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Executive Director of Small Business

The Executive Director, Tulsa Small Business Connection is the first point of contact with Tulsa area businesses for the various chamber programs that are available to members and non-members. This position is responsible for performing a full range of duties related to communicating with and building relationships with other business owners and corporate executives.  Operates in an independent and creative way to educate, empower and expand small businesses through Connection resources and relationships. 

Principal Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Maintains high visibility with the Small Business Connection Advisory Board, ensuring the success of the Advisory Board through creative educational, programming and committee support. Oversees day to day activities of the Advisory Board, attends and facilitates all committee meetings, and works closely with Advisory Board to manage, develop and maintain programming crucial to the support small business. 
  • Identify opportunities for growth in small businesses, focusing on target industries as determined by strategic plan. Develop and implement strategies for growth and expansion.
  • Supports business development and marketing of the organization’s products.
  • Builds relationships with the Chamber stakeholders for all small business events and programs as well as defining specific goals for expanding their impact in the business community.
  • Work with Communication staff to improve the quality and visibility of marketing materials all small business programs. Coordinates and manages various special projects that require developing marketing material for promotion of the various small business chamber programs.
  • Work closely on marketing strategy and criteria for measurable results to maintain accountability for economic development related to the Tulsa's Future objectives.
  • Assists in preparation and management of budgets and forecasting for small business programs.
  • Promotes organization at partner/association meetings and trade shows to promote all products.
  • Accountable by assuring that all direct reporting staff, if applicable, has achieved their annual development goals.
  • Attend and manage all programs falling under the Small Business Connection in collaboration with volunteers and other departments within the Tulsa Chamber.
  • Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Bachelor's degree with 2 to 4 years of experience coordinating volunteers support and programs or 5-8 years’ experience coordinating volunteers support and programs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including public speaking.
  • Excellent project and team management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with extensive knowledge of grammar.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and objectives simultaneously and work under deadlines.
  • Highly detail oriented with superior organizational skills.
  • Aptitude for working with volunteers and building relationships at all levels of an organization.
  • Working computer knowledge in Word, Excel, Outlook, and database management
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed
  • Travel may be required
  • Capable to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, insight into group dynamics, and the ability to develop and foster relationships.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.


  • Analytical – the individual measures trends and future trends for small businesses and reports useful information to management.
  • Problem solving – the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Management skills – exhibits the ability to get along well with others, is open to new ideas, makes self available to staff, accept authority and responsibility and is customer service oriented.
  • Quality management – continuously looks for ways to improve and promote quality, and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Judgment – displays willingness to make independent decisions, exhibits sound judgment, makes timely decision, and accepts responsibility for results.
  • Planning/organizing – the individual prioritizes and plans work activities without supervision, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans. 
    Work environment: Normally a typical office environment with people, with minimal exposure to excessive noise or adverse environmental issues, with occasional outdoor exposure to heat, cold, and environmental elements.

Work & Physical Requirements

  • Physical demands: Manipulate, handle, feel, and control items or equipment. Able to read, write, and interpret written documents. Occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Hours: Early mornings and late evening required with flexibility in time during the week outside of event obligations.

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