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Director of the Workforce, Economic and Small Business Development Center


The Director of the Workforce, Economic and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is responsible for development, planning, organizing, execution and implementation of all new and existing small business development opportunities in the SBDC. This position plans activities, trainings, events and manages processes which 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 in 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish clearly defined goals and strategic plans to foster new community partnerships for developing small business

  • Provide outreach activities to meet SCBD goals, as outlined, regarding contacts, loan production, job retention and entrepreneurship activities

  • Design and execute marketing strategies to increase business partnerships with the SBDC

  • Strengthen and build relationships with business and industry, governmental agencies, community and workforce development organizers

  • Coordinate the utilization of the comprehensive workforce education program and facilitate the creation of data driven tools for workforce and professional development outreach activities

  • Provide direct business advice and training to clients

  • Responsible for program level budgetary oversight and monitoring for SBDC, business and industry training, and program income

  • Develop internal and external resources to accomplish program objectives including actively seeking additional funding resources

  • Produce monthly reports for center activities, contacts and budget expenditures as required

  • 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 and management information systems with the appropriate confidentiality measures in place

  • 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

  • Manage and analyze data for program effectiveness; devise a foreseeable action plan for areas requiring program improvements accordingly

  • 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 Workforce, Economic and Small Business Development Center staff members, contract trainers, consultants, or other educational paraprofessionals in the accomplishment of the Center's goals

  • Serve on internal committees and working groups within the college as assigned

  • Promote the SBDC and the needs of the small business community

  • Maintain a current reference library and database as required by the SBDC program

  • Maintain current data on private sector consultants for referral to members of the small business community

  • Represent the college in local and state organizations, meetings, and maintain contacts with outside agencies as appropriate

  • Perform other related duties which may be required by the Dean of Workforce Innovation, Adult Basic and Continuing Education &/or President (related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the class specification or position description, but that are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee's class of work)

Supervisory Reponsiblities:

Supervising other administrative and classified staff in The Workforce, Economic and Small Business Development Center.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in Higher Education Administration, Business Administration, or related area

  • A minimum of 2 years experience providing or coordinating economic development in an organizational setting

  • Strong marketing and sales orientation skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access Database management

  • Excellent written and verbal communication/interpersonal skills, including public speaking

Minimum Requirements:

  • Demonstrates supervisory and project management skills

  • Ability to organize and prioritize work with minimal supervision

  • Demonstrates budget and program management experience

  • Ability to work successfully with individuals from various socioeconomic climates

  • Demonstrated Business Acumen and knowledge of business practices and trends

  • Grants management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in Higher Education Administration, Business Administration, or related area

  • Five (5) years 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

  • Demonstrates grant writing and monitoring skills

  • Familiarity with regional economic development programs/agencies

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

Work is primarily conducted in an office/college environment. Noise levels are usually moderate. Must be physically able to operate a computer. Duties and responsibilities usually completed in a sedentary manner, but may require walking or standing for brief periods of time. Position may involve occasional bending, lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling of objects up to 25lbs. pounds or less.

Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be notified by telephone. No further information concerning the progress of the search will be available until a decision has been reached. At that time, applicants will be informed of the decision by letter.

All applicants must submit all of the credentials below to the Human Resource Office in order for your application to be considered complete.

-- SCC Application Form
-- Letter of Application
-- Resume
-- Official Transcript(s) (sent to SCC directly from college/university)
-- Proof of Certifications (if applicable)
-- 2 Letters of Recommendation


Contact: Submit above listed materials to:
Ms. Emily Forthman, Human Resource Director
Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin IL 62992

For More Information Contact:
Emily Forthman - Human Resource Director
at 1-800-481-2242 ext. 3223 or e-mail

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