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ECI Small Business Program Specialist

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Position Title

ECI Small Business Program Specialist

About this Opportunity

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC ), housed within the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, helps small businesses start, grow, finance, innovate, and transition through no-cost, confidential business advising and training. The Indiana SBDC was established in 1985 with funding support from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Indiana and has worked with over 50,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses. With a network of 10 regional offices throughout the state, the Indiana SBDC helps Hoosier entrepreneurs and small businesses start stronger, grow faster, and work smarter. https://isbdc.org/


Ball State University hosts the East Central Indiana SBDC . The region comprises 11 counties, including Blackford, Delaware, Jay, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. This position requires off-campus travel throughout the region and, at times, Indiana. This position will also require flexible hours, including some early mornings, evenings, and weekends, and flexible work locations.

This position is grant-funded, and the individual hired will have an at will assignment.

Our Statement on Inclusiveness

At Ball State University, inclusiveness is one of the enduring values and informs all of our work. We define ‘inclusiveness’ as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’ As such, this value incorporates a commitment to inclusive excellence and freedom of expression.

Benefits and Community

Ball State University offers an excellent benefits package for eligible positions. Click here to explore options.
  • Affordable Healthcare

  • Retirement

  • Tuition Remission (For eligible employees, their dependents, and spouse)

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Professional Development

Live Near Your Work - If you are considering living near the Ball State area, please visit the following link to learn more about relocation and living in east central Indiana:

https://www.bsu.edu/about/live-near-your-work

FLSA

Administrative Exemption

Hrs/Week

40

Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

This position plays a critical role in providing quality small business programming for clients, stakeholders and partners to foster a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem with a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses throughout East Central Indiana. This position will foster a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana.

This position is grant funded and the individual hired will have an At Will assignment.

Ball State University hosts the East Central Indiana SBDC . The region comprises 11 counties, including Blackford, Delaware, Jay, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. This position requires off-campus travel throughout the region and, at times, Indiana. This position will also require flexible hours, including some early mornings, evenings, and weekends, and flexible work locations.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in business, public education, communication, program development, public relations, or other relevant fields.

Minimum Experience

Two years of demonstrated experience in effective program development and facilitation and/or two years of demonstrated experience in effective project management.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build working relationships with partners and stakeholders.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills.

Experience with computer hardware and software (including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)

Minimum Other

Must live or be willing to relocate to the East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center service region which includes the counties of Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne.

Must be able to work independently, be self-motivated, goal-oriented, meet deadlines, and work as a team member on projects.

Demonstrated experience working harmoniously with co-workers and supervisors.

Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License and be insurable under the university’s auto fleet policy.

Must have reliable transportation for work-related travel throughout the region.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree in business, public education, communication, program development, public relations, or other relevant fields.

Preferred Experience

Small business ownership or management.

Demonstrated experience with counseling, consulting, or advising.

Ability to work effectively with leaders in the private and public sectors.

Experience in preparing and reviewing business plans and loan packages.

Experience with computer hardware and software (including, but not limited to, Outlook, Teams, Zoom, and Canva)

Preferred Other

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a Drivers License check, Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

None

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 270+ undergraduate and graduate programs. Many of our master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees rank among the best in the nation. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.

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Department

ECI-Small Business Development Center:105070

Department Information

The minimum salary for this position is $51,000.

Department Email or Phone Number

eastcentral@isbdc.org

Duties & Responsibilities

Ranking

1

Job Duty

Develop and implement new and review and update existing East Central Indiana SBDC workshops, programs, seminars, and initiatives to present throughout the region to meet client, partner, and stakeholder needs. Will also be responsible for implementing Indiana SBDC -developed workshops, programs, seminars, and initiatives throughout the region.

Ranking

2

Job Duty

Support and assist entrepreneurs by establishing, growing, and maintaining collaborative working relationships with regional partners and stakeholders, including engagement with educational, technical assistance, and government partners.

Ranking

3

Job Duty

Engage in advocacy for small business interests by developing and promoting public awareness of the Indiana SBDC’s programs and services through programming, networking, and public speaking opportunities throughout the region.

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4

Job Duty

Work with the East Central Indiana SBDC team, including the regional director and business advisors, to train the team and coordinate the presentation of workshops, programs, and seminars.

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5

Job Duty

Coordinate with the office coordinator and marketing specialist for scheduling, marketing, outreach, and implementing Indiana SBDC workshops, programs, and seminars.

Ranking

6

Job Duty

Facilitate and make referrals between entrepreneurs and professional service providers, referring clients, as appropriate, to Indiana SBDC volunteers, independent contract consultants, and other outside specialists for additional support services.

Ranking

7

Job Duty

Manage client information, program details, professional development, outreach, and training in the State database.

Ranking

8

Job Duty

Provide small business assistance, including one-on-one client counseling in the area of business development; analyze, prepare, and structure financial statements and balance sheets; provide assistance in automated and manual record-keeping systems; assist clients with market-related issues such as advertising, promotional functions, market surveys, and other related areas; provide assistance with loan applications.

Ranking

9

Job Duty

Work within the regional host institution, a contractual center of the Indiana SBDC, to meet organizational goals and objectives and to serve students, faculty, and staff.

Ranking

10

Job Duty

Travel throughout the geographic area served, with occasional travel throughout Indiana. Early morning and evening hours may be required.

Ranking

11

Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number

202401487P

Number of Vacancies

1

Desired Start Date

04/01/2024

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

02/16/2024

Applications Accepted Through Date

03/14/2024

Open Until Filled

No

Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Information for Applications Requiring a Cover Letter

In support of your application for this position, please prepare and submit a cover letter that describes how your qualifications and experiences align with the elements of the position description (or leadership profile). In your cover letter, please also describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to our University’s enduring values , including inclusiveness, which we define as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you hold a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts


Company

Ball State

Founded in 1918 in Muncie, Indiana, the public research university has grown to more than 22500 students

Spirited and motivated, we learn, grow, and take flight. Our faculty and staff—everyone in our community—embrace students as learning partners from day one. In classrooms and labs, in immersive learning projects, on the sports fields—with creativity and determination—Cardinals Fly. We are grounded in our values, lifted by our knowledge, and go confidently upward toward ever greater opportunities. Ours is a simple promise: to challenge each other to excel. And with Beneficence as our guide—We Fly.

 

We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world. We are excited that you want to join us in these endeavors!

The university offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, and generous time off with pay. 

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