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Business Consultant

Business Consultant

Business Consultant

Louisiana Small Business Development Center
McNeese State University invites qualified applicants and nominations for the position of Business Consultant in the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. This is a full-time, 12-month, unclassified position. The appointment is available July 2014.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

Level of Responsibility
The Consultant reports directly to the Center Director and is responsible for providing small business counseling, training, and information services to owners or potential owners, in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the LSBDC. In carrying out the responsibilities of this position, the Consultant works directly with clients, other LSBDC staff, private sector individuals, local, state, and federal economic development organizations; and other interested parties that serve, support or interact with the small business sector. In addition to direct client assistance, the Consultant participates in organizational activities to market LSBDC services. The Consultant works in conjunction with the Center Director and others to identify and implement new or revised program activities based on the LSBDC mission and strategic plan.

Major Functions
The Consultant works directly with LSBDC clients to:
• Provide management assistance, technical advice, and problem-solving help
• Conduct financial analysis, research and preparation of cash flow projections, and assist in preparing debt/equity financing packages
• Answer questions and requests for information
• Provide research to assist clients in finding effective data or reference materials
• Refer clients to other resources when appropriate
• Perform outreach to communities in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes to build awareness of LSBDC services among bankers and the economic development community

The Consultant supports organizational training activities, which may include design and development of workshop content, and presents business workshops and seminars in consultation with other staff that are responsible for training activities. The Consultant maintains and documents client records and related work activities in a manner consistent with program guidelines. The Consultant assists LSBDC in sustaining support of its activities and communicating its successes by providing narrative reports on activities and accomplishments for inclusion in progress or other special reports to the public, sponsoring agencies, host institutions, and other stakeholders. Counseling may be provided on the LSBDC site at McNeese State University or at the client’s location as required. Because the LSBDC at McNeese State University serves the five-parish area of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis, some traveling will be necessary. The Consultant will be required to meet specific performance goals, to be set each year, including hours of counseling provided each fiscal year.

Other Functions and General Expectations
Other functions of the Consultant involve developing and expanding cooperative working relationships with public and private entities, and improving public awareness of the program and its services. The Consultant will represent the LSBDC and McNeese State University as a public speaker to community groups, private sector partners, co-sponsors and similar entities. The Consultant is expected to assist organizational actions to promote positive publicity and recognition of the LSBDC program. The LSBDC Consultant will assist in the development and recommendation of new or revised program activities consistent with the LSBDC mission, its strategic plan, and his/her individual work plan. The consultant will be required to maintain and enhance counseling capabilities and technical knowledge through ongoing professional development, personal study and other activities that expand his/her skills set.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree with significant course work in business
• Direct experience with business planning, marketing and financial management
• Strong financial skills
• Computer software proficiency
• Ability to develop and teach small business seminars
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Dependable means of transportation to visit clients within Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis parishes

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree
• Experience as a small business owner
• Experience preparing loan proposals for financial institutions, and/or experience working with programs designed to assist small businesses at the federal, state, and local levels

Salary:

$38,000 to $40,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadline:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Materials and Contact:

Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, three references (name, telephone number, email address), and a copy of unofficial college transcripts for the application process. Please submit the required documents to:

Search Committee – LSBDC McNeese State University
Box 90815
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: (337) 475-5529
Fax: (337) 475-5528
TDD: (337) 562-4227
lsbdc.msu@lsbdc.org

Additional Information:

McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a public university and a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and al l supporting materials will become public record. All applicants are expected to submit complete and accurate materials as specified in the position announcement. A background check and an English Proficiency assessment will be conducted on selected finalists. We comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001, et seq, and State of Louisiana Executive Order 98-38, which provides for drug testing of employees, appointees, prospective employees, and prospective appointees. Prospective employees and employees are informed if a drug test is required.

McNeese State University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires McNeese State University to inform applicants that the University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.

McNeese State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. An executive session pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 42:6.1(A) may be required.

Persons needing reasonable accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Equal Opportunity Office: Voice: (337) 475-5428; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; Fax: (337) 475-5960; or cdo@mcneese.edu.

Instructional Faculty Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, an official comprehensive course-by-course report and U.S. Equivalency Statement, from World Education Services. The official Credential Evaluation Report and U.S. Equivalency Statement must be submitted directly to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Box 93220, Lake Charles, LA 70609; (337)475-5508. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice and will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.