Job Details

Goering Center - Program Director

Location:   Cincinnati, OH

Salary:   based on experience




  • Do you have a passion for and commitment to helping family and private businesses thrive?
  • Are you interested in getting involved in the Greater Cincinnati business community?



Established in 1989, the Goering Center serves more than 400 member companies, making it North America’s largest university-based educational nonprofit center for family and private businesses. The Goering Center’s mission is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy and promote effective continuity of those businesses. The Goering Center is affiliated with the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, which provides access to a vast resource of business programming and expertise. Their member companies receive real-world insights to enlighten, strengthen and prolong family and private business success.  



The Program Director will partner with the President and Program Committee to set standards for program and institute quality and effectiveness. The Program Director will:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert on the future of the business industry through ongoing professional development.
  • Develop and update institutes and programs through curriculum design, titles, locations, times, other logistics, and learning environments.
  • Volunteer engagement: Works with the President to recruit volunteer family guides for the Next Generation Institute; leads both the Next Generation Institute Steering Committee and the Goering Center Program Committee.
  • Recruit content partners from the Goering Center community; negotiate contracts, manage relationships, and ensure content meets defined quality standards.
  • Develop and champion the Goering Center’s Speakers Bureau.
  • Master the Goering Center’s CRM, FunnelMaker, to optimize program execution.
  • Manage and collaborate with the Office/Operations Manager to document standard operating procedures relative to programming.
  • Lead the development of special events for volunteers and members, act as a member of the Special Events Committee, support execution of the annual Family & Private Business Awards.
  • Collaborate with the Goering Center’s marketing team regarding promotion methods and means, market research, surveys, publicity, and market analysis.
  • Monitor key benchmarks such as program attendance/cancellations, quality standards, finances and budgeting, financial analysis and annual forecasting.
  • Represent the Goering Center in the community at large.
  • Develop content for the President and other team members who are representing the Goering Center in the community.


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in relevant field of study
  • 5 – 10+ years in planning leadership and business-based learning and programming for organizational and career development
  • Proficient in MS Office (MS Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, in particular)
  • Familiarity with CRM system, FunnelMaker - a plus but not required
  • Able to demonstrate a strategic agility, anticipating future consequences and trends accurately using broad knowledge and perspective.
  • Demonstrate experience in program development, market research/needs assessment, staff management, finances and budgeting and data analysis
  • Able to scan the environment, analyze competition, and lead efforts to position Goering Center as a leader in family and private business education
  • Must be a self-starter able to produce accurate work and possess a high degree of organization
  • Team player in a small office environment
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills in a fast-paced environment
  • A creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements


  • Strong interpersonal compass: Relates well to all kinds of people: up, down and sideways, inside and outside the organization, builds appropriate rapport, forges constructive and effective relationships, uses diplomacy and tact, can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Business acumen: Knows how businesses work, knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, tends and information affecting his/her business and organization, aware of the competition, and understands how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
  • Presentation skills: Is effective in a variety of formal presentation settings, commands attention and can manage group process during the presentation, can change tactics midstream when something isn’t working.
  • Adaptability: Displays a high degree of professionalism and a sense of calm in all levels of interaction, can plan, prioritize, organize, and follow up several tasks and projects in a fast-paced environment, demonstrates flexibility, and adjustment to sudden changes in priorities and the work environment.
  • Organization: Can balance conflicting priorities to manage workflow, ensure the completion of essential projects, and meet critical deadlines, allocates time appropriately, keeps a clean and organized office, and maintains control over their physical environment.
  • Communication skills:Actively listens, speaks with confidence using clear, concise sentences and is easily understood, produces intentional, professional correspondence free of grammatical and spelling errors, and uses high quality, professional oral and written skills in all external communications to reinforce a positive image of the business.


This is a great opportunity to be very involved with the Cincinnati business community.



Gilman Partners is committed to strengthening leadership teams and elevating the talent in our communities – and that means all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ability, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or national origin. You don’t have to meet every qualification in this job description to apply. If you’re drawn to the position and believe your experience makes you a good fit, we encourage you to reach out.



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