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Specialist, Tennessee Small Business Development Center

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Job Description:

This position is funded in whole or in part by funds other than tax-appropriated funds. Therefore, this position is subject to termination by this institution at any time in the event of reduction or termination by the source(s) of the funds which support the position.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Required Documents Needed to Upload at Time of Application:
· Cover Letter
· Resume
· Unofficial Transcripts
· Three professional references (See below)

Reference check requirements:
· Non-supervisory roles: three (3) current or former supervisors
· Personal references (friends, co-workers, clergy, customers, relatives) are not considered acceptable references

Position Summary: The overall purpose of this job is to provide expert assistance to all types of small businesses, including both startups and existing businesses. Assistance is provided through one-on-one consultations and classroom instruction, primarily in person.

Essential Functions:
40% Consult with small businesses, assist with business plan development, direct an action plan for their business, conduct follow-up and track economic impact.

15% Perform continuing research through various sources to maintain up-to-date knowledge of trends, changes, and new tools (sources of capital, financial analysis, marketing, management and other related areas critical to the delivery of services to clients).

10% Collect and submit all required SBA and PSCC reporting as directed by the TSBDC Director.

20% Direct and teach classroom instruction. Develop and teach various business educational material including but not limited to marketing, business formation, business planning, tax planning, cyber security, web based social media, export and banking initiatives.

5% Advise and counsel the Director on the needs of the Tennessee small business community and assist in accomplishing the mission of the TSBDC within the offices area of responsibility

5% Assist in the delivery of services at the satellite offices based in Blount, Farragut, and area chambers in the TSBDC territory.

5% Develop and manage relationships with financial institutions, local, state and federal personnel, resource partners, and chamber personnel.

Note: The College reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, or combine positions at any time.

Job Requirements:
Bachelors degree in business discipline and ability to be certified in entrepreneurial training programs
4+ years experience in one of the following: business ownership, senior business management role, senior credit officer

Consulting and advising skills, financial analysis, organizational skills, team oriented, strong communication skills, presentation skills, basic technology and computer application skills, ability to work with clients of diverse backgrounds, ability to use ethical business practices.

Preferred skills and experience include:
working knowledge of cyber security, interest in professional development and continuing education through business publications, credit or noncredit coursework and participation in the activities of appropriate professional organizations
previous experience with CRM and market research databases
Key Result Areas: The goal of the program is to achieve Pellissippi State Community Colleges mission of increasing economic development across our service area. We are measured by Jobs Supported, Business Starts and Capital formation.

Scope of Responsibility:
Individuals filling this position must have an understanding of the basic skills of management, marketing, finance and accounting. A Small Business Specialist must have the skills and knowledge to work with new business startups and pre-venture clients. Individuals must be proficient in Microsoft Office Excel, Outlook, Word, and Powerpoint; virtual applications including Zoom and Teams.

Nature of Contacts:
Employee will primarily have contact with individuals outside the college: various clients, partner representatives, loan officers, government officials, training attendees, etc. Nature of interactions could include to provide or get information, to discuss and seek understanding, to persuade, to negotiate and resolve conflicts.

Pay Rate: $44,790 - $55,440/per year. Pay will be determined based on related work experience above required. To be considered in determining pay, all related work experience must be listed on the application.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for a position at Pellissippi State, you must create an on-line application. Your skills, abilities, qualifications, and years of experience will be evaluated using only what is recorded on your application. Work experience that is not listed on the application will not be considered towards compensation. Please note: attaching a resume does not substitute for completion of the application form. Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% of full-time experience. Please note: to scan, upload, or attach documents, a computer and scanner are available at the Hardin Valley Campus Educational Resources Center, if needed.

Pellissippi State Community College is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA employer

If you have any problems or questions please contact Human Resources at Pellissippi State Community Colleges Human Resource Office at 865-694-6607 or by email at

A summary of our benefits can be found at

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Job Link: Apply Here!

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