Posting InformationPosting Number SHRA1323P
Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // jobs.wcu.edu/postings/25160 Classification Title University Program Specialist Competency Level Contributing Working Title Business Counselor - #002496 Department SBTDC About WCU
Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America's Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America's Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system's westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available. Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service. WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences – many of which are offered free of charge.
The primary location of this position is in Asheville, NC. This position is grant funded and continued employment is contingent upon funding availability
This position is a first-level business counselor/advisor. The individual provides business advice and counsel to all size small business clients with a focus on the SBTDC's pre-venture and existing small business segments.
The individual independently manages a client portfolio of roughly 50 cases annually. The individual collaborates and consults with other team members to assess prospective clients and provide appropriate case manager assignment and/or professional referrals.
The individual acts as the principal trainer for nascent entrepreneurs and plans and delivers other training events as required. He/she is responsible for daily fiscal management of the Center's multiple budgets and is a primary point of contact with SBTDC State Administrative Office and campus finance, contract and grant resources. Ability to travel required. Ability to engage with community networking events that may at times occur in the evenings.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of individuals in person and by phone pertaining to small business questions, concerns and issues; the ability to take initiative and use independent judgment; excellent computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet design; and the ability to prepare and make public presentations.
Bachelor's degree and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Anticipated Hiring Range $40,000 - $42,500 Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours per Week 40 Number of Months per Year 12 Salary Band Range $31,888 - $73,719 Salary Grade 67
Posting TextOpen Date 08/23/2023
Close Date 09/21/2023 Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants
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If no applicants apply, who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Effective October 1, 2015 all new hires into positions subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA) will serve a 12 month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).
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