Business Counselor

Position Information

General Information

Vacancy Open toAll CandidatesEmployment TypeTime Limited - Full-timeIf time-limited, note appointment end date03/31/2020Hours per week40Months per year12Position Number008203NC Salary Grade Equivalency67Classification TitleUniversity Program Specialist - ContributingWorking TitleBusiness CounselorSalary Range$39,282Anticipate Hiring Range$39,282FLSA StatusExemptDivisionAcademic AffairsDepartmentResearch & Economic Dev (Adm)Work UnitSBTDCWork Schedule

8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours required, as necessary.

Primary Purpose of Position

The individual will function as a small business case management of around 50 cases annually. Significant amount of independent analysis and interpretation of data is required. Incumbent will conduct autonomous decision making based on analysis of each client’s operating and financial situations and fiscal management policies. Incumbent will maintain and reconcile the center’s non personal budget. This person will be responsible for handling all client intake including: deciding the best assistance options for each client (training, group counseling, individual counseling), answering client questions, developing financial spreadsheets and completing research projects. The SBTDC client base incorporates businesses as diverse as a contemplated part time janitorial start up and a manufacturer with 50 employees and revenues of $10 million per year. The person who fills this position must be able to effectively communicate with this wide variety of individuals. Consequently, the Assistant Counselor also would be expected to be very knowledgeable about business start up issues and general business issues and resources. Business counseling will be primarily with startups and some existing businesses. Person will also deliver business seminars to the general public on behalf of the university. Person will establish and maintain relationships with community and university partners.

Minimum Education/Experience

Graduation from a four year college or university and one year of program associate experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Essential Job Duties

This is a dual role. About 50 percent of the time, the Business Counselor will function as a small business counselor serving start-up and some existing companies. The other half of the role is administrative, supporting the director and a team of seveb. Position is responsible for reconciliation and the daily fiscal management of the Center’s multiple budgets. Position processes the department’s travel reimbursements and other administrative functions including ordering supplies, greeting visitors and answering phones. Position is responsible for developing financial spreadsheets and completing short-term research projects for selected clients. The successful candidate will deliver business related seminars and oversee the center’s client tracking system.

Other Work ResponsibilitiesDepartmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

The preferred candidate will have business ownership experience, and be knowledgeable regarding business start-up issues and general business issues.
This candidate will have a working knowledge of financial statements and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
This candidate must be detailed oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking/delivering seminars.
Business counseling experience strongly preferred.
Familiarity with university processes and systems (such as Banner) preferred.

Necessary Licenses or CertificationsWork LocationPORTAL BuildingPosting date09/10/2019Closing date10/09/2019Proposed Hire Date11/01/2019Contact InformationSpecial Notes to Applicants
  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a time limited position that is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2020. Additional funding for this position is anticipated. If the funding is received then the position will continue until approved funding has been exhausted.
  • Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application. These documents will be used to evaluate your written communication skills as well as supporting documents of your knowledge, skills, abilities, education and professional experience.
  • Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application. Do not write ‘see resume’ on your application when completing the job duties section.
  • If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment).
  • Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Where did you learn about this posting?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. Do you have small business consulting or counseling experience? If yes, please explain your experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Do you have small business ownership experience? If yes, please explain your experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Please describe your experience in preparing financial statements and performing auditing procedures.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
Optional Documents
  1. Contact Information for References