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Inclusive Entrepreneurship Assistant - IE

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Inclusive Entrepreneurship Assistant - IE
Posting Number J1049
Position Type Institutional Employment
Position Status Part Time
College/Division College of Business
Department 540541 - SBDC-Entrepreneurship Initiator
Pay Rate Hourly
Specify Range or Amount $7.50

Position Summary Information

General Information

The Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center (SV SBDC) serves established businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs with confidential business consultation, targeted training, and connections to local, state and national resources to help businesses in the central Shenandoah Valley succeed and grow.

The purpose of the Inclusive Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI) is to develop and deliver services for entrepreneurial and business training to the diverse minority and immigrant population in the SV SBDC’s service region.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Participate in and assist IEI clients as they prepare business plans, financial projections, marketing plans, and other documents related to their needs within the SV SBDC scope of services.
2. Participate in and contribute to meetings between the IEI Advisor and clients.
3. Conduct research / surveys, quantitative and qualitative analysis for the IE Initiative
4. Participate in and contribute to IEI outreach activities.
5. Submit a monthly report of IEI activities to the IEI Advisor and the SV SBDC Director.
6. Participate in SV SBDC Team meetings as needed.
7. Enter client notes into the SBDC customer database.


1. Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
2. Excellent computer skills with experience in Microsoft Office
3. Excellent written and oral communication skills
4. Strong customer service skills
5. Dependable and punctual
6. Previous experience in a confidential work environment is a plus.

See specific skill sets being sought below.

COB junior/seniors preferred; international students are eligible for this position.
This job entails an average 5 hours/week for fall 2017 semester.

Conditions of Employment

Students must be degree-seeking students, enrolled on at least a half-time basis (6 credits for undergraduate and 5 credits for graduate).

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 09/04/2017
Beginning Review Date 09/07/2017
Closing Date 09/29/2017
Open Until Filled No
Proposed Starting Date 10/02/2017
EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

If you are a student with a disability and need assistance please contact the Office of Disability Services at (540) 568-6705 or You may also visit the Office of Disability Services, located in the Student Success Center, Suite 1202 and they will be happy to assist you.

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Additional Posting Information

Specific Skills being sought – these should be listed/explained in your cover letter.
Graphic design skills
Familiar with content management systems and Website management
Social media tools administration
Digital marketing
Copy writing & content management
Financial projections
Product/service costs and pricing
Language skills (reading, speaking, and writing other languages)

We will require at least one letter of reference from a university professor or a former employer outlining your qualifications to engage in this type of work. You may attach it to your application or provide direct contact info so we may request it.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Letter of Reference #1
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Are you available to work in the evening (6 pm to 10 pm)?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Are you available to work weekends?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Are you available during university break periods?
    • Yes
    • No