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Director, Family Enterprise Center
College of Business - Dean's Office
About the University
For more than 6,000 students each semester, the University of
Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a dynamic and diverse learning
community with a student-centered approach focused on the success
of the individual. Small class sizes combine with innovative,
hands-on learning and research experiences alongside expert faculty
to ensure students receive a future-focused education at the most
affordable tuition rate in the state. The university has undergone
significant changes since its founding in 1928 and now offers 51
bachelor’s and associate degrees, two master’s degrees, and 36
certificate programs, all aimed at preparing students for success
in the global workforce. UAFS is one of 21 academic institutions
and affiliates governed by the University of Arkansas System. The
second-largest city in the state, Fort Smith is located on the
Arkansas-Oklahoma border in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley.
Established in 1817 as a frontier military post, Fort Smith is now
a vibrant and growing city featuring a variety of cultural
activities and entertainment options, including a thriving downtown
arts and entertainment district. Outdoors enthusiasts will
appreciate the Natural State’s plentiful trails, mountains,
forests, parks, and waterways, both within city limits and
throughout the surrounding area. The city is also within easy
driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Oklahoma City,
Little Rock, and Memphis. The UAFS campus is comprised of 77
buildings and facilities located on 170 beautifully manicured acres
and crowned with the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Plaza, Tower, and
Campus Green. Students who choose to live on campus may do so in
one of two residence hall complexes, complete with a full-service
dining center, or the on-campus apartment complex for married
students and upperclassmen. Campus involvement is encouraged by
participation in more than 100 registered student organizations,
which includes academic societies, a dynamic Greek life system,
intramural sports, and cultural/special interest groups. The UAFS
Lions compete in NCAA Division II Lonestar Conference in men’s
baseball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball,
golf, cross country, and tennis.
About the College / Department
The College of Business is accredited by AACSB and offers a
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with concentrations in
Core, Professional and Public Accounting, Business Economics,
Consumer Marketing, Corporate Finance, Digital Marketing, Human
Resource Management, International Management, Investments,
Management, and Small Enterprise Management. Students may earn
corresponding Certificates of Proficiency in most concentrations in
order to demonstrate their skills and workplace competencies, and
an online completion option is available. Focused on transforming
students into career-ready business professionals who add value to
their workplace and communities, the College offers real-world
leadership development. Embedded into the curriculum are research
projects, internships, and a myriad of co-curricular opportunities
including Beta Alpha Psi, Hembree Student Investment Fund, and
First Bank Corporation Collegiate Ambassador Board. Through a
partnership with the UAFS Babb Center for Student Professional
Development, students can actualize their personal and professional
potential through career exploration and readiness workshops as
well as networking and mentoring with employers.
Balances strategic oversight and day-to-day operations for the
Family Enterprise Center ( FEC ) at University of Arkansas Fort
Smith ( UAFS ). Provides consulting support and educational
opportunities for family business and associate members. Plans and
delivers nationally recognized, inclusive programming in family
business and small enterprise. This position reports to the Dean of
the College of Business.
Summary of Job Duties
•Evaluate and improve current programs, events, publications,
outreach activities, and networking opportunities using available
technologies. •Strengthen existing member relationships and provide
expanded membership opportunities through diverse programming.
•Design new initiatives that generate value for members. •Develop
and implement a long-term marketing strategy for FEC that attracts
regional and national attention to programming. •Identify and
coordinate prospects for collaboration with regionally and
nationally recognized family enterprise entities. •Oversee a budget
that generates funding relevant to family enterprising and business
development as well as other sources of revenue enhancement. •Serve
as an advocate of family business development, expansion, and
retention in the area, thereby becoming a visible leader in the
local business community. •Interact regularly with FEC advisory
board and peer groups. •Create opportunities for faculty and
student engagement with FEC stakeholders. •Engage in public
relations activities such as speeches, presentations, active
committee participation, and direct discussions •Represent UAFS at
community events and regular attendance at professional association
meetings; i.e., Chamber, etc. •Establish effective working
relations with other departments and colleges of the university.
•Communicate with the Dean of the College of Business on a regular
basis. •Attendance and participation in all faculty and
administrative meetings, Student Research Symposium, commencement
ceremonies, and other meetings/events as required. •Maintains
strong working relationship with faculty and staff. •Responsible
for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and
communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing
leadership to subordinates. •Requires consistent on-time
attendance. •Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree with business experience. Other job-related
education and/or experience may be substituted for part of these
Please ensure that all relevant application materials include
details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not
meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from
•Experience in higher education or coordinating/directing business
outreach center. •Ph.D. in a business-related discipline.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are
required for the essential functions of this position: •High
energy, affable, creative, passionate (and compassionate) about
family businesses. •Organized and focused on detail.
•Self-starting, proactive, and able to carry out tasks
independently. •Familiarity with academic institutions and
businesses (preferably family business). •Ability to develop,
coordinate, and teach seminars. •Ability to write grants and fund
raise. •Able to communicate effectively with a diverse population
(family business owners, entrepreneurs, practitioners, faculty,
staff, and students). •Willingness to participate in local
activities within UAFS and the business community. •Superior
leadership and managerial skills. •Excellent oral and written
communication skills. •Strong computer skills.
Special Job Dimensions
Work performed primarily in an office/classroom setting. Must be
able to travel occasionally. While performing the duties of this
job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when
entering data into computer. Required abilities include walking,
standing, and sitting for extended periods. Visual demands include
close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer
screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally
lifts items up to 10 pounds.
Routine office hours 8:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m., Monday through
Competitive benefits package.
Background Check / Pre-Employment Screening
This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal
background check, sex offender registry check, financial history
background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or
arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone
shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship
to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug
screening information will be used in a confidential, non-
discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Does this position require a background check?
Criminal Background Check, Financial History Background Check,
and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applicants will begin immediately.
Anticipated start date
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is an equal opportunity,
affirmative action institution, dedicated to attracting and
supporting diverse student, faculty, and staff populations. The
University welcomes applications without regard to race, religion,
color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual
orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability,
family medical history or genetic information, political
affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.
Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United
States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is
subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of
Information Act. UA Fort Smith provides equal employment,
admission, and educational opportunities without regard to race,
color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability,
veterans’ status, sexual orientation, or gender identify. The
University abides by all applicable employment laws. As an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer, the University is
committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all
applicants and employees with regard to recruitment, hiring,
transfer, promotion, compensation, training, fringe benefits and
all other aspects of employment.
- Cover Letter
- Unofficial College Transcripts
- Unofficial College Transcripts - Additional 1
- Additional Document
- Proof of Veteran Status
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