Position Announcement: Executive Director

Formerly Wheat Ridge 2020, Localworks is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community. Our mission includes connecting and empowering citizens to become catalysts for a thriving, engaged and healthy community.

To do that, we seek to support and grow our economy by providing innovative support for local businesses and properties, such as the development and promotion of our main business district, Ridge at 38, and to connect community members through our Live Local Wheat Ridge events and other community-based activities. Read more about us at wearelocalworks.org.

With an engaged and involved board of directors, Localworks is in a solid financial position, and in 2016 completed a strategic planning process that calls for heightened involvement in local leadership development, advocacy for high quality housing options, and continued focus on building a diverse and vibrant community.

Localworks is currently seeking a creative, energetic and risk-taking individual to take the helm of this successful organization as it advances its vision of a movement of citizens actively engaged in shaping and sustaining the community.
If you are looking to foster your passion for creating connected, inclusive, robust communities, while utilizing your strategic thinking, business development, fundraising and leadership skills, we invite you to apply to become Localworks’ executive director.

Desired results
■ Working in partnership with the Localworks board of directors, the city of Wheat Ridge, staff, volunteers, neighbors and community partners, the executive director will substantially advance community and economic development in the city while ensuring a sustainable nonprofit organization.

Nature of the Work
The executive director will be responsible for the execution of the current Localworks Strategic Plan, which includes the following areas of focus and related activities:
Plan and oversee implementation of a robust events strategy that connects neighbors, promotes businesses and builds community
Encourage business and retail development (increase tax base, create primary jobs, promote destination shopping)
■ Work closely with the businesses on Ridge at 38 to foster a vibrant city center
■ Implement an aggressive business attraction program with the ultimate objective to assist companies relocating to, or expanding in, the City of Wheat Ridge.
■ Attract, develop, enter into partnerships with and develop trust with public and private organizations, such as developers, redevelopment agencies, city officials, city employees, property owners, citizen groups, not-for-profits, other stakeholder groups and the general public.
■ Provide the necessary guidance and support to development prospects from the initial contact, through contract, to the end of finalizing the arrangements resulting in the prospect’s move.
■ Research and analyze state, regional and national market conditions, economic trends, available development opportunities and economic sustainability programs to support economic development efforts.
Implement concentrated community investment
■ Support an inclusive locally based approach to community and economic development.
■ Encourage local business and community participation, and aim at building neighborhood and community-level development.
■ Support Wheat Ridge policy and regulation change through education and outreach efforts.
■ Advocate for quality housing options that support diverse options and support for all people living and working in the Wheat Ridge area.
Lead organizational development
■ Manage and develop staff: interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions; plan, coordinate and arrange for appropriate training of staff; ensure staff members comply with health and safety regulations as well as internal policies and procedures.
■ Recommend and secure board approval for policies, budget and programs, and provide the board with monthly organizational updates.
■ Maintain consistent and intentional communication with internal and external partners to increase Localworks’ visibility through creation and implementation of a communication plan.
■ Implement successful fundraising and other fund development efforts to support the organization’s financial goals and programs.

Key Characteristics and Qualifications Sought
■ Passion and enthusiasm for Localworks’ mission; knowledge about or connection to Wheat Ridge is highly desired
■ Creativity, energy and willingness to work hard
■ Exceptional leadership skills and proven experience, including:
■ Leading groups and efforts toward a greater vision, through both long-term and short-term planning and execution
■ Managing and empowering staff, board members and volunteers, leading to productive, positive teams with strong retention
■ Attracting and building relationships with current and potential partners and/or related opportunities
■ Establishing and monitoring the financial components of an organization, including budgeting, reporting, fundraising, understanding fiscal responsibility and requirements, as well as demonstrating consistent accountability to stakeholders
■ Operating with a high degree of integrity, transparency and accountability
■ Demonstrated track record of successful:
■ Community and economic development
■ Work with local government structures and procedures
■ Community engagement
■ Event planning and execution
■ Three to five years of experience with nonprofits and/or government; specific experience with business districts is a plus
■ Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
■ Strong relationship-building ability in a person who is both humble and politically astute
■ Understanding of the need for flexibility of time and approach to fit the needs of the organization and community

Position specifications
Status: This is a full-time position that will include evening and weekend hours, with the ability to flex hours when evening and weekend work is required.
Location: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Reports to: Board of Directors
Salary/Benefits: Starting salary range is $75,000 to $85,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include access to a group medical insurance plan, with Localworks paying 100% of the insurance premium for the employee and 50% of family medical or dental coverage; a health savings account (up to $2,000 per year); an employer-matched 401(k) plan contributable from start date; 10 paid holidays per year and 15 days of paid time off (PTO) each year to be accrued throughout the year, accessible after 60 days of employment (after two years at Localworks, PTO is increased to 20 days).

Localworks is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

To apply
Interested? Wonderful! Here are your next steps:
1. First, write a cover letter. Include in your cover letter:
Contact information for three professional references who can give us more insight into how you are that person who is a great fit for this position
2. Provide a resume.
3. Identify a short, relevant writing sample.
4. Fill out our short online application, and upload your cover letter, resume and writing sample. https://form.jotform.com/72894402553965
5. Hit “SUBMIT.”
We’ll be reviewing applications as they come in. Firm deadline for applications is November 14, 2017. We look forward to hearing from you.

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