Open Position: Executive Director of Towerside
The Towerside Innovation District (“Towerside”) seeks a full time Executive Director to lead advocacy and implementation of Towerside’s vision for a mixed-use community-focused Innovation District at the heart of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Towerside currently has one staff member, a board, and a track record of raising money and getting projects done. Towerside is a young organization so Executive Director candidates should be strategic problem solvers who learn quickly and who will bring enthusiasm and passion to communicating and implementing Towerside’s vision.
Towerside will accept applications on a rolling basis and will begin reviewing applications on June 13. The Executive Director’s starting salary will be between $82,000 and $92,000, depending on qualifications. Benefits provided. The expected start date is July, 2018. The position is initially grant-supported for two years with potential for a third-year extension.
Diversity and Equity is one of Towerside’s values and Towerside is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Towerside will request contact information for three professional references—including supervisors—from candidates invited to a second interview.
Background on Towerside
Towerside is a 370-acre designated Innovation District at the heart of the Twin Cities’ 3.5-million-person metro area. The Innovation District extends from the University of Minnesota on the west to the Creative Enterprise Zone on the east spanning two cities and two counties.
The community-born vision for this district called for capitalizing on its incredibly rich concentration of assets—the University of Minnesota, its medical and research complex, three Green Line LRT stations, two thriving neighborhoods—by creating a high-intensity, high density mix of places and spaces where working, living, and innovation come together in an equitable, diverse, and sustainable community.
Seeking to become a new replicable model of urban redevelopment rooted in district-wide systems for energy, stormwater management, parking, and connected public realm, the Towerside Innovation District was formed to enable community stakeholders and facilitate the vision. As a community and economic development framework, Towerside includes a wide array of partners including higher education institutions, landowners, businesses, government, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood groups. Towerside creates framework guidelines, finds early capital to support the district-wide infrastructure systems, and advances this vision with potential investors, developers, and the neighborhoods.
To learn more about Towerside, please visit https://towerside.wordpress.com.
Executive Director: Position Description & Accountabilities
The Executive Director will provide staff and organizational leadership and—working with the board of directors, members, neighborhoods, the community, businesses, government agencies, and others—implement the overall vision of the Towerside Innovation District.
The Executive Director will be expected to develop and implement Towerside’s strategic plans, including aligning short-term and long-term objectives; establishing and maintaining strong relationships with diverse community stakeholders, government, and private sector partners; setting and modeling the organization’s culture and values; building and leading a high-performing team; and leading all operations and business activities to produce program, financial, and other results consistent with the organization’s overall mission.
The Executive Director will report to the Towerside Innovation District board of directors and will be supervised by the full board through clearly-established performance expectations.
Accountabilities include, but are not limited to:
• Set the direction of the organization and using vision and resources to lead to success.
• Maximize implementation of Towerside’s vision across issue areas (health, equity, environment, learning, arts, economic, research, learning), including and especially prior to the establishment of land use and other formal public requirements and incentives.
• Lead and balance the interests of Towerside’s multifaceted coalition.
• Represent Towerside in dealings with a variety of outside organizations, including advocating and building support for Towerside’s vision among public sector entities (including the City of Minneapolis, the City of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council).
• Communicate, interact, and build relationships with businesses, citizens, real estate developers, diverse cultural constituencies and civic groups, government agencies, and news media on formal and informal bases.
• Create strategies and advocate for tools that require private real estate developments and public investments within Towerside to be congruent with Towerside’s vision; work with public sector partners to create a set of financial and process incentives for developers and businesses to implement Towerside’s vision in their projects.
• Manage staff and build a positive and productive work environment.
• Commitment to the entire community; ability to build and maintain relationships with decision makers, many diverse constituencies, business leaders, and community members from all walks of life alike.
• Strong storytelling and advocacy skills, both in writing & verbally—an ability to convey complex ideas and capture imagination.
• Adept at successful creative and strategic problem solving.
• Passionate about your work.
• Collaborative and emotionally intelligent.
• Financial, management, and negotiation experience.