Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. seeks an energized and motivated individual to serve as Executive Director of the newly formed organization.
This full-time, salaried position requires excellent organizational, multi-tasking and park management abilities, a high level of attention to detail, strong communication skills, budget management experience, fundraising and business experience, flexibility, a good sense of humor and a general comfort level working with diverse groups of people. A willingness to work nights and weekends is also necessary.
This position reports directly to the Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. Executive Committee and will be evaluated annually based on the organizaton’s success.
Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. is a public-private partnership between the City of Greensboro, Center City Park and LeBauer Park. The mission of GDPI is to serve as the executive management of Greensboro’s downtown parks, focusing public activation, maintenance, financial well-being and overall vitality.
Center City Park and LeBauer Park, are a combined 5 acre urban green space that serves as the central gathering place for Greensboro’s residents and visitors in a setting that is both relaxed and lively. Parks feature outstanding public art, recreational equipment and facilities for children, athletic spaces for people of all ages, educational and learning environments, café dining and artistic performance spaces.
LeBauer Park and Center City Park are owned by the City of Greensboro, but managed by a public-private partnership between the City of Greensboro and GDPI.
The Executive Director Role
The Executive Director of GDPI will provide leadership as the Parks’ public facing representative in the Greater Greensboro community. He or she will lead the management, operation, programming, and promotion of the parks. He or she will, among other things, lead (1) manage the efficiency and effectiveness of park maintenance, sanitation, and security; (2)manage and evaluate the quality of park programming; (3) oversee park finances; (4) promote the parks, and handle problems, in the media and other public fora; (5) target, negotiate, and finalize sponsorship deals with Greensboro and non-Greensboro corporations; (6) handle the parks’ relationship with government at all levels; (7) generate new ideas for improving the quality of the parks;
(8) mentor young staff and develop a strong organization; (9) manage all internal personnel issues; (10) insure effective internal communication among the non-profit’s staff members.
To achieve these objectives, the ideal candidate must bring to GDPI: a keen sense of detail, the ability to critique one’s own ideas and the ideas of colleagues, the skills to negotiate with corporations and government officials, an ability to be the public face of a high-profile organization, the management skills to run a non-profit organization that has a variety of operating goals and high standards for quality in park sanitation, security and capital maintenance.
Detailed responsibilities may include the following:
As a part of GDP’s reliance on private sector funding, the Executive Director will be responsible for targeting corporations that might be interested in sponsorship deals. He or she will also be responsible for negotiating these deals, and managing ongoing relationships with the sponsors. The Executive Director will also be responsible for managing relations with the operators of restaurants, other concessions, markets, and any other enterprises doing business within GDPI.
The parks are the property of the City of Greensboro, and the Executive Director will be responsible for insuring that the GDPI has an excellent relationship with city government. This will likely mean frequent meetings with elected and appointed city officials.
The Executive Director will be responsible for working with the GDP’s controller to insure that GDP is financially sound. This will include analyzing opportunities for reduced expenses, creating additional sources of revenue, making sure bills are paid, and making sure any payments owed to GDP are received.
Managing the operation of GDP itself will be the responsibility of the Executive Director. This will include recruiting and training new staff members, designing internal work flows, overseeing payroll, and insuring efficiency in operations and communication.
Programming and Events
The parks are designed to be active public spaces that are vibrant as a result of constant, everyday programming. These daily programs can range from fitness classes to chess tournaments to poetry readings to knitting circles. The Executive Director will be responsible for insuring that the programs are run well. He or she will also be responsible for evaluating whether they are effective at generating high visitor counts.
The Executive Director will also work with the non-profit’s staff to generate ideas for new programs. Large events, such as concerts and festivals, will also likely take place in the parks. The Executive Director will be responsible for attracting, negotiating funding for, and managing these events.
Security and Sanitation
Making sure the parks are clean and safe is foremost among the Executive Director’s duties. Frequent inspections of the parks will be a significant part of the Executive Director’s responsibilities. Should problems arise, the Executive Director will be expected to develop new strategies to combat them.
The parks will feature elaborate horticultural displays and a lawn, and the Executive Director will be responsible for evaluating the use of these features by park visitors and for the quality of plant maintenance.
The Executive Director will be the public face of GDPI and will be responsible for promoting it in Greensboro and across the country. This will entail interviews with newspapers and magazines, attendance at community meetings and events, and engaging board members and donors. It will also involve responding to criticism and controversy in public forum.
Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for at least two professional references to:
Cecelia Thompson, Board Chair
Action Greensboro, 203 S Church Street, Greensboro NC 27401
Review of applications will begin 1/9/17 and will continue until position is filled.
Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.