Executive Director - President of the Downtown Improvement District

Allen County, IN - Fort Wayne, IN


The Economic Improvement District for the Downtown Area of the City of Fort Wayne (The Downtown Improvement District or “D.I.D.”) is a quasi-governmental unit authorized by Indiana Code and the Fort Wayne Common Council that facilitates the undertaking of certain economic improvement projects and activities within the boundaries of the Fort Wayne downtown district. The D.I.D. is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors comprised of downtown property owners, downtown stakeholders, and representatives from the City of Fort Wayne and Allen County.

Our services improve the business climate of the district and allow property owners to more easily assess their own economic potential. The Downtown Improvement District partners with the City of Fort Wayne and a wide-variety of public, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations to make Downtown Fort Wayne ready for commerce as an attractive place to live, work and enjoy.

The D.I.D.’s mission statement is:
Advancing Downtown Fort Wayne as the vibrant, urban core of Northeast Indiana.

The Executive Director - President of the Downtown Improvement District directs, executes and provides leadership for all activities involving the D.I.D. to implement the Board of Directors’ strategic direction. The Executive Director - President will implement and execute financial, strategic and tactical plans, and the development and measurement of performance goals, while engaging the community through program development and organizational effectiveness. The Executive Director - President will promote a standard of excellence and will work to promote Downtown Fort Wayne as a welcoming and supportive ecosystem that is enjoyable, lively and friendly to its residents, workers and visitors. The Executive Director - President will be an energetic, results-oriented visionary professional who fosters an environment that facilitates positive growth where Districts stakeholders can flourish.

Minimum Requirements and Working Conditions

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Provides leadership in the development of the organization’s statement of vision, mission, goals and the corresponding strategies, business plans and budgets to achieve them.
Ensures the effective ratification of the organization’s annual Services Plan and the continued execution of its Ten-Year Operating Plan including the development of priority plans, performance measurements, management controls and critical success factors.
Ensures and maintains positive relationships with Downtown ratepayers and stakeholders by communicating the mission, vision, accomplishments and future goals of the D.I.D. while being responsive to their needs and input. This includes consistent presence on the street and in the offices of businesses within the District and at downtown events and meetings as a visible ambassador for Downtown.
Serves as the D.I.D’s primary spokesperson, representative and advocate for the ratepayers to external stakeholders and to the media.
Reviews and approves plans and budgets as part of the annual business planning and budgeting cycle and presents recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Develops, working with the Board and its committees, appropriate policy recommendations for effective governance.
Ensures that an annual business plan and budget are prepared for and presented to the Board and the Fort Wayne Common Council in compliance with the requirements established by state statute and city ordinance.
Provides a President’s report at board meetings as needed.
Hires, rewards, disciplines, terminates and sets the remunerations of all employees except for the position of Executive Director - President in accordance with policy and/or budgets approved by the Board of Directors and with guidance from the board’s executive committee.
Plays a major role in facilitating public/private partnerships to support the Downtown Blueprint, Public Realm and Comprehensive Plan and other plans as adapted by the Fort Wayne Common Council.
Participates personally or by delegation, in community activities dealing with issues of concern to the D.I.D.
Performs all other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Bachelor’s degree and/or significant experience in communications, marketing, business, or a related field and non-profit or small business governance; urban planning or economic development experience preferred with an understanding of local government operations
Public service attitude with an entrepreneurial spirit
Operational and internal performance management experience
Human resource management experience with proven track record of success in teambuilding
Leadership skills that motivate employees through empowerment, integrity and action
Financial acumen including budget planning and management
Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and program management
Excellent verbal and written communications skills including public speaking
Ability to play a leading role as the governing board develops its leadership capacity through strong executive support to the Board of Directors as a whole and to its Committees
Knowledgeable about various aspects of the function of the D.I.D. and familiarity with the region
Government relations experience and political savvy
Experience in multiple disciplinary teams and diverse cultures
Previous media training an asset
Community involvement history
Strong computer skills with the ability to use Microsoft Office and other computer software (proficiency with Social Media an asset)