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.
Jamaica, NY Set to See New State Park in 2019
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a new skate park is in the works for Jamaica, NY.
The 407-acre park will stretch 3.5 miles along the water and is set to open in 2019. This area of Jamaica has never been open to the public before. It used to be a burial ground for the public's trash, littered for miles with filth and garbage. But now, it will be polished up and made new.
According to Cuomo, "$15 million will be spent building trails, paths, restrooms, concessions and shaded areas for walkers, joggers, bikers, kayakers, fishermen and the like."
Compared to the less than 15 minute wait time at most Urgent Care centers, it may seem like this park is a lifetime away. But 2019 is closer than you think, and the plans for this park look beautiful.
This former dump will soon be a beacon of beauty. The people of Jamaica will have a great place to get outside, exercise, and enjoy mother nature. Plus, if local skaters are strapped for cash -- they can search for nearby call center jobs.Most opportunities pay a per-talk-minute rate, so the more calls someone takes, the more they earn. For example, someone can earn as much as $200 per week working only 20 hours.
An environmental education center is also expected to go up in this new park, which is set out to be the largest state park that New York City has ever seen.
Although this area has a negative stigma attached to it because of the amount of trash that used to float around at all times, there are already some pretty amazing features that belong to the area. The bay offers an abundant resource for fishing. For more than two centuries, fishing and oyster harvesting have flourished in this Jamaica bay. This will hopefully act as a great attraction to the park once it is established next year.
Talks of this new state park have been happening for quite some time now. Since 2002, the city of New York has been working hard to cap and cover up land fills with "4 feet of earth, and planting more than 35,000 trees and shrubs, along with prairie grasses," says AM New York. This park will certainly contribute to those efforts.