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Department: Small Business Development Center
FTE: up to 15/hr a week
The SOU Small Business Development Center (SOUSBDC) was established in 1984, and provides business advising, seminars, workshops, and specialized programs for business retention and expansion. The SOUSBDC is part of a network of nineteen Small Business Development Centers throughout the State of Oregon. Responsibility for the SBDC rests with the SOU Business program, which provides an interface between SOU and the populace it serves. The SBDC is located in Medford at the Higher Education Center.
The Business Adviser position supports the operations of the SBDC through the provision of professional advice to entrepreneurs and companies throughout the region who are interested in building their operations. While performing duties independently and under general supervision from the SBDC Director, the Business Adviser maintains high levels of integrity, confidentiality, and service to the clients who come to the SBDC for advice and assistance. The Business Adviser works within guidelines established by SOU, the SBA through the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network, and the SOUSBDC office.
Grant funded: This position is contingent upon continued grant funding.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
Knowledge of basic computer programs such as word documents, spreadsheets, and internet queries.
Private business experience as either an owner, a manager / director, or as an executive;
A Bachelor's of Science in business, marketing, computer science or information technology, economics or a closely related field*;
An interest in working with young business enterprises as a mentor, role model, and adviser; and
The interest and ability to serve as an instructor as needed.
Note: Some exceptions to the education requirement may be made for certain specialty skills or advanced capabilities that have been developed through a combination of prior employment and industry technical training, with demonstrated competence.
A Master's degree in a business or technical area from an accredited academic institution.
Two years' experience and knowledge of business assessment practices.
· Ability to analyze barriers to business growth and discuss possible solutions with client businesses.
· Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service centered attitude.
All Listed Duties:
Provide professional client advising services according to SOU and SBDC standards.
Enter client contact and session information into the database.
Remain current with business planning and industry knowledge.
May teach seminars, orientations, or Small Business Development classes as requested.
May serve as an instructor on a casual basis as needed.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as
Internal Number: 7642
About Southern Oregon University
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.