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Technology Business Consultant

Apply now Job no: 494510
Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Seidman College of Business

Position Title:  Michigan SBDC Technology Business Consultant

Summary: The Michigan Small Business Center (SBDC) is looking to add a full-time Technology Business Consultant to its Technology Team. This position will help Michigan’s emerging technology-based business clients become successful through both one-on-one and team business consulting in areas including commercialization and growth strategies, financing, marketing, management, and networking. 

Primary responsibilities include building and maintaining a substantial portfolio of high-potential clients; providing high-quality individual and team consulting to those clients; supporting initiation, growth, and maintenance of stakeholder relationships; and maintaining documentation as required by the SBDC and its funding sources.

Required qualifications include: Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in software or related field; 5 years of business experience; 3 years of experience in the software, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality technology-related fields.

Preferred qualifications include entrepreneurial experience; prior consulting experience with early-stage technology companies, strong communication skills, and C-Level management experience in a technology-based company. 

Technology Business Consultants work remotely and have responsibilities throughout the state.  Regular in-state travel is required.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in software or a related field
  • 5 years of business experience
  • 3 years of experience in a software technology-related field

Preferred Qualifications and Education: 

  • MBA or equivalent
  • Graduate degree in science or engineering
  • Entrepreneurial experience
  • Prior consulting experience (particularly through an SBDC program or Michigan technology commercialization initiative) with early-stage technology companies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the industries driving the Michigan economy
  • Strong communication skills
  • C-Level Management experience in a technology-based company

 Responsibilities – Essential Functions: 

  • Help technology-based business clients become successful through one-on-one and team business consulting in areas including commercialization and growth strategies, financing, management, and networking.
  • Build and maintain a substantial portfolio of high-potential clients.
  • Stay abreast of federal, state, and regional economic development initiatives and support programs.  Help client best utilize these programs as well as strategic private sector partners.
  • Represent the SBDC and support initiation, growth, and maintenance of stakeholder relationships.
  • Serve as a presenter, facilitator, panelist, and public speaker on topics of interest to SBDC clients and partners.
  • Promote client successes.
  • Support SBDC’s efforts to provide outreach and service to under-served communities.
  • Maintain documentation as required by the SBDC and its funding sources
  • Stay abreast of full SBDC network initiatives and programming and collaborate with management and staff to advance the program and serve clients.

 Responsibilities – Non-essential Functions

  • Facilitate student projects and/or internships
  • Strategic planning with stakeholders or partners
  • Facilitate business workshops on topics relevant to client base

Physical Demands: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position, and additional duties may be assigned.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Department/Division:  MI-SBDC/Academic & Student Affairs

What is the SBDC: The Michigan SBDC enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing consulting, training, and market research for new ventures, existing small businesses, and advanced technology companies. With ten offices across the state, we provide entrepreneurs and business owners with convenient access to free consulting and training throughout Michigan. The Michigan SBDC is committed to fostering and sustaining a culture of inclusion through equitable outreach and service to Michigan’s diverse business community. Learn more at https://michigansbdc.org/

Campus: Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus (Statewide position. Works remotely, and extensive travel is required.)

How To Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now".  A cover letter, resume, references, and transcripts are required.  A cover letter and resume are required at the time of application. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline Date:  November 29, 2022

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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