Western Illinois University IIRA/Faculty Assistant - SBDC International Trade Specialist in Moline, Illinois

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves nearly 10,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:**

APPOINTMENT: May 2018

RESPONSIBILITIES:The Illinois Small Business Development Center/International Trade Center at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities (IL SBDC) provides confidential business counseling and training to help entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and sustain their businesses. These counseling services will be provided through one-on-one and where appropriate, group business consultation and advising. Under the direction of the Director of the IL SBDC at WIU--Macomb, the International Trade Specialist provides market research, data analysis, competitor analysis, regulatory documents assistance and export education in the service area. Duties include: providing export advising to new and existing clients in the region, providing education and training through workshops and conference presentations, establishing and maintaining relationships with the Office of Trade and Investment/SBA Export office/Ex-Im Bank and numerous freight forwarders, representing the International Trade Center within the WIU community, submitting timely and accurate reports and maintaining client confidentiality at all times.

RANK & SALARY: $50,000 - $55,000. This is a full-time, 12-month, renewable position contingent upon funds and performance. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/.

Requirements:**

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:An earned bachelor's degree (i.e. B.A., B.B., or B.S. degree in business administration, international business or related field)* AND/OR* a minimum of two years business experience. Significant related experience in an international trade company. Experience in international trade activities; export documentation, global business strategy, compliance rules and regulations and Free Trade Agreements. Self-motivated with the ability to work independently on multiple projects at once. Willingness to adapt to a flexible work and travel schedule; including extensive travel within the service area, early morning and evening meetings and training events, and multi-day conferences. Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Ability to cold-call prospective export companies.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Competency to obtain and retain the designation of Certified Business Specialist as defined by the Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association. A minimum of 3 years international trade experience. Experience with supply chain management, global market entry and global business strategies, international marketing, pricing and budgets, cultural influences, financing, trade shows and international travel. Awareness of the external environment in the IL SBDC/ITC at WIU-QC service area; including economic climate, business and industry trends, and the government legal/regulatory framework. Multi-lingual is a plus. An advanced degree must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

Additional Information:**

THE DEPARTMENT:The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) was established in 1989 to monitor rural conditions, evaluate public policies, and provide vital information, resources, training and technical assistance to rural communities. With a staff of 25, including 15 Masters level and Ph.D. specialists, the IIRA offers a variety of programs and services designed to strengthen community planning, build local capacity, empower local officials, and improve the quality of life in rural areas. For more information, visit www.iira.org.

THE UNIVERSITY:Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review for 14 consecutive years and as one of 37 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves nearly 10,000 students at its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 38 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental studies. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 566 full-time faculty members teach 96 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to eight pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 8,109): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,332): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:**

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses required, official copies will be requested of selected candidate.

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/

*Note In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.*

Screening will begin on May 7, 2018,and continue until the position is filled.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Jim Boyd at JC-Boyd@wiu.edu

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at eoa-office@wiu.edu.

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions

Department: Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Locations: Moline, IL

Posted: Apr 23, '18

Type: FT - Continuous