Executive Director of Waterfront Operations

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SUMMARY: Under general supervision, is responsible for the successful preservation and destination development of the Waterfront Commons (Waterfront) through strategic asset protection programs, landscape design, and long-term financial planning.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Participates with the City, CRA and other stakeholders in implementing the vision and strategic plan of the Waterfront. The plan includes the design and construction of new attractions including but not limited to major art sculptures, a state of the art children’s play and educational area, redesign and construction of an amphitheater, a dog park, new restaurant facilities, and other attractions and facilities. The plan also contemplates fundraising efforts to fund the improvements.
  • Further develops the design concepts and oversees the implementation of the proposed improvements. Coordinates and oversees the preparation of architectural and landscape designs and plans, and the implementation, execution and evaluation of capital projects.
  • Researches funding sources and manages fund raising plans, writes funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization; lead fundraising activities.
  • Acts as spokesperson for the Waterfront as a destination; represents the City at community activities to enhance the Waterfront’s profile; serve as a liaison to City Departments in matters related to the Waterfront.
  • Draft policies for the approval of the City and prepare procedures to implement the adopted policies.
  • Works with local, state and federal authorities to seek approval for proposed plans, liaisons with state and federal regulatory bodies to seek permits and approvals.
  • Plans, implements, and evaluates the Waterfront’s programs and services to ensure compliance with the strategic plan.
  • Oversees the research, planning, implementation and evaluation of landscape and park maintenance, physical improvements, repairing faulty design and construction issues.
  • Establishes a community volunteer program to assist with programming and maintenance.
  • Assists the City in the preparation of their annual capital budget for the Waterfront.
  • Communicates with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work within the Waterfront and to identify changes in the community serviced.
  • Establishes good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, elected officials, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the strategic plan.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: (Based on area of assignment)
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles.
  • Knowledge of design and development of public and private spaces and the regulatory process to improvement development plans.
  • Knowledge of non-profit/voluntary organizations, fund raising or fund development.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations applicable to voluntary organizations.
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to develop and administer an operating budget.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and manages a wide variety of activities relating to the scheduling, marketing, promotion, and coordination of multiple activities and events.
  • Possess strong organizational and communication skills, be a strategic thinker and planner with a proven track record of success in management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a wide variety of constituents including elected officials, governmental agencies, community groups and the press.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:Work involves detailed concentration for long periods of time in a modified office environment and in an outdoor setting. There may be occasional need for light lifting; walking, some running and climbing are required. The City of West Palm Beach promotes and maintains a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing for certain employees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Planning, Landscape Design, Architecture, Business or Public Administration or related field and an advanced degree is desirable and seven (7) years experience in a senior management capacity in either a public, private or a non-profit organization, experience with public/private partnerships and leading a complex organization with a wide variety of constituents and demonstrated experience in outdoor facility maintenance and/or operations or public space, or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
A valid Florida driver’s license is required; a valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within 30 days from day of employment.

Last revision date: March 2012
Overtime: No
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