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The Alliance for Downtown New York
THE ALLIANCE FOR DOWNTOWN NEW YORK PRESIDENT Job Description
Background: The Alliance for Downtown New York ("Downtown Alliance") was established in 1995 in order to advance Lower Manhattan as a global model of a 21st century Central Business District by providing services, advocacy, research, and information for businesses, residents and visitors. The Downtown Alliance manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District ("BID"), serving an area roughly from City Hall to the Battery, from the East River to West Street.
Through planning and collaboration, the Downtown Alliance has launched a number of successful programs and initiatives that have helped it grow to become the largest BID in New York City, and possibly the country, in terms of both geography and budget. It plays a leading role in planning for large stretches of Lower Manhattan, and in developing programs and partnerships that have attracted a surge of technology and innovation companies to the BID. For example, the Alliance created LaunchLM to encourage collaboration and diversity of industries; Hive at 55 to provide shared workspace for the Lower Manhattan community; and a public art program that produced installations of innovative public art and architecture.
The Alliance provides free public WiFi, and ongoing marketing, and data gathering and analysis for Downtown's commercial, hotel, retail, residential, and tourist markets. It has a visible presence due to the free transportation service it provides as well as for its cadre of street cleaners and red-coated representatives who serve as both security guards for the district, and as ambassadors who greet visitors and answer questions.
The Alliance is led by a 40-member Board consisting of property owners, commercial and residential tenants, and government officials who share a desire to help grow, innovate and build community in the district. The Downtown Alliance is organized into seven operating divisions that support its mission: Public Safety; Sanitation; Transportation; Social Services; Communications and Marketing; Economic Development and Planning; and Administration. Primarily supported financially by local commercial property owners, the Downtown Alliance's budget is approximately $17.7 million for FY 2014. Staff consists of 52 full-time and 27 part-time employees, and street level services are provided through outside contracts that use approximately 135 workers.
The Position: The Downtown Alliance is seeking a new President after the untimely death of Elizabeth Berger who ran the Alliance very successfully for six years. The President is the chief executive officer of the Alliance as well as its chief spokesperson, and leads the advocacy efforts for downtown's businesses and property owners, interacting with CEOs and senior management in their firms, and with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government. The President has the authority to direct and supervise the activities of all employees; the power to sign, on behalf of the corporation, all deeds and other agreements and formal instruments; and to perform such acts as usually pertain to the office of president. The President, in consultation with the Chair and the Board of Directors, establishes policy and directs the staff in implementing policies.
The President also serves as president of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, a §501 (c) (4) nonprofit membership organization comprised of downtown's most significant businesses south of Canal Street, with the goal of promoting and preserving the area as a world-class business district. This is a challenging position where the applicant will be expected to possess vision, political savvy, diplomacy, negotiating skills, verbal acuity and a passion for the urban environment.
The successful candidate is a dynamic leader who shares the Board's vision of the opportunity and commitment to the Downtown Alliance's core mission. S/he has excellent management skills and the power to advocate successfully on behalf of the Alliance in the public and private sectors. S/he must be a highly intelligent self-starter who is able to work closely with the Board and staff to promote an open, inclusive environment that emphasizes cooperation and teamwork. In addition, s/he will be bright, diplomatic, analytical, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor.
Working in consultation with the Board Chair, has responsibility for, but not limited to:
• Direct, manage and supervise the activities of all employees and oversee outside contractors.
• Principal spokesperson for the Downtown Alliance.
• Lead the advocacy effort for promoting the economic health and development of lower Manhattan.
• Develop programs and partnerships to enhance and improve the lower Manhattan community, working with local business leaders, City and State governments, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, elected and appointed officials, and the public.
• Sign, on behalf of the corporation, all deeds, other agreements and formal instruments.
• Minimum 10 years of leadership experience in either the public, private or nonprofit sectors.
• Good understanding of urban issues and the importance of a balanced, mixed-use community.
• Demonstrated record of leadership and success in strategic planning and problem solving.
• Understanding of the nature of BIDs and the role they play in the City as well as the political landscape.
• Marketing skills and experience are important.
• Strong commitment to the needs of the lower Manhattan business, educational, cultural and residential communities.
• Bachelor's degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.
For more information about the Downtown Alliance, please visit www.downtownny.com.
How TO APPLY:
To Apply: The Alliance for Downtown New York has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to: Jack Lusk, Managing Partner or Debbie Farrell Nelson, Practice Leader Harris Rand Lusk 261 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor New York, NY 10016