Small Business Development Center Director
Position Is Open Until Filled

Code: 19874 Posted: 07/05/2023

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, UW-Parkside provides an educational value to our students that is unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals. The university is the proud recipient of the 2022 AASCU Excellence & Innovation Award for Student Success and College Completion from The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a testament to years of strategic efforts.

UW-Parkside is a great place to start or enhance your career. The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. It is strategically located in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. At UW-Parkside we offer competitive pay and benefits, as well as an engaging and supportive work environment. UW-Parkside is a community that is easy to call home.

Position Title: Outreach Program Director (Small Business Development Center Director)

Employment Type: Full time, Academic Staff, Salaried

Reports To: The SBDC Director will report to the Dean of UW-Parkside’s College of Business, Economics, and Computing.

Full Time Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience, training, and education.

The Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides overall leadership, planning, administrative coordination, and evaluation of the SBDC in addition to advising startup, existing, and transitioning small businesses within the two-county (Racine, Kenosha) region. The SBDC Director is a visionary leader in the context of the regional economy. The position provides a key role in bringing about an integrated and cohesive array of services for small- to mid-sized business owners.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides a wide range of business consulting and educational services for Southeast Wisconsin, with a focus on Racine and Kenosha counties, while accessing the resources of the statewide UW System. The primary purpose of the SBDC is to provide counseling services and educational programming to small business owners, managers, and prospective entrepreneurs.

The UW-Parkside SBDC is one of 11 SBDCs throughout Wisconsin funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Association. The UW-System Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship oversees the state network.

Essential Job Functions

Direct services: Supervise all services to small business owners, managers, and prospective entrepreneurs, including counseling and training seminars.

  • Provide direct counseling services to clients, primarily in Racine and Kenosha. Support regional counseling to clients as needed.
  • Supervise all SBDC counseling functions, ensuring high quality services and measurable outcomes.
  • Supervise all SBDC training and professional development services; plan, promote and teach seminars as needed. Plan for new and established market-driven education programs that generate net program revenue.
  • Recruit and supervise counselors and trainers to enrich the base of technical expertise and maintain the capacity of counseling services.
  • Maintain a statewide network of service providers and expert trainers to enhance the outcomes for clients.
  • Invest in professional development to ensure technical assistance and quality of education is accurate and resources are current.
  • Ensure compliance with WSBDC grant requirements for accurate records management.

Administration: The SBDC Program Manager is responsible for the overall planning, administration, coordination, and evaluation of the services to business and industry in a two-county service area.

  • Develop strategic plans with the staff and ensure alignment with campus, college, WSBDC, and SBA goals.
  • Recruit and supervise employees and ensure a productive and supportive work environment.
  • Plan and execute balanced budgets consistent with campus requirements and WSBDC grant requirements, including quarterly financial reports.
  • Prepare and submit in a timely manner all administrative reports required by SBDC Administrative Unit and UWP, as well as requested reports on activity, strategic planning and analysis.
  • Develop and implement SBDC marketing strategies, including stakeholder communications, reports, slide presentations, newsletters, web site, and brochures.
  • Serve as a primary liaison with the SBDC State Administrative Office in Madison.
  • Supervise contract training and research projects.

Economic Development: Provide leadership in regional initiatives, maintaining collaborative working relationships with business and economic development organizations throughout the two-county Region on behalf of the SBDC, the College and the University.

  • Represent the university and the SBDC at economic development events.
  • Work with the other organizations to leverage resources and create an integrated array of programs and services for business owners and professionals.
  • Host special events that reflect the university, SBDC and community collaborations.
  • Develop working relationships with UW-P faculty members to facilitate faculty involvement in the SBDC and college outreach activities.
  • Host guests to campus including regional business leaders, UW System administrators, UW-Extension administrators, auditors and other stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field
  • At least 3 years of experience in business, financial management, and/or market practices
  • Experience as a business manager or owner dealing with complex business conditions

The ideal candidate will possess the following: Master’s degree in business or related field; experience in business counseling; teaching experience; excellent written and oral communication skills; and the ability to interact professionally and favorably with clients and co-workers.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

Benefit Details:

Health & Retirement Contributions Estimator:  

Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references
  • Examples of work

Review of Applications

Applications received by 8/4/2023 are ensured full consideration. Position open until filled.

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


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Available Until: 01/18/2024

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