Anchorage Business Advisor

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Classification:Administrative Professional 1
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Chancellor
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance

Position Summary:

Are you passionate about small business development? Do you have years of business experience to share with aspiring startups and existing business owners? If so, we want to hear from you! The Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps small businesses grow throughout Alaska via its expanding online resources and business management expertise, and we need help. The SBDC is hiring an Anchorage Business Advisor.  This advisor position is a vital part of the fast-paced Anchorage Center, the largest center in the statewide network.  The business advisor must constantly assess client needs during one-on-one business advising sessions and make decisions regarding appropriate actions to assist the client.  Assistance will involve many aspects of starting a business or on-going business development as well as personal business readiness and ability. Advisor must address the needs professionally and confidentially to best assist the client's business needs through direct assistance or referral to appropriate reference source or program.


10Develop workshop curriculum, teach workshops and assist in the creation of collateral materials for distribution to workshop participants.Essential
10Other short term programs and projects that support the SBDC mission, such as providing training, and participation in various entrepreneurial events, and similar special projects or programs.Essential
20Build awareness of SBDC programs and services by engaging key referral sources such as banks, lenders, professional firms and other business resource partners. Attend and be an active contributor in internal staff meetings, conferences and/or trainings. Serve and be an active participant on internal SBDC Committees. Support / assist SBDC regional marketing and outreach programs.Essential
60Provide technical assistance to small business owners in Alaska. Areas of advising include, but are not limited to: business plans, sources of financing, marketing, financial proposals, cash flow management and other aspects of business formation, development and expansion. Provide accurate and timely client session notes in authorized Neoserra database to enable client tracking and reporting. Follow-up with clients receiving SBDC surveys and encourage their participation. Increase the percentage of initial clients that are “in business ” in your client portfolio.Essential

To be considered for this position, please ensure your application and/or uploaded documents reference all required skills and experience, as well as any preferred areas of expertise.


Substantive knowledge of business management principles, practices and techniques. Strong financial planning skills, employee management skills, communication skills, strong organizational abilities, resource development skills as relating to small business. Several years of business ownership and/or management. Proficiency and experience in public speaking, developing and delivering workshops, and relationship building with other organizations. Ability to focus and maintain strict regulations of database session updates/uploads. Ability to capture significant return on investment metrics and create comprehensive reports. Strong analytical skills to best identify and develop plans for business development with clients. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to organize and present facts and opinions.

Computer operating skills required. Understanding of Microsoft Office required. Cloud technology and Google Drive experience preferred.


REQUIRED experience: (Applicant will not be considered for the position without evidence in the application and/or resume of the required experience.)

Five years of business ownership or at least five years of business management (financial and personnel) experience is required. Ownership or management experience must include executive level responsibility for usual and necessary small business operational functions. Business development and financial accounting knowledge critical. Business consulting/mentoring experience.

Significant business or administrative experience which demonstrates an ability to manage, direct, design, develop, and market a business assistance program as well as develop and leverage outside public and private sector resources and evaluate program impact.

Knowledge of the local economy and proven ability to build productive relationships with community leaders.

Knowledge of federal, state and local financial and tax regulations relevant to small business.

Ability to develop materials and provide workshops before large groups. Occasional travel is required. Attendance of meetings that fall outside of the 8-5, M-F hours of operation is occasionally required.

Bachelor's degree in business or related field and two years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Master's degree preferred.


Areas of preferred experience:

- History/experience working with SBDC and SBA district, regional, national offices
- Public speaking strength
- Experience with the banking/finance industry 
- Experience with angel/venture funding
- Experience with marketing practices related to small business
- Experience with basic web development
- Experience with small business Human Resources and labor requirements
- Experience with basic web development and SEO
- Experience with the Anchorage Innovation/entrepreneurship community
- Experience with International Trade

This is a full-time, Grade 79, minimum $25.82/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.  This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on February 26, 2020.  To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 2/25/2020.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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