Small Business Advisor - SBDC

Job Details

Category:: Professional
Department:: Small Business Development Center
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Mar 4, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 02661
Position ID:: 143585

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Senior Staff Assistant (SL-3)

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Basic Functions: The Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University (SBDC at BU) helps existing and potential small business in twelve New York State counties. The SBDC at BU currently has one outreach office and many satellite offices with a staff of an Administrative Assistant, Business Advisors, Interns, and a Regional Director. This Advisor will be located in Binghamton, New York.

Reporting to the Regional Director, the Small Business Advisor is responsible for providing business counseling to clients, creating and executing small business training, acting as an ambassador for the SBDC in the community and following SBDC at BU operational procedures to ensure compliance with NY SBDC, Host and Funding Partners. The Small Business Advisor works together with the SBDC at BU staff to meet annual objectives of fulfilling the Center's mission of serving entrepreneurs and creating new businesses. Small Business Advisement Services are the priority of this position.

  • Small Business Advisement Services - Provides a comprehensive range of small business-based assistance including one-on-one client counseling in the area of business plan development; financial analysis; maintaining record keeping systems, and assisting clients with market related issues.
  • Small Business Training - Small Business Training is an important portion of the services offered by the SBDC. Small Business Training is used to both address the challenges and opportunities of small businesses and also as outreach to create SBDC clients. Working with the Regional Director the Small Business Advisor will perform or facilitate training for SBDC at BU. This includes: event management, creating content ideas, budget development, speaker research, outreach, and marketing activities.
  • Community Outreach and Collaboration - Initiate and maintain contact with the business community as well as other related public and private entities to promote program services and enhance outreach services.
  • Grant, Host, NY SBDC Deliverables and Compliance - The NY SBDC is funded through support from Binghamton University, Federal Grants, State Funding, and Private and Public Initiatives. The multiple sources of funding increase the complexity of compliance as different activities have different rules and deliverables.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Small Business Advisement Services - 75%
  • Small Business Training - 15%
  • Other - 10%
    • Community Outreach and Collaboration.
    • Grant, Host, NY SBDC Deliverables and Grant Compliance.
    • Perform other assignments from Regional Director.

Other Job Objectives:

  • Maintain a client caseload and provide technical management assistance to potential and existing small businesses throughout region.
  • Understand the needs of the small business community and provide small business training.
  • Develop working relationships with other economic development agencies.
  • Promote the SBDC by volunteering to give presentations to stakeholders of the SBDC.
  • Travel to client locations for evaluation purposes and to better understand the client's small business entity.

Supervisory Relationships:

  • The Regional Director supervises this position. This position will have the opportunity to supervise student interns.


  • BS/BA Degree. The degree must be in the area of public administration, management, finance or another business-related field.
  • Advisor must have excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to work with other local economic development agencies, service providers and the banking community.
  • MS Office proficiency.
  • A valid driver's license.


  • Economic development agency or small business management experience.

Additional Information:

Long Term Objectives: This position is funded annually.

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: March 22, 2022

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

Please submit:

  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

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Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

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