Director of Small Business Center

Director of Small Business Center


Southeastern Community College
4564 Chadbourn Highway
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: 910-642-7141

Job Location

Whiteville, NC

Columbus County


In accordance with salary pay plan



Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Friday, January 15, 2021
Closes: Sunday, February 28, 2021

Target Start Date

Monday, March 15, 2021

Expected Work Hours

M-F 40 hrs

Reports to

Vice President of Education & Training

Employment Type

Full Time

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A baccalaureate degree in Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance from a regionally accredited institution and five or more years of successful business experience in an ownership or executive management capacity; or an advanced degree in Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or Law 
  2. Demonstrated ability to provide start-up, financial and other counseling services to existing and prospective small businesses 
  3. Ability to maintain and implement Small Business Center Network (SBCN) budget requirements  
  4. Ability to organize and operate a variety of entrepreneurship and loan programs  
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills  
  6. An understanding of the factors that impact small businesses in rural, Southeastern North Carolina (geographic, economic, workforce, etc)  
  7. Commitment to excellent customer service and continuous improvement  
  8. Ability to work without close supervision  
  9. Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends  
  10. Willingness to participate in professional development activities  
  11. Commitment to the community college “open door” philosophy  

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Working understanding of the principles of successful small business management.  
  2. Demonstrated ability to communicate well with a diverse group of small business clients concerning their needs and ideas.  


Position Description

Under the supervision of the Vice President of Education and Training, the Director of Small Business Center is responsible for the operation of the Small Business Center and its related programs and projects. In order to fulfill the objectives of this position, the Director of Small Business Center performs the following functions:  

  1. Establishes and maintains personal contact with small business owners in Columbus County.  
  2. Links the Small Business Center (SBC) business plan with the long term SBCN goals as well as the college’s mission and strategic plan.  
  3. Accesses, plans, implements, delivers, and evaluates timely educational programs that meet the needs of the small business community (including annual survey to identify small business needs and trends; maintain accurate records and reports on small business activities; participant evaluations on seminars and courses to maintain a high level of quality and state-of-the-art information).  
  4. Provides start-up, financial and other counseling services to existing and prospective small businesses located in Columbus County and, if needed, makes appropriate referrals to resource agencies and/or individuals.  
  5. Establishes and maintains partnerships with local, regional, state funding sources for entrepreneurship development.  
  6. Develops and maintains a collaborative network with chambers of commerce, volunteer consultants from the business community, businesses and trade associations, economic development agencies, banks, financial leaders, and others. 
  7. Establishes and maintains a resource information center of resources such as development literature, checklists and worksheets for start-up planning or improving current, on-going operational performance.  
  8. Participates in public relation activities (ribbon cuttings, Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours”, “Business Expos”, service clubs, speaking engagements), serves on college committees and participates in college activities.  
  9. Maintains local SBC Advisory Committee.  
  10. Maintains up-to-date Client Management Services (CMS) information including registration of seminar attendees, event listings, counseling notes, economic development impact, counseling and seminar evaluations and /or any other information needed for SBC Annual Program Report.  
  11. Accounts for SBC Annual Program Report, due on July 31 of each year.  
  12. Supervises SBC training activities, instructors, presenters and staff.  
  13. Performs any other duties as deemed necessary by the college leadership.  

How to Apply

The starting date for the positions is negotiable. Salary is dependent upon qualifications, experience, and labor market. Excellent references from previous employers must be furnished upon request.

A completed Southeastern Community College application (located on the SCC website), a resume, letter of interest addressing the requirements and educational transcripts (unofficial copies of transcripts will be sufficient for the screening process, but official copies must be submitted prior to employment) must be submitted to the college Human Resources Office in order for applicants to be considered for this position. Initial review of applications will begin on February 8, 2021 and will continue until filled the position is filled.

Applicants should send all documents and inquiries to the Human Resources Office, Southeastern Community College, P.O. Box 151, Whiteville, NC  28472.  Telephone (910) 788-6310 or (910) 788-6206.

An Equal Employment Opportunity


Job Post Contact

Bill Maultsby