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Executive Director

Old Town Merchants and Residents Association
Chicago, IL
  • Expired: March 16, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.


The Old Town Merchants and Residents Association is a 501(c)(6) community organization that functions simultaneously as a chamber of commerce and residential association in the Old Town neighborhood. Notable events organized by the Association include the Wells Street Art Festival, Live Well Week, A Night Out in Old Town and regular social events. OTMRA is recognized as a delegate agency of the City of Chicago and Sole Service Provider of SSA #48.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of the organization. Working with OTMRAs Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Executive Director develops and implements OTMRAs initiatives, policies and strategies to achieve the organizations goals and objectives. The Executive Director reports to OTMRAs Board of Directors and is responsible for coordinating/managing a full-time staff, volunteers, interns, contractors, and vendors.

  1. Program and Operations Management
  2. Lead in defining programs and services consistent with OTMRAs mission
  3. Lead in the development and implementation of these programs and services
  4. Recommend new and innovative programs, services and/or special events
  5. Ensure delivery of high quality programs, services and special events
  6. Assign staff, as available, to committees to assist in accomplishing their objectives.
  7. Supervise Special Service Area program implementation and ensure compliance with Special Service Area program requirements
  8. Oversee and ensure compliance with City of Chicago Delegate Agency contract and any and all other OTMRA contracts
  9. Fundraising and Fund Development
  10. Lead in the identification and development of new revenue sources
  11. Lead in the identification, development and solicitation of new donor bases (corporate, individual, etc.)
  12. Lead in the identification and solicitation of government, corporate and foundation grants
  13. Lead in refining/improving existing programs and events
  14. Develop, with the Board of Directors, annual fundraising targets for the organization

  15. Membership Management and Development
  16. Maintain effective/regular communication with existing and potential membership base
  17. Develop an existing and prospective member contact plan that includes personal visits, phone calls and other forms of outreach
  18. Periodically review member benefits, membership rates and categories
  19. Develop and implement with staff successful membership and growth initiatives
  20. Deepen relationships with members and non-member entities within and near the service area

  1. Communications
  2. Serve as chief spokesperson for the OTMRA and serve as the point of contact for all media inquiries and public relations
  3. Oversee development and implementation of a comprehensive and strategic communications plan
  4. Create and implement a communications plan for the organization
  5. Ensure regular content updates to organizations website
  6. Ensure that regular eblasts are sent to members and the community-at-large with relevant, timely information

  1. Community and Government Relations
  2. Proactively manage the positive image of OTMRA with the community-at-large
  3. Lead in developing relationships with sponsors, donors, government officials and organization leaders
  4. Develop and foster relationships with other nonprofit organizations with similar mission and focus
  5. Host and present at community meetings for the neighborhood on behalf of the organization
  6. Advocate on behalf of the businesses and residents of the community

  1. Community Enhancement
  2. Staff the Zoning and Government Relations Committee and provide zoning technical assistance to the Zoning and Government Relations Committee
  3. Oversee and provide direction on implementation of all SSA projects and Community Enhancement projects.
  4. Development urban planning initiatives in conjunction with the SSA, the OTMRA Board and the Old Town Neighborhood Foundation (OTNF) board.

  1. Staff Supervision, Coordination and Management
  2. Direct and oversee all activities of OTMRAs volunteers, staff, contractors and vendors
  3. Review staff structure, job descriptions and propose updates and revisions to the Board of Directors, as needed
  4. Conduct annual performance reviews of staff
  5. Identify areas of work need and coordinate staff and volunteers to maximize work output
  6. Identify and pursue professional development and networking opportunities for staff, directors and commissioners
  7. Administration
  8. Ensure that administrative functions operate efficiently and effectively
  9. Oversee vouchering for the NBDC contract with the City
  10. Develop and present a proposed budget to the Board of Directors with assistance from the Treasurer
  11. Along with the Treasurer, ensure that the organization adheres to annual budget parameters
  12. Maintain regular communication with Treasurer to ensure all financial activities are accurate and up-to-date

These duties may be altered from time to time, according to the needs of the organization.

Qualifications/Required Skill Set

  • A four-year degree in urban planning, business, management, communications or related field; Masters degree preferred
  • Four+ years of experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including management/leadership/sales
  • Self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • Creative and resourceful; able to effectively manage resources
  • Have a genuine interest in community improvement and development
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of data management software, e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Experience with management associations, nonprofit organizations and/or business management or operations
  • Knowledge and/or experience in public relations and communications
  • Strong project management experience
  • Familiarity with Special Service Areas and/or urban planning

Hours, Salary, & Benefits

Typical hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours vary based on event and meeting schedules, and can often include evening and weekend work commitments. Annual salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance and paid vacation.

Old Town Merchants and Residents Association


Chicago, IL
60610 USA



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