Area Director, UGA SBDC at Morehouse College
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Area Director is a full time, 12-month, administrative position. The Area Director is responsible for delivering programs to individuals, businesses, communities, organizations, and other public agencies in their assigned geographic territory. This charge requires a broad base of business knowledge, excellent analytical skills, and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously. These duties require the integration of business theory and practice, thus necessitating professional development activities. Area Directors must also manage the performance and daily operations of their assigned office. Multi-county travel within Georgia is required.
- Master’s degree in Business Administration or a related field. Five years of experience is required and knowledge of College and SBDC programs, operating philosophy and/or relevant management experience is preferred.
- The successful candidate for the Area Director position will have a record of experience and accomplishments in program management involving the small business/startup community.
- Candidate will have experience with collaborating with and establishing relationships with public agencies.
Scope: The primary responsibilities of the Area Director will be to lead the implementation of programming of the UGA Small Business Development Center at Morehouse College.
Responsibilities will include:
- Provide high quality individual instruction to entrepreneurs, business owners, and business managers. Analyze situations, make recommendations, and educate clients with regard to business plans, market feasibility, financial viability, operations management, and legal structures, and other related topics. Maintain an appropriate level and mix of clients as noted by annual deliverables and strategic plan objectives.
- Develop and deliver high quality business training programs that are responsive to the needs of the business community served. Generate curricula for business programs, seminars, conferences and workshops for the local business interests. Determine topics, agendas, instructors, instructional materials, location, time, and other resources required. Create and produce instructional materials. Serve as an instructor of business training programs, and secure qualified outside instructors, as needed. Effectively market business training programs within assigned communities, so as to meet annual deliverables.
- Develop specific area(s) of expertise within the arena of business development. Apply this knowledge through new training programs, consulting tools, research projects, and/or other impact measures.
- Direct clients to other appropriate sources of business information and assistance. Disseminate pertinent information to the business community via various media.
- Serve as an advocate of business development, expansion and retention in the area, thereby becoming a visible leader in the local business community. Work collaboratively with private-sector businesses, other economic development assistance units of the Georgia University System, and other units of State Government to further the economic well-being of Georgia’s citizens.
- Engage in public relations activities such as, speeches, presentations, active committee participation, and direct discussions. Relevant audiences include bankers, colleges and universities, chambers of commerce, economic development authorities, main street coordinators, government agencies, local political offices, civic organizations, and local media.
- Assist in the continued development, implementation, and updating of the organization’s strategic plan. Ensure that organizational goals and objectives are accomplished in a timely and thorough manner. Work with colleagues to develop and deploy action plans that align with the organizational strategic plan, tailored to meeting the specific small business needs within the assigned geography, and capitalize on the skills of SBDC personnel. Prepare individual work plans, including professional development initiatives, which align with area office objectives.
- Support organizational improvement efforts through active involvement on internal committees or special projects, as directed by the SBDC state management office.
- Seek and apply for grants relevant to entrepreneurship and business development. Initiate co-sponsorship of programs with private businesses, economic development organizations, and other government entities. Maintain adequate files including budget, payment records, and invoices for sponsorships, grants, and cooperative agreements.
- Develop and execute plans to meet area office and special project revenue goals as outlined in area office action plans and individual work plans.
- Document activities via Client Information System (CIS) in a timely, accurate, and comprehensive manner. Collect and transmit consolidated CIS data. Maintain adequate client files as per SBA and SBDC guidelines.
- Prepare Semi-Annual Reports for submission to SBA and Quarterly
- Advancement and Impact Reports for submission to the Director of the Morehouse College Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
- Work in conjunction with persons in the SBDC State Office to secure qualified faculty and support staff to implement the programs of the SBDC. Serve as a guide and mentor to Business Consultants. Make recommendations to the SDBC State Director regarding the training, retaining, evaluating, compensating, and promoting of reporting personnel.
- Maintain efficient and effective operation of assigned area office, including management of personnel, budget, and other resources. Ensure that administrative policies are followed, that programs are innovative and responsive, and that top-quality services are delivered. Utilize client and management feedback in striving for continuous improvement. Uphold contractual obligations with other institutions.
- Represent the SBDC State Director when required.
The preferred start date for the Area Director is July 1, 2020.
Interested applicants should submit all required application materials by June 15, 2020
Application materials should include the following:
- A letter of intent providing detail on how the candidate’s experiences and preparation demonstrate their readiness for the position, and which includes a vision statement for Experiential Education at Morehouse College;
- A current resume; and
- The names and contact information of three professional references
To be considered for a position with Morehouse College, please complete the employment application and upload your resume. Please ensure that the position title and corresponding department are included on your cover letter, resume and/or employment application.
Morehouse College is an equal opportunity employer. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against in any condition of employment because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status or any other status protected by law.