MCFL Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in conjunction with County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency announces the opening of a new full-time advising position for the Monroe County Finger Lakes region.


Position Description: PTAC Advisor for Main Center serving Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties, now including Cayuga and Onondaga.


Position Open Date: October 17, 2022.


Position Title: Procurement Technical Assistance Center Advisor

Position Purpose
:  Navigating government contracting regulations and procedures can be a daunting task. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center Counselor assists businesses with understanding how to find, bid on, win, and execute on government contracts so that they can diversify their customer base and create jobs.


About the Organization:  

County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency, through the PTAC Program, seeks to ensure firms in the region are winning government contracts and subcontracts so that they can grow/diversify their business and further contribute to the economic vibrancy of our community.  By providing technical assistance on how to find contracts, bid on them responsively, and comply with post-award terms and conditions, firms in the region are more likely to succeed long-term in the marketplace.  Last year, small businesses that worked with PTAC won $97 million in government contracts.

The MCFL PTAC territory is home to a significant amount of large government prime contractor and government agency buying activity including L3Harris, Lockheed Martin, ConServe, Air Force, Army, Navy, Defense Logistics Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, the Veterans Administration, the General Service Administration, and state and local government. These large primes and agencies purchase a wide array of products and services each day, representing a significant opportunity for businesses in our region. Navigating government contracting regulations and procedures can be a daunting task.

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center is a program funded through COMIDA and the Department of Defense. The PTAC is a program of and administered by the Department of Defense.  Prior to applying, please learn more by visiting:


Position Responsibilities:

  • Guide businesses through the process of assessing their capacity/suitability for government contracting
  • Guide businesses through the process of finding, bidding, and performing on government contracts and sub- contracts
  • Conduct outreach to businesses throughout MCFL PTAC territory about government contracting opportunities with federal, state and local governments as well as prime contractors throughout the country. 
  • Outreach to small, women owned, minority owned, and veteran owned businesses is a critical part of our work plan.
  • Assist businesses with government registrations (i.e. and certifications (SBA’s Hubzone, 8a, etc.) related to selling to the government, finding opportunities, marketing to government buyers, bidding, getting paid, proposal development, interpretation of regulations, and more. Assistance is provided primarily through workshops and one-on-one counseling with the businesses by phone, in person or by email
  • Coordinate workshops and events that increase knowledge of government contracting
  • Attend outreach events to ensure awareness of PTAC services
  • Enroll businesses in the PTAC’s electronic bid-match service
  • Review and disseminate bid opportunities and subcontracting opportunities to clients
  • Develop and maintain relationships with federal, state and local government agencies and prime contractors
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other business resource providers throughout the region.
  • Meet or exceed program goals for number of counseling sessions, events, etc. Keep counseling reporting database up to date at least weekly.
  • Collaborate with other PTAC counselors throughout the region to share best practices
  • Complete training courses that are relevant to the needs of clients and attend training events as budget allows.
  • Other duties as assigned 


Onboarding/Training: Candidates without all the preferred skills and experience are still encouraged to apply.  The role of a PTAC advisor is unique; The successful candidate will have access to strong mentorship from experienced advisors, training, and formal online curriculum developed by the Association of PTACs.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn business and government contracting principles and how to apply them to the client business success strategy.
  • Strong computer skills to research government marketplace and navigate registrations and online government systems
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • Ability to listen critically to identify needs and solve problems
  • Strong, professional written communication skills
  • Strong verbal communication skills, including public speaking in front of large and diverse audiences
  • Ability to take complicated material and create concise curriculum for adult learners
  • Resourcefulness – you will frequently have to research answers to a business’ questions with little direction
  • Work well within a team environment and collaborative approach to work
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel 


Other Preferred Experience:

  • Experience providing assistance to small businesses
  • Experience working within a business that sells to the government
  • Experience as a contracting officer for a federal, state, or local government agency 


Working Conditions: Professional office environment – Daily use of computer required. Some travel by automobile is required throughout service area. PTAC has a strong team approach to delivering products and services to the community and businesses. The successful candidate should be comfortable with this type of collaborative working environment.

COMIDA PTAC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against an employee or client on the grounds of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or the presence of any disability.

Monroe County Finger Lakes PTAC office is located in Rochester, NY.  Some remote work may be authorized. 


Salary: This is a full-time salaried position that is exempt from overtime.  All full time employees are offered a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and holidays, and a NYS pension plan. Salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply:  Questions about this position are encouraged from interested applicants.   

  • Email the following to
    • Cover letter that includes a brief description of your experience with government contracting and advising businesses.
    • Salary requirements.
    • Resume that highlights your experience with government contracting and advising businesses
  • Please include “PTAC Position” in the subject line of the email.