Six Corners Association seeks a full-time Executive Director to provide vision, direction, and leadership in implementing the strategic goals and day-to-day operations of the Six Corners Association.
The Six Corners neighborhood, at the intersection at Milwaukee Avenue, Cicero Avenue, and Irving Park Road, is an iconic retail destination and an economic driver of Chicago’s Northwest Side. In recent years, Six Corners has become known as a creative hub for innovative entrepreneurs and vibrant arts organizations. Six Corners Association’s small-and-mighty, hands-on team fosters the development of a thriving commercial district by mentoring and connecting community-minded businesses, attracting customers, and engaging in intentional planning for the district’s future.
Position title: Executive Director Salaried, full-time, exempt position with occasional evening and weekend hours Start date: Immediate Reports to:Six Corners Association Board of Directors
Essential functions:Directs and manages the overall operations and staff in accordance with the policies and goals established by the Board of Directors; responsible for managing the objectives of the Association’s strategic plan, developing programming, organizational and financial plans, and ensuring effective execution of the annual work plan for the continual growth of the Six Corners commercial district.
Duties & Responsibilities
Leadership & Management:
Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals; and regular reporting on finances and programs
Actively engage and energize board members, event committees, volunteers, partnering organizations, and Six Corners community members.
Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction
Oversee operations and management of SSA #28. Maintain an understanding of SSA funding and procedures and assist Commission and staff in staying abreast of City policies and regulations. Work with SSA Program Manager to maintain and track SSA budget and coordinate collaborative funding of initiatives between the SSA and the Association
Develop annual budgets for the Association and SSA, in conjunction with the Executive Board
Identify, nurture and grow new sources of revenue
Attend conferences, seminars and agency meetings as required
Implement master plan, development guidelines, business recruitment priorities, and overall strategic direction for the Six Corners commercial district. Foster district-wide participation and buy-in to plan development
Engage in community development planning efforts for Six Corners Commercial District, the Portage Park community, and the NW side of Chicago
Provide support to committees in implementing the Six Corners Master Plan, long-range strategy, and near-term action plans to achieve its mission with consistent and timely progress
Attract new businesses and developers to commercial district.
Advocate for local business-friendly policy including property taxes, fair and clear business fees and licenses, incidental business taxes, zoning, subsidies
Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field
Direct staff and committees in determining and executing the design and implementation of initiatives that enhance the community and encourage trade and tourism within the boundaries of the Association’s designated service area
Coordinate special events designed to support the Association’s work plan projects, membership, and financial goals
Identify new, innovative programs that advance the Association’s mission
Implement robust membership retention and attraction programs and ensure that Six Corners Association offerings are aligned with and responsive to the needs of the membership
Maintain regular and robust communication with existing and new businesses to sustain and grow membership, understand member business concerns, encourage active participation in Association programs and committees
Maintain accurate and updated membership records
Be the external face of the Six Corners Association and SSA #28, including media appearances and public speaking
Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups, organizations, and elected officials.
Publicize in a timely manner the activities of the Association, its programs and goals, and champion the visibility of the Association with the public
Commitment to the purpose and services of Six Corners Association and SSA #28; knowledge of the Six Corners community
Bachelor’s degree required; Master's degree in urban planning, urban studies, community development, or a related field preferred, or comparable experience in community development, community engagement, urban planning, event planning
5+ years in non-profit program, financial management, and budgeting preferred; supervisory and management experience required
Strong orientation towards community service
Experience leading a very small, hands-on team. Willingness to participate in all levels of tasks
Proven capacity for diplomacy and ability to deal with a variety of community input
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
Strong computer and social media skills. Working knowledge and utilization of Google Docs
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be determined based on experience and expertise.
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About Six Corners Association
Six Corners Association fosters the development of a thriving commercial district by mentoring and connecting community-minded businesses, attracting customers, and engaging intentional planning for the district's future. Six Corners Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit economic development organization.
We provide one-on-one individualized services to community-minded businesses, manage SSA 28-2014, and engages residents in Portage Park, Jefferson Park, and Old Irving Park.