Seward 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: Seward
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance

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 Seward Business Advisor who will be located in the City of Seward and based out of the Seward Chamber of Commerce offices. 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.


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. Identifying opportunities for economic development/growth, new business, public/private partnership opportunities - act as a catalyst (gather stakeholders, make connections, develop plans, etc.). Identify and support funding opportunities for the program.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 training. Serve and be an active participant on internal SBDC Committees. Support / assist SBDC regional marketing and outreach programs. Work with Seward Chamber staff in developing relationships with City of Seward, Community Development, Borough, KPEDDEssential
20Engage in community outreach, public presentations, partnerships and other outreach to leverage SBDC resources with local resources. Supporting Chamber Staff with Small Business Startup Week, applicable networking events. Engaging w. UAA, Center for Economic Development, MEP, etc. Angel Fund 49, etc. Identify economic/industry problems (i.e. supply chain issues) and act as catalyst for solution (gather stakeholders, make connections, develop plans, etc.). Develop an understanding of the various economic sectors. Assist in developing a grant to study and quantify marine/visitor/other industriesEssential
50Provide 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. Connecting people and businesses to opportunities and resources including grants and other funding opportunitiesEssential


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 as related to small business. Several years of business ownership and/or management is required. 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.

Ability to use computerized tools to organize, analyze information and communicate (Alaska SBDC utilizes G Suite Apps, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and GoToMeeting/Webinar).


Areas of preferred experience:
Bachelor's degree in business, economics, public administration or related field preferred.
Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred
Experience in maritime, hospitality, tourism industries
Experience with the banking/finance industry
Experience with marketing practices related to small business
Experience with small business Human Resources and labor requirements
Experience with the local entrepreneurship communities
Understands Alaska's economic dynamics
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


Two years of business ownership or at least two 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 is 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 via live classroom instruction and webinar. Occasional travel is required. Attendance of meetings that fall outside of the 8-5, M-F hours of operation is occasionally required.

This position will be open until filled.

An initial review of applications will begin on October 27, 2021. To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date October 26th, 2021 at 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time. 

Application materials must include a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

This is a full-time, term-funded, Grade 79, minimum $26.08/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.


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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