the CEO board on shared responsibilities.
    • Class Orientation
    • Mentoring
    • Class Business
    • Individual Businesses
    • Trade Show
    • Alumni Activities
  • Look for and develop community networking opportunities that benefit students.

Support Student Development:

  • Read and respond to students’ weekly journals.
  • Connect students to resources.
  • Continually assess and evaluate student performance.
  • Develop Strong Team/Produce the WOW.
  • Facilitate development and execution of class business.
  • Facilitate development and execution of individual student businesses.
  • Identify and address student needs and issues.
  • Track student grades and report quarterly to schools.
  • Incorporate Craig Lindvahl’s Life Lessons from Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday.


  • Develop program materials and content.
  • Develop class and team building activities.
  • Seek & secure host sites.
  • Organize business visits and guest speakers.
  • Track / attain key concepts and foundational skills recommended by MIE through provided evaluation system.
  • Participate in The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship Training and Events:
  • Required: Attend New Facilitator Training in Effingham, Illinois.
  • Participate in Monthly Webinars (August - April).
    • New Facilitator Huddle (Monthly)
    • Kitchen of Learning (Quarterly)
  • Complete & administer Midland Institute surveys.


Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter (and/or any questions) to CEO Board Chair Alec Downing at alec.downing@ffbt.com

Brandon Bishop

Brandon Bishop

Brandon is in his fourth year as the facilitator of Kokomo CEO. Before taking this role in 2020, he served as a mentor and guest speaker in CEO. Brandon has engaged with students and staff at the Kokomo Area Career Center and other schools in Howard County since 2017 in different capacities. He has been in the beverage industry for seventeen years with Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Kokomo, gaining experience in sales and marketing, distribution, and community relations. As the Market Manager, he is passionate about advancing the local brand and creating a culture that attracts and uplifts its team members. In addition to Coca-Cola, Brandon serves on the board at Developmental Services, Inc. He and his wife, Niesje, enjoy traveling and spending time with their two children.