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Douglas Jobling


An experienced professional who uses outstanding management and interpersonal skills to successfully build organizations; exceptional writing and communications abilities, excellent problem-solving skills, with the resourcefulness to see projects to completion.


Director, Special Projects

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC), Johnson & Wales University

January 2008 to present

Managed special projects targeted to high-impact clients and/or statewide programs on behalf of the State Director.

Examples include:

· An agricultural program serving farmers and other agricultural businesses throughout Rhode Island

· “FOCUS 500” (a Baldrige-based strategic planning and dashboard system for growing companies)

· “Innovation Monday” for individuals or companies bringing a new product to market

· Renewable Energy Institute – providing special network services for companies interested in expanding their involvement with renewable energy

· Member, Microloan Committee, Southeastern Economic Development Corporation (SEED)

Also provided internal mentoring and management of statewide MIS system.

Regional Director ,

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC), Johnson & Wales University

July 2006 through December 2007

As below, working for Johnson & Wales instead of Bryant.

Program Manager

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC), Bryant University

June 1998 through June 2006

Managed the Northern RI and Providence regional offices, providing RISBDC consulting and training services to small business clients. Met with clients to make initial assessment of needs, provided direct consulting to client or assigned case to private consultant; managed client relationship, following up with client and consultant, conducted evaluation of services by client. Organized and conducted training programs in various business topics for small business owners. Managed positive relationships with Chambers of Commerce and other strategic partners. (Last five months served as Interim State Director – successfully managed transition of program from Bryant University to Johnson & Wales University.)

State Director

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC), Bryant University

March 1983 – June 1998

Established RISBDC as first State Director and successfully managed the program for fifteen years. Managed positive relationships with U.S. Small Business Administration, State of Rhode Island, Bryant University, Chambers of Commerce, and other business partners. Managed the program including lead office at Bryant University and satellite offices throughout state. Created unique-in-the-nation consulting model using private consultants to enhance quality of service. Oversaw the development of training programs in various business disciplines for small business owners. Responsible for budget and financial management, MIS reporting, contract negotiations with satellite providers, program development, and public relations.

Assistant Director, Brockton (MA) Employment & Training Program

September 1974 – March 1983

Responsible for internal management of all programs of the employment and training system including development of plans for approval of U.S. Department of Labor and implementation of those plans. Programs included skills training programs for adults and youth, temporary employment and work experience programs, and on-the-job training contracted to private employers.

Employment Counselor

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Employment Security

April 1972 – September 1974

Senior Interviewer

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Employment Security

March 1970 – April 1972

Supervisor of Manpower Development & Training Act (MDTA) Unit


  • Brown University, Providence, RI Training Certificate Program Fall 2002
  • Bryant College, Smithfield, RI Master of Science in Business Administration, 1993
  • University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME New England Economic Development course, fall 1991
  • Stonehill College, Easton, MA American Management Association Certificate, 1982
  • Boston University, Metropolitan College, Boston, MA Master of Arts in Urban Affairs, 1975
  • Nasson College, Springvale, ME Bachelor of Arts, 1969 Major – Government