TITLE:Director of Regional Economic Development and Small Business Development Center
SUPERVISED BY:Dean of Institutional Advancement
DEPARTMENT:Institutional Advancement and SBDC
CATEGORY:Full-time Administrator (50% Grant Funded)
FUNCTION OF THE JOB:
Responsible for coordinating economic development within the College’s district by serving as an external economic development representative to local government, business and industry, agencies, consortia, partnerships, and regional economic development and planning groups throughout the district. The position seeks to understand and promote regional economic development opportunities, especially those aligned with the College’s mission, vision, and strategic plan. Additionally, the position cultivates and promotes positive and substantive relationships and serves as a leader of and an advocate for the College within the external community.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Plan and direct the execution and planning of collaborative economic development efforts that enhance the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the College.
- Plan and direct programs and activities consistent with the goals and objectives of the Illinois Small Business Development Network.
- Work to develop additional funding sources for the SBDC and other economic development efforts of the College.
- Supervise SBDC personnel including consultants, professionals, and clerical.
- Create local Board of Advisors and Stakeholder events that reflect the SBDC’s market sector focus.
- Provide effective leadership over the following SBDC functions in coordination with Assistant Director and staff: management of operational budget; maintenance of reference library, database, private sector consultants for referral, client records and management information system, state and federal reports and assist in matching clients with potential investors.
- Establish linkages and working relationships that may provide additional resources to the SBDC and/or the College.
- Promote the SBDC and the needs of the small business community including creating a viable marketing plan to increase awareness of the center.
- Coordinate and cultivate relationships with stakeholders including resource partners, local chambers of commerce, professional associations, economic development groups, and elected officials.
- Work with elected officials on regional economic development needs/initiatives.
- Develop collaborations with regional organizations and plan and coordinate projects consistent with the goals and objectives of Sauk Valley Community College and its efforts to support the region’s economic development programs.
- Serve as the College’s primary liaison to appropriate economic development organizations.
- Maintain professional contact through participation in necessary seminars and professional meetings.
- Develop in cooperation with the supervisor annual goals and objectives.
- Prepare and submit to the supervisor an annual report summarizing accomplishments of the previous year.
- Assume all other reasonable professional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
- Must understand and support the mission of the community college.
- Must be able to communicate effectively by phone and email on a daily basis.
- Must be able to provide verbal/visual presentations to personnel, institution, local community areas, and Board of Trustees as required.
- Must be able to work with Microsoft Office products.
- Must be able to interpret rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Must be able to work in a team environment.
Frequent contact is made with all levels of College personnel, the general public and outside organizations in relation to routine departmental services and duties in providing appropriate assistance and information as requested.
Functional and administrative supervision is exercised over the personnel of the Illinois Small Business Development Center.
B.A. or B.S. degree in business, economics, or other relevant field required. Five years experience with small business management or business consulting, and master’s degree is preferred. Budget and program management experience, strong marketing and sales orientation, ability to master technical literature, and excellent communication skills including public speaking are also required.
TORT LIABILITY STATEMENT:
Coordinates the College Risk Management Program in a capacity appropriate to this position. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring conditions, events and circumstances present through daily College operations, and communicating observations to the appropriate supervisor or taking necessary actions to correct, prevent or limit safety problems. May serve as a member of a committee that supports the health, safety and/or legal rights of visitors, students and staff. Such committees may include the AA/EEO, Sexual Harassment, and Safety/Loss Control committees. (Risk Management Categories I, III, IV. See Tort file.)
This description is intended to indicate the kinds and levels of work difficulty that will be required of the position that will be given the title and shall not be construed as declaring what specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of the supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of difficulty.