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Executive Director, Prairie Family Business Association

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution University of South Dakota
Working Title Executive Director, Prairie Family Business Association
Posting Number NFE00118P
Department USD-School of Business
Physical Location of Position (City) Sioux Falls
Posting Text

The Prairie Family Business Association (PFBA) is a premier leader in promoting and advocating for family business in South Dakota and the Midwest. PFBA is a key outreach center of the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business (BSB), focusing on serving family businesses and their advisors ( Its mission is to “build relationships and offer high-quality educational programs that promote successful businesses and healthy families.”

The BSB and PFBA seek a forward looking, dynamic leader to lead the PFBA as executive director. The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer and is a source of advocacy for family business, ensures association financial stability, and is responsible for developing and implementing strategic programming. The Executive Director is also responsible for developing and expanding collaborations and relations with other business associations.

The PBFA has experienced significant growth and program expansion in the past two years. We are seeking the ideal candidate with a leadership track record to continue the growth trajectory.

Required: The Executive Director will have a related undergraduate degree (masters preferred) and experience with family business. The Executive Director must have strong administrative management experience, leadership qualities, communication skills, project management skills, ability to operate in a digital environment, and organization financial experience.

Preferred Qualifications: The best applicant will have leadership experience in fund raising, program development and delivery, leadership development, and teaching experience. The successful candidate must be able to work with an Advisory Board and Beacom School of Business faculty, staff, and administrators. Salary will be competitive and includes benefits.

Applicants are required to provide online: (1) candidate’s CV/resume, (2) statement of interest, and (3) names and contact information for three references (please include e-mail addresses and current telephone numbers). Candidates will be evaluated on their leadership, administrative management, program management, and financial sustainability track record.

Posting Date 02/09/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/23/2018
Advertised Salary Competitive and includes benefits
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
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Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Valid Drivers License
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

BACKGROUND: The University of South Dakota is a comprehensive; liberal arts based state institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students. Basic and professional programs are available in the Beacom School of Business, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Education, College of Fine Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Beacom School of Business is the leading business school in South Dakota and the region offering students a quality business education that goes beyond expectations. Our programs are fully accredited by AACSB International and nationally ranked by Princeton Review, US News and World Report, and others. Our alumni have become global leaders in such fields as accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, business analytics and health services administration. The school offers multiple undergraduate majors in both Vermillion and Sioux Falls, including marketing, finance, accounting, operational analytics, management, human resources, innovation and entrepreneurship, health services administration, business administration, and economics, as well as an MBA and Masters of Professional Accountancy degree in Vermillion as well as online. Excellence in teaching is our expectation, both in the classroom and in mentoring and advising students outside of class. We deliver an innovative curriculum using the newest instructional methods.
The Beacom School of Business boasts:
- accreditation by the AACSB International, placing Beacom School of Business among 5% of business schools similarly accredited worldwide
- students who typically score in the top 5% of all business students taking the national exit exam for business
- an online MBA program ranked #12 in the “Top 25” programs by Princeton Review
- an online MPA program ranked 1st in the nation by OnlineU based on CPA pass rate and affordability
- more than $400,000 in scholarships to business students awarded each year
- strong corporate relationships providing excellent career opportunities for our graduates –a 2016 employment rate of 96% for all graduates
- ongoing collaboration between our MBA students and SD School of Mines and Technology on technology innovation and commercialization efforts

Please visit and for more information about the Beacom School of Business. For more information about the PFBA, please visit:

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Diversity Statement

The University of South Dakota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Diversity and inclusiveness are values that are embraced and practiced at the University of South Dakota. Candidates who support these values are encouraged to apply.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
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  2. Graduate Transcripts