Job Title: Business Advisor
PVN ID: NY-2304-005571
Category: Instruction and Social Service

Job Description

General Description

Brooklyn SBDC Background: 

The Brooklyn Small Business Development Center at New York City College of Technology has helped 16,451 businesses since 1986. These businesses have invested $114,655,745 in the area's economy and created or saved 4,708 jobs. We can help you develop your business with our professional tools and experience. 

Duties and Responsibilities of the Business Advisor: 

  • Provides a comprehensive range of small business-based assistance including one to one client advisement in the area of business plan development; analyzes, prepares and structures financial statements, such as cash flow projections, income statements and sources and uses statements; 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

Complexity of Duties (in order of priority: The Business Advisor will work at The City College of Technology, and: 

  • Providing quality one-to-one advisement to a varied and complex range of clientele 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 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) electing time, date and location for the event 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 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 ongoing 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 in Spanish

Other Duties


Experience: The position requires no less than three years' experience in private sector business or related public technical assistance environment Education: 

The position requires a Bachelor's Degree in the area of business, management, finance, economics, marketing or related field Skills: 

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel required Excellent presentation and instructional skills required Strong writing ability required 

Fluency in the Spanish (written, spoken) language is required 

With work programs such as: Zoom, Teams, and GoToWebinar 

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

Full Time
Annual Salary Range
$50,000.00 - $54,000.00
Closing Date
Jun 14, 2023 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit