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Business Management Counselor

Job description

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-02
Req: R-814


1196-NN - Business Management Counselor

Business Title:

Business Management Counselor


Employee Type:

Admin. Professional

Job Family:

Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The primary focus of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is business development education through individual and small group advising.

In addition to the instruction/advising component of the position, the Business Advisor performs significant outreach activities to engage the community through regular contact with Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Councils, service clubs, community organizations and legislators in conjunction with the Lead Office staff.

The SBDC is a network of entrepreneurially minded professional business advisors with significant experience in small business who enjoy the intrinsic value of helping business owners/managers developing or improving their business knowledge and skills to effectively manage the operations of their business. In confidential, one-on-one relationships, the Business Advisor must educate, mentor and advise clients in all areas of growing a business. The Business Advisor must also adhere to the conduct policies of the SBDC program. Most advisors work independently in a community-located SBDC center, yet frequently collaborate with advisors across the state who request assistance on behalf of a client with need for specific expertise.

Advisors must be well organized to manage more than 100 clients annually from every sector of the local business community requiring a full range of business services. Advisors must have comprehensive knowledge and experience of small business operations.

Advisors must understand the client’s situation, analyze the problems and guide the client in developing a solution he or she is willing and able to implement.

Advisors typically identify a range of solutions, discuss the pros and cons of each and explain abstract concepts with real world examples. Advisors constantly seek professional development opportunities to expand their core competencies in all areas of business, including technology, necessary to start, grow, sustain and transition a small business.

Peer mentoring is valued within the Washington SBDC Network and advisors often share their expertise in response to queries from other advisors.

Advisors must develop and maintain a referral network within their local service areas to ensure they maintain a robust client caseload capable of delivering significant economic impacts to the local community and the state. Advisors must also build relationships with various and diverse stakeholders to advocate support of the SBDC program, including elected officials, funding partners, businesses and community leaders.

Business advisors must successfully complete a certification program within six months of hire to become a fully certified advisor. Certification is designed to allow the advisor to demonstrate their comprehensive knowledge and abilities to be successful in guiding clients toward their goals while taking advantage of learning from experienced advisors sharing best practices, tools and processes they use to assist their clients.

This position will be located at the Goldendale and Stevenson, WA offices.

Required Qualifications:

  • Positions require a Bachelor’s degree in business or related field and three (3) years of experience in business ownership, business management, and/or program development. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

  • Robust computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with Word, Powerpoint, email and Excel.

  • Successful candidate required to complete WSBDC certification within six months of being hired — or be making satisfactory progress toward completion, as determined by the SBDC’s Certification and Professional Development Committee. Upon successful completion, the candidate will be designated a Certified Business Advisor (CBA) and will be expected to pursue on-going professional development and continuing education to maintain his or her certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated local economic development, community, and business relationships.

  • Experience in advising small businesses.

  • Five (5) or more years of small business ownership and/or management.

  • Experience developing and/or teaching management workshops.

  • Program and/or product development experience.

  • Work experience with technology-based firms.

Additional Information:


Office of Research

Department Name:

Washington Small Business Development Center

Department Link:


City, State, Zip:

Goldendale, WA 98620

Stevenson, WA 98648

Monthly Salary:

Commensurate on qualifications and experience





Posting Close Date:

Applicants must submit their completed application by April 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume 2) a cover letter and 3) contact information for professional references. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Required Documents:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/4/2021
Application Due: 7/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time