Executive Director

Executive Director
Organization Joe Louis Greenway Partnership
Location Detroit, Michigan
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Nov 30, 2022

The Joe Louis Greenway Partnership (JLG), a newly established nonprofit conservancy, is looking for an Executive Director to lead the organization. 

JLG is a 29-mile-long planned network of urban pathways and parks connecting 23 neighborhoods in the heart of Detroit as well as neighborhoods in Hamtramck, Highland Park, and Dearborn. It will serve hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to Detroit and Wayne County, who will walk, run, bike and roll to connecting destinations. In addition, the Greenway will dramatically increase opportunities for outdoor activities, exercise, and enjoyment of nature.

Responsibilities include:

Management, Oversight, & Strategic Planning:

  • Organize and structure the organization, in collaboration with the board of directors, to ensure effective maintenance, operations, programming, and capital improvements for the Joe Louis Greenway, in conjunction with the City of Detroit
  • Negotiate needed agreements between the JLG and the City of Detroit to define roles and codify commitments to the development and operations of the Joe Louis Greenway
  • Hire and oversee staff, consultants, and volunteers as needed to carry out JLGP’s mandate and work

Budgeting, Financial Management & Fundraising:

  • Work cooperatively with the City of Detroit’s Mayor’s Office and General Services Department to set priorities for the Greenway and establish the JLGP’s annual budget with the board of directors.
  • Establish fundraising goals and lead fundraising activities, in coordination with the board and the City, based on operational and programmatic needs. Secure private sector support from foundations, corporations, and individuals, and manage ongoing relationships with donors.
  • Ensure that funds raised address greenway needs, both immediate and longer-term, and are managed in a fiscally responsible manner per program deliverables, donor and tax requirements, and City guidelines.

Community Engagement & Outreach:

  • Work with staff, partners, and sponsors to produce active programming on the Greenway that is responsive to resident needs.
  • Serve as a liaison between the City, other partners, and greenway stakeholders to streamline processes and systems around event permitting, public relations, marketing, and needs such as staffing.

Communications & Marketing:

  • Implement the existing brand identity and logo and develop communications assets for the organization, including a website, communications strategy, and social media channels
  • Create and oversee the management of a calendar of all events for the Greenway to ensure strong coordination and communications among stakeholders
  • Coordinate relevant activities with the City’s communications team as a key partner to ensure efforts are properly communicated to all stakeholders.

Experience & Qualifications: 

  • Project management and leadership experience.
  • Experience working with government; city government experience preferred.
  • Budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, and reporting.
  • Proven track record in fundraising and donor relations.
  • An entrepreneurial and innovative approach to planning and management.
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