Under general direction, this position is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Small and Minority Business Resources (SMBR) department, including Austin’s local Minority-Owned Enterprise (MBE), the Women-Owned Enterprise (WBE), the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Procurement Programs.
The ideal candidate should possess excellent interpersonal skills with a strong ability to apply a social, racial, and equity lens in order to establish relationships with City staff and the community. Prior supervisory experience in economic development or similar experience in a large, robust city/organization is highly preferred. Advanced written and verbal communication skills are imperative for this position.
The following core competencies are important for this role:
Exceptional Leadership – A cohesive leader with the ability to build quality interpersonal relationships throughout the City with diverse communities and populations. Communicates Effectively with an Equity Mindset – Ability to manage diversity, understand inclusion, and work with diverse communities and populations to build constructive and effective relationships, and convey and receive information. Thinks Critically and Strategically – Enables others to better understand and implement the vision and strategy, while being the aligned forward thinker and has the ability to formulate and communicate sound business strategy and implement in a clear and concise manner. Customer Focused – Strives to deliver high-quality results and superior service that exceeds expectations while remaining mindful of the needs and perspectives of both our internal and external stakeholders. Community Collaborator – Has experience in presenting complex financial information strategies to internal and external stakeholders on projects and programs that may include public outreach, City Council updates, and program implementation.
Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Business Administration, Public Administration, or in a related field to the job, plus seven (7) years of experience in management of projects and programs related to the job, including five (5) years of experience which were in a managerial capacity. Graduation with a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university may substitute for non-managerial experience up to a maximum of two (2) years.
About City of Austin
The City of Austin is a progressive, full-service municipal organization operating under the Council-Manager form of government. The Austin City Council City has a 10-1 council system with an at-large Mayor and Council Members that represent 10 single member districts. The Mayor and Council Members serve in their respective seats for four years and cannot be elected to more than two consecutive terms. The City Council appoints the City Manager who is the chief administrative and executive officer of the City. The City Council and City Manager are committed to their mission of delivering the highest quality services in the most cost-effective manner.