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.
COVID-19 Info for Businesses
This page was last updated on 12/27/21. Items are subject to change and we cannot guarantee up-to-the-minute updates. It is your responsibility as a business to follow government directives and stay abreast of the news and changing regulations.
From the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, our BID administered a page of covid resources (grants, loans, regulations, etc. ) for our business community, which was updated at least biweekly, and more often as new information surfaced. Moving forward, please sign up to our e-newsletter at Jamaica.nyc and our social media accounts [Instagram: @jamcenterbid, Facebook: Jamaica Avenue, Twitter: @JamCenterBID] to receive this type of up to the minute information.
LATEST COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT INFORMATION
Vaccination Requirement: Key to NYC
Children ages 5 to 11 are now required to have proof of vaccination for the public indoor activities described further below. They must show they have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
On December 27, people 12 and older participating in the below public indoor activities will be required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Starting January 29, 2022, children ages 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination.
People 5 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for:
Indoor dining Includes restaurants, catering halls, hotel banquet rooms, bars, nightclubs, cafeterias, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, grocery stores with indoor dining and other indoor dining spaces
Indoor fitness Includes gyms, fitness centers, fitness classes, pools, dance studios and other indoor fitness studios, such as yoga or Pilates
Indoor entertainment and certain meeting spaces Includes movie theaters, music and concert venues, museums, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, hotel meeting and event spaces, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, pool and billiard halls, recreational game centers, adult entertainment and indoor play areas
People 18 and older are also required to show identification along with their proof of vaccination. These requirements — called the Key to NYC — also means employees working at these locations must be vaccinated.
To report a location that is not following these requirements, call 311.
Information for Businesses
Businesses must verify each worker’s proof of vaccination starting December 27. Learn about the options for checking and recording proof of vaccination at nyc.gov/vaxtowork.
Non-employee workers, such as contractors, must provide vaccination proof to their employers. Businesses may request that a contractor’s employer confirm proof of vaccination. Businesses must then keep a log of these requests and the confirmations they receive. More information about the types of records that are permitted can be found at nyc.gov/vaxtowork.
By December 27, businesses must complete a certificate affirming they are in compliance with this requirement and post it in a public place. You can find a downloadable certificate at nyc.gov/vaxtowork.
Businesses should be prepared to make their records available for inspection.
FREE BUSINESS COUNSELING
Many government and nonprofit organizations offer FREE counseling to businesses—both in terms of regular business operations as well as covid-19 business recovery:
New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS): SBS, the City’s own agency dedicated to helping New York City’s small business community has Small Business Solutions within each borough dedicated to helping businesses start, operate and grow. The Queens Small Business Solutions Center is located in downtown Jamaica on Sutphin Boulevard. They can assist minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) get City-certified and compete for contracts, connecting entrepreneurs to free resources ranging from business courses to legal services, explaining government rules and regulations, and helping entrepreneurs apply for funding to launch or grow a business. Call 311 to schedule an appointment with the Jamaica location.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on the York College Campus: SBDC’s are federally-funded/run small business support centers that provide a wealth of counseling services. Right now the York campus SBDC has a robust training program to help businesses bridge the digital divide and get their business online. They can also help apply for forgiveness for PPP loans, identify other loans and grants, create a business plan and more.
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) is a nonprofit community development corporation and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that can help Queens businesses navigate government programs, apply for loans and alternative financing, create a business plan and more. They have special expertise in working with MWBE and industrial businesses as well.
Additional resources for free business advisory, classes and advocacy in Queens:
Open Storefronts Have Been Extended Through September 30, 2021
The Open Storefronts program assists existing ground-floor storefront businesses who want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis. The program allows eligible businesses to conduct activity on sidewalks, on roadways in the Open Streets: Restaurants program, or a combination of both. In addition to businesses engaged in retail trade, repair stores, personal care services, and dry-cleaning and laundry services are able to use outdoor space for seating, queuing, or display of dry goods. The program also allows businesses to sell pre-packaged food on sidewalks and restaurants to use sidewalks for take-out orders. For a list of eligible retail activities, please visit Open Storefronts FAQ 2.
The Open Storefronts program extended through September 30, 2021.
Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Grant Applications
We are happy to share that the Department of Small Business Services' phase 2 of the Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Grant applications are now open. If you are a small business or property owner in the Downtown Jamaica area who is interested in this grant opportunity, please visit the Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Application & Guidelinespages.
You can find more information about the program on the SBS website here.
If interested, please direct all questions to [email protected]. The deadline for this grant opportunity is September 30.