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Business Advisor - Agriculture Specialist

Employer Basin Business Advisors Program
Salary TBD
Terms Permanent F/T
Start Date TBD
Requirements Note: this position does not require extensive knowledge regarding crop science or
animal science.

? a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field OR an equivalent
combination of education, training and experience; and
? experience and/or education in training, coaching or counselling.
Training and Experience:
? a minimum of five years proven business experience with direct agriculture
? knowledge of farm business management practices, including knowledge of
business management practices and concepts including knowledge of
business financial statements, knowledge of human resource practices,
marketing and sales strategies, distribution, cost of production, research etc.;
? experience in developing business tools or training materials is an asset; and
? experience working with a variety of business environments and structures
including social enterprises and cooperatives as well as developing and
maintaining relationships with them.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
? personal qualities include characteristics which would engender trust and
confidence in business owners accessing the program, such as maturity,
empathy and experience;
? active listening and interviewing skills to draw out individual client needs
while respecting their culture, level of knowledge and ability to implement;
? strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with clients,
sub-contractors, partners and the business community;
? ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality;
excellent written and verbal communication skills are required;
? comfortable with speaking at public events on behalf of the program;
? knowledge of the Columbia Basin economy is desirable, specifically
? strong competency in using the MS Office suite (Excel, Word and
? an understanding of rural and small community business development;
? ability to travel throughout the Columbia Basin is required, as well as use of a
personal vehicle for travel. Mileage will be paid at provincial government
rates; and
? ability to work flexible hours.

Duties The Basin Business Advisor – Agriculture Specialist provides business advisory services
to existing farm businesses including crop, dairy, poultry and meat producers in the
Columbia Basin. The Advisor is a business counsellor, providing one-to-one advice and
guidance to business owners and managers with the objective to help business owners
make the best decisions possible. This full-time position will be located at a Community
Futures offices within the Columbia Basin (either Nelson, Cranbrook or Trail) and
reports to the BBA Program Manager. Travel throughout the Columbia Basin is required.

1. Delivering business advisory services to existing agricultural businesses:
? counselling business owners/operators in regards to financial management,
business planning, operations management, research, marketing, strategic
planning, human resource practices, distribution, cost of production, etc.;
? conducting financial and business assessments and providing detailed
? seek out self-directed professional development, input and resources where
? meeting with clients in-person (at the client’s location or at the BBA office) or
virtually (using video-conferencing or other online meeting technology); and
? if appropriate, referring clients to specialized business consultants; and
? conducting follow-up research with clients post engagement.
2. Representing and promoting the BBA program:
? taking part in networking events, presentations and outreach in order to
promote awareness and understanding of the BBA program.
3. Supporting the delivery of the BBA program which will include:
? ongoing development of counselling and training materials;
? identifying, liaising and managing relationships with specialized business
? marketing and promotion of the BBA program;
? systematic gathering of reporting information from clients;
? liaising with program partners and industry/community organizations; and
? supporting the development of workshop curriculum and delivering
workshops in-person, via video-conference or other online technology.

Supporting the delivery of the BBA program which will include:
? ongoing development of counselling, training and workshop materials;
? identifying, liaising and managing relationships with specialized business
? providing support to other advisors where required to assist in an area of
? systematic tracking of time by use of a client data management system to
record advisor and client hour and activity;
? systematic gathering of reporting information from clients at the on-set of the
client relationship; and
? liaising with program partners and community organizations.

To Apply Please use the contact information as directed in the listing.
To indicate interest in this position, please submit your resume and a cover letter to by April 3, 2020. Please reference BBA Agriculture Specialist in the title. For information on the Basin Business Advisors program visit bbaprogram.c
Contact Name
Location Cranbrook
Date Posted 2020-03-23
Date Ending 2020-04-03