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Jackson Anchor Initiative Director Posting

JOB DESCRIPTION – Anchor Initiative Director
POSITION: The Anchor Initiative Director is a salaried full time position with some evenings and weekend required.  The position reports directly to the President/CEO of the Anchor Initiative.
The Anchor Initiative aggregates private industry resources and interests to revitalize downtown Jackson, focusing on market-rate apartments, creating space for and encouraging innovation and buying from local sources.  To achieve this, we connect interested developers/businesses with economic development incentives, commercial space available for purchase or rent and with permitting bodies.  Also, the Anchor Initiative helps those developers/businesses troubleshoot when obstacles and challenges appear. 
  • Project Development – assist and counsel prospective developers in advancing their projects
  • Matchmaking – connect parties that have mutually beneficial interests in downtown development
  • Troubleshooting -  assist projects overcome obstacles and address challenges
  • Assist and counsel prospective developers in advancing their projects;
  • Connect parties and resources to help develop downtown;
  • Assist projects to overcome obstacles and address challenges;
  • Assist in fundraising efforts for the organization;
  • Lead and manage committees and assist Executive Assistant with committee information (contact data, goals, job descriptions, minutes, agendas, etc);
  • Maintain database of downtown development projects, available buildings and land, and housing units;
  • Guide marketing strategies to increase positive awareness and investment in downtown;
  • Assist in the preparation of evaluative and planning instruments related to budgeting, operational reviews, annual reports and strategic direction-setting
  • Assist the President/CEO in the development, promotion and implementation of strategic plan and objectives for the advancement and development of downtown Jackson, the organization and any of its programs, resources or services and, when necessary, draft revisions for the consideration of the President/CEO;
  • Attend appropriate community and City functions, providing staffing support as assigned or needed;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, committees, volunteers, government entities, civic groups and the general public;
  • Effectively organize your time, coordinate multiple activities and maintain excellent follow-through;
  • Effectively present information, both verbally and written, and respond to questions from clients and customers;
  • Frequently lift and move up to 25 pounds;
  • Assisting with general office duties, including clerical duties, answering the phone, assisting walk-ins and coordinating out of office time;
  • Other duties as appropriate.
  1. Education: Bachelor’s Degree or experience
  2. Knowledge: Computer proficiency in standard Microsoft Office programs. Knowledge of economic development incentives. Connections with local and state economic development and permitting authorities.  Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally. Knowledge of community.
  3. Previous experience: Three years of project management experience with economic development background
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or conceptual form.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
ACCOUNTABILITY: This position reports directly to the Anchor Initiative President/CEO.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  The work hours are generally reasonable, but there are routinely early morning meetings, evening meetings and periods when weekend work is required.
This job description is not to be construed a contractual agreement between parties but an outline of the duties as assigned.  Employment within the Anchor Initiative is considered to be at will between all parties.
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Incumbent                                                                   President/CEO
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