Summary of Duties: The primary focus of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is business development education through individual and small group advising. The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is supported by federal, state and local funds to champion the health of small businesses by providing objective advice to meet the challenges of starting, growing or transforming a small business. The SBDC leverages the resources of colleges and universities, research institutions, major corporations, communities and the state.
In addition to the instruction/advising component of the position, the Senior Business Advisor 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.
The SBDC is a network of entrepreneurially minded professional business advisors with significant experience in small business who enjoy the intrinsic value of helping business owners/managers develop their business knowledge and skills to effectively manage the operations of their small business. Through tailored, confidential, one-on-one relationships, the senior business advisor educates, mentors and advises clients in all areas of growing a business. The Senior 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.
Senior 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. 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.
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.
A critical part of the Senior Business Advisor's duties is that Senior Business Advisors are expected to do significant peer mentoring with other Advisors in the Network through dissemination of advising best practice tools and processes through both co-advising and peer training workshops.
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.
Required Qualifications: Positions require a Bachelors degree in business or related field and three (3) years of experience in business ownership, business management, and/or program development. A Masters 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.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.