SBDC Rural Center Director

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Classification:Administrative Specialist 4
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Chancellor
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Business/Accounting/Finance

Position Summary:

While the Alaska SBDC has many centers and advisors in physical locations in the major population centers across the state, there are over 250 communities that also need SBDC’s services. The Rural Center Director manages a virtual center that provides business advising services to rural entrepreneurs located in those communities. Over the past two years, the number of clients served by the Rural Center has increased 140% and continues to grow. The Rural Center Director provides business advising, develops online and stand alone business development tools, hosts in person and online events and trainings, develops and engages in partnerships geared towards supporting rural Alaska entrepreneurs and businesses. This position will focus on identifying new ways that the Alaska SBDC can continue to support rural Alaskan businesses to help them launch and grow. This will help the Alaska SBDC continue to not only cover the entire state, but also focus our efforts on the communities and businesses that don’t have access to the resources and support found in larger communities who need help the most. Ideally this person will be located in Rural Alaska (Northern, Interior or Western).


10Develop workshop curriculum, teach workshops and assist in the creation of collateral materials for distribution to workshop participants.Essential
15OTHER: Special projects and other duties as assigned.Essential
25Build awareness of SBDC programs and services by engaging key referral sources such as banks, lenders, professional firms and other business resource partners. Supervise Center staff and maintain organizational metrics and strategic goals. Understand, maintain and grow any center specific funding and partnerships that support the Center’s mission. Work with their Regional Director to ensure regional goals and initiatives are met. Attend and be an active contributor in internal staff meetings, conferences and/or trainings. Serve and be an active participant on internal SBDC Committees. Support / assist SBDC regional marketing and outreach programs.Essential
50Provide technical assistance to small business owners in rural Alaska. Areas of advising include, but are not limited to: business plans, sources of financing, marketing, financial proposals, cash flow management and other aspects of business formation, development and expansion. Provide accurate and timely client session notes in the authorized Neoserra database to enable client tracking and reporting. Follow-up with clients receiving SBDC surveys and encourage their participation. Increase the percentage of initial clients that are “in business” in your client portfolio.Essential


Substantive knowledge of business management principles, practices and techniques; strong financial planning skills; program development and management skills, employee management skills, communication skills, strong organizational abilities; resource development skills; several
years of business ownership and/or management. Must have knowledge of contract administration and strategic short and long range planning processes. Must have program/project management skills. Have excellent public speaking, customer service, tact, diplomacy and persuasion skills. Ability to analyze information, to communicate effectively in person and in writing and to manage personnel. Ability to build successful teams, supervise staff and resolve interpersonal conflict. Ability to analyze complex situations and propose viable solutions and courses of action. Ability to define appropriateness of requests. Ability to focus and maintain strict regulations of federal client management database updates, maintenance and uploads.

Clear understanding of the geographical rural areas within Alaska. Has experience working within small, rural communities and willing to travel to rural areas within Alaska.

Occasional travel is required. Attendance of meetings that fall outside of the 8-5, M-F hours of operation are occasionally required. Computer operating skills required; Google Suite and Microsoft Office products. Cloud technology and Google Drive experience preferred.


Areas of experience preferred:
Bachelor's degree in business or related field preferred.
Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred
Experience as a Supervisor.
Experience with business development in rural communities (especially Northern, Interior and Western Alaska)
Experience with partnering with Native Corporations and Tribes
Experience with economic development and entrepreneurship communities within rural Alaska
Experience with the banking/finance industry and small business loan programs
Experience with marketing practices related to small businesses in rural areas
Experience with small business Human Resources and labor requirements
Experience with International Trade
Experience with developing and/or delivering training
Experience with basic web development and SEO
History/experience working with SBDC and/or SBA


Several years of business ownership or at least five years small business management (financial and personnel) experience is required. Ownership or management experience must include executive level responsibility for usual and necessary small business operational functions. Or Program manager/director experience could be considered in place of business ownership. Business development and financial accounting knowledge are critical. Business consulting/mentoring experience. Experience with business development in rural Alaska. Knowledge of federal, state and local financial and tax regulations relevant to small business.

Open Until Filled:

An initial review of applications will begin on October 28, 2021. To ensure consideration, please apply by this date. This position will remain open until filled.

Application materials

Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 Professional References.

This position is a Full-time, term-funded Grade 80, ($58,698/yr) DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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