Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR) is now hiring an Executive Director.
SPAR was established in 1974 to serve Jacksonville’s Springfield historic district neighborhood, a one square mile residential and commercial area just north of Downtown Jacksonville. The organization works with City of Jacksonville, developers, organizations and individuals to help build and preserve its unique community through advocacy, events and education.
In the past few years, both the neighborhood and SPAR have experienced tremendous growth and continued interest. We have established Jacksonville Porchfest as the premier music festival in Jacksonville while expanding additional programming, assisted several new businesses in opening by awarding facade grants, completed a $500K capital campaign to restore and renovate our Main Street office building, and celebrated Springfield’s 150th anniversary by transforming a highly visible vacant lot into a popular community greenspace, Sesquicentennial Park.
More about the Executive Director position and how to apply:
Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Executive Director
The Executive Director is the Senior Executive of Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR). The Executive Director is responsible to and is evaluated by the Executive Committee and works at the direction of the Board President. As a volunteer driven organization, SPAR leans heavily on the Executive Director to manage daily activities, expand fundraising activities, to support existing programs and drive expansion. The Executive Director also provides needed support to the Board in order to accomplish goals.
The Executive Director is responsible for the planning, organizing, staffing, motivating, directing and management of Board objectives and directives, consistent with the organization’s mission and financial objectives. This description is intended to be broad and the duties of this position may vary and change as the organization advances.
Essential duties and responsibilities
Fund Acquisition / Administration - Actively seeks out funding opportunities through grants, sponsorships, donations, or gifts that align with the organization's mission & values. - Maintains reporting and attends all required meetings or hearings related to funding sources. - Develops and maintains positive relationships with funders and sponsors to garner new opportunities. - Provides regular financial health updates to the Board. General Business Administration / Management Manages day-to-day activities of the organization: - Be responsible for recruiting, interviewing and recommending new staff hires to the board for approval. - Manages paid and unpaid staff daily activities. - Oversees administrative budgets. Manages organizational assets: - Creates and maintains a contact management solution for vendors, sponsors, funders, and volunteers. - Assists with property management as needed. - Identifies potential investment activity for the organization and recommend purchases to the board when relevant. - Participates in Budget and Finance Committee meetings and provide input as needed. Coordinates membership activity: - Oversees membership activity and coordinates membership drives. - Manages the membership education and volunteer opportunity programs. - Manages and coordinates Strategic Plan and its directives. - Maintains membership lists and records. Community Development Promotes preservation activities throughout the Springfield Historic District: - Understands and updates historic preservation guideline resources. - Promotes and distributes SAMBA member, vendor and contractor lists as requested. - Creates and manages educational programs related to historic preservation & community development. - Maintains board and outside entities awareness of neighborhood issues and concerns: - Fosters and manages the relationship between SPAR and local municipal, civic, religious and philanthropic groups. - Builds positive working relationships with key leaders including current City Council Representative and represents the interests of the organization at appropriate city meetings. Encourages business development: - Provides and coordinates board assistance to SAMBA. - Follows leads for business interest and forwards to board/SAMBA members for additional assistance as needed. - Creates and manages a business development fund to provide financial assistance and grants/loans to promote growth. - Attends Main Street America programs and coordinates the formation and submission of Program for accreditation. Board of Directors/Governance Serves as the Executive Secretary to the Board: - Attends and participates in all Board meetings as a non-voting member while collecting minutes to be published on the board website. - Advises on how board activity will affect the organization’s daily and future activities and goals. - Manages filing of meeting minutes and all other legal documents pertaining to board status. - Conducts committee oversight: - Coordinates with committee chairs as needed to ensure assets are available to perform the duties as assigned. - Assists in achieving and developing committee goals with regard to strategic plan and organizational growth. Marketing/Event Coordination Drives Marketing and Promotion: - Assists in creation and management of marketing programs. - Assists with developing SPAR branded products and merchandise for approval. - Manages external communication and the public image of SPAR. - Assists with the SPAR website and overall social media presence. Manages Events: - Coordinates and assembles event committees to facilitate all sponsored events including Jacksonville Porchfest, Second Sundays, Music on Main, July 4th Baseball game, and the Spring Home Tour. - Seeks out opportunities for involvement, community support, sponsorship and cross promotion. - Conducts rigorous program evaluation to ensure programs are appropriate for the community and the financials are well understood.
Required Skills, Experience and Training: - Bachelors or Masters degree. - Proven track record of success in a nonprofit leadership position, with successful resource development and fundraising experience. Five years of Jacksonville based nonprofit leadership is preferred. - Experience in public speaking / public relations, Media experience preferred (TV, radio & print interviews). - Strong knowledge of financial and accounting rules and procedures. - Knowledge of Google suite products and Google Drive storage, Quickbooks, and Campaigner preferred. - Integrity, strong work ethic, ability to quickly adapt to change. - Willingness to work a flexible schedule as event and meeting schedules may demand. - Maintains a positive synergy within a team environment, ability to delegate and communicate for assistance when needed. - Experience working with City of Jacksonville, JEA, Jacksonville Transit Authority, and other contacts preferred.