Project Director (Washington, DC Metro Area)


JOB TITLE:    Project Director (DC Metro Local)
REPORTS TO:SBTRC Executive Director
PROGRAM:Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC)
PROGRAM PARTNER:OSDBU, a program of US Department of Transportation
LOCATION:District of Columbia  (DC Metro Area)
TYPE:Part-Time (30 hours per week)
SALARY:Not Published

Position Summary

The Project Director executes program directives for the South Atlantic Region as expressed in the Cooperative Agreement between the National Institute of Minority Economic Development (the Institute) and the United States Department of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).  This position also develops and implements processes to facilitate activities on behalf of small businesses, including businesses owned and controlled by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) by providing access to opportunities, technical assistance and financial resources.

Position Description of Responsibilities    

  • Is the primary contact on behalf of the South Atlantic Region in the DC market
  • Assist with all aspects of the SBTRC Program Agreement
  • The SBTRC team works collaboratively to implement OSDBU programs, goals and objectives to include, but are not limited to:
    • Bonding Education Program:
      • 2 per agreement period
      • minimum 10 training hours each
    • Access to Capital Program:
      • Host or participate in a minimum of 5 access to capital seminars/workshops per agreement period
      • 7 applications per agreement period
    • Women and Girls in Transportation Initiative:
      • place two interns per agreement period
      • host one WITI event; attend at least 5 per agreement period
  • Participate in national, state, regional and local conferences where a significant number of small businesses, with transportation-related capabilities, are expected to be in attendance 
  • Coordinate with OSDBU and its partners to provide relevant, timely information to small diverse businesses about OSDBU programs
  • Solicit and engage stakeholders in the DC market to collaborate and support program goals and objectives

Bonding Education Program by State (50%)

  • Identify and engage Stakeholders and consultants
  • Execute consultant agreements commensurate with program goals and objectives

Access to Capital Program (25%)

  • Identify eligible small business firms who may need assistance obtaining capital
  • Identify and solicit financial institutions to participate as approved lenders
  • Work with approved lending partners to develop, implement and deliver financial related services, host information and training sessions and program support in the DC Metro region
  • Provide clients with technical assistance support to identify appropriate funding sources and complete the loan application process as appropriate
  • Host or participate in outreach events, seminars and training sessions to promote the Access to Capital Program 

Women and Girls in Transportation Initiative (25%)

  • Identify and solicit partner organizations to host WITI interns

Position Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or in a related field with 5 to 7 years’ experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.  Experience in Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications preferred. Working knowledge of business acumen, entrepreneurship, budget and financial statements, excellent oral and written communication skills, strong understanding of organizational behavior and design, strong interpersonal and relationship skills and the ability to meet deadlines.

Additionally, knowledge of the transportation and/or construction industry is preferred.  Supervisory experience leading a team spread out in different locations. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel (30-40% travel).  Experience managing federal programs is a plus.

Program Highlights

  • The US Department of Transportation is the program partner and the funding agency for the SBTRC. 
  • A cooperative agreement between the funding partner and the Institute details program goals, objectives and expected outcomes.
  • The program service area is the states of NC, VA, WV, KY and DC Metro region.
  • This job requires overnight travel including in-state and out-of-state travel.
  • Collaboration between programs is highly recommended. 

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to:
Alyssa Mako, Executive Director, South Atlantic SBTRC
E: [email protected]