Executive Director

About the 161st Business Improvement District:
The mission of the 161st Business Improvement District (BID), a nonprofit 501(c)3 economic development organization, is to create a vibrant commercial district and improve the quality of life for those who live, work, visit and shop on 161 Street in the Bronx.

Our focus is to keep the streets clean, promote commerce and enrich the area through special events and cultural projects.

We provide the district with supplemental sidewalk cleaning and graffiti removal (sanitation); district marketing and special events aimed at attracting residents and visitors to the district; as well as business attraction and retention. The BID is in the heart of the Bronx’s Capital District, located on and around 161st street in the shadows of Yankee Stadium.

While we are best known for Yankee Stadium, the district contains many municipal buildings, recreation sites, community organizations and unique shops, restaurants and services.

Executive Director Job Description:
The Executive Director is the principal officer of the organization and is responsible for overall administration, financial management, interfacing with city agencies, advocating for local businesses, grant writing and the delivery of BID services.

The Executive Director will closely coordinate with and report to the Board of Directors and oversee a budget of about $376,000 a year, write grants, help advocate for more funds, as well as spearhead future expansion.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The job consists of: supervising supplemental sanitation services; orchestrating special events (parades, block parties, street fairs); marketing the neighborhood; and making it better for those who live, work, own businesses or property in the Capital District area by cultivating and maintaining relationships with businesses, property owners, residents, elected officials, community leaders and partners.

The ED must also supervise a staff member, administer benefits and payroll, manage and oversee the work of vendors, subcontractors, contracts and grants.

The ED will also be expected to maintain an up to date website and regularly post to social media to promote the district and its businesses.

Qualifications for the Executive Director:
• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in business or public administration, marketing, city planning, or similar area preferred.
• 3 to 5 years’ experience in government, nonprofit management, economic development or community advocacy.
• Administrative, grant and/or contract management experience.
• Experience with non-profit financial management or organizational budgeting.
• Experience using MS Office Suite, QuickBooks and social media savvy.
• Experience planning, coordinating, and leading events, including the supervision of vendors and volunteers.
• Previous experience working in or with city government or agencies. Knowledge of the procurement process.
• Strong writing skills and willingness to find and apply for grants.
• Creativity, innovation and excellent communication skills for community and business relationship building.
• Love of sports to help cultivate a close working relationship with the NY Yankees and NYCFC.
• Candidates from diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply.

Salary commensurate with experience, plus health benefits and paid vacation.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

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