Shawnee Community College
The Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Shawnee Community College (Illinois SBDC at SCC) is responsible for the development, planning, organizing, execution, and implementation of all new and existing small business development opportunities. This position plans activities, training, and events and manages processes that 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.
The Director will pursue economic growth opportunities and business enterprises within the college district. A dedicated concentration on the operational and outreach components of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be expected. Continued management and coordination for industry-specific workforce training with an emphasis on entrepreneurship is necessary
This job requires travel within the five-county service area of Pulaski, Johnson, Massac, Union, and Alexander counties.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Higher Education Administration, Business Administration, or a related area
- A minimum of two (2) years of Small Business and management experience providing or coordinating economic development in an organizational setting
- Strong marketing and sales orientation skills
- Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Higher Education Administration or Business Administration or related area
- Five (5) years of 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
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Create and sustain a supportive College culture that engages employees, recognizes diversity, ensures equity, promotes inclusion, and creates a sense of belonging by fostering an environment of teamwork, accountability, communication and vision.
- Use tact and courtesy while establishing and maintaining effective relationships with persons contacted in the course of work
- Establish clearly defined goals and strategic plans to foster new small business community 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
- Provide direct business advising and training to clients
- Develop internal and external resources to accomplish program objectives including actively seeking additional funding resources
- 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 in NEOSERRA
- 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
- 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 Small Business Development Center staff members, contract trainers, consultants, or other educational paraprofessionals in the accomplishment of the Center’s goals
- Promote the SBDC and the needs of the small business community
- Maintain current data on private sector consultants for referral to members of the small business community
- Represent the college in local and state organizations, and meetings, and maintain contacts with outside agencies as appropriate
- Handle and maintain confidential matters, including conversations, documents, and correspondence as necessary
- Organize and maintain an Illinois SBDC at SCC local advisory board which reflects the center’s market sector focus
- Produce monthly reports for center activities, contacts, and budget expenditures as required
- Attend training as offered within SCC and externally offered through ASBDC and Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association (IESBGA).
- Responsible for program-level budgetary oversight and monitoring for SBDC and program income
- Serve on internal committees and working groups within the college as assigned
- Perform other related duties which may be required by the Dean of Career & Technology Programs (i.e. duties that may not be specifically listed in the class specification or position description, but are generally within the occupational series and responsibility level associated with the employee’s class of work).
- General work hours are Monday- Friday, 7:45 am-4:15 pm. Evening or weekend hours may be required to participate in other activities outside of regular working hours
SKILLS & ABILITIES include the following:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
- Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.
- Ability to effectively communicate in spoken and written standard English
CUSTOMER SERVICE STATEMENT
Consistently performs duties with concern, courtesy, and respect for all persons in a prompt and timely manner. Must work cooperatively with students, employees, government agencies, and community members and be sensitive to issues of student and employee diversity. Consistently exhibits responsiveness to others in the organization at all levels and responds to requests for assistance from students, staff, and community members in a helpful and timely manner.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. Lifting items up to 20 pounds in weight.
Sitting for prolonged periods of time.
Work is primarily in an office/school environment. Noise levels usually are moderate.
SALARY RANGE: $51,000 – $54,000
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Cover Letter, Resume, Official Transcript(s)