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State Director


Lexington, KY, USA

The Kentucky SBDC State Director is a full-time position and is responsible for the implementation and execution of the Kentucky SBDC network vision and strategy. The State Director directs and monitors the program activities and financial affairs of the statewide SBDC network and is responsible for all state and federal funding and programmatic compliance issues. The State Director must provide innovative leadership, creative strategies and oversee programmatic implementation at the highest levels of integrity and excellence. The State Director will be responsible for increasing all monetary and non-monetary resources in support of the statewide network.


The State Director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Centers provides strategic leadership and management of the network.  The State Director is responsible for establishing strategic priorities; securing annual funding to sustain the program; cultivating relationships with stakeholders and partners; fulfilling grant obligations; maximizing financial resources; setting expectations and policies to achieve performance results; internal and external communications; managing staff; and building a culture of inclusiveness, teamwork, transparency, ethics, accountability and high performance.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creation and fulfillment of the Kentucky SBDC network strategic plan.
  • Overall planning, direction and results of the Kentucky SBDC network, ensuring that plans are tied to the execution and implementation of the SBDC concept and vision on a statewide basis.
  • Aligning the SBDC principles with federal regulations and national accreditation criteria.
  • Assuring SBDC compliance with applicable laws, regulations, OMB circulars and Executive Orders; and negotiating and implementing the annual Cooperative Agreement with the SBA.
  • Developing and managing the SBDC Lead Center annual budget, and coordinating the approval of regional center annual budgets and work plans.
  • Supervising Lead Center staff.
  • Developing, executing and maintaining a professional development plan for network staff.
  • Managing regional centers in order to achieve the goals of the SBDC.
  • Managing statewide staffing resources to carry out the SBDC mission.
  • Enabling staff performance excellence within the network.
  • Serving as the program liaison with the national Association of SBDCs, and SBA national, regional and district offices.
  • Serving as the chief spokesperson for the SBDC network.
  • Championing the roll-out and on-going promotion of the SBDC brand in cooperation with the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), and Cooperative Extension.
  • Establishing strong relationships with funding partners including the SBA, state and local governmental entities, regional hosts, and private sector supporters to ensure that national, state, and local needs are addressed.
  • Developing and maintaining close working relationships with statewide small business and professional organizations, universities, incubators and tech parks, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Kentucky Association for Economic Development, local and regional chambers of commerce, and other organizations serving small businesses.
  • Developing opportunities to promote student involvement (internships, class projects, etc.) and research opportunities through SBDC engagement.


Applications MUST BE MADE through the University of Kentucky HR website Any other submissions will NOT be accepted. The University of Kentucky is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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