Program Associate - Client Intake Specialist

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Little Rock, ARKANSAS
Job Type: FullTime

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Institution Name:

Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees.  The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture.  The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.  As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. 

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Summary of Job Duties:

Summary of Job Duties:
We are looking for a dynamic individual who appreciates the benefit and importance of working with Arkansas’ businesses to expand their sales into the government markets, the world’s largest customer.
This person will play an integral role in welcoming new clients and hosting PTAC sponsored trainings. This person will possess great attention to detail to properly maintain client and event documentation per the federal agreement terms and conditions. This role will also provide advising and assistance to businesses across the state of Arkansas in the specialty area of government contracting (federal, local and state). One-on-one client advising and training opportunities are provided through face to face and virtual options. Advising includes assisting businesses with government vendor registrations and government set-asides and special programs for culturally and economically disadvantaged populations.
This position is eligible for partial week telecommuting from a home office located in Central Arkansas on a scheduled mutually agreed upon between the employee and supervisor. This position is based in Little Rock at the Extension Service State Office.
The Client Intake Specialist’s job duties include but are not limited to:
• Follow established policies and procedures for onboarding Arkansas PTAC business clients.
• Serve as lead staff person for electronic document retention of all PTAC client and event files utilizing the client management systems of PTAssist and Box.
• Create (using Canva) and distribute monthly promotional flyer detailing upcoming PTAC trainings.
• Using Panopto video software, edit and post all PTAC hosted virtual trainings to website for distribution.
• Collect and input all federal and state awards received by PTAC clients into the client management system.
• Assist PTAC Outreach Coordinator in the creation and promotion of PTAC trainings using the Mail Chimp online marketing platform.
• Assist PTAC Outreach Coordinator in the creation and promotion of PTAC trainings using the social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
• Assist PTAC Outreach Coordinator in the ongoing maintenance of the PTAC client website.
• Maintain the UADA employee internal Arkansas PTAC website.
• Assist businesses with government registrations (i.e. and certifications (SBA’s Hubzone, 8a, etc.). Assistance is provided primarily through workshops and one-on-one counseling with the businesses by phone, in person or virtual meetings or by email.
• Develop and maintain relationships with other business resource providers throughout the region.
• Meet or exceed individual and team program goals for number of counseling sessions, events, etc.
• Collaborate with other PTAC counselors throughout the state and region to share best practices.
• Participate in trainings that are relevant to the needs of clients and/or required by funder. Must participate in a minimum of 40 hours of professional development training during the program year.


Minimum Qualifications: 
A Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, public service, government contracting, or a related area of study plus three (3) years of relevant professional experience OR a related Master’s degree is required.  
Preferred Qualifications: 
A Master’s degree in business administration, public administration, public service, government contracting or a related field and a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience OR a Bachelor’s degree in business, government contracting or a closely related field and 5 years of relevant work experience is preferred. Previous PTAC or other small business program experience is preferred.


  • Experience in file documentation and management. 
  • Knowledge and demonstrated proficiency with the PTAC client management system, PTAssist. 
  • Knowledge and demonstrated proficiency of the government vendor registration and certification process, including but not limited to demonstrated use of the following web-based platforms, Certify., 
  • Organized with the ability to work in a professional and highly specialized environment. 
  • Knowledge of or willingness to quickly learn government contracting principles and how to apply them to the client’s business success strategy.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with clients and staff in a timely fashion. 
  • Ability to listen critically to identify needs and solve problems-you will frequently have to research answers to clients’ questions with little direction.
  • Self-starter and able to work with limited supervision within a team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and must have given presentations before to an audience. 
  • High proficiency with Zoom, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Panopto, Canva, Omni CMS, Box, Mailchimp, PTAssist.
  • Strong computer skills to research government marketplace and navigate registrations and online government systems and the ability to adapt to new technology and online programs. 
  • Travel by car on a semi-regular basis across the state of Arkansas. 

Additional Information:

Applicants for this position are required to upload a Resume, Cover letter, Official or Unofficial Transcript, and three letters of recommendation prior to submitting the application. Once an application is submitted, the applicant will not be able to edit the application or upload additional documents.

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Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Letters of Recommendation, Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

License or Certificate (see special instructions for submission instructions)

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Melanie Berman,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Motor Vehicle Reports Check

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment.  The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check.  Required checks are identified in the position listing.  A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position.  Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation.  The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity.  As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Hearing, Repetitive Motion, Sitting, Talking

Frequent Physical Activity:

Crouching, Driving, Kneeling, Lifting, Pulling, Pushing, Reaching, Standing

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