The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce seeks an experienced full-time Community Development Manager. This position supports the development of a vibrant business district by implementing the annual work plan of Special Service Area (SSA) 27, which is focused on improving and enhancing public streets and spaces, creating memorable experiences, encouraging spending locally and promoting Lakeview. Position reports to the Executive Director. Annual salary is $50,000-55,000, commensurate with experience.
Applications accepted through Monday, July 15, 2019. Please submit a cover letter and resume.
Public Space Enhancements & Maintenance: Maintain clean, green and welcoming sidewalks, and develop new spaces that invite people to linger and connect with their community.
Execute placemaking and capital improvement projects, including the Lakeview Low-Line and public seating areas, that leverage public space to support economic and civic activity
Manage the Lakeview Public Art Program, identifying and coordinating with artists and sponsors
Administer contracts and manage vendors for litter abatement, landscaping, holiday decorations, and street furniture maintenance, ensuring quality delivery of services within budget
Neighborhood Promotion & Programming: Promote Lakeview as a desirable destination for consumers and investors, and host memorable community events that connect consumers to our retail districts.
Execute destination marketing programs, including the Belmont Theater District and Bike Friendly Lakeview programs, and create new programming that promotes Lakeview
Manage promotions that result in greater neighborhood spending, including the Lakeview Gift Card program, and create new promotions that support our small business community
Administer grant programs that support neighborhood promotion and community programming
SSA Administration: Administer the SSA, ensuring alignment with the organization’s joint strategic blueprint and City of Chicago regulations pertaining to Special Service Areas.
Work with the Executive Director to plan and manage the annual SSA budget and work plan
Serve as the staff liaison to a publicly-appointed board of directors and two board-level committees (Streetscape and Public Art), and other committees as relevant
Ensure compliance with City of Chicago regulations and reporting requirements for SSAs
Maintain inventory and records for SSA assets and permits
Communicate SSA activities to stakeholders and the public
Share in office administrative duties and participate in neighborhood meetings and major Chamber events, including occasional evening and weekend hours.
Bachelor’s degree required
3+ years experience in community development, marketing and events, urban planning, or related field
Commitment to the purpose and services of the Chamber and SSA, including the strategic blueprint
Knowledge of the Lakeview community and the organization’s current activities preferred
Understanding of the principles of urban planning and community and economic development
Understanding of financial statements and budgets
Organization: Plans and implements in an orderly manner with an attention to detail
Multi-Tasking: Able to manage multiple complex projects at the same time
Communication: Effectively distributes the message through spoken and written modes
Resourceful: Creative in finding solutions to challenges
Engagement: Incorporates the values, opinions and competencies of others into projects
Proactivity: Self-directed, takes initiative, innovates and implements strategies with passion
Stress Management: Able to keep functioning effectively when under pressure and maintain self-control in the face of hostility or provocation
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
About Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeview Chamber is a 501(c)(6) non-profit membership organization originally founded in 1951 as the Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland Business Association. In 1978, the Association was merged into a new entity, the Lakeview Chamber. As the Chamber has grown, we have developed a strong position of leadership within the community. In 2003, the Lakeview Chamber established Special Service Area 27 (SSA 27) to provide public funding for supplemental public services to our commercial districts through a local property tax levy. Facing growing local economic needs, the Chamber and SSA 27 developed the Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP), released in 2011, identifying strategies to continue to make Lakeview a place where people desire to live, linger and long to return to. Also in 2011, the Chamber created a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Friends of Lakeview, to serve as a partner to the Lakeview Chamber and SSA 27 in implementing LAMP. Today, we are three partners with a common vision and mission who together leverage private funding, government resources and programs, and support from more than 250 members to help our local community thrive. Our mission is to support a resilient loca...l economy and high quality of life for the benefit of businesses and residents in Chicago’s West Lakeview community through neighborhood promotion, business development, advocacy, and public space enhancements. Our service area is from Diversey to Irving Park and from Racine to Ravenswood. Read our new Strategic Blueprint, approved in 2018, at www.LakeviewChamber.com/StrategicBlueprint.
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer.