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Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at EIU-Elevate

Closes: Open Until Filled Lumpkin College of Business & Technology

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at EIU-Elevate seeks a director. The center director will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SBDC. The position calls for a wide variety of management skills due to the diversity of clientele the center serves. The advice and training work provided by the director and staff to small businesses gives them the opportunity to learn new information. This information may affect hundreds of small businesses. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that client confidentiality is maintained by the SBDC director and staff. The promotion of the Region to the public and private sectors through presentations is essential to the center.

The Illinois SBDC at EIU-Elevate Director will ensure that the center's Scope of Work targets as outlined in the approved grant are met.

The successful candidate for this position will:


Starting Date: November 13, 2023 (anticipated)

Applications: Applicants should submit the following: 1) a letter of application indicating how the candidate's background and credentials meet the position's responsibilities and qualifications; 2) a resume; 3) list of names, addresses, phone number, and email for three (3) professional references; and 4) a copy of final transcripts for all degrees completed. Official transcripts for the highest degree must be submitted upon hire. Applications can be submitted using Interfolio at  Questions about the search may be directed to Dr. Ayse Costello, Search Committee Chair, at

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until campus interviews are scheduled. Priority will be given to applications received by September 15, 2023.

Diversity and Inclusion: Eastern Illinois University is committed to fostering a learning community where all members feel welcomed and valued. The university provides equality of opportunity in all areas of campus life and we strive to recognize and appreciate the unique value of our students, faculty, and staff. Every member of campus has the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment, and beyond that, our goal is for all members of our community to develop a strong sense of belonging to Eastern Illinois University.

The University and Community: Eastern Illinois University takes pride in creating a warm, welcoming environment for all faculty, staff, and students. Established in 1895, EIU boasts a rich, 125-year tradition of preparing students for their personal and professional goals. A traditional regional residential institution, EIU offers a superior education at a relatively low cost while consistently earning high rankings and distinctions for its affordability, academic program quality, career placement rates, campus safety, online degree options, student support, and sustainability initiatives. EIU focuses on individualized attention and superior student relationships and has earned recognition as the highest- ranking independent public regional university in Illinois and a place among the Midwest's top public regional universities according to U.S. News and World Report. EIU hosts more than 175 student organizations on campus, and offers a variety of cultural events, NCAA Division I athletics, and active research opportunities for its students to enjoy and to thrive. EIU has become recognized for providing the resources of a large institution while creating the kinds of individual relationships that support student and alumni success.

Eastern Illinois University is located in Charleston, Illinois - a comfortable and safe east central town within a two-to- three-hour drive of three major metropolitan areas -- Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.


Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran - committed to achieving a diverse community.


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