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Central Virginia SBDC Assistant Director

Career Opportunity:

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CV SBDC) is seeking a full-time Assistant Director. The CV SBDC Assistant Director will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations with an emphasis on assisting businesses and entrepreneurs.

The position will provide assistance, coaching, and strategic direction for entrepreneurs starting and expanding businesses in Central Virginia with specific emphasis on companies in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Greene, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, and Rappahannock. The Assistant Director will deliver professional training classes; represent the Central Virginia SBDC at regional professional events and associations; and work with other directors and management within CV SBDC and CIC to expand services and offerings to small business owners. The position reports to the Central Virginia SBDC Director and will conduct outreach in rural and underserved communities while supporting existing and incoming small businesses owners.




  • Supports and executes programs and services that meet the requirements of the local funders, the Virginia SBDC Network, and the US Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • Contributes to the development, implementation, and updating of the SBDC's strategic plan. Ensure that organizational goals and objectives are accomplished in a timely and thorough manner.
  • Initiate co-sponsorship of programs with private businesses, economic development organizations, and other government entities.
  • Support the management of the CV SBDC Advisory Board composed of funders and community stakeholders.
  • Document client advising and training activities in a timely, accurate, and comprehensive manner.
  • Counsel prospective and existing small business owners/managers and coordinates delivery of services throughout the service region.
  • Analyze situations, make recommendations, and educate clients with regard to business plans, market feasibility, financial viability, operations management, COVID-19 response and recovery, and legal structures... to name but a few topics.
  • Develop and deliver high-quality, business training programs that are responsive to the needs of the business community served in collaboration with community members and technical experts.
  • Provide support for the SBDC/SBA required annual site visits, quarterly meetings, monthly conference calls, and reports as required throughout the service area.
  • Assist with media and publicity initiatives
  • Meet with partner groups to discuss impact of current business services and programs, and future collaborations.
  • Support the maintenance of the Central Virginia SBDC's information on websites.
  • Maintain relationships and resources in government/public and private business sectors to assist SBDC clients.

Additional Position Requirements:

Leadership Skills

Communication Skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to establish rapport quickly with a wide range of people.
  • Demonstrated experience driving business growth through innovation and the implementation of technology.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset; able and interested to pursue new business opportunities.
  • Customer-service oriented (listening to professionally and efficiently respond to customers).
  • Excellent management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • A team player who favors collaborative approaches when working with internal and external partners.
  • Able to work collaboratively with diverse leaders, communicate a strategy across all levels of the organization, and build consensus around key initiatives and projects.
  • Ability to communicate from a customer perspective, across diverse groups of customers.
  • Possesses exceptional organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written; able to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Possesses exceptional business acumen, analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity; can handle the unexpected with flexibility.
  • Master's degree in Finance, Business, or Marketing
  • Bilingual - English & Spanish
  • Experience influencing strategy within an organization; ability to sell ideas and visions
  • Experience in owning, growing and managing a small business
  • Experience with Microsoft and GSuite products

Salary range begins at $55,000. Offer will be commensurate with experience. Accepting applications until the position is filled. Anticipated start in late March-early April. Charlottesville office location.

To apply send a resume, cover letter, and three references to: sbdc@cvsbdc.org.