Downtown Kenosha, Inc.
The Executive Director is tasked to lead and manage community stakeholders, developers and businesses to invest in projects and activities that sustain and increase the value of Downtown Kenosha. The Executive Director carries out this function by implementing the Downtown Strategic Plan as adopted by the City of Kenosha in 2012. The Executive Director provides direction and support to downtown revitalization strategies. These programs are designed to stimulate, retain and support downtown businesses and development. This position serves as the main point of contact to Downtown Kenosha, Inc.’s Main Street program for the City of Kenosha.
- Manage administrative responsibilities, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development, accounting, and reporting required by the DKI Board of Directors, the supporting funding agents including the BID, the state Main Street program the National Main Street organization, including the preparation of reports to these funding agencies.
- Build and maintain strong relationship with Downtown businesses, partners, sponsors, and donors, civic and governmental entities.
- Implement a deliberate and documented annual action plan that includes goals consistent with the Downtown Strategic Plan.
- These goals should be specific, measurable, realistic, timed and scheduled as well as agreed upon by the Board and community stakeholders that directly support the downtown.
- The annual action plan includes a business retention program to provide an audit/reporting of existing business performance and number of net, new businesses.
- The business retention program includes a performance goal to meet with at least twenty-five and up to fifty businesses annually, document and track downtown business performance to provide a basis for deploying/leveraging resources for targeted businesses in the downtown.
- The annual action plan also includes goals and strategies to attract new businesses into the Downtown including participation in the Kenosha County Retail Strategy.
- Refer, follow-up with and/or deploy appropriate resources (KABA, Chamber, WWBIC) for start- ups and expanding businesses, to leverage support for the continued improvement of new and existing businesses investing downtown including the management of the façade program.
- Per the Wisconsin Main Street guidelines, support chairpersons of the committees associated with DKI, to lead/report progress re: Design, Promotion, Economic Vitality committees (or goals associated with those committees) to the DKI Board of Directors routinely.
- Coordinate all DKI Board of Director meetings, developing agendas, support materials, scorecard and pertinent information demonstrating progress and consistent with the action plan and provided in a timely manner in anticipation of meetings scheduled.
- Maintain and be accountable to an appropriate record keeping system, budgets, business/job creation reports, downtown property database and Main Street reporting guidelines as required.
- Develop, maintain, secure funds for downtown including initiating investment, campaigns and partnerships designed to meet the financial goals of DKI.
- Energetic, entrepreneurial, dynamic, accountable, and measured.
- Demonstrated professional with a strong work ethic.
- Self-starter who is capable of validating past management experience.
- Knowledge of economic development best practices, historic preservation knowledge desired.
- High-degree of professional acumen, including strong customer service and communicative skills.
- Desire to provide quality over quantity and to convey realistic, yet progressively positive outcomes consistent with the expectations of the Board of
- Directors and community stakeholders and businesses directly supporting the program.
- Commitment to improving the downtown community by working with businesses, volunteers, Kenosha County, City Council and Mayor’s offices, non-profits and community stakeholders.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience in areas of Business Administration, Economics, Planning, Marketing and/or Communications.
- Professional accreditation in areas mentioned above to validate graduating levels of attainment and/or continued progress in field of interest pertinent to the position’s requirements.
- 3-5 years of experience in community, business and/or economic development is strongly desired.
Key Performance Indicators
- Judgment: shows acumen and ability to make strong decisions, is analytic.
- Leadership: sets self as a positive example: upholds the mission and vision of DKI, empowers others to do the same.
- Relationships: deliberately seeks out others: builds and maintains strong working relationships to meet set goals of DKI.
- Results: understands tangible progress: builds trust and documents outcomes.
- Communication: available and conveys top priorities: communicates effectively with DKI Board of Directors and community stakeholders.
Compensation and Benefits
- Full time position with benefits including Health, Dental and partial Retirement benefit.
- Salary is commensurate with education, skill and experience level.
- The DKI Board of Directors will disclose range of salary and details of benefits to finalists selected for the position.