The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is seeking a highly motivated individual for a management-level, public service faculty position dedicated to helping Georgia businesses grow and prosper. Exceptional interpersonal skills and a solid business education are required to consult with and train small business owners and entrepreneurs. Responsibilities also include managing the Gwinnett SBDC territory, inclusive of other office personnel.
To be considered at the level of Public Service Assistant, Public Service Associate or Senior Public Service Associate a MBA degree in Business or a related field as well as a minimum of 5 years of experience in business is required.
For details on definitions and requirements of Public Service and Outreach Faculty ranks, please see the Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion.
The position’s starting salary is $75,000 and includes a generous benefits package.
A Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Area Director is a public service faculty position reporting to the District Director. The persons in this position are 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. This position is located in Lawrenceville, GA covering the Gwinnett SBDC territory. Multi-county travel is required.
Duties and Responsibilities
- 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, to name but a few topics.
- 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, etc. for the local business interests. Determine topics, agendas, instructors, instructional materials, location, time, and other resources required.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Prepare and deploy action plans and individual work plans, assist in the organization’s strategic plan, prepare Semi-Annual Reports, ensure that organizational goals and objectives are accomplished in a timely and thorough manner, active involvement on internal committees or special projects, serve as a guide and mentor to Business Consultants, seek and apply for grants relevant to entrepreneurship and business development, represent the SBDC State Director when required, and other duties as required.
- Masters degree in Business or related field. Applicable experience of five years necessary.
How to Apply
Use the button below to apply on the University of Georgia’s website directly.
Letter of Application prompt:
We believe the SBDC attracts people who are generous with their time and energy. In a word, our employees say empathy—an understanding of and service to others—is important to both their role at the SBDC and their personal life. In your cover letter, please describe instances where empathy is evidenced in your work and/or personal life. Additionally, please discuss why you are interested in supporting the mission and culture of our organization.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.