Turner Center for Entrepreneurship - Director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship invites applications for a Director of the Illinois Procurement and Technical Assistance Center.

Established in 2001 by a gift from Robert ’77 MBA ’78 and his wife Carolyn, the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship builds on the college’s historic strength in small business assistance.  The center brings together educational, research, and related programs and services to help entrepreneurs and family business owners create more successful businesses.  The Turner Center houses the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) which provides assistance to area companies seeking to sell to local, state, and federal agencies.  The center also assists companies to secure subcontracts with prime contractors selling to government.  In addition to the PTAC, the Turner Center houses the Illinois Small Business Development Center and Illinois SBDC International Trade Center which provide business training and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses by offering counseling and training programs.

The Director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center manages the operations of the PTAC including client assistance, training, and grant management.  The center is funded through a cooperative agreement with the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a division of the U.S. Department of Defense, and additional funding from Bradley University. Congress established the Procurement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (PTACAP) in 1985 as a part of the Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization Act. IL PTAC operates under a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a division of the DOD.

The primary task of the PTAC Director is to:

  • Conduct on-site client surveys to assess the potential of a firm to perform successfully in the federal, state, or local procurement market.
  • Conduct research, using reference material, government publications, and contacts with federal and non-federal buying installations, to identify the segments of the government procurement market that match each firm's product mix and administrative and technical capabilities.
  • Provide guidance to firms to help them complete required government forms and review government requirements and contract terms with firms and explain the meaning and significance of these requirements and terms.
  • Follow up and assist in all aspects of government contracting from contract award through successful contract completion.
  • Establish and maintain contacts within the federal, state, and local acquisition system, and call on these contacts for help in providing assistance to firms.
  • Provide procurement leads to firms to market their products and/or services to federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Provide specifications and standards to firms and assists them in understanding solicitation requirements.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with area manufacturers seeking qualified suppliers for programs such as the Small Business Set-Aside or the Business Enterprise Program.
  • Promote the programs and services of the Illinois PTAC through referral sources such as chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, public presentations and newsletters and other activities which are directed to current and potential contractors.
  • Document Illinois PTAC related activities and assists in the preparation of required reports and budgets.

The PTAC Director reports to the Turner Center Director of Operations.  The PTAC Director is a liaison to partner organizations and facilitates building strong relationships with small businesses, area manufacturers, community economic development organizations, and procurement agencies such as state and federal entities.

Position Qualifications:  A Bachelors Degree is required, preferably in a business field.  Candidates must possess strong communication skills - both oral and written; experience with basic computer programs including word processing and spreadsheets; and a sincere interest in working with client firms to assist in their growth and employment.  Prior experience with government procurement contracting experience and certification of suppliers is preferred.  Additionally, candidates for this position should have:

  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing, quality control and processes,
  • Ability to master technical literature.
  • General background in business management, and/or small business ownership, purchasing and/or contract administration.
  • Knowledge of Central Illinois government and non-government entities related to government procurement is preferred.

Some local, regional and national travel is required. There are also occasional commitments before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. and on weekends both off and on campus.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Qualified applications should send a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, resume, and contact information for three professional references to tce@bradley.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Bradley University is a distinctive, medium-size, comprehensive private institution of higher learning. The University is located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students, Bradley offers the opportunities and choices of a larger university (with over 130 programs in five colleges, plus a graduate school) and the quality, personal attention, and challenge of a small private college. Bradley is rich in tradition and full of promise to become one of the nation's best comprehensive universities. For additional information about the University visit www.bradley.edu.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.