Neighborhood Services Director - Lincoln Square SSA #21

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Neighborhood Services Director - Lincoln Square SSA #21

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About Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC): Founded in 1948, the LSRCC is a not-for-profit organization that educates, markets, and generally supports its members so as to foster health and longevity of our small business community. Job Description: The Neighborhood Services Director (“Director”) leads small business development and business district projects for the LSRCC. The Director manages the organization’s Special Service Area (SSA) taxing district, known as the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Improvement Program, and the LSRCC’s Neighborhood Business Development Center Program (NBDC). Both programs exist to attract and retain local small businesses, with the former centered on the provision of public amenities (bicycle racks, public art, landscaping, etc.) and enhancement of public right-of ways and the latter centered on behind-the-scenes business consultation. The Director shall also interface with City and other government departments to advocate on behalf of the local business community. The Director shall support small business initiatives administered by the City of Chicago and suggest new initiatives, as necessary. The Neighborhood Services Director works as a member of the Chamber of Commerce staff and assists in all of the organization’s efforts, including special events. The Neighborhood Services Director reports directly to the LSRCC’s Executive Director.

 Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field of study  Minimum 2 years of relevant experience (business development, marketing, and/or community planning experience preferred)  Minimum 1 year of relevant experience in community organization or small business services (association management experience preferred)  Superior written and verbal communication skills  High degree of professionalism, respect, independence, and self-motivation  Proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Office (knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite preferred)  Ability to work occasional evening hours and weekends

Specific Responsibilities/Duties:

 Lincoln Square Neighborhood Improvement Program (SSA #21)
o Works with Executive Director to plan and manage yearly work plan and budget
o Oversees annual Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) contract and
applicable reporting requirements
o Recruits SSA #21 Commissioners; presides over all SSA #21 Commission meetings
o Creates Requests for Quotes (RFQs) and manages contractors for neighborhood services
(landscaping, litter removal, holiday décor, etc.)
o Oversees implementation of the Lincoln Square Master Plan
o Develops innovative programs to benefit the small business community and the public
of Lincoln Square

 Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC)
o Works with Executive Director to plan and manage yearly work plan and budget
o Oversees Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
contract administration and reporting requirements
o Develops Small Business Center programs and services (vacancy reduction initiatives,
“shop local” campaigns, etc.)
o Assists the Membership Services Director develop business networking events and
professional development workshops
o Troubleshoots City-related issues for small businesses
o Advocates with local government on behalf of the small business community

 General
o Produces monthly progress reports for Executive Director and LSRCC Board of Directors o Keeps website up-to-date with current information (html experience not required)
o Assists Chamber staff with public/media relations and marketing efforts (social media,
poster distribution, media releases, etc.) o Assists with daily administrative tasks

 Annual salary of $47,000-$52,000, based on qualifications
 Group health insurance; 70% employer contribution
 Cell phone reimbursement; 100% employer contribution (with approval)
 Personal Time-Off (PTO); 20 paid days per year

Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

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