Rural Business Advisor

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  • Job Number:523825
  • Classification:Administrative Professional 1
  • Grade:Grade 79
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA Chancellor
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

Position Summary:

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 a Rural Business Advisor based in a rural Alaska community that does not currently have a SBDC office. This position may have the option of working remotely if reliable internet is an option. The position is currently full-time but part-time may be a possibility. Business Advisors meet one-on-one with small business owners and entrepreneurs via face-to-face meetings, phone, email and video chat technology. Advising topics include business planning, financial analysis and stability, marketing, accounting, cash flow projections, research and more. Advisors must constantly assess client needs and make decisions regarding appropriate required actions to assist the client. Assistance is multifaceted; it will involve many aspects of business formation or on-going business development as well as personal aspects of client personality, emotions, family, and financial interactions. Advisors must address the needs professionally and confidentially to best assist the client's business development needs through direct assistance or referral to appropriate reference sources or programs. 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.


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 rural 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 the 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
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Business advisors must possess substantive knowledge of business management principles, practices and techniques.
  • Have strong financial planning skills, employee management skills, communication skills, strong organizational abilities, resource development skills relating to small business.
  • Several years of business ownership and/or management is required.
  • Proficiency and experience in 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.
  • Clear understanding of the geographical rural areas within Alaska. Experience working within small, rural Alaska communities and willing to travel to other rural areas statewide.

Occasional travel is required. Attendance of meetings that fall outside of the 8-5, M-F hours of operation are occasionally required. Computer operating skills required; Google Suite and Microsoft Office products. Cloud technology and Google Drive experience preferred.

Typical Experience:
PREFERRED Experience and Typical Education and Training:
Areas of preferred experience:
● Bachelor's degree in business or related field preferred.
● Experience with business development in rural communities (especially Northern, Interior and Western Alaska)
● Experience with partnering with Native Corporations and Tribes
● Experience with economic development and entrepreneurship communities within rural Alaska
● Experience with the banking/finance industry and small business loan programs
● Experience with marketing practices related to small businesses in rural areas
● Experience with small business Human Resources and labor requirements
● Experience with International Trade
● Experience with developing and/or delivering training
● Experience with basic web development and SEO
● History/experience working with SBDC and/or SBA
● Being bilingual or multilingual is preferred
Required Education or Training:

Several years of business ownership or several 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 are 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 state/local economies and proven ability to build productive relationships with rural community leaders and partners.

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

Ability to develop materials and provide workshops via live classroom instruction and webinar. In-state travel may be required. Attendance of meetings that fall outside of the 8-5, M-F hours of operation is occasionally required.

Extensive experience living and working in Rural Alaska is required.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, term-funded, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 79, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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

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.

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

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

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

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Ian Grant, at


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