Bilingual Russian/English Business Counselor, CAMBA Small Business Services

Full Time

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City, where all children and adults have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive.  We take a comprehensive approach by offering more than 160 integrated programs in:  Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Job Training & Employment Support Services, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. We reach more than 65,000 individuals and families each year at our 90 locations, including 10,000 youth.  CAMBA serves a diverse cross section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today.

CAMBA Small Business Services (CSBS) promotes economic revitalization in NYC with a special focus on Brooklyn, providing services specially tailored to the changing needs of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. CSBS offers entrepreneurial workshops, tailored one-on-one counseling, and small business loans up to $35,000.  Our award winning Mobilize Your Business (MYB) technology program offers hands on training on free/low-cost technology tools which help increase income, decrease expenses, and improve business operations. Our client base includes low income, immigrant and disadvantaged entrepreneurs operating informal businesses in NYC. To help formalize small business owners, we follow our three-step process to quickly identify their needs and create a workplan for entrepreneurs to operate a more formalized business while preparing themselves for access to affordable financing, the key to small business growth.

Position: Business Counselor

Reports To: Program Manager

Location: 2244 Church Avenue, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226

What The Business Counselor Does:

  • provide extensive in person and virtual tailored technical assistance to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, both in group settings and one-on-one
  • assist adults in eliminating barriers to establishing and maintaining their own businesses and in gaining access to capital
  • Organize, schedule, and conduct CAMBA’s entrepreneurial training seminars and workshops
  • Market and outreach to potential referral sources, government agencies, community groups, local financial institutions, etc.
  • Represent CSBS at events and partner meetings
  • Follow-up with clients regarding open issues in their business plans/government filings, change in revenue/employee status, and business needs (i.e. – capital, resolving business issues).
  • Prepare loan/grant application packages, including narrative assessments and recommendations, for senior review and approval to continue.
  • Review and assess loan/grant applications and accompanying business plans for risks.

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in business, accounting, or a related field and two years of applicable experience and/or equivalent experience.
  • Bilingual Russian/English required

Other Requirements:

  • Experience in the field of micro-enterprise or a small business operator with experience in a teaching or training environment.
  • Experience in lending, loan underwriting, credit grading, finance and credit analysis preferred
  • Business creation, development and counseling skills.
  • Small Business Lending and Portfolio management skills preferred
  • Acute ability to scrutinize small business plans and loan requests preferred
  • Ability to work closely with multi-cultural clients and familiarity with the economic issues of a low-income, immigrant and disadvantaged client base.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Access.


Compensation: $45,000 – $55,000 annually
Status: Full-time (35 hours per week) 
: CAMBA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, paid time off (vacation, personal, and sick time), and paid holidays.