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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Director of Technology and Entrepreneurship is responsible for assisting the establishment of new technology/innovation/entrepreneurial business for the state of Arkansas. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

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Performs as the Arkansas Department of Economic Development Commission’s primary contact/resource for technology/innovation/entrepreneurship development in Arkansas; keeps the AEDC Executive Director apprised of technology/innovation/entrepreneurship development issues throughout the state, and works on special projects for the Executive Director in technology/innovation/entrepreneurship development. Works in conjunction with the Strategic Planning Group to develop and promote new legislative strategies to grow the technology/innovation/entrepreneurship environment in the state. Serves as the primary interface for AEDC to the statewide university business incubation system, facilitating quarterly meetings with the executive directors of the state business incubators, and assisting each with special projects. Forms executive level relationships with strategic partners who play a role in new technology development. Works with executive level staff at Arkansas Science & Technology Authority to assist qualified knowledge-based companies with applying for AEDC’s incentives for targeted businesses. Meets with chamber members, county judges, mayors, and executive level university officials, and provides technical assistance and support to local and regional organizations working to develop knowledge-based businesses in Arkansas. Supervises subordinates including interviewing, hiring, training, evaluating performance, and terminating personnel. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of new business development. Knowledge of the state and federal infrastructure to assist new business development. Knowledge of research and analysis techniques and procedures. Knowledge of state and federal regulations governing new business start-ups. Ability to interpret policies and procedures as they apply to new business development. Ability to prepare and present training sessions, speeches, and written reports. Ability to supervise a subordinate professional and administrative support staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, or a related field; plus eight years of progressively more responsible experience in strategic planning and innovative business development, including four years in a professional managerial capacity.

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