The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development is seeking an experienced and energetic individual to design and provide a program of community economic development work that focuses on comprehensive community development strategies. This includes technical assistance and training to core clients such as traditional commercial districts, local governments, and non-profits pursuing entrepreneurship, micro- and small business-development, and adaptive reuse or other real estate development. Additionally, working with any organizations, localities, or clients with an interest in asset-based community economic development strategies and tools in Louisiana.
Essential duties include:
20% Training communities in understanding the use of market data collection, business recruitment/retention, targeted incentives for the downtown revitalization effort and job/business growth, and building entrepreneurship capacity and profitability while also working with property owners in setting and achieving leasing goals.
15% Utilize public participation processes to assist communities and revitalization organizations with resolving development challenges.
15% Training and other assistance related to economic vitality activities of local Main Street organizations, managers, and board members, including establishing goals and work plans based upon market analysis/conditions.
15% Development of and consultation on market analysis tools and research process that may include market demand and retail leakage studies, feasibility analysis for potential projects, consumer and/or merchant surveys, and local building/business inventory.
10% Assistance in developing business recruitment tools and templates and retention strategies.
10% Perform advanced development, analysis, and research work, including financial studies and retail gap analysis.
10% Help communities establish preservation, revitalization, and real estate development needs and assist them with processes to achieve goals that will increase the vitality of the district.
5% Provide information about community development issues to local officials, public and private building owners, Main Street boards, and the general public. Provide assistance in defining and articulating the local Main Street organization’s role in the community’s broader economic development efforts.
This position will have a strong role in proactively developing and managing grant products that further the agency’s goals toward integrated entrepreneur development, commercial district revitalization, and individual asset development as well as proactively identifying opportunities for catalytic building development projects that accelerate downtown and historic commercial district revitalization and job creation in distressed communities.
This position will be a key part of the agency’s Louisiana Main Street program. The program works to address development in Louisiana’s historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts that demonstrate a substantial commitment to historic preservation-based revitalization. In addition, the program assists communities analyze and improve the economic vitality of their historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
Ability to work comfortably with diverse constituencies, discern their needs, and develop appropriate levels of technical assistance.
Strong knowledge of the economic and community development needs of distressed areas as well as the ability to guide communities in identifying and developing projects that will generate positive local impacts and outcomes.
Strong PC and software utility skills, especially in spreadsheets, document development, word processing, and presentation delivery.
Ability to independently plan and execute multiple programmatic activities, to develop and recommend program procedures, and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and make technical presentations.
Ability to organize, manage, and analyze program policy, financial data and records, and evaluate results.
Ability to give strong attention to details while keeping the broad goals for the program in view.
Ability to manage time, prioritize work to meet deadlines, work independently, and to work with staff to accomplish group work plans.
Work beyond normal work schedule and travel are required.
Strong interpersonal and problem resolution skills.
Grant management and project development and financing packaging skills, especially as it related to distressed communities.
Knowledge of micro-enterprise development and the Main Street Approach is helpful.
A Master’s degree in planning, public administration, or a related field is preferable.
An equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered in lieu of educational requirements.
Valid driver’s license is required.
Ray Scriber, Director
Louisiana Main Street
State Director, Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC)
Reporting to the Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College, the State Director is responsible for leadership and management of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center's network by setting strategic direction for the program; providing management and oversight of all LSBDC network employees; developing, deploying, evaluating and improving program services including business advising, educational programming and research to fulfill program mission, objectives and contractual deliverables; compliance with sponsor's funding requirements; outreach and developing and managing relationships with stakeholders and partners to acquire resources and customers; LSBDC program communication, branding and marketing.
- Examples of Duties
• Directly oversees the LSBDC leadership team and business advisors at all locations; develops strategic and annual operating plans in support of the LSBDC mission; provides for fiscal solvency; fulfills mission and required deliverables.
• Represents the LSBDC to parties within and outside of the state; establishes and maintains sound business relationships that are beneficial to the success of the LSBDC and to small business growth and development within the state.
• Ensures professional delivery of client services including comprehensive consulting services, training, and other programs for businesses within the state.
• Acts independently to align available resources with the objectives of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Louisiana and other funding agencies; determines and provides appropriate oversight and training of business advisors to support their ability to meet established goals.
• Responsible for all personnel decisions, including staffing, hiring, firing, evaluation, promotion and training, program design, goals, financial control and accountability; ensures adherence to college policies and procedures.
• Acts as a liaison with business and industry leaders, professionals, legislators, government officials and others to promote LSBDC as a business resource.
• Oversees the programmatic and fiscal operations of the unit; seeks and applies for additional public and private financing to provide for financial self-reliance.
• Ensures LSBDC complies with all federal and state mandates including accreditation standards.
• Attends annual ASBDC conference, completes relevant training programs, and maintains all certifications as directed or required.
• Identifies and creates the systems and structure that will strengthen the evaluation and impact of LSBDC programs across the State of Louisiana.
• Leads the client satisfaction review process and oversees changes as necessary for improvement.
• Convenes and maintains an advisory council to support the LSBDC.
• Performs related duties as required.
- Minimum Qualifications
• Master's degree in Business or related field.
• At least five years of relevant experience which must include program and personnel management experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state and local business development issues.
• Proven experience working with and supporting entrepreneurs or small businesses.
• Demonstrated experience with grants including developing and managing operating budgets and resources and forecasting revenues and expenses.
• Proven excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills.
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish, maintain and grow relationships with diverse constituents.
• Proven experience developing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans to accomplish goals/objectives.
• Proven experience making informed, timely and sound business decisions and executing responsibilities efficiently and effectively with little direction.
• Willingness and ability to work flexible hours and travel in-state and out-of-state in support of center activities.
• Commitment to excellence in public service and the ability to work with federal, state, and higher education partners in the best interest of small business development in the State of Louisiana.
• Demonstrated knowledge of management, human resources and fiscal procedures in a higher education environment.
• Prior experience evaluating the effectiveness of services and determining appropriate actions for improvements.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office products, especially Excel, Word, Outlook.
• Prior experience with a CRM system including interpreting data and developing reports.
- Apply here
This is a full-time, professional, "at-will" position based in Monroe, Louisiana.
Phone interviews with initial candidates July 1-2, 2019
In-person interviews and presentations July 16-17, 2019
Tentative start date August 1, 2019
In addition to completing an online application, a cover letter, resume and transcripts must be attached online for full consideration.
Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher educations for all persons, including faculty and employees with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.
The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis. LDCC prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, work-related injury or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities, A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees and the College participates in the Federally-mandated E-Verify program.
LCTCS and its colleges are EEO/AA/ADA Employers