Business Advisor, Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



475 Riverside Drive
New York
New York
United States


Reporting to the Director of the Small Business Development Center the incumbent provides a comprehensive range of small business-based assistance for clients participating in the following programs: Harlem Local Vendor Program, Columbia Community Business Program and as yet untitled program for Harlem Parents. This function includes but is not limited to one to one client counseling in the area of business model development; analyzes, prepares and structures financial statements, such as cash flow projections, income statements and sources and uses statements for reporting; provides assistance in automated and manual record keeping systems and assists clients with market related issues such as advertising, promotional functions, market surveys, and other related areas. This incumbent will also coordinate with stakeholders, both internal and external and external to effectuate the objectives of cohort programs. 


1. Participates in training sessions sponsored by the SBDC and provides follow up services as necessary to attendees. Sessions are in many forms including long term classroom situations, single and multiday conferences where relevant topics are discussed in open forums, and in other public situations. 

2. Provides quality one to one advisement to a varied and complex range of clientele requires a wide breadth of knowledge in many areas. Many clients can be serviced on a short term basis while other clients require long term counseling depending upon the client's level of expertise or the sophistication of the venture. Sufficient organizational skills are critical in maintaining a high level of activity while adapting to the time-sensitive nature of business decision making. 

3. Gathers written feedback from clients who have received assistance for the purposes of program refinement and promotional purposes. 

4. Conducts SBDC sponsored training events. This is a complicated task that involves careful planning including a) identifying a topic that effectively addresses an identified need in the business community; b) securing the services of appropriate experts in the field; c) selecting time, date and location for the event; d) providing follow on one to one counseling to attendees when requested; and e) gathering feedback from attendees to evaluate the quality of the event and to help identify topics for future events. 

5. Establishes a comprehensive network of professional contacts for referral purposes. 

6. Acts as a clearinghouse service by gathering information from clients and other interested individuals and refers individuals to outside providers when helpful. 

7. Directly supervises student assistants and instructs them by identifying tasks, editing reports and other written documents, monitoring meetings, etc. 

8. Other duties as assigned.

Level of Language Proficiency

Engish required, Spanish a plus

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Job Requisition Number: 093944

You will need to Create a Master Application at Careers at Columbia, then apply to the job. Include a resume and cover letter.