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About Longwood University:

A comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts foundation, Longwood has a distinctive mission to develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Founded in 1839, Longwood is the third-oldest public university in Virginia.

Longwood is part of the proud tradition of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roughly one hour’s drive from Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Longwood is located in the historic two-college community of Farmville. Longwood currently has approximately 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students and 38,000 alumni. It maintains affiliations with the neighboring Robert Russa Moton Museum of civil rights history and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, a nationally accredited university art museum. A member of the Big South Conference, Longwood competes at the NCAA Division I level.

As a small business resource for 30 years, the Longwood Small Business Development Center’s (LSBDC) core mission is to provide education, consulting, and economic research to support potential and existing small business owners throughout Southern Virginia. The SBDC program at Longwood University is positioned as an economic development outreach program under the umbrella of the Office of Community and Economic Development. See for more information.


Job Description:

The Regional Director of Longwood Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) is responsible for providing direction, leadership and technical support to small business clients within the LSBDC service territory. This position is housed at the Crater SBDC of Longwood University, Crater Planning District Commission, 1964 Wakefield Street, Petersburg, VA.

Under the direction of the Associate VP for Community and Economic Development, the Regional Director coordinates and delivers consulting and training services to potential and existing business owners within the Cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Emporia and Hopewell, and the counties of Charles City, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex. The Director is expected to coordinate, manage and work with a team of on­-call professional consultants and SBDC staff to provide assistance to area small businesses. Frequent travel
within the territory may be necessary to meet the needs of the program and clients. Longwood SBDC operates as a subcontractor under a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administered through George Mason University. Efforts on behalf of the Center are performed in accordance with goals and objectives of the Virginia Small Business Development Center network, and Longwood University Small Business Development Center.

Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provides general one-on-one counseling and consulting to small business owners
  • Analyzes and evaluates service needs for clients; screens and assigns cases to appropriate consultants. Coordinates and monitors the provision of consulting services including business planning, management, financial analysis, marketing and related areas of business operations.
  • Works with consulting team and Longwood SBDC staff to coordinate and deliver small business group training programs.
  • Assists the Longwood SBDC Executive Director with efforts in marketing SBDC programs within the office territory
  • Assists in maintaining relationships with local leaders and local funding sources.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with diverse business communities, including minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses.
  • Manages a visitation schedule, including regular office hours in each county served by the office.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in Business Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Economics or related field.
  • Ten years of business and/or community development experience recommended.
  • At least five years of executive/management level or small business ownership experience required.
  • Financial management and/or marketing skills are desirable
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills including ability to prioritize multiple tasks and willingness to “roll up your sleeves” to get the job done.
  • Action-oriented professional who thrives in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and is able to work with diverse industries and clientele.
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills; effective communicator in a variety of presentation settings, including one-on-one and small and large groups.
  • Overall technology competency; proficiency in standard professional applications.
  • Work ethic, integrity, and creativity


Additional Information:

This position is a full-time, administrative & professional faculty, exempt position. Commonwealth of Virginia benefits accompany this position. A successful criminal background investigation is required. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

The Governor of Virginia’s Executive Directive #18: All Executive Branch Employees who enter the work place or who have public-facing work duties must disclose their vaccine status to the designated agency personnel. Executive Branch Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who refuse to disclose their current vaccine status, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and disclose weekly the results of those tests to the designated agency personnel. All Executive Branch Employees who have not been fully vaccinated must cover their mouth and nose with a mask in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while indoors and conducting public business.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Longwood University will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodations to applicants in need of accommodations in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. You are not required to note the presence of a disability on your application. If, however, you require accommodations in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 434-395-2074 or

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A diversified workforce is an important part of our strategic plan.  EOE/AA


Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, position posted 11/12/21.  To apply for this position, qualified applicants must complete the online information section and questions, and attach (under Resume) a letter of interest, resume, and names and contact details of three references.

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