PTAC Business Specialist Assistant/Associate/Full Extension Professional - Columbia, MO
Job ID 27810
Full/Part Time Full-Time
MU Extension's distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address needs of Missourians including: educational attainment; environmental concerns; community, economic, business and workforce development; global food systems; and health systems. For more information about MU Extension, please visit http://extension.missouri.edu.
This position has responsibilities with the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.
Primary purpose of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center Specialist role is to transform Missouri business and industry through education, technical service and collaboration by working with small to medium size companies to improve bottom-line performance through assisting businesses that are seeking to pursue and successfully perform under contracting and subcontracting opportunities with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and/or state and local governments.
Small and medium enterprises are an essential element of the Missouri economy generating new jobs, increasing sales, attracting investments and contributing to the tax base. The Business Development Program is an important component of the state's economic development strategy and the University of Missouri's economic development mission. For more information about extension's business PTAC program visit http://www.missouribusiness.net/ and http://www.moptac.net.
Program development, delivery and evaluation
- Plan: Work with constituents, colleagues, directors and faculty to establish program goals that meet local, regional and state needs, as well as grant and partnership requirements.
- Educate: Provide client counseling including federal, state, and local government procurement assistance in the areas of registrations, certifications, bid matching, marketing, procurement histories, bid/quote preparation and technical assistance through one-on-one counseling. Conduct assessments of client needs, provide services and make referrals if necessary to other technical assistance providers. Additionally, develop and conduct workshops in a variety of areas of procurement particularly focused on small businesses including small disadvantaged business concerns (SDB), women owned small businesses (WOSB), HUBZone small businesses (HUBZone), and service disabled veteran owned small businesses (SDVOSB). Foster diversity and inclusiveness by providing services to audiences that are representative of diversity in the assigned counties.
- Collaborate: Serve as a critical link between Missouri companies and the faculty, research staff, of the University of Missouri System, and the MU Extension Business Development Programs. Participate in interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces. Work with faculty and staff located in county offices, across program disciplines and regions, with boards and organizations and with other campuses throughout Missouri to carry out the mission, vision and values of MU Extension.
- Deliver: Specialist must assist, as appropriate, clients with understanding Federal, State and local government requirements applicable to contracting for services, manufacturing, construction or other markets. Counseling that must be offered, but not limited to:
a. Identifying marketing to the government opportunities for clients consistent with the client's products and services.
b. Advising and assisting clients in the preparation and proper submission of applications, certifications, registrations, etc. to prepare them for doing business with Federal, State and local government entities.
c. Advising and assisting clients with the preparation and submission of bids and proposals.
d. Advising and assisting clients concerning post-award functions. As a minimum, the assistance must include:
- Federal, State and Local government contracting laws, policies and procedures. Emphasis must be placed on requirements and procedures used by DoD and other Federal agencies, including registration in systems such as the System for Award Management;
- The DoD Mentor-Protg Program (MPP) and similar Government programs
- Accounting system requirements and contract payments;
- Invoicing, Receipt, Acceptance and Property Transfer (iRAPT);
- DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS);
- Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR);
- Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR);
- DoD Cybersecurity clause compliance;
- Obtaining federal contract data from databases such as FPDS-NG or USASpending;
- Finding federal procurement opportunities using FedBizOpps;
- Business size and type (socioeconomic) certifications.
e. The specialist must educate clients in the following areas:
- Federal, State and local government contracting laws, policies and procedures. Emphasis must be placed on requirements and procedures used by DoD and other Federal agencies in the acquisition of commercial products and services.
- Electronic Business (eBusiness). The Specialist must provide clients with information and assistance pertaining to the application of eBusiness tools and technologies as they relate to conducting business with the Federal Government. This includes the routine exchange of procurement information (e.g. solicitations, offers, contracts, purchase orders, invoices, payments, and other contractual documents) exchanged via information and computer technologies between the private sector and the Federal Government.
f. Must advise and assist clients in pursuing and securing subcontracting opportunities from Federal, State and local government prime contractors including those that have subcontracting plan obligations pursuant to FAR clause 52.219-9 or similar clauses.
g. May provide other procurement technical assistance that may directly assist clients in obtaining or performing on Federal, State and local government contracts and subcontracts.
h. Must maintain regulations and publications, either printed or on electronic media, (or identify sources for obtaining) that govern Federal, State and local government procurement, as applicable the specialist must assist clients in understanding and using these regulations and publications.
i. Support the MO Business Development Program system through service on various ad hoc committees, task forces and teams engaged in product development planning or process implementation. Participate in regional planning efforts and assist in implementation of regional plan.
j. Actively network and promote the program to area lenders, economic developers and chamber through speaking engagements or collaboration on training events and other projects.
k. Maintain client files in a web-based management information system. Attend professional development sessions as needed. Maintain professional core competencies in business management subject matter.
l. Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans.
m. As with all positions involvement with other duties and responsibilities will be expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.
Evaluate: Facilitate significant business impact by achieving goals in new sales, new jobs, business investments, quality and quantity of stakeholder relations, initial sessions, attended events, awards, and revenue generation. Regularly collect qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the impact of educational programs and services. Determine if knowledge and skills were learned, and if learning was applied.
Administrative and organizational leadership
- Resource generation and sustainability: Generate and manage revenue (e.g., contracts, grants, fees and gifts) to sustain and grow essential programs. Seek out and develop funding sources that align with organizational priorities, values and mission. Ensure compliance with requirements, and maintain fiscal accountability.
- Stakeholder relations: Establish positive working relationships with the local and regional economic development organizations, critical community governments, and federal and state agency offices in region, chambers of commerce and business stakeholders. Develop and maintain essential partnerships with local and regional organizations, governments and key leaders. Effectively communicate MU Extension's value to stakeholders.
- Marketing and public relations: Market educational offerings and promote the mission of MU Extension to area leaders, chambers of commerce, civic organizations, public agencies and other partner organizations. This may include presentations, radio and news releases, meetings with legislators and other leaders, social media and other venues appropriate for the programs and audiences.
- Remain up-to-date on trends and research-based knowledge to effectively deliver relevant, reliable and responsive programs. Apply this knowledge in scholarly products such as curriculum development, in-service education instruction, articles in professional and popular press, presentations at professional meetings, funded grant proposals, etc.
- Actively participate in professional development opportunities to continuously improve skills and increase research-based knowledge. Demonstrate mastery of core competencies, including subject matter expertise, effective and innovative teaching strategies, and program development processes. Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology, listen effectively, and speak and write effectively. Must demonstrate organizational skills and collaborative leadership abilities.
- Must travel throughout Missouri regularly, using own transportation, and occasionally must travel out of state. Working evenings and weekends is required to meet the needs of constituents.
Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans. Other duties and responsibilities will be expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.
Administrative and program leadership is received from the State PTAC Director.
Master's degree in business, engineering, business education, or related area with appropriate coursework., related areas include government procurement, marketing, finance, accounting, management, human resources, operations management, e-commerce or entrepreneurship. Demonstrated ability in applying and transferring research-based knowledge in the above subject matter areas.
Education or experience in engineering or manufacturing, and at least two years experiences with government procurement.
Successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:
Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others. Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching strategies.
Effective listening, written and oral communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities. Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and collaborative leadership experiences.
Flexibility, resiliency, and the ability to operate with minimal guidance. Positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence, and passion for the vision, mission and values of MU Extension.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
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