Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Program Specialist (Extension Professional I/II)

Position ID: 36443
Georgia Institute of Technology
Enterprise Innovation Institute
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center
Position Description
New Position?: 
Job Class: 
Extension Professional I, Extension Professional II
Job Description: 


Serving within the Research Faculty of The Institute, the Program Specialist directly supports the extension, service, and economic development missions of Georgia Tech to the State of Georgia and beyond.  As part of the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), primarily this role provides program development and implementation services to small and mid-sized companies in strategic areas that foster their development and encourage growth.  Specifically this position will directly assist the Project Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center and the MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center.  These Centers assist Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in scaling up through access to opportunities, capital and markets as well as through strategic growth initiatives.  The program specialist will assist the project director with program development and implementation including, but not limited to recruiting companies for the programs; directing/coordinating all efforts involved with fostering relationships with relevant program partners/stakeholders/constituents, and working with marketing to promote the programs.  This position will be located at the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute’s MBDA Business and Advanced Manufacturing Centers in midtown Atlanta.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate program development, logistics and operations in the overall execution of MBDA Center programs.
  • Assist project director in managing and cultivating relationships with prospective program partners, corporations, and stakeholders to promote market outreach and business development.
  • Assist project director in identifying and/or developing resources to cultivate and assist Center clients through the delivery of Center programs/events that promote business development & growth.
  • Assist project director in evaluating and assessing viability and success of Center programs. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in Communications, Science, Engineering, Business, Technology, or related/relevant field.
  • Work Experience: Three to five years job-related experience (or equivalent combination of education and work experience).
  • Skills: Ability to analyze, evaluate, and assess complex information and an ability to use independent judgment and communicate effectively.  Prior experience with developing and executing programs and projects.  Prior experience in program logistics and event planning.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred Education: Master’s degree in Communications, Science, Engineering, Business, Technology; certified in Project Management or related/relevant field
  • Preferred Skills/Work Experience: Three to five years job-related work experience.   Previous leadership roles and/or recognition within research related projects. Proven track record of project or program development, management, and execution.


The Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business and Advanced Manufacturing Centers at Georgia Tech are part of a national network of 42 centers established to grow and strengthen Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).  A top performing center since 2004, the Atlanta MBDA Business Center has helped MBEs secure more than $1.3 billion in contracts and finance and create over 4,500 jobs. 

To learn more about the MBDA and its Centers, visit: mbda.gov.

All employment assignments at EI2 are supported by (and contingent on) federal, state, and industrial contracts.  This position can/may start as a temporary non-benefits eligible role with the potential to move into full-time benefits eligible employment after positive performance. 

Georgia Tech Extension Professionals are research personnel that fulfill the extension and service mission of Georgia Tech to the State of Georgia and beyond.  This mission includes, but is not limited to, technology-based economic development, technology commercialization and deployment, entrepreneurship, start-up company incubation, and business/industry outreach.  Extension Professionals also provide educational programs for business and industry in support of these missions through facilitating and fostering increased industrial engagement and sponsorship of applied research activities at Georgia Tech.  Extension Professional appointments are based on the merit and special qualifications of the individual and follow the same general ranking, hiring, and promotion principles as other professional research faculty ranks. 

Georgia Tech offers exceptional benefits including vacation and sick time accrual, one week of vacation during the Christmas and New Year holidays, choice between two pension plans, several supplemental retirement savings plans, medical/dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, tuition assistance, and other optional employee benefits. 

For an overview of Georgia Tech’s benefits, see OHR site: http://www.ohr.gatech.edu (navigate to benefits). 


Applicants are required to submit a single PDF document containing a resume and a one-page cover letter of interest.  Email single PDF document to Donna Ennis: donna.ennis@innovate.gatech.edu  (& c/c Gregory Owen: gowen@gatech.edu).

In the subject line of email indicate: “MBDA Program Specialist Application of Interest”

Final applicant(s) will be required to undergo an extensive pre-employment background check including verification of education credentials through providing “official” (non-student issued) higher education transcripts; a detailed online past performance report from at least 3-5 professional references; and verification of any other applicable credential information submitted with application.

CIP Discipline Code: 
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Communication, General
Engineering, General
Business, General
Science, Technology and Society
Degree Levels: 
Position Type: 
Required Qualifications
3 years
Application Deadline: 
Open Until Filled
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Position Starting Date: 
To Be Determined
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Recruitment Data
Search Chair: 
Donna Ennis
Vacancy Status: 

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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
119 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822
E-Mail: ch@uga.edu

Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Clare Norins, Assistant Director

Louis C Castenell, Assistant Director

Sheila C England, System Coordinator

Sandra Gilbreth, Admin Assistant II