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Business Advisor, 10,000 Small Businesses Grant

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Position Title:

Business Advisor, 10,000 Small Businesses Grant

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General Description:

Success starts at Community College of Philadelphia. Innovators and difference makers work at Community College of Philadelphia. Diversity thrives at Community College of Philadelphia. We are a college that is committed to promoting a work environment that attracts and retains talented and diverse faculty and staff. We challenge each other and ourselves to achieve at the highest level while contributing to the mission of the College and the betterment of Philadelphia. We value and support an intellectually dynamic community to prepare our students for global citizenship. Join us and become a part of a community that has long been and will continue to be generators of generational chance in this city and beyond.

Community College of Philadelphia is an open-admission, associate-degree-granting institution which provides access to higher education for all who may benefit. Its programs of study in the liberal arts and sciences, career technologies, and basic academic skills provide a coherent foundation for college transfer, employment and lifelong learning. The College serves Philadelphia by preparing its students to be informed and concerned citizens, active participants in the cultural life of the city, and enabled to meet the changing needs of business, industry and the professions. To help address broad economic, cultural and political concerns in the city and beyond, the College draws together students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds and seeks to provide the programs and support they need to achieve their goals.

As part of a grant funded training program dedicated to job creation and revenue growth for small business owners and entrepreneurs, the Business Advisor provides business coaching, guidance and mentoring support to program participants (“scholars”). The Business Advisor participates in program scholar recruitment, application review and selection for admission. Work with scholars to inform their development of plans for business growth. Connect scholars to external business support services. Supports the grant assessment process. Supports alumni through encouraging participation in required assessments. Connect with local and national partners.

This is a temporary, grant-funded position. Employment is based on the continuation of grant funding. #ID23

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Meet with scholars on an individual basis at least 6 times per program (target of approximately 1 hour per meeting) to guide business growth with the final meeting dedicated to quality control of the growth plan.

  • Work with scholars to understand, collect and apply business metrics to support growth.

  • Bring appropriate business practitioner-oriented expertise to the program.

  • Help scholars translate course content and relate learning to their specific business.

  • Lead weekly or bi-weekly planning sessions to support scholar business growth.

  • Participate in program scholar recruitment, selection, and coaching.

  • Review scholar applications as part of admission process.

  • Connect with the local and national partners as guided by the Education Services Director.

  • Participate in scholar recruiting as directed by the Outreach Director.

  • Review accepted scholar data (applications and baseline assessment tools) to understand scholar’s individualized needs as well as the needs of the cohort.

  • Connect scholars to external business support services as needed for specialty services.

  • Assigned responsibilities for measurement and evaluation data collection and validation (baseline and graduation).

  • Manage the coaching and mentorship approach and schedule.

  • Create and maintain scholar profiles, cohort tracker, onboarding surveys, panel requests/bios/facilitation, classroom service requests and other tools related to cohort management and quality control.

  • Inform scholars about how to use a Business Advisors appropriately (preparation, discussion and debrief, and follow-up).

  • Assist within the classroom to coordinate group activities and support faculty.

  • Attend all preparation meetings (pre-briefs, walkthroughs, debriefs, SSS, BA Prep), as well as modules, clinics and program events to support scholar learning.

  • In collaboration with the Alumni Manager, manage assessment of scholars, and encourages alumni completion of assessments and event attendance.

  • In collaboration with the Education Services Director, actively participates in the assessment of the program through team debriefing and review process.

  • Participate in Faculty and Business Advisor Training Seminar with a particular focus on coaching and providing guidance for business growth using the program deliverables, Techniques for facilitating peer learning, planning and conducting individual support meetings with scholars, understanding the content and delivery approach of the curriculum.

  • Actively participate in team meetings, divisional meetings, and hiring committees, related to the successful execution of the 10KSB grant, divisional and College priorities.

  • Other duties as needed to support program success.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree required; concentration in business related area preferred. Any and all degree(s) must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

  • Minimum five (5) years direct experience in small business ownership, entrepreneurship, or engagement.

  • Minimum five (5) years direct demonstrated experience in understanding functional areas of business operations, including small business finance.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external constituents required.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills are required.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.

  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of MS Word and Excel required.

  • Committed to working with designated scholars in a facilitative and supportive manner to identify their business needs and provide or obtain appropriate assistance.

  • Works in a collaborative and supportive manner within the classroom and in advising sessions to help the scholars complete the program and program deliverables.

  • Understand and value the importance of metrics through measurement and evaluation activities.

  • Dedication to the program outcomes of job creation and revenue generation.

  • An understanding of, and sensitivity to, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff and students required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience as a business advisor, consultant, coach, or mentor is preferred
  • Knowledge and understanding of the comprehensive community college mission is preferred

  • Advanced degree in business administration or related area is preferred.

Work Location:

Main Campus


“Success Starts Here” is our message to the Philadelphia community – and at Community College of Philadelphia, we recognize that our success as a college and the success of our students starts with our employees. Our employees are vital to our success. Our total compensation package includes a comprehensive offer of benefits that are unrivaled by most.

Our benefits include:

  • 100% College-paid medical, dental and prescription drug for employees and all of their eligible family members
  • College-paid life and disability insurance
  • College closes for Winter Break the week between Christmas and New Years and for a week in March for Spring Break
  • College operates on a 4-day work week during the summer months (off on Fridays)
  • Most employees work from home one day each week
  • Tuition remission (for classes at the College)
  • Forgivable tuition loan (for classes at any accredited academic institution)
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 10% College contribution
  • Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Paid vacation plus holiday and personal time off

Special Instructions to Applicants:


Interested persons should complete an online application.

  • Cover letter of interest and CV/resume REQUIRED.
  • Name and contact information for three (3) references REQUIRED.
  • Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks in accordance with the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Community College of Philadelphia is an affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access employer.

Community College of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Salary Range:

$62,672 - $85,000

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Type of Position:

Administrator - Temp

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Working at Community College of Philadelphia

Welcome to Community College of Philadelphia, a public, open-admission institution that provides both academic resources and support services to help students achieve their academic goals. As the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia, the College has served more than 685,000 of the city's residents since 1965. We serve a diverse population of students, from recent high school graduates starting here on their path to a bachelor's degree, to adults looking to change careers. On our Main Campus or at any of our three Regional Centers within Philadelphia, we offer the convenience our students need to fit classes into their busy schedules.

We seek to empower our community through education, one individual at a time. More than 90 percent of our graduates remain in the area and strengthen our local economy. It is our mission to prepare Philadelphians for a new career or transfer to a four-year college so that they can achieve their educational and career goals.

Community College of Philadelphia is dedicated to promoting a work environment which attracts and retains talented, high caliber faculty and staff, and which challenges each of us to achieve at the highest level while contributing to the mission of the College.

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