Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number 20111425
Position Title Business Advisor, SBDC #499082 - PREVIOUS APPLICANTS DO NOT NEED TO RE-APPLY
Template Title
Position Type Staff
Position Number 499082
Department Small Business Development Center

Position Summary Information

Job Summary/Basic Function

Job Summary:
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) small business advisor provides individual business consulting services to SBDC clients who are involved in, or want to start, small businesses in Southeast Texas. The small business advisor serves as a comprehensive business management resource for business related information about standard business operations and practices, and general information about government regulations for businesses. The small business advisor may represent the SBDC at trade shows and business expositions, and sometimes provides group training sessions (workshops and seminars) on business topics for clients and the general public.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:
I. Business Consulting Services

* Provides one-on-one business consulting for SBDC clients at the SBDC and SBDC outreach locations.
* Reviews financial statements and reports for clients.
* Assists clients with business planning, budgeting, financing, marketing, management, accounting, sales, etc.
* Acts as a ready source of business related information.
* Presents seminars and workshops on various business topics for small business clients and the general public as needed.
* Other duties as assigned by the SBDC Director.

II. Administrative Responsibilities

* Prepares new client follow-up letters on a timely basis summarizing the issues discussed and recommended course of action to be taken.
* Maintains current and complete client records on consulting sessions using the Center IC client management system.
* Keeps accurate records of time, expenses, and mileage.
* Assists the SBDC Director as required.

III. Public Relations

* Attends, distributes literature, answers questions, and solicits new clients at public events such as trade shows and business expositions.
* Participates on committees advocating small business interests in Southeast Texas.
* Serves as an advocate to improve the economic climate for small businesses in Southeast Texas.
* Represents the SBDC in community activities as assigned by the SBDC Director.

IV. Professional Development

* Attends all scheduled SBDC staff meetings and special designated UH-SBDC Lead Center training sessions.
* Keeps informed on business trends and news; maintains up-to-date knowledge of current developments in government regulatory agencies and financial institutions.
* Attends workshops, seminars and training classes to enhance skills and improve delivery of services.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Business. Long term successful business operation experience will be considered in meeting advanced educational requirement. Minimum of eight years broad based business experience in business management. Computer literate with working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and other commonly used business programs. Ability to communicate technical information effectively. Must be able to drive a car and hold a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills, Ability Required:

* Significant knowledge of business management and broad-based business experience including accounting, planning, budgeting and forecasting, marketing, finance, human resources management, and business planning.
* Ability to interact effectively and positively with people from diverse backgrounds.
* Ability to assess a company’s strengths and weaknesses and articulate recommendations for improvement strategies.
* Ability to process complex information for decision making and problem solving.
* Ability to collaborate with other consultants and personnel within the SBDC network.
* Excellent interpersonal skills.

EEO Statement

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference Statement

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Salary Commensurate
Work Hours

Application Information

Posting Date 01/02/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you claiming Veteran's Preference in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 805, Section 657.003? FAILURE TO EMAIL THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS PER THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY IMPACT VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: To claim Veteran's Preference under the law you must be: (1) a veteran, including a veteran with a disability; (2) a surviving spouse of a veteran killed on active duty who has not remarried; or (3) an orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty. If claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST immediately email to your specific supporting documentation at the time of application such as the DD Form 214 (member 4 copy), AND, if applicable, the Dept of Veteran's Affairs Verification of Disability Benefits Letter if claiming a service related disability, a DD Form 1300 to include qualifying Death, Birth, and Marriage Certificates if claiming surviving spouse/orphan. Your email MUST also include your name, position number, job title and the department for each position you are applying for. Documents received after a position closes will not be accepted.
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * What is the highest level of education that you have acheived?
    • Doctoral Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Associates Degree
    • Technical School Degree and/or Certificate
    • Some college credit(s) obtained
    • High School or GED
  3. * In what area(s) did you receive your degree(s).

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THEBC) maintains a list of Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas. A copy of this list can be found at: As part of your educational qualifications for this position, are you claiming a degree from any of the institutions listed on the THEBC website referenced above?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Which of the following best describes your status regarding the Texas CPA certification?
    • I hold a current individual CPA license for the state of Texas.
    • I hold a current firm CPA license for the state of Texas.
    • I have held a CPA license in the state of Texas, and it has expired.
    • I have a CPA license in the state of Texas that has been revoked or is under suspension.
    • I hold a current CPA license in another state.
    • I hold a current CPA license in another country.
    • I have taken the exam for the state of Texas CPA license and have not yet received my score.
    • I will be eligible to apply for my state of Texas CPA license within 12 months.
    • I do not hold a current CPA License.
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Letter of Interest
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript 1
  2. Unofficial Transcript 2
  3. Miscellaneous