Business Advisor – Self-Employment

Douglas College
March 31, 2025
Offerd Salary:$29.71-$33
Working address:N/A
Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Ref info:N/A
Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Business Advisor – Self-Employment

Posting Number 02126SA Location Coquitlam Campus Grade or Pay Level See Salary Range Salary Range $29.71-$33.63 per hour. Salary is based on education and experience. Position Type Training Group Contract Employment Posting Type Internal/External Regular/Temporary Contract Employment Type Full-Time Posting Category Training Group Start Date 04/01/2024 End Date 03/31/2025 Day of the Week Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays Shift 8:30am - 5:00pm Work Arrangements

Subject to funding, this is a full-time term position (40 hours per week) based at the Coquitlam Campus and will be required to travel within the lower mainland and Vancouver Island.

What Douglas Offers

DO what you love. Be good at it. That's how Douglas College defines a great career. It's a philosophy that resonates through our classrooms, our offices and our boardrooms. It inspires our students and drives us to make Douglas College one of BC's Top Employers. We love what we do. And we're looking for passionate, motivated people to join us in making one of Canada's best colleges even better.

The Role

The Self-Employment Program (SEP) Business Advisor will work closely with WorkBC Case Managers to recruit and select SEP candidates as well as deliver training, maintain a client case-load and conduct follow-up and business coaching for all participants. The goal of the Business Advisor is to support program participants throughout the program and ensure their personal and business sustainability.

You bring exceptional client service skills, proven coaching abilities, self- employment expertise along with the ability to pay attention to detail, establish priorities, work to deadlines, and maintain well-documented records.


  • Deliver program information sessions for WorkBC clients and Career Coaches;
  • Deliver orientation and assessment workshops/meetings and conduct follow- up interviews;
  • Provide input on business concept development and determine program acceptance;
  • Deliver business plan development sessions, entrepreneurial workshops and on-going coaching and mentoring – one-on-one and group/classroom through both in-person and virtual environments;
  • Coordinate delivery of formal participant training, including recruitment of guest speakers, logistical requirements, continuity between participant requirements and formal training;
  • Coordinate Community Review Panel members to review completed Client business plans;
  • Conduct site visits, business financial reviews, follow-up sessions and on-going coaching and mentoring for business launch and implementation;
  • Support program participants to forge links with community resources and with one another;
  • Participate in Self-Employment program meetings;
  • Ensure program targets and deliverables are met;
  • Provide publicity and marketing services for the geographical area (Maple Ridge, Langley, New Westminster, Victoria, Nanaimo and other areas as needed);
  • Regular travel to Vancouver Island and throughout the Lower Mainland; and
  • Develop or update program materials and curriculum for the Self-Employment program as needed (with copyright belonging to Douglas College).
  • To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need

  • A Bachelor's degree in a business-related discipline or equivalent combination of education, training and experience;
  • Current or previous self-employment experience;
  • Creativity and passion for working with clients to secure sustainable self-employment opportunities;
  • Knowledge and familiarity with developing and editing business plans;
  • Previous training and experience organizing and facilitating business- related workshops;
  • Previous experience in an advising/consulting capacity;
  • Experience facilitating online webinars and meetings;
  • Working knowledge of current business technologies;
  • Resourcefulness and creative problem-solving techniques;
  • To be a self-starter who has successfully demonstrated an ability to achieve established goals;
  • To understand and utilize time management principles;
  • Strong service orientation with proven ability to develop rapport with participants, listen and respond to participant's concerns;
  • Reliable vehicle for travel;
  • Excellent computer skills: MS Office Suite, Database entry, Virtual Meeting platforms (MS Teams, Zoom), social media and the ability to research information via the Internet. Web management skills are an asset;
  • Knowledge of the New Employment Program of BC and its mandate; and
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal records check. A criminal record will not automatically result in your application for employment being denied.
  • Link to Full Position Profile Equity Statement

    Douglas College is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable learning and working environment. In support of this journey, we welcome all people to apply, including people from groups that are experiencing inequity, including, but not limited, to Indigenous Peoples, racialized or persons of colour, persons with mental or physical disabilities, persons who identify as women, and/or persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and persons of all faith identities, age, marital status, and parental status.

    Needs a Criminal Records Check Yes

    Posting Detail Information

    Open Date 02/20/2024

    Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant

    Interested applicants must submit their application and all required documents online. Please ensure your resume clearly explains how you meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position for which you are applying.

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    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Are you legally eligible to work in Canada?
  • Yes
  • No
  • If you are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, do you currently have a valid Canadian work permit?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not Applicable
  • If you have a valid Canadian work permit, please indicate expiry date and the type of work permit you hold. (Type N/A if not applicable).
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Are you a current or former Douglas College employee/student?
  • Current employee
  • Former employee
  • Current student
  • Former student
  • None of the above
  • If you are a current/former employee/student, enter your ID number. (Type in N/A if not applicable.)
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • How did you first find out about this employment opportunity?
  • Douglas College Careers Site
  • LinkedIn
  • Indeed
  • Social Media (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Personal Referral
  • Agency Referral
  • Professional Association Website
  • Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN)
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
  • Douglas College CareerHUB
  • Career Fair or Other Hiring Event
  • Other
  • Glassdoor
  • Please confirm that you will maintain residency in the Lower Mainland for the duration of your employment.
  • Yes, I confirm
  • No, I am not able to meet this requirement
  • Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Optional Documents

  • References with Contact Information
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