Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) is seeking an Executive Director.
Founded in 1974, RAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission to preserve, promote and advocate for the Riverside and Avondale neighborhoods in Jacksonville, FL. Both neighborhoods are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Executive Director, the senior executive of RAP, is responsible to and evaluated by RAP’s Board of Directors. The Executive Director implements and manages Board objectives and directives, consistent with RAP’s mission and financial objectives.
The Executive Director oversees a small staff, including a social media/events coordinator and the management of the Riverside Arts Market (RAM), a weekly arts and farmers market that opened in 2009 and is a major source of funding for RAP.
Much of RAP’s mission, including neighborhood advocacy and community engagement, is accomplished through volunteer committees, including zoning, historic preservation, transportation and infrastructure, development, and membership. The Executive Director is an ad hoc member of all committees.
The Executive Director works with state and local officials, including the state legislature and City Council members, and various government departments and agencies as well as other local constituencies to further RAP’s mission.
This is a full-time, salaried position with a discretionary bonus based on RAP’s financial health and meeting performance targets. Benefits include vacation, sick and holiday PTO, and a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). The position includes regular evening meetings and occasional weekend work. There is minimal travel. The Executive Director is expected to reside in Riverside, Avondale, or one of the surrounding urban core neighborhoods.
The ideal candidate will be a proven leader with nonprofit experience and a passion for historic, urban core neighborhoods. A demonstrated ability to manage and effectively work with a Board and volunteer committees is a must. Excellent communication skills are required, including public relations, public speaking, media interviews and written communications.
Essential duties and responsibilities
Community Engagement and Relationship Building - Foster positive relationships with neighborhood groups, business district associations, and other community, cultural, civic, religious, and philanthropic groups. - Build positive relationships with key city leaders, including the City Council and City of Jacksonville (COJ) commissions and departments critical to RAP’s mission, especially the Historic and Planning commissions and the Parks, Planning and Public Works departments. - Cultivate a respectful and respected ‘voice’ to advocate for key positions at community meetings, public hearings, and forums. Identify and engage community organizations & business leaders inside and outside of district to collaborate towards common goals and implement initiatives. - Seek consistent and positive engagement with neighbors, businesses, realtors, craftsman, agents, and build the capacity for active volunteer involvement, membership, and development activities. Neighborhood Advocacy: Preservation and Stewardship of the Historic District’s Built Environment, Streetscapes and Natural Assets - Develop in-depth knowledge of the Riverside Avondale Historic Guidelines and Zoning Overlay, its urban streetscapes and planning principles, and an understanding of neighborhood zoning/historic preservation challenges and issues. - Proactively identify solutions and organize to successfully implement those solutions. - Review proposed developments/applications; work with RAP committees to identify/implement advocacy strategies to address issues/concerns. When possible work with developers, neighbors and the COJ to resolve issues. RAM/Signature Events/RAP Education and Outreach/Evaluation - Riverside Arts Market. Oversee staff and execute plans to achieve attendance and financial goals for the weekly farmers and arts market featuring local producers, entertainment, and events. - Signature Events. Work with RAP committees to plan, manage and execute the annual Home Tour, Luminaria, and First Friday events. - Education and Outreach. With RAP’s mission, especially historic preservation as the focus, work with RAP committees to develop programs and initiatives to enhance community identity. - Provide direction and liaison with Committee Chairs, special task force initiatives and volunteers. - Develop and implement educational or outreach programs according to target annual objectives, with historic preservation a key focus. - Evaluate existing and proposed programs/events for mission-relevancy and economic sustainability. Financial Health/Fundraising/Development - Oversee day-to-day financial practices and budget management. Provide financial stewardship and adherence to sound financial practices, including budget planning and analysis, revenue and expense management, and nonprofit reporting requirements. - Work with RAP committees to identify funding opportunities, including grants, sponsorships, donations, gifts, and membership growth. - Work with RAP’s development committee to implement the development program to further RAP’s mission and objectives. Communications/Marketing/Promotion - Manage consistent messaging, branding, and positioning according to RAP’s strategic framework. - Oversee the work of RAP’s social media coordinator, including a weekly e-mail newsletter, RAP’s website and postings to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. - Work with the Board to develop organizational and advocacy positions; professionally represent RAP in public situations (hearings, meetings, press, etc.). - Cultivate opportunities to publicly advocate for RAP both within the Historic District and across the city. - Plan and implement the communications and promotion including email marketing, social media, workshops, community meetings, town halls, and speaking opportunities. - Keep the membership, volunteers, and community informed of important issues, and provide the public with the opportunity to dialogue and receive input and feedback. Administration/Operations - Develop program, organizational and financial plans to meet the annual goals established by the Board, consistent with strategic objectives. - Recruit, hire and manage staff; direct and manage workload to achieve RAP’s goals. - Recruit, coordinate and engage volunteers for programs and events. - Communicate on a regular basis to internal and external audiences. - Oversee technology platforms; secure the expertise to maintain and develop the proper technology assets, including servers, contact databases, communications platforms, and vendor management platforms. - Oversee the maintenance of the RAP headquarters, the Buckland House, and other real estate assets. Maintain historical records and archives located at the Jacksonville Historical Society. Board of Directors / Governance - Work with the Board to develop, when scheduled, and implement a long-range strategy to achieve its mission and goals. - Work with the Board chair to prepare for Board meetings and follow-up with proper documentation pertaining to board status. - Advise the Board of trends, issues or developments that may affect RAP’s priorities, activities, and goals. - Recruit and coordinate Committee chairs to ensure volunteer committees are organized and available to perform the charters.
Demonstrated ability to engage, organize, project manage and promote community-based initiatives through volunteers and other civic organizations. Demonstrated ability to work comfortably, calmly, and productively with groups with opposing and sometimes very strongly held viewpoints. Excellent public speaking, public relations, media interviewing abilities, along with excellent written communications. Passion for and understanding of the value of historic urban core neighborhoods. Technology proficient in marketing platforms and databases. Creativity and problem solving skills. Team player/flexible approach to getting work done. Preferred: Knowledge and experience with historic preservation, land use and zoning, or urban planning principles and practices
Education and Experience
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. Experience with nonprofit organizations, as a staff/leader, Board member or volunteer leadership position. Track record of organizational leadership, including personnel management and budgeting. Sales, marketing, event planning and/or fundraising experience.