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Director, Small Business Development Center

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Position Status: Full-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, School of Business

Position Title & Department:

 Director, Small Business Development Center; School of Business - Free Enterprise Institute
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Department Description:

The Free Enterprise Institute at the Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego makes the entrepreneurship game accessible by providing practical education, resources and proving grounds for innovators to change the world. We serve and connect students, startups and investors.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

This is a full-time temporary, benefit-based position. Position is funded by an SBA grant with funding period of no less than three years. Thereafter, position is contingent upon continued grant funding.

This position is responsible for developing, operating, and overseeing the activities of the Brink Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The Brink SBDC is housed in the FEI. Activities support USD Schools, departments, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the community at large. The Brink SBDC provides assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties and is hosted at USD through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that is managed by Southwestern Community College District's San Diego Imperial SBDC Network Lead Office.

This position works closely with the SDI SBDC Lead Office and network of SBDC Centers to support small businesses by offering free consulting and low cost or free training. This position works with stakeholders and provides liaison with public and private sector business assistance organizations to support economic growth. This position provides leadership and direction, manages clients, advises clients and oversees the coordination of client services, manages resources, abides by reporting standards, and aids in the growth of the Brink SBDC through fundraising and grant development. This position is active in the San Diego business, innovation, and entrepreneurship community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Manages and oversees all aspects of SBDC operations by:

  • Hiring and managing staff and contractors to deliver services and support the functions of the Brink SBDC.
  • Managing client intake, assignments, and progress toward key performance indicators.
  • Overseeing and coordinating marketing and social media activities.
  • Developing programmatic offerings based on needs analysis of existing clients and target clients in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
  • Developing and executing continuous improvement and accountability measures to ensure offerings continue to evolve to serve the changing needs of innovation-based businesses.
  • Overseeing and strategically using SBDC funding sources including but not limited to grants and restricted funds
  • Coordinating with the Assistant Director of the FEI to ensure alignment with University and grant policies as they relate to independent contractors, external agreements, and expenditure policies.
  • Overseeing and assisting the Assistant Director of the FEI in completing monthly financial audits to ensure expenses are posted correctly
  • Ensuring the timely processing of payment requests, reconciliation of expenses and submission of financial reports
  •   Creating and managing the budget, approving expenditures, and ensuring reimbursements and overall financial compliance with both SBDC and USD policies.
  • This is done to ensure service to innovation-based companies and compliance and performance to the standards outlined in various agreements.

Leads the Brink SBDC's development and fundraising efforts by:

  • Actively searching for grants and developing grant proposals to increase the number of clients served and the quality of services provided.
  • Working with USD staff to secure additional funds through banks, corporations, organizations, and individual donors.
  • Leads the Brink SBDC's development and fundraising efforts by  searching for grants and developing grant proposals to increase the number of clients served and the quality of services provided as well as working  with USD staff to secure additional funds through banks, corporations, organizations, and individual donors.
  • This is done to ensure long term financial viability of the program.

Coordinates with the SDI SBDC Network and internal (USD) and external (partner organizations, funders) stakeholders by:

  • Working with the SDI SBDC Lead Office to enhance resources and services and abide by SBDC guidelines and the guidelines prescribed by other funders.
  • Working with SBDC Center Directors to coordinate services and training offerings.
  • Working with the School of Business Finance and Administration team on topics related to finance and human resources
  • This is done to ensure good working relationships, grant compliance, and ultimately quality service delivery to innovation-based companies.

Manages reporting requirements and represents USD and the Brink SBDC by:

  • Overseeing the reporting of the Brink SBDC's performance programmatically and financially to funders and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with the School of Business Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration and Grants Accounting in finalizing financial reports as required by grantors
  •   Cultivating and maintaining relationships within the innovation ecosystem.
  •   Representing the Brink SBDC and USD with the media as needed.
  • This is done to ensure common voice and brand/reputation management.

Other duties as assigned.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in related field from an accredited college or university
  • 5 years experience leading innovation and entrepreneurship programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education: Masters degree in related field from an accredited college or university
  • 5+ years leading innovation and entrepreneurship programs within a higher-education setting.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship programs and demonstrated ability to manage operations and human resources of a center.
  • Professional network and ability to access resources.
  • Cooperates effectively as a team member with internal departments and external partners.
  • Assumes responsibility, deals effectively with problems, and exercises independent judgement when making decisions.
  • Familiarity with digital marketing and utilization of technology to advance organizational goals.
  • Presenting materials and training personnel
  • Clearly articulating policies and procedures
  • Using independent judgment to take appropriate action on inquiries
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, self-motivated, and efficient
  • Ability and willingness to represent USD in the most positive manner.
  • Ability to motivate and manage highly talented team.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, programs, and demands.
  • Cultivating relationships in related industries and ecosystem.
  • Fundraising experience, sales skills, and relationship building expertise.
  • Budget, managerial, and operations skills.
  • Working with diverse personalities and backgrounds
  • Being flexible and versatile in coping with evolving work situations
  • Being able to handle the stress of last-minute deadlines and changes
Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
 Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

In addition, the Knauss School of Business offers two different compressed work schedule options following a 9/75 structure in which employees have 1 to 1.5 days off over every two-week period as well as a hybrid option for those positions that can complete some work remotely.

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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