Job Title: SBDC Business Advisor Queens College Outreach - Flushing
PVN ID: LA-2210-005176
Category: Managerial and Professional
Location: LAGUARDIA C. C.

Job Description

General Description

The LaGuardia Small Business Development Center opened its doors in October 2001 in response to the needs of small businesses after the 9/11 Disaster. Since then, the Center continues to provide professional in-depth one-on-one business advisement, entrepreneurial training, research and business services for start-up and the small and medium enterprise community in the languages of English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish.

LaGuardia Business Advisor will work at Queens College Outreach in Flushing, NY

Duties & Responsibilities of the Business Advisor:

  • Provides a comprehensive range of small business-based assistance including one-to-one client advisement in the areas of business plan development; analyzes, prepares and structures financial statements, such as cash flow projections, income statements and sources and uses statements and pro-forma balance sheets; 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 topics.
  • Implements and/or 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.
  • Gathers written feedback from assisted clients for program service refinement and promotional purposes.
  • Acts as a clearinghouse for information for clients and other interested individuals and refers, when appropriate, those individuals to outside entities that can provide additional support services.
  • Provides direct assistance to junior staff in meeting client and program objectives.
  • Coordinates student intern program including screening, selection and performance evaluations. Interfaces when necessary with campus faculty sponsors.

Other Duties

Complexity of Duties:

  • Provides quality one-to-one advisement to a varied and complex range of clientele, which 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.
  • Conducting SBDC sponsored training events, which is a complicated task that involves careful planning including:

a) Identifying topics 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 events

d) Providing follow-on one-to-one advisement to attendees when requested

e) Gathering feedback from attendees to evaluate the quality of the event and to help identify topics for future events.

  • Establishing a comprehensive network of professional contacts for referral purposes is an important component of an advisor's responsibilities. The credibility of the advisor and the program can be jeopardized if a referral is made to an individual or organization that is ill suited to meet the client's needs. New contacts are established on an on-going basis so that resources can be utilized in response to an ever-changing business climate.
  • Ability to fulfill program required goals.
  • Ability and ease of providing one-to-one business advisement and presenting workshops and seminars.




  • No less than three years’ experience in private sector business or related public technical assistance environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree in the area of business, management, finance, economics or related field
  • Strong writing ability
  • Excellent presentation and instructional skills
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel


About the Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Key Features

Small Business Development Center
Full Time
Annual Salary Range
$50,000.00 - $54,000.00
Closing Date
Jul 31, 2023 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit