Job Family: Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible
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This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies at the Business Advisor or Business Advisor Senior level, and at various locations throughout the state of Washington, including but no limited to:Tukwila/South Seattle.
Summary of Duties: Business Management Counselor
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 and community organizations and legislators in conjunction with the Lead Office staff.
The SBDC is a network of entrepreneurial 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, we educate, mentor and advise clients in all areas of growing a business. The Business Advisor also must 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. Business clients will be from every sector of the local business community and require 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.
Summary of Duties: Business Management Counselor Senior
The Senior Business Advisor also performs significant outreach activities to engage the small business community through regular contact with existing or aspiring entrepreneurs, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Councils, service clubs and community organizations and legislators in conjunction with the SBDC program's Lead Office staff.
Senior Business Advisors are expected to deliver advanced technical assistance services to targeted growth and development clients which will meet program goals and create economic impact in terms of business creations, access to capital, business expansion, revenue growth and job creation.
New advisors in the SBDC network will need to successfully complete a certification program within six months of hire to become fully certified as an advisor. Certification is designed to allow the new 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.
Positions require a Bachelor's degree in business or related field and four (4) 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.
Business Management Counselor Senior: must also have at least five (5) years of experience in directly advising small to medium sized business owners and managers, either with the Washington or another SBDC. Experience must demonstrate significant economic development impacts for small businesses and exemplify innovation, integrity, and collaboration.
These positions may require additional licenses or certifications.
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.
Additional language (other than English) proficiency.
Additional Preferred Qualifications for Business Management Counselor Senior:
Extensive experience in advising small businesses. Seven (7) or more years of experience in directly advising of small to medium sized business owners and managers within the Washington or another SBDC.
Work experience with high-growth oriented firms.
Area/College: Office of Research
Department Name: Washington Small Business Development Center City, State, Zip: Multiple locations Department Link: wsbdc.org Monthly Salary: Position classification and salary dependent on experience FTE: 100% Permanent/Temporary/Project: Permanent Posting Close Date: Screening for this position will begin on December 6, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. 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:
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
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