Advisor, Small Business Development Center
Columbia University - New York, NY

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5160- BUS Centers and Institutes



Job Type

Officer Full-Time Temporary

Bargaining Unit

If temporary, indicate duration

Two years

Hours Per Week


Job Family

General Administration

Salary Grade


Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Advertised Summary Job Description

Reporting to the Director of the Small Business Development Center the incumbent provides a comprehensive range of small business-based assistance including one to one client counseling in the area of business plan development; analyzes, prepares and structures financial statements, such as cash flow projections, income statements and sources and uses statements for reporting; provides assistance in automated and manual record keeping systems and assists clients with market related issues such as advertising, promotional functions, market surveys, and other related areas. Responsibilities: 1. Participates in training sessions sponsored by the SBDC and provides follow up services as necessary to attendees. Sessions are in many forms including long term classroom situations, single and multi-day conferences where relevant topics are discussed in open forums, and in other public situations. 2. Provides quality one to one advisement to a varied and complex range of clientele requires a wide breadth of knowledge in many areas. Many clients can be serviced on a short term basis while other clients require long term counseling depending upon the client's level of expertise or the sophistication of the venture. Sufficient organizational skills are critical in maintaining a high level of activity while adapting to the time-sensitive nature of business decision making. 3. Gathers written feedback from clients who have received assistance for the purposes of program refinement and promotional purposes. 4. Conducts an SBDC sponsored training events. This is a complicated task that involves careful planning including a) identifying a topic that effectively addresses an identified need in the business community; b) securing the services of appropriate experts in the field; c) selecting time, date and location for the event; d) providing follow on one to one counseling to attendees when requested; and e) gathering feedback from attendees to evaluate the quality of the event and to help identify topics for future events. 5. Establishes a comprehensive network of professional contacts for referral purposes. 6. Acts as a clearinghouse service by gathering information from clients and other interested individuals and refers individuals to outside providers when helpful. 7. Directly supervises student assistants and instructs them by identifying tasks, editing reports and other written documents, monitoring meetings, etc. 8. Other duties as assigned. PLEASE NOTE: An internal candidate has been identified and has applied for this position; however, we are still accepting applications and will consider all qualified candidates. This is a two year temporary position.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required. 3-5 years related experience required.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Prior experience in the private sector business or related public technical assistant required.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in the area of business, management, finance, economics or related field preferred.

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