The Business Consultant will deliver comprehensive management consulting with the Center's small business clients, usually resulting in a written recommendation for improving the performance of the client's business. The Consultant will establish and maintain a liaison working relationship with the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce in New Castle, which serves as an outreach location for the Center. Hours are defined whereby the time is spent in the outreach office concentrating on existing and potential clients from Lawrence County.
The position is Grant Funded by the Small Business Administration & PA Department of Community & Economic Development and is contingent upon continued funding.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Consults with the Center's small business clients at the SBDC offices, at facilities in outlying communities/outreach offices, and at clients' businesses on an exception basis when warranted.
Maintains client files as prescribed by the SBA and its Customer Relations Management Software using the personal computer as a consulting tool as well as the SBA client database and reporting system.
Performs specialized consulting work for small businesses as specified under Center's contracts with government agencies, chambers of commerce and economic development agencies.
Links and preferably has contacts with business financing institutions and other referral sources to recruit clients who require and will apply for capital loans for expansion or startup.
Speaks at the Center's management training seminars, when requested.
Participates in functions that promote and publicize Center’s mission, (i.e. trade shows, meetings, speaking engagements, community agencies) etc.
Manages and/or consult in special project(s) as assigned by the Director.
Attends professional development programs to update and enhance skills.
Travels out of region on an occasional basis for professional development and other purposes
Travels to the Lawrence County outreach office on a weekly basis for the defined on-site hours. Otherwise works out of the Duquesne Office.
Establishes professional and collegial relationships with the Lawrence County Regional Chamber CEO and Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation director.
Assist with School of Business special projects as requested.
Performs other job duties related to the Center's mission as requested.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Comparable Field. MBA a plus.
A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the capacity as an advisor to clients who have need for consulting in the area of small business development or in a similar position.
Consulting experience in helping both startup and existing businesses with financing, marketing (traditional and social media), startup, growth strategies and ongoing operational analysis. Experience creating actionable plans to improve client’s probability of success.
Ability to produce and analyze financial statements and cash flow projections.
Communication skills to effectively work with clients and market SBDC program to financing and referral entities.
Excellent written or oral communication skills, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and ability to prepare and critique detailed reports and business plans.
Self-starter not requiring extensive, step-by-step supervision.
Proficiency with Windows software, spreadsheets, word processing, database, website development, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM software and social media).
Experience conducting market research, including compilation and analysis of demographic data.
Professionalism, great oral and written communication skills, and customer service, i.e. collaboration and teamwork.
Residence in New Castle or surrounding area is highly desirable.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.
Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).
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