The Downtown Jamaica Partnership (DJP) Board of Directors, in conjunction with Perch Advisors, is currently recruiting for the Downtown Jamaica Partnership’s next Executive Director.
About the Downtown Jamaica Partnership (DJP):
The DJP is a newly formed Business Improvement District (BID) from the merger of three local BIDs: the Jamaica Center BID, Sutphin Avenue BID, and 165th Street Mall. The Downtown Jamaica Partnership hosts more than 600 businesses, services the commercial area through thousands of hours of supplemental sanitation services, involves the community through events and promotional support for businesses, and advocates on behalf of neighborhood business owners. The combined assessment is $1.35MM. For more information on the DJP, please visit www.jamaica.nyc.
About the Position:
The next DJP Executive Director is a strong leader who will enable the future BID to realize its next stage of impact - with innovation and execution of public space management programs and projects, sanitation and beautification, business advocacy, and marketing and events programs. The ideal candidate is a bold leader with a vision for Jamaica’s future as a commercial district that welcomes new visitors, shoppers, businesses and residents to its thriving business district. The next Executive Director will exhibit the qualities of a savvy relationship builder, innovative problem solver, dynamic manager, and inclusive leader.
The Executive Director will report directly to the Board of Directors and be responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the DJP with the following skills:
DJP Leadership, Management, and Administration
* Oversee administration of the DJP including active management of the staff, contracts, vendors and programs.
* Create and maintain systems and processes to ensure the effective management of the DJP’s administrative, financial, and street-level operations.
* Oversee fiscal management including developing budgets (programming, administration, and operations), timely payment processing, and regular reporting.
* Lead and manage all aspects of the newly merged Board of Directors, including regular Board meetings, committee meetings, and related work.
* Ensure a strong pipeline of prospective Board Members and other DJP supporters and partners.
* Leveraging networks and leading with inclusivity, the next DJP leader will be an expert in relationship building and will manage all significant stakeholder relationships including but not limited to businesses, commercial property owners, developers, community board members/leaders, elected officials, city agencies, anchor institutions (such as the Queens Public Library and local universities), and other key people and organizations as identified.
* Identify opportunities for funding/sponsorship that align with the DJP’s goals and priorities including public grants, philanthropic investments, and corporate sponsorships.
* Develop materials for fundraising including grant applications, and sponsorship packages, submissions, and outcomes tracking.
* Develop and execute on fundraising goals of the organization, in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
* Position the DJP for future funding opportunities related to the growth of Downtown Jamaica.
Board of Directors and Stakeholder Engagement
* Develop deep working relationships with the DJP’s Board of Directors, lead board meetings, and support the Board in developing and executing on its vision and mission.
* Be acutely attuned to the community’s needs, dynamics, and pressing issues by engaging community stakeholders, businesses, property owners, and other important partners.
* Develop and expand the understanding of key business issues.
* Proactively work with business owners, staff and stakeholders to support Jamaica’s businesses.
* Regularly and consistently advocate for Jamaica businesses and ensure that commercial interests are expressed, amplified and receive timely responses.
* Chief cheerleader and promoter of Jamaica as a destination - with a focus on attracting new visitors, shoppers, residents, businesses and resources.
* In concert with the staff and board, develop a strong vision for Downtown Jamaica that is reflective of the community.
* Ensure programs, events, marketing and promotion efforts align with the stated vision, and that each are aimed at supporting businesses and attracting shoppers and visitors
Experience and Qualifications Requested:
* 5 + years of non-profit community or economic development background
* Familiarity and understanding of Southeast Queens, Jamaica, and nearby communities
* Exceptional people-management skills, relationship-building, and networking skills
* Demonstrated practice navigating complex stakeholder engagements
* Proficiency in digital administration platforms (ie, Google Workspace, Microsoft Office), graphic design platforms and database management
* A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree in urban planning, public administration, management, or a related field is strongly preferred
* Strong and proven track record of fundraising in both the public and private sector
* Strong organizational skills, and the ability to balance and prioritize high-pressure and time- sensitive projects to meet required deadlines
* Excellent written and public (speaking) /communication skills
* Creative approach to program development and future initiatives
* Background in managing public space and capital improvement projects
* Understanding of New York City government, roles of elected officials and City agencies, and a working knowledge of Business Improvement Districts in the context of neighborhood development in NYC;
This is a full-time position with flexibility. Occasional nights and weekends are required.
Salary range: $125,000 - $150,000 annually depending on experience. Benefits package including generous PTO and health insurance available.
How to Apply:
No phone calls, please. Email your resume, cover letter with salary expectations, and a relevant writing sample to: [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Please do not contact the DJP office directly regarding this employment opportunity.
The Downtown Jamaica Partnership is an EEO employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Locally-based Southeast Queens candidates are encouraged to apply.
Jamaica’s Three Downtown Business Improvement Districts are joining forces!
To streamline services, reduce unnecessary administrative overhead, maximize efficiency and better serve our business community, Jamaica’s three downtown BIDs are joining.
How? In June of 2022, City Legislation was passed to create one singular business improvement district for downtown Jamaica. One nonprofit organization will administer services within the newly-united district. This organization will have a Board of Directors comprised of local property owners, businesses, residents, and City-appointed officials as dictated by local NYC Business Improvement District (BID) Law.
When? Right now! The legislation will go into effect on 1/1/23 and the prior BID boundaries will dissolve. NYC’s Department of Small Business Services (also known as SBS - the City agency that creates and oversees the City’s BID network) will be assembling a Board of Directors. SBS will assist this new Board through the process of developing bylaws, a new budget, and program priorities to benefit the business district.
For more information on this process and SBS’s timeline, please contact the agency directly here.
Who is Providing Supplemental Sanitation? Sutphin Boulevard BID now holds the current City contract with SBS to provide supplemental Sanitation Services on Jamaica Avenue from 169th Street to Sutphin Boulevard and on Union Hall from Jamaica Avenue to Archer. Contact Sutphin Boulevard BID for more information: www.sutphinblvdbid.org.
How Can I Stay Connected/Learn More? More information will be shared as it becomes available.
Sidewalk Sales Days This Weekend July 12 - 14 and July 19 - 21!
Sidewalk Sales Days, a favorite warm weather activity, are back for the second weekend in June on Jamaica Avenue July 12 -14 and July 19 - 21! Shoppers and business owners learn more and download the permit here!
Photo Credit NYC Department of Small Business Services
FREE!! Instagram Workshop for Small Business Owners
Come learn how to set up your business Instagram page, take appealing pictures, attract customers, use hashtags effectively, and more!
Bonus: Learn how to list your business on Google Maps!!
When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 9AM - 11AM Where: Queens Library Central, 89-11 Merrick Blvd Limited spots so RSVP here: Questions? Email: [email protected]
The Jamaica BID’s Public Art Opportunity
The Jamaica Center Improvement Association was awarded an Active Arts Public Art Grant, and is inviting artists to submit their qualifications for consideration. The selected artist will engage with the community to produce a one-year long temporary, large-scale ground mural installation for the newly-activated Parsons Blvd. Public Space, (btw. Jamaica Avenue & Archer Avenue) in Downtown Jamaica.
Submissions of qualifications are due to the Jamaica Center BID by July 11th, 2018. Please send submissions to [email protected].
Shop in the #JamaicaBID district this weekend for Fab Stealz and Dealz during Sidewalk Sale Days – Friday, July 6th thru Sunday, July 8th.
The Jamaica BID Sidewalk Sale Days Program is a weekend of deals and fabulous finds on Jamaica Avenue! These are the only dates and times businesses are permitted to display merchandise outside, including hanging items from awnings and/or canopies.
Merchandise, racks, tables and /or hangers cannot extend more than three  feet from the building. Sidewalk Sale Days are only permitted along Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Blvd. to 169th St. including Union Hall Street.
Businesses displaying merchandise outside of Non-Sidewalk Sale Days will be ticketed, or possible confiscation of merchandise.
On Friday, June 15th the Jamaica BID held the 7th Annual Jamaica Just My Style Fashion Event, at Jamaica Performing Arts Center. The event bringing together influence's for an evening of fashion, wine tasting and entertainment.
The BID thanks all of our Sponsors, Jamaica Avenue Retailers, Vendors, and the Community for making the 7th Annual JJMS Fashion Event, another success....See you next year!
Jamaica NOW Leadership Council Survey
As a part of the project, we are inviting you to be a part of a survey about living, working, and going to school in Jamaica Queens. Survey insights, along with stakeholder meetings, statistical reports, and workshops are key to developing a compelling brand and positioning strategy for Jamaica Queens.
Attached you will find the flyer for the survey which should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey can found online at: JamaicaQueens. All information will be confidential and all identifying information is removed before we analyze the results.
The council would appreciate your participation and assistance to promote the survey. The survey will close, July 11th.
We look forward to using this information to make Jamaica, Queens an even better place to live, work and play in the future.
Jamaica Just My Style Fashion Event
Friday, June 15thfrom 6pm to 9pm, Downtown Jamaica will be the ultimate style destination with the BID's 7th Annual #JJMS... "Jamaica Just My Style" Fashion Event", showcasing special styles from popular businesses on Jamaica Avenue, our featured designer, Michi Knitwear, by Michele Walden Mcphee from Queens, and introducing Destiny Johnson, Queens up and coming R&B Hip-Hop Artist, with Special Guest Host, "Roxanne Roxanne", Queens First Female Rap Star.
Jamaica "Just My Style" Fashion Event" is part of the Jamaica Center BID's ongoing effort to promote Downtown Jamaica as a fashion, arts, cultural and shopping destination. In its seventh year, Jamaica "Just My Style" Fashion Event" will bring over 400 influencers and the community together to experience the positive and rich culture of Downtown Jamaica.....RSVP NOWHERE!
Artsite: Public Art Commissioning In Jamaica & Jackson Heights
The Jamaica BID is bringing Public Art to Downtown Jamaica, through the Artsite Commissioning Program.
The Jamaica BID ArtSite is looking to activate spaces throughout both Jamaica and Jackson Heights, Queens through a series of temporary public art installations. ArtSite will award 8 artists with a commission of $4,500 each to create temporary public art in these communities. Artwork and mediums can range anywhere from murals to performances that illuminate Jamaica and Jackson Heights as vibrant cultural hubs and illustrate how art can transform a community.
A key goal of ArtSite is to empower local artists to engage on a local level, understanding that they can be a catalyst for change. QCA, along with its partners, the Jamaica Center BID in Jamaica and the 82nd Street BID in Jackson Heights, seek to create a self-sustaining supportive art culture in these communities.
ArtSite aims to establish an ecosystem of local artists and art producers to create new work that reflects the diverse cultural stories particular to the communities of Jamaica and Jackson Heights. By allowing the artists to partner and create a dialogue with the local business community, we can reinvent the external perceptions of these two communities as sources of inspiration and epicenters of the new America canon of dance, theatre, music, art, etc.
Save-the-Date: All Nations Apostolic Tabernacle Annual Health Fair
Save-the-Date: Saturday, July 21st 9am-6pm, All Nations Apostolic Tabernacle Annual Health Fair, on the church grounds, at 89-28 Parsons Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11432.
The Jamaica BID is excited to Co-Sponsor, All Nations Apostolic Tabernacle Annual Health Fair Block Party, Saturday, July 21st 9am to 6pm, bringing health and wellness to the community of Downtown Jamaica.
The purpose of our annual Health Fair is to provide access and a variety of services to the community, in which our Church (ANAT) serves. Our location within a multicultural Jamaica, Queens’s demography affords us a rich tapestry of cultures. Throughout the day our resource tables are actively providing multilingual information/incentives to families from cultures such as Latino, Hindu, Asian, Caribbean, African, European, and African-American.
ANAT stands firmly and believes that the multicultural families in the Jamaica community trust the Annual Health Fair with: information tables, check their eyes for glaucoma, do hypertension screening, cholesterol and blood sugar testing, Prostate screening, neurology screening, Breast cancer education, check tables with healthy food choices, donate blood or stop to listen to our music and our choir, and to visit the Fire House. ANAT members assist in distributing packages of goodies including but not limited to yogurt, nutritional supplements, natural alternative sweeteners, or literature.
On an annual basis, ANAT links with the following community-based organizations that support ANAT with their professional services, give-a-ways, and technical information and literature from: Cornel University Cooperative Extension Unit, New York City Child Enforcement Agency, New York City Department of Aging, New York City Department of Health Early Intervention Program, New York Fire Department, New York City Human Resources Administration Office of Food Stamp, New York City Police Department, New York University Pediatric and Adult Dental Unit, New York Blood Bank, Visiting Nurse Services, and St. Francis Hospital.
To Participate In The Community Street Fair, Register HERE