Job Title: Business Advisor
PVN ID: LE-2304-005580
Category: Instruction and Social Service

Job Description

General Description

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Business Advisor will report directly to the SBDC Regional Center Director.

This position is a short-term appointment and Grant funded until December 31st, 2023.

At a Regional Center, SBDC Business Advisors provide a comprehensive range of small business-based assistance including, 1:1 client counseling, funding assistance, business plan development, analyzing financial statements including cash flow projections, income statements, and balance sheets. Advisors also counsel clients on marketing, including advertising, promotional functions, website, and other related areas. Additionally, Advisors update client information using data entry software and manual recordkeeping systems.

  • Implements and/or participates in training sessions sponsored by the SBDC and its partners along with follow up services as necessary to attendees. Session formats vary in-person or virtual, including single and multiday conferences where relevant topics are discussed in open forums, and in other public situations. 
  • Gathers written feedback from clients who have received assistance for the purposes of program refinement and promotional purposes.
  • Performs clearinghouse services, gathering information from clients and refers clients to outside providers as needed. 
  • Works collaboratively with center staffing in areas of planning, promotion, webinar development and delivery, identifying tasks, editing reports, and other written documents, monitoring meetings, etc. 

Other Duties

  • NY SBDC Business Advisor provides direct assistance as appropriate and coordinates the various internal and external resources of the program to meet the clients’ needs.
  • Sufficient organizational skills are critical in maintaining an elevated level of activity while adapting to the time-sensitive nature of business decision making. 
  • Conducting an SBDC sponsored training event 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 1:1 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. 
  • Establishing a comprehensive network of professional contacts for referral and partnership on joint events and programs.
  • Advisor conducts business research and narrating of client cases, including filing, and entering follow-ons.  
  • Reviews technological requirements and assesses the impact of technology and electronic commerce upon the prospective or existing business’ viability.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as needed.


SBDC Business Advisor should possess these basic competencies/qualifications:

  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with SBDC staff throughout the state and effective team participation.
  • Verbal and written communications.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with a wide range of software applications. 
  • Effective time management and problem resolution
  • Maintain scheduling and event calendars.
  • Ability to prepare reports, proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, professionalism, confidentiality.

Experience: The position requires no less than one year's experience in private sector business or related public technical assistance

Education: The position requires a bachelor’s degree in business, management, finance, economics, or related field.


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

School of Continuing & Professional Stud
Full Time
Annual Salary Range
$36,144.00 - $39,130.00
Closing Date
Aug 18, 2023 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit