ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN YONGE BIA
On behalf of the Downtown Yonge community, the B.I.A. is a non-profit organization that is committed to improving the daily experience of our members, residents, customers and all stakeholders with an end goal of strengthening the culture and economy of Downtown Yonge.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (referred to as “DYBIA”) reports to the Board of Management and is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and performing the activities associated with the organization. The Executive Director functions with considerable independence in job-related activities and is held accountable for results. The Board of Management requires an Executive Director who is a strategic thinker and has operational and planning experience. The incumbent must be knowledgeable in budget planning and the reading of financial statements and possess excellent leadership and communication skills. Further assets for consideration are government relations, experience creating and executing long-term strategic plans, urban planning experience, economic development experience, understanding of Business Improvement Area operations, and previous media expertise.
Under the authority of the BIA’s By-laws, the Municipal Code Chapter 19 of the City of Toronto, and the policies of the Board of Management, the Executive Director shall:
- Direct and execute all activities of the BIA either directly or through delegated authority.
- Provide leadership in these and other areas:
- The creation and execution of strategic, tactical, and financial plans.
- Developing goals and measuring performance to the approved goals.
- Organizational development, including the ongoing professional development of the DYBIA BIA staff.
- Liaising with City officials, the public, government, affiliated BIAs, and other stakeholders to further the purpose of the DYBIA.
- Engages the community and its members through the activities of the DYBIA
- Marketing, Public Relations, and Media Relations to promote the DYBIA.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Management of the DYBIA and is:
- A director and officer of the BIA without a vote.
- A non-voting ex officio member of the Board, committees, task forces, and other member forums appointed or established by, and accountable to, the Board of Management.
- The representative of the DYBIA as the employer of paid staff and solely responsible for establishing compensation and benefits and the hiring and release of the BIA’s employees according to the established Human Resource policies.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide leadership in the development of the BIA’s statement of vision, mission, goals and the corresponding strategies, business plans, and budgets to achieve them.
- Ensure the long-term viability of the DYBIA, including succession planning, strategic plan development, and long-term budget planning.
- Review approved plans and budgets as part of the annual business planning and budgeting cycle and present recommendations to the Board of Management.
- Ensure the development of priority plans, performance measurements, management controls and critical success factors.
- Ensure that an annual business plan and budget are prepared for and presented to the Board under the timelines provided by the City of Toronto. Ensures same business plan and budget are submitted under the requirements of the City of Toronto.
Governance and Board Effectiveness:
- Working with the Board and Committees, develop the appropriate policy recommendations for effective governance.
- Working with the Chair, propose agendas for the Board reflecting issues, opportunities, and priorities.
- Provide an Executive Director report at board meetings.
- Develop and maintain an effective staff organization which provides appropriate policy and program recommendations for consideration by the Board, and delivers services, programs, and information in accordance with the mission, vision, objectives, and strategies set forth by the DYBIA.
- Hire, reward, discipline, terminate, and set the remunerations of all BIA employees except for the position of Executive Director in accordance with policy and/or approved budgets.
- Manages people to help them achieve full potential and to attain exceptional individual and team performance.
- Champion and advocate for the BIA through the ability to synthesize and communicate complex issues that are relevant to the BIA at all levels of government as being the voice for the DYBIA.
- Ensure a strong relationship management approach with membership, stakeholders, partners, and the larger community through effective communication and action on what has been done, what is being done, and what will be done that demonstrates the value of their membership and the organization.
- Participates personally, or by delegation, in community activities dealing with issues of concern to the BIA and neighbourhood.
Marketing, Public Relations, and Media Relations
- Promote the BIA through an effective marketing, public relations, and media relations program.
- Leverage public and media relations to advocate on behalf of the BIA
Community engagement and thought leadership
- Based on expert knowledge work experience, the Executive Director is expected to engage in panels, working groups, advisory committees, boards, and conferences as a thought leader and/or content expert pertaining to BIAs, city building or other subjects impacting downtowns, cities, neighbourhoods, or quality of life.
The Executive Director should possess the following leadership competencies:
- Managing People and Performance: Manages people to help them achieve full potential and to attain exceptional individual and team performance.
- Leading and Directing: Inspires and leads through clear vision and directions, organizing and enabling resources and making critical decisions.
- Managing and Leveraging Relationships: Invest in relationships to successfully influence and build shared goals and achieve optimal organizational solutions and results.
- Communication and Presenting: Shares ideas and information across diverse audiences and entities to drive organizational performance and effectiveness.
- Strategic Thinking: Attuned to changing dynamics facing the organization; leverages sharp organizational acumen to develop opportunities and strategies for organizational success.
- Analyzing and Deciding/Problem Solving: Makes sound rational decisions by thoroughly analyzing all aspects of a problem or issue, leveraging data and research in decision making.
- Planning and Organizing: Plans and organizes a detailed course of action that ensures the successful accomplishment of organizational initiatives and objectives.
- Executing for Results: Drives performance through expert management and execution of organizational plans and activities.
- Fostering Innovation and Change: Embraces and promotes innovation and change as a way to enhance personal, team and organizational effectiveness.
- Maintaining Self Awareness and Impact: Maintains objectivity about own self; manages impact of self on others, and actively learns from experience to maximize positive impact.
- Achievement Focus: Strive to reach challenging work and career goals. Adapting to
- Change and Stress: Adapts and responds well to change; manages pressure effectively and copes well with setbacks.
- Upholding Standards: Consistently adheres to and upholds clear professional and ethical standards that complement those of the organization.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Operational and planning experience.
- A post-graduate degree is desirable
- Internal performance management experience in hiring qualified employees to carry out administrative and operational functions as well as overseeing all internal operations.
- Knowledgeable in reading financial statements and budget planning.
- Strategic planning experience.
- Leadership skills that include motivating and energizing employees through empowerment of their jobs.
- Excellent communication, presentation and speaking skills.
- Able to play a leading role as the governing board develops its leadership capacity through strong executive support to the Board as a whole and to Committees.
- Knowledgeable about various aspects of the function of the BIA is an asset.
- Government relations experience.
- Urban focus understanding how a city runs.
- Urban Planning understanding.
- Economic Development knowledge and experience
- Understanding and working knowledge of social issues impacting the community
- Experience in multiple disciplinary teams.
- Media training an asset.
- Understanding urban environment.
- Understanding diversity cultures that make up a geographic area.
- Community involvement experience.
- City builder who understands the importance of partnership and collaboration in the achievement of vision and results.
- Understanding that BIAs represent both their own organizational entity as well as a specific geographic area.
HOW TO APPLY
To express interest in this exciting opportunity, email your cover letter and resume to:
Patricia Bexis, Senior Consultant