WILMINGTON RENAISSANCE CORPORATION SEEKS A NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR
WRC and Our City
Wilmington Renaissance Corporation was founded in 1993 to create, develop and implement strategic initiatives to both serve and transform downtown Wilmington. Its mission is to increase the economic vitality of the city and strengthen Wilmington’s role as a center of cultural and civic activity statewide and in the region.
Over 25 years, WRC has been a major convener of large-scale, innovative projects. True transformers, we are a privately funded nonpartisan nonprofit working with a wide range of partners – investors, corporations and businesses, local citizens and government – with one overarching goal: “We bring big ideas to life.”
Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware and has long been a regional business and corporate center. The recent work of its many urban stakeholders has resulted in great economic, civic and cultural strides, and WRC is a pivotal player in the city’s expanding strength and profile. New technology, urban redevelopment, burgeoning downtown living options and a vivid cultural scene are all converging to create a renewed sense of community that embraces both longtime residents and newcomers.
Creative placemaking is transforming American cities, and WRC has been working in this field since our founding. In 2013 we intensified that work by adopting a major long-term project – the establishment of Wilmington’s downtown Creative District. The goal was – and still is – to intentionally leverage the power of creativity to serve our community’s interests while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation. This work builds quality of place, strengthens the character of a community and creates opportunity for all.
At WRC, we are passionate about this work, and the Creative District will continue to evolve over the next few years. But WRC has embraced several other citywide initiatives, and we seek a new leader to both continue our work and determine our future.
Overseeing a small but mighty organization of four full-time employees, four contractors and a budget of $1+million, the Managing Director (MD) is responsible for WRC projects and strategies. The position reports to a Board of business and civic leaders, with an opportunity for the successful candidate to create and implement the next “Big Ideas” for WRC and Wilmington.
As the organization’s spokesperson, s/he will be a nonpartisan leader in building citywide collaborations and cultivating partnerships, particularly with influential state and city stakeholders. The MD will also develop and implement a comprehensive and long-term funding strategy, establishing or strengthening relationships with potential funders.
Current WRC work includes a portfolio of projects and initiatives. WRC’s next leader will reinforce the work of its energetic team and maintain a culture of organizational effectiveness while also being an exemplary leader who provides both civic and organizational vision.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of projects brought to completion through partnerships, along with a combination of soft and technical skills to activate WRC’s strategic initiatives (developed with board and staff) resulting in “on the ground” progress. S/he should be able to undertake the day-to-day management of the organization.
The candidate will have knowledge of – or the appetite and ability to learn – all aspects of community and economic development, marketing and placemaking strategies. The position requires creativity and flexibility, as well as the ability to adapt to a variety of stakeholders’ needs and communicate successfully to all.
The candidate will possess the capacity to deal with a wide variety of individuals and strong interpersonal skills of listening, empathy and patience. S/he must be adaptable and able to effectively communicate with stakeholders across lines of race, class, education, generation and sexual orientation.
- The successful candidate must have a minimum 10 - 15 years demonstrated relevant experience in at least two of the areas in which WRC works: economic development, fundraising, community development, and/or public administration.
- The candidate will show progressively responsible management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required and a master’s degree is preferred.
- The candidate will need to be both forward and inward facing, self-directed and a self-starter. This ability must also translate to be an effective member of a team of people with a range of specialties and skill sets.
- The MD position demands exceptional organizational abilities and strong administrative skills, including superior writing and verbal communication.
- Delaware residency is required; Wilmington residency is preferred. Much of the work takes place in downtown Wilmington, and it is important that the candidate be intentional about actively participating in the community.
- The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to cultivate relationships in his/her community and to replicate those types of relationships quickly in Wilmington. Established relationships with major funders and government or community leaders in Wilmington and Delaware is preferred.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The starting salary range is $100,000 - $125,000. The position includes full benefits (health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance). There is no relocation allowance; reimbursement for interview travel expenses will be considered.
APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS:
Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Place the job title “Managing Director” in the subject line. Application may not be made by mail or phone. Cover letter should be addressed to Glenn Kocher, Search Committee Chair. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by August 31, 2018.
Candidates will be notified of their status in a timely fashion, and preliminary telephone interviews will take place in early to mid-September. Finalist candidates will be expected to provide references and a sample of professional or published writing, and will be subject to a background check and verifications.
Information about WRC at: www.bigideaswilmington.com.
It is recommended that candidates read the 2017 Annual Report, published in April for the Annual Meeting.
Information about Creative District Wilmington at www.creativedistrictwilm.com.
An overview of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley can be found on the website of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitwilmingtonde.com.