General Description: Niagara County Community College is searching for a Director of our Small Business Development Center (SBDC). This is a full-time, 12-month, grant funded administrator position reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The Director is responsible for the management of a SBDC Regional Center, effective provision of services to local small businesses and program and fiscal compliance with New York State, State University, host institutions, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) requirements.
Typical Work Activities:
• Supervise all staff functions including assigning appropriate tasks, conduct internal staff meetings, identify staff training activities and insure the general quality and timeliness of staff activities by reviewing individual casework and feedback from assisted clients.
• Administer all fiscal controls of the SBDC including developing budgets for campus and SBDC Lead Center Office review, monitor expenditure activities as they relate to budgets, advise campus fiscal staff of program financial elements, develop and monitor internal fiscal control systems, adhere to SBDC Lead Center Office financial guidelines.
• Interact with and provide information for campus administration with respect to budget, expenditure plans, personnel administration, facility utilization, and like matters.
• Supervise the development of appropriate program and financial reports in accordance with campus and SBDC Lead Center guidelines.
• Maintain a client counseling caseload and provide support assistance to staff in their counseling needs.
• Identify and implement program initiatives in response to SBDC Lead Center Office, campus and private sector identification.
• Initiate and maintain contact with the business community, as well as other related public and private entities to promote program services and to elicit funding support to broaden and enhance outreach services.
• Establish and interface with advisory groups; develop printed research for distribution; participate in public speaking; and sponsor or co-sponsor appropriate training events, seminars and conferences in addition to personal visits.
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Complexity of Duties (in order of priority)
• Day to day management of an SBDC Regional Center requires a comprehensive knowledge of business operations and practices and the capacity to optimize the utilization of staff for the purposes of counseling and training clients who are presently or prospectively engaged in small business enterprise.
• Administration of the fiscal component of the program requires an understanding of campus, SBDC Lead Center, State, Federal and host fiscal policies, all of which are subject to internal, State and Federal audit. Balancing fiscal support in relation to demonstrated program needs requires careful planning to maximize resources.
• Program promotion requires excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with audiences of varied knowledge and expertise. It is important that the Director has the range of ability to represent the program and sponsors in settings that require professional presentations (such as press conferences, news articles and other media recorded events).
Essential Functions: Must be able to relate to senior executives in the corporate environment and senior administration of the College; must be able to relate to a diverse population of staff and students; must be able to travel; must be able to speak in front of groups of people and accept public speaking engagements; must be able to utilize computers; must be able to understand budget development and to present the needs and interests of the SBDC to College officials; must be able to develop and prepare reports and present information.
• Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration; Business Management, Finance or a business-related field;
• Minimum of five (5) years of experience in private sector business, at least two (2) of those years must have involved the supervision of personnel (relevant consulting experience may be substituted for management experience at a ratio of 2 years consulting experience for 1 year of management experience.)
• Three (3) years of experience working with economic development services.
• Master’s degree in a business-related field;
• Minimum of one year of private sector business experience in a managerial capacity;
• Successful experience in procurement of grants;
• Experience in the design of training program curriculum;
• Experience in fiscal management;
• Experience working with the Western New York business and industry community. Previous experience as a business owner.