Business Advisor - Midcoast

CEI | Brunswick, ME

Posted Date 5/21/2020
Description

Now more than ever, you can make a difference in the small business community in Maine.

Are you passionate about helping small businesses in rural Maine start, grow and thrive? Do you have a background in business management, either through first-hand experience as a small business owner or sector experience? Are you looking to be part of a team who shares your vision of the importance of developing a strong Maine economy with good, quality job opportunities for people in all regions of the state? 

Then we want to hear from you…

CEI is a non-profit headquartered in Brunswick, Maine who is a national leader in rural economic and business development. CEI’s mission is to help grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and in rural regions across the country by integrating financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions. 

We are seeking a Business Advisor to work with the Small Business Development Center of CEI to service our Midcoast territory. The Business Advisor works with small business owners, facilitating start-up, survival and business expansion; provides business planning, management development, and assistance with preparing for and obtaining financing. 

Qualified candidates are knowledgeable in all aspects of business management, planning and business financing; are client focused, professional, results-driven, excellent listeners and communicators, work collaboratively, are comfortable presenting in front of small and large groups, and are proficient with business and office software and technology. 

Responsibilities and Duties

Within the assigned territory, the Business Advisor conducts market research, develops local partnerships and represents the SBDC and CEI within the communities we service. The Business Advisor may participate on panel discussions and in presentations as appropriate, as well as organizing and presenting workshops on a variety of business related topics. The Business Advisor manages communications and reporting for the regional advising activities. 

This is a full-time 40 hour per week position with full benefits. While typically a Midcoast-based role, due to the COVID-19 pandemic our teams have shifted to working remotely from home. You will service clients throughout the state via remote technology and tools so you must have reliable internet access at home as part of the role requirements.

CEI continues to monitor the COVID-19 crisis. When it is safe to make the transition back to our offices, we will do so in compliance with federal and state CDC guidelines and with a specific plan in place that ensures the safety of our staff and clients.

Qualifications and Skills

Qualified candidates are knowledgeable in all aspects of business management, planning and business financing; are client focused, professional, results-driven, excellent listeners and communicators, work collaboratively, are comfortable presenting in front of small and large groups, and are proficient with business and office software and technology. 

Qualified candidates should have a four year college degree, preferably in business management or significant related business and/or professional experience. An advanced degree, especially and MBA, highly desirable. Candidates will have a minimum of five years’ related business and/or professional experience. Prior business ownership is also very desirable. 

Candidates must be very comfortable using and interfacing with web-based communication platforms such as Skype, Zoom, Go-to-Meetings and others, as remote work will be part of the role, at least for the foreseeable future.  

PLEASE NOTE: When applying, please submit a cover letter that details your interest in this position, CEI’s mission, and why building a strong and equitable Maine economy resonates with you. Cover letters are required in addition to your current resume. 

   

Job Type
Regular
Geographic Region
Midcoast
Industry
Financial Services | Non-Profit

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