UPDATED: Pensacola DIB Seeks Qualified Candidates to Apply for the Executive Director Position

Posted: Aug 03, 2020 06:12 pm Updated: Oct 18, 2023 12:25 am


Downtown Pensacola, Florida:

Pensacola, Florida is known for its laid-back, coastal way-of-life, long and storied history and diverse culture. Pensacola’s downtown is full of historic sites—virtually every brick sidewalk and city park is directly connected to America’s earliest colonization. Historic Pensacola, made up of 28 sites, structures, programs and exhibits in Downtown Pensacola including the Pensacola Museum of Commerce and the Pensacola Museum of Art—is managed by the University of West Florida to preserve local history for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the public. 

Contrasting and complementing downtown’s rich history is an eclectic mix of chic shops, modern galleries and trendy restaurants dotting historic Palafox Street, the main downtown thoroughfare that the American Planning Association named one of America’s “10 Great Streets.” Gourmet food trucks, water views and award-winning fine dining coexist, while relaxed Southern-style sums up the unique shopping atmosphere among crape myrtle-lined streets and shaded city parks. On Saturdays, a fresh farmer’s market, Palafox Market, serves up locally harvested vegetables, fruits, honey and goods. 


The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board:

The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is an independent state agency funded by a special tax levy on properties within its district boundaries. The district consists of 40 blocks that encompass the urban core of downtown Pensacola, Florida. The DIB exists to continue the removal of commercial blight, enhance property values, encourage economic development, attract commercial and residential development into the urban core, and beautify Downtown Pensacola. 


Downtown Improvement Board Executive Director:

The Executive Director is the senior professional employee who performs administrative and professional work in directing and coordinating the activities of the Downtown Improvement Board. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors (“Board”) and serves at the pleasure of the Board. The Executive Director has responsibility for leadership, oversight and daily supervision for the operations of the DIB. This includes (but is not limited to) budgeting, planning, marketing, and policy formulation as well as direct supervision of DIB staff. The Executive Director represents the organization throughout the community.


The Executive Director is responsible for directly reporting to the Board all financial and operational matters and for implementation of board policy. The Executive Director also acts as Secretary to the Board. The Executive Director shall perform all such other duties and functions as may be required by Board directive or through DIB bylaws.


General Duties and Responsibilities, including but not limited to the following:


  • Coordinates and implements approved programs including strategic planning, and related program activities and major events.
  • Oversees the daily operations/activities of the DIB office including financial administration of the approved budget, and development and maintenance of administrative procedures, including purchasing. As a taxing entity, the DIB generates public funds for the majority of its revenue, which requires fiscal management of public funds.
  • Attends all meetings of the Board, all meetings of the various committees and provides staff support and guidance to the Board, insuring minutes are kept and distributed in a timely fashion.
  • Maintains a complete membership address listing of all businesses in the DIB.
  • Establishes and maintains an effective contact network through liaison/interface with key individuals, organizations, government agencies and special interest groups in order to promote the interests of the DIB, demonstrating initiative and proactive.
  • Coordinates yearly program of work and budget submission to the DIB.
  • Serves as spokesperson for the DIB with the media on matters of Board policy and initiates. Serves as the primary spokesperson on DIB programs.
  • Develops and conducts on-going awareness and education programs designed to enhance community understanding of the DIB goals.
  • Attends conferences and training sessions and remains current (state of the art) with professional material and standards.


Contacts: DIB Staff. Continuous contacts with DIB Staff and responsible for developing and supervising a cohesive team-oriented approach to meeting the DIB’s primary goals including the hiring, terminating, promoting and/or demoting of DIB Staff. Additionally, the Executive Director shall complete written annual evaluations for each of the DIB Staff by the last day of the eleventh (11th) month of the Term of this Agreement using an evaluation form prepared by the Executive Director and approved by the Board.


Customers: Routine interaction with community leaders, officials and business leaders. Contacts with walk-ins, telephone inquiries and members of the community, thus requiring courteous, professional communication.


Volunteers: Routinely interacts with volunteers to ensure successful accomplishment of DIB programs and policy implementation.


Accountability: The Executive Director reports directly to the Board. Assigned work is performed independently and individual must be proactive, exercise initiative and judgment in the performance of duties. Responsibility for determining urgency and priority of workload. Duties and responsibilities involve weekends and evenings, requiring flexibility in working hours.


Required Qualifications: Education and professional experience should include one or more of the following: marketing, communications, economic development, public administration, city planning, historic preservation, or small business development. Graduation from a 4-year college or university and two years related experience.


Job Knowledge/Skills. Experience working with volunteer boards, committees, coordinating events and activities and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and municipal officials. The ability to manage multiple tasks with time constraints is frequent. Knowledge of principles and practices of downtown management; ability to operate computer software programs, including word processing and database. Ability to communicate effectively orally and to produce written materials.


Physical Demands: Work is generally performed in an office setting which requires sitting for periods of time, often interrupted with telephone calls, interspersed with staff, volunteer or member visits. Occasional light lifting up to 25 pounds.


Send Resumes to: Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board, 226 S. Palafox Place, Suite 106 Pensacola FL 32502


NOTE: All expressions of interest and resumes must be received at above address by 5:00 pm CST on Friday August 14, 2020 to be considered for this position. Resumes received after this time will not be considered.

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