The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development seek an experienced management professional to serve as a Business and Leadership Advisor in Middle/South Georgia. Applicants must have a good working knowledge business and leadership principals and should also possess knowledge of the Middle and South Georgia economic development community, the ability to network and problem-solving skills.
If you are looking for a career that will enable you to engage in business and leadership development efforts while helping grow your community’s next generation of successful entrepreneurs and leaders, you might enjoy working at the University of Georgia. Our team works with a wide variety of businesses, helping owners overcome challenges and pursue their goals of growth and profitability.
The position’s starting salary is $70,000 and includes a generous benefits package (health, dental, vision, life, disability, etc.) and two retirement plan options. The University of Georgia contributes to retirement plans at different rates according to the plan selected (defined contribution plan – ORP 9.24% | defined benefits package – TRS 16.81%). For more information about our benefits, click here.
The Business and Leadership Advisor is a position reporting to the UGA SBDC and Fanning Institute. The person in this position is responsible for identifying consulting, training and research resources for communities, organizations and individuals in South Georgia. This individual will assist communities in areas of leadership development and business creation, retention, and expansion. The Advisor delivers information and technical expertise to assist in planning and implementing leadership and entrepreneur development strategies. This responsibility includes linking the SBDC, Fanning Institute and other university, as well as federal and state government programs, with local development groups and businesses. This charge requires the ability to work creatively and independently. Must be skilled communicator, capable of leading high-quality training programs and facilitating meetings and group discussions. Extensive day travel required.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Evaluate community potential, identify areas for growth, and assess appropriate resources. The individual should be able to interact well with local governments, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and economic development groups, recognizing members’ diverse capabilities and resources. All relevant community leadership and economic development groups should receive the attention of the Advisor.
- Identify communities and organizations for which leadership development programming and trainings might be developed and promote Fanning Institute leadership development offerings to that end.
- Promote implementation of local entrepreneurship development programs. Identify opportunities for the SBDC to provide consulting, training, and research support of these efforts. Provide training for local business leaders to foster a favorable environment for entrepreneurs.
- Provide assistance in determining the feasibility of business development programs utilizing secondary research and conducting primary research. These services will provide practical application of entrepreneurship development theories and the implementation of proven strategies.
- Identify accessible government assistance programs, grants, and services. Seek and apply for grants relevant to entrepreneurship and leadership development. Initiate co-sponsorship of programs with private businesses, economic development organizations, nonprofit organizations and government entities.
- Develop specific area(s) of expertise within the arena of entrepreneur and leadership development. Apply this knowledge through new programs and/or research. Assist in the continued development, implementation, and updating of the two organization’s strategic plans. Ensure that organizational goals and objectives are accomplished in a timely and thorough manner.
- Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field.
- Five years’ experience in business ownership or management preferred.
The cover letter should address the following: Our employees say empathy-an understanding of and service to others-is important in their role at the SBDC. In your letter, please describe instances where empathy is evidenced in your work or elsewhere and discuss why you are interested in supporting the mission and culture of our organization.
How to Apply
Use the button below to apply on the University of Georgia’s website directly.
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.