Business Advisor - Staff Assistant SL-2 (2 vacancies)


Business Advisor - Staff Assistant SL-2 (2 vacancies)


Small Business Development Center at Clinton Community College



Description of Duties

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 SUNY Canton operational procedures to ensure compliance with NY SBDC, Host and Funding Partners. The Small Business Advisor works together with the SBDC 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 SUNY Canton SBDC. This includes event management, creating content ideas, budget development, speaker research, outreach, and marketing activities.

  • Ensure training programs are in compliance with SBA and NY SBDC. Provide required form and data to Administrative Assistant.
  • Assist the Regional Director in locating co-sponsors to assist with presentation, marketing, and funding.
  • Identify resources to implement training program which can include SUNY Canton SBDC staff or outside resources.
  • Create and present training within program and review outcomes with Regional Director to ensure that goals are met.
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.
  • Identify listening posts within SBDC stakeholders with the goal of understanding and assisting small businesses across the Center's region.
  • Develop / Maintain working relationships with various lenders and local economic development agencies.
Grant, Host, NY SBDC Deliverables and Compliance - The NY SBDC is funded through support from SUNY Canton, 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.
  • Apply operational strategy, NY SBDC Goals, and metrics to track and evaluate client caseload and services provided.
  • Working with the Regional Director, ensure that the efforts are compliant with SBDC, SUNY Canton, Research Foundation, SBA, and other funding organizations.
  • Manage case files, forms and other documents as stipulated in the NY SBDC Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Ensure that the Center's goals, brand, and services reflect NY SBDC and SUNY Canton Mission of being a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.
  • Limited travel may be necessary.

Required Qualifications:
  • BS/BA degree required
  • Demonstrated proficiency in financial analysts. business planning and capital formation
  • Working knowledge of best practices in major functional areas (i.e. product development, business planning, sales/marketing, financing, operations, organizational development, etc.)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid/clean driver's license to operate a motor vehicle
  • Ability to work with other local economic development agencies, service provides, and the banking community
Preferred Qualifications:
  • MBA degree
  • Training/consulting experience
  • Small business ownership/management or bank loan operations
Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications

Review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.

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SUNY Canton, a unit of the State University of New York, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. SUNY Canton is building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority and women candidates.

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