Posted on February 15, 2012
Elmwood Village Association
Elmwood Village Association - Executive Director
The mission of The Elmwood Village Association (“EVA”) is to work with businesses and residents to improve the quality of life for our entire community in Buffalo, New York. In pursuit of that mission, EVA has become a hub for community involvement that enhances the distinctive urban character of our community. EVA preserves and protects the unique and historic nature of Elmwood Avenue, and its surrounding neighborhoods, by increasing civic involvement and encouraging neighborhood commercial revitalization.
EVA seeks an Executive Director to pursue and achieve EVA’s short term goals of identifying mechanisms to foster economic growth, to promote and enhance the viability and vitality of the neighborhoods, and to work with governmental offices who can have a positive impact on the area, as well as its long term goals, which are to strengthen the economic competitiveness of the neighborhood’s commercial district and to improve the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Executive Director will work with, and take direction from, EVA’s Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be responsible for hiring, management, review and, if needed, the termination of EVA staff, as well as managing organizational volunteers.
The Executive Director will serve as the public face and spokesperson for EVA, representing EVA at all relevant public meetings. This will entail extensive interaction with City, County, State and Federal elected officials, in advocating on EVA’s behalf, as well as offering input and direction on relevant topics, such as urban design standards, economic development, and historic preservation. The Executive Director’s role is multifaceted, and, as such, may require some evening and weekend hours, as needed.
The Executive Director, with the assistance of the Treasurer and Finance Committee, will develop and manages EVA’s annual operating budget. The Executive Director will also spearhead and manage fundraising initiatives, which will involve meeting with donors, sponsors, foundations and government representatives, speaking at events in order to raise EVA’s visibility, and identifying and securing new funding sources.
In working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will assist in the development of EVA’s Strategic Plan, initiatives and projects on an annual basis. Said projects will be, where possible, worked into the development of funding proposals for local, state and federal foundations, governments and institutions.
The Executive Director is responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of EVA. In addition, The Executive Director will create and maintain open lines of communication with the larger community and Elmwood Village residents and businesses by maintaining and updating EVA’s website, Facebook page and weekly “Shop Elmwood” and “Neighborhood Happenings” email blasts. Lastly, the Executive Director must be willing to take on additional duties, as required.
Education and/or Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, business management, political science, governmental administration, marketing, or a related field is required, and an advanced degree is preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
A minimum of one (1) year mid-senior level organizational management experience, preferably in a nonprofit environment.
Experience in writing and managing grants, and demonstrated success as a fundraiser.
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and QuickBooks.
Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and ability in fiscal development and management, economic development, strategic planning, program development, human resource management, and public relations.
Ability to guide others toward EVA’s objectives and to facilitate consensus when faced with divisive issues.
Salary and benefits:
EVA offers a competitive salary, and an attractive benefit package, which are negotiable and subject to the selected applicant’s experience and qualifications.
Applications will be accepted until March 9, 2012. Interested candidates should forward their resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and a two-five page writing sample to:
Betsy Bergen, Esq.
Gibson, McAskill & Crosby, LLP
69 Delaware Avenue, Suite 900
Buffalo, New York 14202
Applications will also be accepted by email to email@example.com.
No phone calls, please.