2327 Executive Director, efactory


TITLE Executive Director, efactory




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Vice President for Economic Development


The Executive Director, efactory provides leadership and director and is responsible for  coordinating the activities of the efactory – Center for Business and Economic Development including incubator and coworking members, the Missouri Small Business Development Center, and Springfield Innovation, Inc., Student Employment Services, resource partners, business service providers, economic development entities, University stakeholders and the business community. The Executive Director, efactory, assesses the effectiveness of programs, policies, and procedures, supervises personnel, and provides financial management and oversight of all center and departmental budgets.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in Business Administration, Communications or a related field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience:  At least five years of professional full-time experience is required in progressively responsible positions that include experience in management, administration, or business consultation. Experience in marketing and promotions is required.

Skills:  Strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and management skills, in particular planning and budgeting, are required. The ability to work collaboratively with a variety of constituents and organizations is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: Occasionally required to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to 25 pounds.

Other:  The scope of the position requires evening and occasional weekend work.  Occasional overnight, out-of-town travel is required. 


1. Ensures the success of the University's commitment to supporting economic development by facilitating entrepreneurship and small business development.

2. Promotes a positive image of the University through participation in community and professional organizations, represents the University at professional meetings and on community committees, and establishes and maintains credible relations with the campus and local communities, as well as professional organizations.

3. Works with community stakeholders and advances community and employer partnerships on behalf of the University to stimulate economic development in the region.

4. Manages the overall operations of the efactory, including facility operations and client support, programming and training, financial management and the employer partnerships initiative.

5. Develops and coordinates the delivery of new and existing business support and talent development programs developed by efactory or in conjunction with partners, stakeholders, or affiliates.

6. Provides leadership and management to the center in a manner that fosters and facilitates academic, research, and service activities across the University, and throughout the region and state.

7. Develops and oversees a comprehensive database of all services in order to prepare and deliver accurate program results for the University and agency reporting on the status of the center.

8. Manages funds by planning and developing center budget(s), exercising authority regarding expenditure of funds, and providing reports of activities which justify expenditures. Evaluates, seeks, and administers funding sources through program revenue, grants, private support, and other efforts.

9. Develops and supervises an effective and competent staff of professional and administrative support personnel by hiring qualified candidates, providing appropriate training, supervising activities, and evaluating performance.

10. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed.

11. Contributes to the overall success of the Division of Community and Global Partnerships by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Executive Director, efactory, is supervised by the Associate Vice President for Economic Development. The position supervises full-time and part-time staff, graduate assistants, and student employees.