En español | If you have skills in accounting, banking or similar fields, the Small Business Administration (SBA) may have a job opportunity for you. The federal agency is hiring more than 1,500 remote workers for telecommuting jobs helping the SBA handle millions of requests for assistance from entrepreneurs whose businesses have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is really a call to action for Americans who are in a position to help with the recovery in disaster assistance,” says Alejandro Contreras, director of preparedness, communication and coordination at the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance. “We hear these calls to action all the time for people in communities that have been affected by hurricanes or tornadoes. This is the same type of thing, helping those small businesses."
The jobs are full-time, temporary positions helping the agency process the millions of requests it has received for assistance from businesses affected by the temporary shutdowns the coronavirus pandemic has caused. The agency is especially encouraging people with backgrounds in accounting, finance or legal fields to apply. The SBA also is seeking applicants who are bilingual in Spanish and English.
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Contreras says some older workers who have experience working in banking or credit may be particularly suited for these jobs.
"The kinds of files and things that they're going to look through on these jobs could range anywhere from a really simple business application from a mom-or-pop-type business to something that's more complex, like a corporation with an affiliate,” he says. “What we need is a broad spectrum of experience from people who have been in the workforce longer and maybe have even retired already. Having their experience is extremely valuable to the kind of work that we do for disaster loans."
- Disaster recovery specialist
- Loan servicing assistant
- Loan specialist (general)
- Supervisory loan specialist (commercial)
- Program support assistant
- Attorney advisor
- Paralegal specialist
- Legal assistant
The people hired should expect to work for three to six months. The SBA will supply a computer and training.