Director of the Workforce, Economic and Small Business Development Center


The Director of the Workforce, Economic and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is responsible for development, planning, organizing, execution and implementation of all new and existing small business development opportunities in the SBDC. This position plans activities, training, events, and manages processes which foster small business development within the Shawnee Community College (SCC) district. This position is also responsible for maintaining previous business partnerships and identifying potential business relationships for the retention and expansion of the center.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Establish clearly defined goals and strategic plans to foster new small business community and workforce development partnerships for developing small business
    • Provide outreach activities and programs to meet SBDC goals and objectives, as outlined, regarding contacts, loan production, job retention and entrepreneurship activities
    • Design and execute marketing strategies to increase business partnerships with the SBDC
    • Strengthen and build relationships with business and industry, governmental agencies and workforce development organizers that may provide additional resources to the center
    • Maintain an effective local Board of Advisors which reflects the center’s market sector focus
    • Coordinate the utilization of the comprehensive workforce education program and facilitate the creation of data driven tools for workforce and professional development outreach activities
    • Provide direct business advice and training to clients
    • Responsible for program level budgetary oversight and monitoring for SBDC, business and industry training, and program income
    • Develop internal and external resources to accomplish program objectives including actively seeking additional funding resources
    • Produce monthly reports for center activities, contacts and budget expenditures as required
    • Maintain contact with and serve on boards of local business and economic development groups; assist those groups with departmental and college resources as needed
    • Maintain client control records and management information systems with the appropriate confidentiality measures in place
    • Conduct annual comprehensive needs analysis for individual businesses and industries in conjunction with cooperative evaluations of skills training activities with participating business and industry partners
    • Manage and analyze data for program effectiveness; devise a foreseeable action plan for areas requiring program improvements accordingly
    • Coordinate and cultivate relationships with other SBA resource partners, local chambers of commerce, professional associations and economic development groups
    • Supervise and coordinate the efforts of Workforce, Economic and Small Business Development Center staff members, contract trainers, consultants, or other educational paraprofessionals in the accomplishment of the Center’s goals
    • Serve on internal committees and working groups within the college as assigned
    • Promote the SBDC and the needs of the small business community
    • Maintain a current reference library and database as required by the SBDC program
    • Maintain current data on private sector consultants for referral to members of the small business community
    • Represent the college in local and state organizations, meetings, and maintain contacts with outside agencies as appropriate
    • Perform other related duties which may be required by the Dean of Workforce Innovation, Adult Basic and Continuing Education &/or President (related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the class specification or position description, but that are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s class of work)


Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervising other administrative and classified staff in The Workforce, Economic and Small Business Development Center.

Education and/or Experience


    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Higher Education Administration, Business Administration or related area
    • A minimum of two (2) years Small Business and management experience providing or coordinating economic development in an organizational setting
    • Strong marketing and sales orientation skills
    • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access Database management
    • Excellent written and verbal communication/interpersonal skills, including public speaking
    • Demonstrated supervisory and project management skills
    • Ability to organize and prioritize work with minimal supervision
    • Demonstrated budget and program management experience
    • Ability to work successfully with individuals from various socioeconomic climates
    • Demonstrated Business Acumen and knowledge of business practices and trends
    • Grants management experience



    • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Higher Education Administration or Business Administration or related area
    • Five (5) years Small Business Management or business consulting experience
    • Expertise in Small Business Development, financing and support through the use of State of Illinois and Federal business service programs
    • Demonstrated grant writing and monitoring skills
    • Familiarity with regional economic development programs/agencies


Work Environment

Work is primarily conducted in an office/college environment. Noise levels are usually moderate. Must be physically able to operate a computer. Duties and responsibilities usually completed in a sedentary manner, but may require walking or standing for brief periods of time. Position may involve occasional bending, lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling of objects up to 25lbs. pounds or less.


$54,000 – $64,000


Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is filled. If you are selected as a finalist,
you will be notified by telephone. No further information
concerning the progress of the search will be available until a
decision has been reached. At that time,
applicants will be informed of the decision by letter.

All applicants must submit all of the credentials
below to the Human Resource Office in order for your application to be
considered complete.

  • SCC Application Form
  • Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Official Transcript(s) (sent to Shawnee Community College directly from college/university)
  • Proof of Certification (if applicable)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Submit above listed materials to:
Ms. Emily Forthman, Human Resources Director
Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992