President: Women’s Business Development Center

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 1:20 pm.

Organization Overview:


The Women’s Business Development Center’s (WBDC) mission is to foster the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones. WBDC facilitates the relationship between corporations, government and women-owned businesses to provide growth and sustainability.  While the WBDC is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women, the services are open to all individuals.

WBDC is a not for-profit 501(c) 3 organization, located in the heart of Philadelphia and formed in 1995 with the assistance of a matching grant from the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Women Business Ownership (OWBO).

WBDC fulfills its mission through partnerships with the OWBO and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s leading third-party certifier of women-owned business. In 2000, the WBDC expanded its programs and established, along with Fortune 500 corporations, the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ (WBEC) to certify women-owned businesses and assist corporations in creating and building world class supplier diversity programs.

WBEC provides women’s business enterprise (WBE) certification as well as educational, networking, procurement-related, and informational programs and services that foster growth and business opportunities between women’s business enterprises and purchasing entities, including major corporations and government agencies.

As a WBENC co-founder and one of fourteen regional partner organizations (RPOs), WBEC administers WBENC’s National Certification Standards and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business certification in Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey.   WBEC is also the third party certifier for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.

WBENC remains the gold standard in certification for women-owned businesses and the leader in business development. Currently, WBEC has 1068 WBENC-certified women business enterprises with revenues of approximately $7 billion and employs 28,000 (

Position Summary:

WBDC’s President will successfully lead the organization and its stakeholders in fostering the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones.

Working closely with the Board of Directors, WBEC and with WBENC leadership, the President will collaborate in developing and executing the strategic vision and operational plan for the future. At the same time, the President will expertly manage the organization’s complex, programmatic, administrative and financial operations while remaining in full compliance with WBENC’s Master Service Agreement and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s grant.

The President’s exceptional leadership and relationship-building skills will position the role to successfully maintain and build new critical partnerships with key business development resources within the private and public sectors. In addition, the President will foster a culture of learning and innovation among staff and continue to build a high-performing, highly-engaged team that is committed to attaining the organization’s mission every day.



  1. Ensure the organization is fully compliant with all requirements and milestones contained in WBENC’s Master Service Agreement and the SBA’s grant. This includes but is not limited to: financial and programmatic reporting, geographical coverage, procedural/process requirements and certification, recruitment and retention metrics.

Mission-Driven Leadership; Strategy:

  1. Collaborate with the Board to develop a mission-driven and viable strategic plan and cascade to the team and other stakeholders, as appropriate.
  2. Understand national, regional, local and emerging issues and pursue new opportunities for the organization’s sustainability, growth and impact.
  3. Build a reputation in the community as a thought leader and expert resource and continue to facilitate the integration of the organization into the fabric of the community.
  4. Inspire and galvanize all stakeholders to attain the organization’s mission while balancing the needs and interests of all stakeholders.
  5. Advocate for issues relevant to the organization and its stakeholders.

 Financial Stewardship

  1. Maintain the fiscal integrity and sound financial practices of the organization, including budgeting, reporting and annual audit.
  2. Work with the Board, Finance Committee and associated staff in preparing an annual budget; ensure the organization operates within that budget and maximizes use of resources.
  3. In concert with the Board, make and take responsibility for key decisions that may affect the financial health of the

Development and Marketing

  1. Responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive development strategy that results in a diversified revenue stream.
  2. Serve as the external ambassador for the organization.
  3. Serve in appointed regional and national leadership roles that support the organization’s mission.
  4. Continuously strengthen the organization’s brand and reputation through marketing initiatives and results-oriented events.

WBENC’s Regional Partner Organization

  1. Continuously balance Master Service Agreement requirements while strategically contributing to WBENC’s mission and ensuring that WBEC’s regional voice and priorities are heard and included.
  2. Maintain a positive, productive and mutually-beneficial relationship with WBENC.
  3. Participate in WBENC’s national events while ensuring WBEC and its stakeholders are involved, represented and benefitting from the opportunities.
  4. Serves on WBENC’s Leadership Council and other national committees as designated.

U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center Program

  1. Ensure compliance with all Small Business Administration’s grant requirements.
  2. Evaluate and deliver outstanding entrepreneurial training programs for emerging and established businesses.

 The Team

  1. Hire, develop and retain a high-performing team that delivers mission-focused results.
  2. Ensure the right people are in the right jobs delivering outstanding results.
  3. Maintain an effective organizational structure. Recruit, train, engage and retain an outstanding team of volunteers,
  4. Create and maintain a culture of engagement and empowerment.


  1. Keep the Board fully informed on the status of the organization’s financial, programmatic, operational and human resource matters.
  2. Collaborate with the Board Chair to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions and facilitate optimum Board performance.
  3. Participate in and support Board recruitment and retention.




An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.


The President is required to have experience and success in the following:

  1. Lead a for-profit and/or non-profit organization for at least 10-15 years.
  2. Direct or indirect experience with corporate and/or government procurement.
  3. Lead collaboratively, including accomplishing goals with and through others with a “roll-up the sleeves” approach and by constantly “raising the bar” toward higher levels of achievement while inspiring others to do the same.
  4. Lead (or play a key role in) an organization that has detailed and specific compliance requirements, including pre-determined milestones and/or outcomes.
  5. Lead an organization successfully through change, including ability to plan ahead, communicate and implement change initiatives and measure impact.
  6. Developed and communicated a ‘shared vision’ by building buy-in and alignment with staff, the board and other stakeholders.
  7. Collaborated with the Board to develop a mission-driven strategic plan and translate it into a viable operational plan.
  8. Executed a strategic/operational plan, including prioritization, resource allocation and delegation.
  9. Managed a cross-functional team, with success in hiring, training, coaching, performance management, professional development and retention.
  10. Developed and implemented fundraising/development strategies and plans.
  11. Demonstrated strong financial management skills to ensure the immediate and long-term financial health of the organization.
  12. Knowledge of and/or experience with the government grant management process (local,  state, Federal).
  13. Developed and nurtured mutually-beneficial relationships with external stakeholders and identified opportunities that advanced the organization’s mission.
  14. Proficiently utilized technology as a strategic tool and in day-to-day operations. Remained current on the far-reaching impact of technology on all aspects of the organization.


  1. Board Experience, including recruiting, engaging and retaining exceptional board members.
  2. Call on and effectively employ the appropriate critical thinking skill(s), including:
    • judgment
    • analysis
    • problem solving
    • ability to connect the dots (infer) (systems thinking)
    • synthesis and evaluation
  1. Strong relationship-development skills.
  2. Strong management skills, including planning, organizing and execution.
  3. Change-management skills.
  4. Ability to lead and manage a cross-functional team.
  5. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; Microsoft platform (Windows operating system); Outlook/Exchange; knowledge of and basic experience with social media; basic knowledge of an event management system (CVENT preferred); basic knowledge of database management; basic knowledge of Quick Books.
  6. An innovative and entrepreneurial mindset.
  7. Current marketing, PR and branding skills. Knowledge of how social media can be utilized to increase and track visibility.
  8. Passionately believe in the organization’s mission and demonstrate an ability to “live the mission.”
  9. Deliver effective presentations, writing persuasively and speaking confidently in public.
  10. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  11. Strong philosophy of self-direction with an exceptional energy level and a progressive attitude.
  12. Demonstrated integrity, honesty, transparency and trustworthiness.
  13. Ability to travel domestically.

Search Team:

Judy Boreham

Managing Director

215-656-3575 (Philadelphia Office)

212-542-2581 (New York Office)

Carol Savvas

Vice President & Senior Associate

212-542-2578 (Office)

Jennifer D’Arrigo

Executive Assistant

212-542-2577 (Office)

Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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