POSITION DESCRIPTION FOR IMMEDIATE OPENING

Position: Technical Assistance Advisor
Department: Lending
Reports To: Business Acceleration Services Manager
Date Posted: March 5, 2019
Location: This is a state-wide position.

Organization Description

Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) is a nationally-recognized, award-winning nonprofit that helps people achieve their dream of owning a small business. CEF makes loans and provides capacity-building advisory services to help entrepreneurs and small businesses revitalize communities, create quality jobs, develop new products and services, and become a force for good in Colorado. Our team is a diverse and dedicated group of people who are passionate about our customers and our mission of advancing prosperity for everyone in Colorado. CEF serves the entire State of Colorado, with its headquarters in downtown Denver. For more information, please visit our website at www.coloradoenterprisefund.org.

Job Description

This position is responsible for providing effective technical assistance/business advice to Colorado Enterprise Fund small business owners, as assigned.  This technical assistance is to be communicated to our small business owners as helpful suggestions of an educational nature, emphasizing that the responsibility for all business decisions rests solely upon the business owner.  The actions of those in this position must uphold and convey the goals and values of Colorado Enterprise Fund. Available as full-time, part-time, or contractor position. 

Objectives of this Role

  • Provide business advice, also known as technical assistance, to CEF borrowers within the business practice areas assigned by the project manager or by loan officers.

Responsibilities

  • Assess borrowers’ business progress using assessment tools provided (BPA), applying as much independent thinking and objectivity as possible to render accurate assessments.
  • Make first contact attempt for new borrowers for BPA interview within 3 business days after assignment.
  • Follow up with borrowers previously advised by means of email and phone calls; attempt every 6 months. As significant business needs may be discovered, request approval for additional services.
  • Recommend to borrowers, as appropriate, business tools in the CEF Tool Kit
  • Recommend to borrowers, as appropriate, services of Colorado Small Business Development Centers or other partners of CEF.
  • Recommend to borrowers other relevant resources, connecting borrowers to broader network of expertise and new marketing channels to improve borrower business success.
  • Limit hours worked to assigned hours; when significant business needs may be discovered requiring additional hours, request approval. Reported hours to be no more than assigned hours, in aggregate, as measured in BAS Activity Reports.
  • Document services provided, and time utilized, according to policies and procedures of CEF. Submit BAS Report within one month after close of project.
  • Support the manager in improving process for the group.
  • Assist fellow group members in performing their accountabilities.
  • Follow all policies and procedures assigned to this position.
  • Perform other accountabilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or accountancy.
  • A commitment to CEF’s mission
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge: Small business practices in various industries that CEF borrowers represent
  • Ability to: Listen empathetically and constructively to business needs expressed by small business owners and staff; Convert business needs expressed into action plans, in a priority order to address the best next steps intended to accelerate the progress of the business; Communicate action plans according to requirements expressed in the summary statement for this position; Train and advise small business owners in the practice areas assigned; Effectively use Microsoft Office tools
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ten years business leadership in a management role or business ownership or five years as business consultant
  • Graduate degree in business management or finance is a plus

Compensation is based on experience. CEF provides a full-range of benefits, generous paid time-off, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. Working Environment & Physical Activities: • Transportation: Ability to provide reliable vehicle transportation to client sites as required • Workplaces: Office sites presenting climate-controlled conditions; client sites sometimes presenting conditions of hot and cold temperatures, environments with dust, dirt and chemicals.

How To Apply

Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resumé to: jobs@coloradoenterprisefund.org Position will remain posted until filled.