Masters degree in a relevant field (MBA, MPA, etc.).
Six (6) years of progressively responsible, relevant experience.
Three (3) years of leadership experience.
The Executive Director must possess experience in federal grant management, business development methodology, and management tools.
Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of public and private stakeholders who are critical to the success of the SBDC network.
The Executive Director must have a strong systems perspective and be able to identify emerging opportunities and threats for early action.
Experience preparing and managing budgets
Demonstrate sensitivity and desire to promote diversity; demonstrate ability to work effectively with a broad constituency; and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
Experience in a Small Business Development Center or other consulting service provider
Success building sustained partnerships
Demonstration of coalition building and stakeholder communication
Management of professional employees;
Experience obtaining external funding/fundraising; experience with program implementation through sub-contractors
Knowledge of Michigan organizations that serve both public and private small businesses.
Responsibilities - Essential Functions: The Executive Director of the MI - Small Business Development Center (SBDC) reports to the Dean of the Seidman College of Business; job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
This position is responsible for setting the vision for the MI-SBDC network to ensure evolving needs and emerging trends of the small business community are being met. Providing leadership in the implementation of that vision and the deployment of resources to meet the vision is critical in this role.
The Executive Director is responsible for securing funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), assisting with attaining matching funds from host organizations, and maintaining the cooperative agreement between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State/Regional host.
The Executive Director is responsible for developing and maintaining strong working and collaborative relationships with a wide variety of constituents, including the SBA in Washington, D.C., as well as Michigan district offices; Michigan state government, especially areas related to economic development; the regional hosts that house SBDC offices; and other organizations and entities involved in helping to strengthen the economy of Michigan through business development.
This position must clearly articulate the value of the SBDC network to their respective local businesses as part of maintaining strong relations with state lawmakers. In addition, the Executive Director will engage with the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) and provide a leadership role in advancing the strategic goals of Michigan small businesses.
The Executive Director is responsible for maintaining ASBDC accreditation through continuous improvement processes, managing the state office staff, monitoring and guiding the statewide network SBA goals and expected outcomes, and overseeing the measurement of economic impact from SBDC services. The Executive Director is also responsible for maintaining a strong relationship with all SBDC regional offices and hosts to facilitate planning, integrate work and services, and maintain a consistent purpose to better serve Michigan small businesses.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Department/Division: Small Business Development Center State Office
Campus: Robert C. Pew, Grand Rapids Campus; L. William Seidman Center.
How to Apply: Applicants must apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu. Please include a cover letter and resume. If selected for an interview, an official transcript will be required. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.
Application Deadline Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.
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