Business Advisor

Business Advisor – Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

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Posting Details

Position Information
Position Title Business Advisor 10KSB
Department President’s Office
Position Category Staff – NonClassified
Job Summary A 10,000 Small Businesses Business Advisor (GS10KSB) is one who:
• Is committed to working with their designated small business owner scholars at the Community College of Rhode Island in a facilitative and supportive manner to identity their business needs and provide or obtain appropriate assistance
• Uses a model of community engagement to link scholars to other Business Support Services
• Works in a collaborative and supportive manner within the classroom and in advising sessions to help the scholars complete the program and program deliverables
• Brings appropriate practitioner oriented expertise to the classroom, along with an appreciation for theoretical frameworks
• Guides the scholars through the Access to Capital program opportunities
• Participates in measurement and evaluation activities as needed (including validation)
• Is dedicated to the program outcomes of job creation and revenue generation
Duties and Responsibilities Business Advisors are essential to the success of the scholars in the 10,000 Small Businesses program. The BAs advise their designated scholars as to the completion of the GS10KSB deliverables and the growth of their business, support the classroom environment, and link scholars to business support services.
The specific duties of the GS10KSB Business Advisor includes:

Advising and Curriculum Support
• Meets with scholars on an individual basis at least 6-8 times per program (target of approximately 1.5 – 2 hours per meeting through a combination of in-person and phone/on-line meetings) to guide business growth with the final meeting dedicated to quality control of the growth plan and an advisor transition plan
• Assists scholars in learning how to use professional services (advisors) appropriately
• Works with scholars to connect them to external Business Support Services (local entrepreneurship ecosystem) as needed for specialty services
• Works with scholars to understand, collect and apply business metrics to support growth
• Assists within the classroom to coordinate group activities and support faculty
• Helps scholars apply course content to their businesses
• Leads bi-weekly planning sessions to support scholar business growth
• Attends all GS10KSB modules, clinics and program events at CCRI to support scholar learning

Curriculum Participation:
• Participates in the national GS10KSB Training Seminar with a particular focus on:
o Advising for business growth using the program deliverables (Growth Plan)
o Techniques for facilitating peer learning
o Planning and conducting individual meetings with scholars, including how to support scholars through the “Scholar Support System”
o Collecting and validating baseline and graduation Measurement and Evaluation tools and advancing a metric based mindset
o Understanding the content and delivery approach of the curriculum
• Cohort Preparation at CCRI:
o Connects with the local partner CDFI as guided by the Director of Program Delivery at CCRI
o Assists in scholar recruiting as directed by the Outreach Director at CCRI
o Reviews scholar applications as part of admission process
o Reviews accepted scholar data (applications and baseline assessment tools) to understand scholar’s individualized needs as well as the needs of the cohort
o Plans advising schedule and approach
o Works with Program Manager at CCRI to create scholar profiles for program use
o Works with advising team to assign scholar Growth Groups

Community Building:
• Participates in a quarterly call for Business Advisors with national partners (exchange of updates, best practices, new challenges, etc.)
• Networks with business support services to enhance the local entrepreneurship ecosystem and to advance program recruitment
• Engages in scholar alumni program events as needed
• Participates in assessment of scholars through measurement and evaluation activities Participates in assessment of curriculum sessions through post session debriefings
• Participates in assessment of program through team debriefing and review process

Other duties as needed to support program success.

Minimum Qualifications • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business, entrepreneurship, sales or related field, is required. Advanced degree welcomed.
• A minimum of three years’ successful experience in business advising for a small business clientele
• Proven ability to work in a team environment and manage multiple tasks efficiently and effectively
• Strong spoken and written communication skills
• Ability to work a flexible schedule
• High personal and professional ethical standards
Preferred Qualifications
Reports To Director of Program Delivery
Campus Location Initially located at the Warwick Campus
Work Schedule Calendar
Shift, Days, and Additional Work Schedule Information 35 hours per week; Non-Standard
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time
Permanent/Limited Position Limited
Benefits Yes
Name of Bargaining Unit Union CCRIPSA
Pay Grade PSA 12
Salary Range Salary begins at $48,258
Additional Salary Information Salary commensurate with education and experience
Civil Service List position No
Licenses, Tools and Equipment • Various office equipment which may include computers, typewriters, telephones, copy machines, calculators, fax machines, etc.
• Must have access to and use of own transportation.
Environmental Conditions • This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Desired Start Date 04/15/2019
Position End Date (if temporary or grant) *This position is limited to 10/31/2019 with the possibility of renewal after annual grant review
Posting Detail Information
Number of Vacancies 1
Application Open Date 01/23/2019
Application Close Date (includes the grace period) 02/28/2019
Open Until Filled No
Comments CCRI Mission:
The Community College of Rhode Island is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs. We meet the wide-ranging educational needs of our diverse student population, building on our rich tradition of excellence in teaching and our dedication to all students with the ability and motivation to succeed. We set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, champion diversity, respond to community needs, and contribute to our state’s economic development and the region’s workforce.
Special Instructions to Applicants The closing date to apply for this position is 2/28/19. This date includes a five-day grace period. Application materials will not be accepted after 11:59pm EST on 2/28/19.

To apply for this position:
1. Complete CCRI’s online application, and attach a cover letter and resume. You do not need to complete the ‘Education History’ or ‘Employment History’ sections within the application if you are attaching a resume that includes the same information.
2. Include contact information of three references within the application’s “Reference” page.

Finalists will be required to provide official college transcripts.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * * To improve CCRI’s advertising strategy, please let us know where you FIRST learned of this job opportunity? Please be specific when using web site or publication names (example: LinkedIn, HigherEdjobs, Chronicle, personal referral, etc.). Thank you.(Open Ended Question)
  2. * Do you have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a minimum of three (3) years’ successful experience in business advising for a small business clientele?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Is your educational degree attained in business, entrepreneurship, sales or related field?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application

Optional Documents

  1. Other Document