TITLE:Director of Small Business Development/Economic Outreach (90%/10%)
SUPERVISED BY:Vice President of Academics and Student Services
DEPARTMENT:Small Business Development Center
CATEGORY:Full-time Administrator / Grant Funded
FUNCTION OF THE JOB:
The Director will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and promotion of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and conduct other College activities essential to the economic development in the Sauk Valley area. As SBDC Director, he/she will be the senior manager who shares, directs, and monitors program activities and financial affairs of the SBDC and will devote significant time counseling clients. When conducting economic outreach for the College, the Director will conduct grant and funding development, support the region’s non-profit organizations, and support regional economic development groups. The Director will devote 90% of his/her time to the functions of the SBDC Cooperative and 10% to regional economic development.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Plan and coordinate programs and activities consistent with the goals and objectives of the Illinois Small Business Development Network.
- Maintain an effective local Board of Advisors that reflect the center’s market sector focus.
- Develop internal and external resources to accomplish program objectives including actively seeking additional funding resources.
- Provide direct business advice and training to clients.
- Supervise SBDC personnel including consultants, professionals, and clerical.
- Manage the SBDC’s operational budget.
- Maintain a current reference library and database as required by the SBDC program.
- Establish linkages and working relationships with other centers that may provide additional resources to the Center.
- Maintain current data on private sector consultants for referral to members of the small business community.
- Maintain client control records and management information system.
- Provide timely and accurate reports.
- Maintain and analyze data on program effectiveness.
- Promote the Center and the needs of the small business community.
- Establish a marketing plan that will allow for high visibility of the Center.
- Coordinate and cultivate relationships with other resource partners, local chambers of commerce, professional associations, and economic development groups.
- Connect clients to possible finances from banks, investors, state, and federal sources.
- 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.
- Develop internal and external resources to accomplish program objectives.
- Work to develop additional funding sources for the SBDC and other economic development efforts of the College.
- Promote Sauk Valley Community College within our service area.
- Collaborate with the Business and Community Education department to provide workshops and seminars to support their efforts.
- Provide timely and accurate College reports.
- Assume all other reasonable professional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
- Must have strong skills in customer service and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Must be able to operate office equipment proficiently.
- Must have the ability to work under pressure and organize multiple assignments exercising independent judgment.
- Must be able to establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers and other individuals.
- Must be highly organized and able to coordinate events.
- Must be able to interpret rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
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 and experience with small business management or business consulting, or equivalent education and experience required. Master’s degree is preferred. Budget and program management experience, 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.