The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
A Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Consultant is a public service faculty position reporting to the Area Director. The person is responsible for providing counseling and delivering programs to individuals, businesses, communities, and organizations 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. Multi-county travel is required.
- Provide high quality individual instruction and educational support to entrepreneurs, business owners, and business managers. Analyze situations, make recommendations, and educate clients with regard to export operations (including marketing, distribution, logistics, export compliance, and finance) and with regard to importing processes. Maintain an appropriate level and mix of clients as noted by annual goals and strategic plan objectives. Responsible for developing and refining a consulting practice that yields impactful results.
- 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 and initiate topics, agendas, instructors, instructional materials, location, time, and other resources required. Create and produce instructional materials. Serve as an instructor of international business training programs and secure qualified outside instructors, as needed. Effectively market business training programs within assigned communities, so as to meet annual goals.
- In addition to maintaining a broad base of international business knowledge, develop specific and relevant area(s) of expertise within the arena of business development. Apply this knowledge through the development and delivery of new training programs, consulting tools, research projects, co-consulting, 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 state, thereby becoming a visible leader in the business community. Work collaboratively with private-sector businesses, other economic development assistance units of the University System, and other units of State Government, as well as Federal trade agencies, 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, government agencies, local political offices, civic organizations, local media, and potential program sponsors.
- 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 annual action and marketing plans that align with the organizational strategic plan, are tailored to meeting the specific small business needs within the assigned geography, and capitalize on the skills of SBDC personnel. Prepare and execute individual work plans, including professional development initiatives, which align with area office objectives.
- Support organizational improvement efforts through active involvement with internal committees, center reviews, special projects, and various assessments as directed by the state office.
- Actively participate in the development and execution of sponsorship acquisition strategies in support of the state goals. Initiate co-sponsorship of programs with private businesses, economic development organizations, and other government entities. Seek and apply for grants relevant to entrepreneurship and business development.
- Document activities via electronic information system (Unity) in a timely, accurate, and comprehensive manner. Maintain client files as per SBA and SBDC guidelines. Provide impact information for required SBA reporting including but not limited to success stories.
- Perform all responsibilities efficiently and effectively within program office. 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. Maintain positive, professional relations with other institutions.
- Represent the SBDC when required.
A master’s degree in business or a related field is preferred; a bachelor’s degree in business or a related field is required.
To be considered for the rank of Public Service Assistant, candidates must have a master’s degree.
Candidates with a bachelor’s degree are eligible for Public Service Professional position. This is a public service provisional faculty position that is offered for no more than 6 years without completion of an advanced degree or review. You may apply for a regular service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details: http://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-and-promotion-guideline.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Applicants must have a good working knowledge of all business functions, including: financial analysis, business research, marketing, and accounting. Knowledge of the area’s economic development community, prior banking or accounting background, and the ability to network is a plus. Knowledge of University and SBDC programs and operating philosophy and/or relevant management background preferred.
How to Apply
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