Academic Staff - Business Consultant - Part-Time (Public May Apply)

Academic Staff - Business Consultant - Part-Time (Public May Apply)

Code: 12527 Posted: 10/28/2016


The Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of part time Business Consultant.

This position provides consulting services to business owners, managers, professionals and prospective entrepreneurs primarily in the Kenosha and Racine County trade area of Wisconsin. This position also works with community partners to fulfill the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center's mission of statewide service.

This position will report directly to the Director of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Parkside. This position requires extensive contact with people outside of the University, including business owners, managers and professionals; elected officials; economic development organization leaders and staff; media; and the general public. Traveling within the state as well as working occasional evenings are required. Providing or performing other related services or duties as needed will also be expected. This position is part time and is expected to work 20 hours per week.


  • Bachelor's degree in business or related field
  • 7+ years of experience of business financial management, preparing financial projections, and interpreting and analyzing detailed financial statements
  • Demonstrated management or business unit level experience addressing complex business problems and/or business ownership experience, writing and reviewing business and marketing plans
  • Ability and means to meet the travel requirements, required travel – no more than 10%

  • Education beyond a Bachelor's degree or specific business certifications and related trainings
  • Experience and knowledge in marketing and sales, operations and personnel management
  • Experience in small business consulting or economic development
  • Experience in public speaking, presentation and social media


80% Small Business Consulting:
The Outreach Specialist provides no cost, one-on-one consulting services focused on helping small business clients start new firms, grow existing firms, obtain financing and capital and improve their management capabilities.
  • Interview prospective SBDC clients to determine their primary needs and establish the services to be provided 
  • Work with qualified small business owner/managers and prospective entrepreneurs on an ongoing basis to lead to business success and economic impact
  • Focus on assisting SBDC clients with obtaining financing, financial projections and financial management
  • Assist SBDC clients with existing business with business expansion, marketing and sales, operation management, human resources and other business management areas
  • Assist SBDC clients wanting to start a new business in the areas venture feasibility analysis, business plan writing, financial projections, obtaining financing and other business start-up issues
  • Travel on a regular schedule to deliver services primarily to the Kenosha/Racine County trade area. Most client meetings will be in-person and will also communicate with clients via phone, e-mail and internet video. Travel to serve clients outside of Kenosha/Racine County will be required when needed.
  • Use SBDC provided business analysis and strategy tools when appropriate. Training is provided. 
  • Utilize SBDC best practices when working with clients to ensure quality service 
  • Be an excellent listener and have the ability to provide feedback and suggestions to clients in a timely, professional and organized manner 
  • Work toward meeting established metrics set by the Associate SBDC State Director in conjunction with other Southeastern Region SBDC offices at UW-Whitewater and UW-Milwaukee 
  • Review client cases to ensure quality standards and initial screening issues have been addressed
  • Comply with all client record keeping and reporting requirements in a timely and thorough fashion
20% Regional Service and Economic Development:
The Outreach Specialist works in concert with others in the stakeholder group with a focus on enhancing the development of successful businesses in the geographic area.
  • Work closely with county-based economic development corporations, other non-profit lenders and local banks to support business development activities and small business's ability to obtain financing
  • Work closely with stakeholder partner agencies such as Racine and Kenosha county agents, business alliances, regional universities and technical colleges and local governments
  • Work with economic and community development organizations, such as Chambers of Commerce, Main Street programs, downtown business groups, or others
  • Serve on local and regional committees and boards as appropriate and approved by your direct supervisor
Essential Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Ability to be highly customer service oriented, possessing effective oral and written communication skills to proactively work with business owners to identify challenges, opportunities, and help craft solutions 
  • Knowledge and experience of business financial management, preparing financial projections, and interpreting and analyzing detailed financial statements 
  • Knowledge and experience of business unit level management, addressing complex business problems and/or business ownership 
  • Knowledge of writing and reviewing business and marketing plans
  • Ability and means to meet the travel requirements, required travel – no more than 10%
Ergonomic Requirements:
  • Sufficient mobility and dexterity to move around office, campus and community. Ability to work with keyboard, mouse and monitor. 
Equipment to be Used on the Job:
  • Laptop or desktop computer, printer, copier, projector, telephone including voice mail and FAX


UW-Parkside is a regional comprehensive university that is committed to accessibility, academic excellence, student success, diversity, and community engagement. This beautiful campus is on 700 acres of woodland & prairie in the heart of the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, between Racine and Kenosha and near Lake Michigan. The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom are first- generation and nontraditional students. UW-Parkside benefits from the diversity of the communities it services in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. Kenosha and Racine are small cities that offer tranquility and convenience. The myriad attractions of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible, as is the solitude of the country. UW-Parkside is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a multicultural, pluralistic campus environment.

The tri-county region that comprises the University's primary service area is home to an impressive array of businesses. There are more than 10,000 small businesses in the region, as well as a large number of globally-recognized employers. The college, through its active, engaged Advisory Board, enjoys a close relationship with many of these businesses. For further information regarding the University and community, please see our website at


Applications received by 11:59 November 30, 2016, are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled.


STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

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STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover letter indicating the required and preferred qualifications
  • Names and contact information of three references
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable at application stage)
You must select "SUBMIT", selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee.

Please Note:
In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Commensurate with experience and education. The UW System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

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A criminal background check will be required at the time of hire.

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

It is the policy of UW-Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-595-2204. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin Parkside Crime Statistics Report is available at Call the UW-Parkside Campus Police Office at 262-595-2455 for a paper copy of the annual report.


Contact Name: Andrea Worrell

Contact Phone: 262-595-2243

Contact Email:

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