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Center Coordinator

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Center Coordinator



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Small Business Development Center

Job Summary/Basic Function:

About the Role:

The position of Center Coordinator is responsible for managing client intake and assessment processes, scheduling initial client meetings, overseeing program expenditures and records, and handling the marketing activities of the Center. The coordinator will assist in both the planning and presentation of client training sessions. The coordinator will be expected to oversee the daily routine of the office, answering phones and emails, and communicating with existing and prospective clients. The coordinator will monitor client activity and report at staff meetings.
What You’ll Do – Position Duties:

  • Coordinate the onboarding of new clients, including screening for eligibility, scheduling for new client orientation, assigning to an advisor, and ensuring that client has completed all necessary registration and preliminary work required prior to initial counseling session.
  • Coordinate SBDC marketing plan using approved social media platforms, emails, and other forms of communication to publicize offered training opportunities, SBDC services, and to enhance the SBDC brand in the local business community.
  • Direct and implement procedures for procurement of materials, supplies and capital equipment that expensed from grant accounts. Perform initial review of grant reports, development and adjustment of budgets, coordination of budgeted funds, arranging travel accommodations.
  • Helps plan and facilitate training and seminars offered by the SBDC, overseeing room reservation, attendee registration, room setup and instructor needs, acquisition and distribution of training materials, creation and administration of class surveys, greeting and verifying attendance on day of training, and completion of required training packet.
  • Assist the SBDC Director for the preparation of monthly and semi-annual reports for the SBDC Texas Gulf Coast Region Office. Works with both the Region Office and the Lamar University Sponsored Programs office to ensure Center accounts and indexes are accurate and current.
  • Ensures record-retention policies are carried out and as directed by the SBDC Director and acts as property manager for the SBDC.

Key Competencies:

  • An ability to prioritize and manage multiple time-sensitive issues and meet deadlines.
  • Proficient in Excel and budget management for federal and non-federal sponsors.
  • General familiarity with social media platforms and creating posts to advertise the center and highlight training seminars being offered.
  • An ability to standardize center operations to improve efficiency.
  • Experience with budget preparation, fiscal management, knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
  • An ability to organize and schedule center activities and client meetings.
  • An understanding and strong interest in elevating customer service.

Who We Are:

Lamar University is an accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100-degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.

  • Health, dental & vision insurance.
  • Life insurance.
  • State of Texas Retirement plans.
  • Tuition covered at 100% for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent.
  • Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.

To see more information about the available benefits, please visit: Insurance – Lamar University

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or other business-related field and one to two years of job-related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office or equivalent software.
  • Experience with Canva or related software and creation of social media postings.
  • Experience in working with various groups of clients and industrial partners.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Veteran's Preference Statement:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in interacting with a wide range of constituencies within an institution of higher education and in the greater community.
  • Experience in procurements using grant funding sources and travel expenses.
  • Excellent communication skills orally and in writing.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.



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Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to


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