Director, COIAg

Feb 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Summary The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state's sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, addressing macro level workforce issues, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts events and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. The mission of the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness (COIAg) is "to be a key resource for providing expertise, connections and innovative solutions to help Georgia's agribusiness industry grow, prosper and compete globally". That mission entails extensive interaction with local industry, the GDEcD, the University System of Georgia (USG), the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), other Georgia state departments, local agribusiness organizations, and local community leaders. The mission of COIAg also requires extensive interactions with the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDAg) which is the state's lead regulatory agency for the agribusiness sector includes production agriculture, farm-direct retail initiatives, value-added farm processing, commercial food processing and manufacturing. COIAg collaboration with GDAg provides an understanding of the regulatory process can serve as a key driver for new business development and expansion through innovation as well as to attract new agribusiness investment to Georgia. The services and programs of the COIAg include: - Industry Assist- Connecting industry with Georgia & national resources - University Research & Development - Professional Education - Technical Education - Workforce Training - Other State organizations - Federal agencies - Agribusiness industry information - Business to business connections - Innovation Projects - Cooperative projects to assist commercialization of new products, processes and business models. - Innovation Grants - Grants funded by the One Georgia Authority for development of new products, services, & business models. - Consortia & Technology Working Groups - Connecting industry, academia, and government to develop focused activities in high potential technology areas - Advisory Councils - Bring industry together to provide vision and focus to the major opportunities for Georgia to accelerate agribusiness industry growth. The Director of COIAg has three main responsibilities: - Facilitate client connections with various resources with the state which will foster the growth of Georgia's agribusiness industry. - Be a primary resource for Georgia's agribusiness industry to contact when they need technical assistance with any agribusiness challenge. - Be a primary resource for Georgia's Economic Development community to contact when they need assistance with recruitment or expansion of an agribusiness company. The Center Director is responsible for implementation of specific projects in these program areas. The Center Director will report to the Executive Director of the Georgia Centers of Innovation, be transparent to the Center's "host" institution, UGA, but may also be directed by and be accountable to the leadership of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Office of the Governor. The Center Director is expected to apply a return-on-investment model when allocating his or her time and program resources, and be able to show measurable positive economic impacts from Center activities. Reporting methods such as weekly or monthly progress reports, metrics updates, and project-specific activity reports are utilized. Minimum Qualifications - Completion of a Bachelor's degree in a related field AND five (5) years of experience in the agribusiness industry or a closely-related industry - Experience managing budgets - A valid driver's license