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Small Business Development Director
ID 4202
Pay Range 92,996.80
Close Date: 10/22/21
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Small Business Development Director

Classification Title: Director 1, E30

Location:  13805 58th St N, Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760

Do you enjoy working with small business and supplier diversity programs?  The Economic Development Department has the ideal position for you!!!

This position provides leadership management principles and processes for the Office of Small Business and Supplier Diversity division within Economic Development while performing business assistance activities.  Plans, develops, organizes, supervises, and reviews the work of a supervisory, professional, and clerical staff engaged in conducting varied activities.  Provides oversight and the Florida Small Business Development Center’s contract compliance, auditing and monitoring policies and goals.  Provides oversight and direction for the Small Business Enterprise Program to ensure consistency with County policies and goals.  Supervises management employees in the assigned division which includes creating goals, objectives, and accountability, developing individual Personal Development Plans and conducting performance appraisals for each staff member in their division.  Coordinates the work assignments of the division/department with others in the County.  Directs the development and negotiation of contracts with service providers and develops performance and quality standards for same.  Develops an annual plan of work for the assigned area, monitoring it for results, and reporting accomplishments to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) or other County leadership.  Works with the Public Relations & Media Manager to promote educational programs and promotes the mission of the FSBDC to area leaders, capital resources, economic developers, chambers of commerce, industry leaders, and other partner organizations.

Essential Job Functions

  • Prepares, reviews, approves, and submits the operating budget for the division and monitors contracts.
  • Seeks out and develops external funding sources.
  • Provides and initiates recommendations, presentations, and reports on division-related functions.
  • Directs, supports, and guides managers and subordinates in project development.
  • Develops general policies, in consultation with County leadership and other Division Directors, for maximum utilization of available financial resources through appropriate allocation of manpower and equipment services.
  • Provides oversight and direction for the Small Business Enterprise Program to ensure consistency with County policies and goals.
  • Provides training and oversight of staff, including hiring, assigning work, evaluating performance, coaching, and administering discipline.
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned.

Position Specific Requirements

Experience:  Entrepreneurship, supplier diversity, supply chain management, economic development, contract compliance, or related field that includes 3 years of responsible management or supervisory experience.

Degree:  Public or business administration, urban or regional planning or related field.

  • At least 8 years of experience as described above.
  • Associate’s degree as described above and at least 6 years of experience as described above.
  • Bachelor’s degree as described above and at least 4 years of experience as described above.
  • Master’s degree as described above and at least 2 years of experience as described above.
  • Doctoral degree as described above.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience. 
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid State of Florida Driver’s License upon hire with eligibility based upon evaluation of a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) driving report.
  • Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.

Highly Desirable

  • Professional experience in the field of revenue development, marketing, economic development, or related fieldthat includes supervision or supervisory training.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of public and business administration, as applied in a large organization.
  • Knowledge of budget and accounting principles, practices, and procedures, as applied in a large organization.
  • Skill in advanced leadership techniques and practices to evaluate and determine organizational goals and objectives, maximizing effectiveness of organizational work units through staff selection and assignments.
  • Knowledge of County budgeting procedures and ability to apply this knowledge to administer and coordinate administrative and operational budgets.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of effective communication.
  • Knowledge of public administration principles and practices.
  • Ability to apply computer applications and software.
  • Ability to apply independent judgment and discretion based on knowledge of the County functional and structural organization.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with governmental agencies, public officials, private officials, and the general public.
  • Ability to exercise sound independent judgment and tact in working with people and applying and interpreting departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to make decisions in accordance with county ordinances and practices.
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and supervise the work of professional, supervisory, and clerical employees.
  • Ability to present programs and ideas clearly and concisely, in writing and orally, to small and large groups.
  • Ability to work independently on complex and confidential tasks.

Physical/Mental Demands

The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Visual ability: Sufficient to effectively operate office equipment including copier, computer, etc.; and to read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, etc.
  • Hearing ability: Sufficient to hold a conversation with other individuals both in person and over a telephone; and to hear recording on transcription device.
  • Speaking ability: Sufficient to communicate effectively with other individuals in person and over a telephone.
  • Mental acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals, priorities, and needs.


This position has supplemental questions. If unable to complete all questions, you may save your answers as a draft during the application process and return at any time prior to the closing date. Please note that the application is complete upon final submission.


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