The main duties of the Part-time Business Consultant is to 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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Consults with the Center’s small business clients at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offices, at facilities in outlying communities, and at clients’ businesses.
Maintains client files as prescribed by the SBA 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 have contacts with business financing institutions and other referral sources to recruit clients who require and will apply for large capital loans for expansion or startup.
Speaks at the Center’s management training seminars, when requested.
Participates in functions that promote Center publicity (i.e. trade shows, meetings speaking engagements) etc.
Manages and/or consults in special project(s) as assigned by the Director.
Attends professional development programs to update and enhance skills.
Educates and advise clients on how to commercialize new technologies and start companies based on the by following network consulting policies and procedures.
Provides one-on-one advising and consulting to include: R&D funding opportunities, market feasibility, commercialization processes, and intellectual property a Present educational materials and present educational programs as appropriate.
Provides outreach to educate clients, partners and stakeholders on SBDC services and impact.
Contributes to knowledge creation and dissemination through communicating with peers and participating in network activities
Travels out-of-town 1-2 times per year for meetings and conferences if requested by the Center.
Assists with School of Business special projects as requested.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Economics or a related field; masters preferred.
Work experience of five or more years in business management or business consulting can compensate for educational degree requirement.
Knowledge of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization issues.
Two years of work experience in a relevant field.
Strong interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and listening skills.
Knowledge of business and strategic planning, market research, and capital acquisition.
Ability to manage large client portfolio, strong organizational and time management skills.
Ability to network effectively with partners and stakeholders.
Proficient digital technology skills and ability to use the CRM and other SBA databases to enter data and generate reports.
Stellar ability to develop critique business plans as well as produce and interpret cash flow projections.
Experience with Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and/or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitations, awards and process is a plus.
Ability to travel/use of an automobile.
Small business ownership/experience preferred, but not required.
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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