Assistant Director, OSU Center for Family Enterprise

College of Business, Oregon State University   Corvallis, OR   Full-time     Project Management
Posted on July 26, 2022
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The College of Business is seeking an Assistant Director, OSU Center for Family Enterprise. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

This position will manage the day-to-day operations of the Center for Family Enterprise. The Center, established as the Austin Family Business Program in 1985, is a key component of the College’s outreach mission, and aspires to be the go-to resource for all family-owned businesses and the advisors that support their success, in Oregon and the region.

The Assistant Director will report to the Operations Director of the Center, who is a member of the College of Business Advancement team. The Assistant Director is responsible for implementation of strategies that support the goals of the Center and fit within the mission of the College of Business and the University. Priorities of the Assistant Director will include such things as: coordination of professional education, coordination and hosting of educational events and workshops, and management of the annual family enterprise awards. The Assistant Director will be responsible for budget and evaluation of each project. This position is a key member of the College’s Advancement team which has the goals of:

1. Serve as a lifelong education provider to our community of external partners (alumni, donors, companies, agencies) in support of their professional development and advancement.
2. Provide opportunities for meaningful collaboration between external partners and the College.
3. Inspire our external partners to invest (time, money, talent) in the College to advance our mission.

The Oregon State University College of Business is a dynamic and fast-paced working environment, and our advancement team is a small group of hard-working and collaborative colleagues that includes individuals whose focus is on alumni, volunteers, donors and corporate entities. We come to work every day committed to empowering our students, our faculty and our communities to turn their efforts into results. We’re looking for a results-oriented, creative problem solver to join our team.

The College of Business is committed to maintaining and enhancing its diverse, collaborative, and inclusive community that strives for equity and equality of opportunity. All faculty members are responsible for helping to ensure that these goals are achieved.


Position Duties

The College of Business is committed to maintaining and enhancing its diverse and collaborative community that strives for equity and inclusivity. All faculty and staff members are responsible for helping to ensure that these goals are achieved and should be able to demonstrate contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Such contributions can be part of service and/or professional development. Outputs and impacts of these efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion will be included in annual performance reviews.

60% – Project Management:
Manage, develop and execute programs targeting Centers’ constituents’ (i.e. Family owned businesses and professional advisors) interests. Identify program objectives, budget and administrative requirements as well as integration/support of overall goals and mission. Develop evaluation systems for outcome measurement and benchmarks; and modify, develop or newly create programs to improve services, support, and programming for the Centers’ constituents. Examples of programs may include workshops, webinars, continuing education programs, awards programs, etc.

15% – Relationship Management:
Build and maintain relationships with business owners, families, advisors and key external stakeholders. Includes reaching out to meet these people in a variety of educational, business, and community forums. Involves travel, regularly within the region and occasionally beyond.

15% – Day to Day Center Operations:
Manage the day-to-day operations of external relations and programming for the OSU Center for Family Enterprise. Plan, develop, and oversee events, publications, and projects of the Center overall. Serve as a resident expert at OSU on family business, responsible for identifying key issues and developing means to address those issues. Support for this role includes marketing and event logistics within the Advancement team.

10% – Budget and Data Management:
Manages the program budget and provides reports to inform of fiscal needs and results. Track and monitor data, including data focused on both relationships and budgets. Track relationships, communication and engagement via relationship management software, listservs, etc. Prepare and present a variety of quarterly and annual reports and documents of activities to demonstrate progress toward metrics.


Minimum/Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, or other relevant field.

Five years of professional experience designing, organizing, implementing and managing programs.

Strong skills in the following areas: professional oral and written communication, public speaking, and spreadsheet and database management.

Experience and professionalism working with organizational stakeholders; commitment to excellent customer service.

Event experience, in planning and coordinating or delivering.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.


Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience in working with family-owned businesses with a clear understanding of the nuances of family business situations.

Ability and experience to successfully deliver conduct seminars and workshops.

An advanced degree, master’s or doctorate.


Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by August 25, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) Diversity Statement

• Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:
Maria Schell
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OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.