The Executive Director will be the public face, in coordination with the Board President, of the Westshore Alliance, establishing themselves as a local civic and business leader. The Executive Director is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the advancement of the Westshore Alliance’s objectives, overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the Alliance, and advocating for the Alliance’s interests in the region. The Executive Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, including management of all Alliance staff, implementation of specific programs and initiatives, and cultivating relationships with local business and political leadership. The Executive Director will partner closely with the executive committee and board of directors to chart the Westshore Alliance’s future growth and initiatives to fulfill the organization’s mission.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Executive Director will:
1. Have a strategic mindset.
Guide the Board of Directors in developing a multi-year strategic plan, focused on building on the decades of success of the organization, while seeking new opportunities to improve Westshore’s image, economics, and growth in its multi-faceted role as a growing neighborhood, business center, and entertainment district.
2. Envision what Westshore can become.
Recognize and seek to take advantage of the opportunities presented by rapid redevelopment and reconstruction of the interstate highway spine that bisects the District through strategic initiatives.
Proactively explore and find new opportunities to benefit and enhance the overall district.
Develop and pursue creative funding options for improvement of the Westshore District with local, regional, state and federal agencies.
3. Be an inspiring leader.
Direct the implementation of the Westshore Alliance’s strategic goals and objectives and provide the guidance and leadership required for the Westshore Alliance (WSA) to accomplish its mission consistent with the direction of the Board.
Establish and grow relationships with key staff and decision makers at City, County, and State levels.
Represent the WSA on key regional stakeholder boards and initiatives to ensure appropriate WSA input.
Identify and coordinate areas of mutual interest or concern with other advocacy groups such as the Tampa Downtown Partnership, Visit Tampa Bay, Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay Partnership.
4. Have a keen eye for talent.
Have direct responsibility for leading and managing the staff and daily operations of the WSA.
Oversee, direct, and organize the work programs of individual staff members.
Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities and conduct performance appraisals.
Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development that includes mentoring for continued growth and opportunities within the organization.
Establish and monitor policies and procedures for fiscal accountability of the WSA, including adherences to audit policies and process.
5. Ensure fiscal stability, governmental compliance, and programmatic success.
Prepare and present the annual budget to Board and Executive Committee.
Ensure that all program activities operate consistently and within the organization’s mission and budget.
Ensure the WSA is adhering to the organization’s work program, delivering status reports to the executive committee and board.
Oversee negotiation of all contracts for external vendor support for the organization.
Manage the process of updating/maintaining the Westshore Area-wide Development of Regional Impact and Westshore Special Services District as viable tools for redevelopment and funding for initiatives that benefit the Westshore district and property owners.
Provide timely, accurate information to the Officers, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and members on governmental initiatives, legislation and studies with potential impacts on Westshore property owners.
Coordinate efforts with members to provide feedback/input to city for changes to Tampa’s code of ordinances and comprehensive plan.
Review and oversee committee goals and structure to ensure delivery of programs that meet the needs of member companies and support the mission of the organization.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
Strong written and verbal communication skills including confident and collaborative public speaking ability.
Demonstrated management effectiveness as an inspirational leader and team builder at the staff, committee, and membership levels.
Experience with state and local executive and legislative processes.
Proven ability to build strategic alliances with a variety of public and private stakeholders.
Strong strategic and planning skills.
MBA or other advanced degree
10 plus years of experience in a leadership role with public sector, private, or non-profit organizations.
Established local relationships with key community leaders and City of Tampa staff.
Technical understanding of the City of Tampa development review process.
Experience with redevelopment issues and challenges.
Success in taking an organization to the next level of its development and influence.
Letter describing qualifications and fit with the position, resume, and three professional references due by November 1, 2021.
The Westshore Alliance (WSA), a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) membership organization, promotes Tampa’s Westshore District (Westshore) as a regional activity center that is a vibrant business, residential and tourist community, offering Tampa’s finest shopping, hotels, dining, and entertainment. With 102,000 employees and more than 4,000 businesses, Westshore is Tampa Bay’s largest employment center with 12.5 million square feet of office space. It is the home of Tampa International Airport, International Plaza & Bay Street, WestShore Plaza, Midtown Tampa, Raymond James Stadium, Steinbrenner Field, and more. Within the business district, there are growing multi-family and single-family residential neighborhoods.
With more than 400 member companies and a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of business and civic leaders focused on the District’s development, it has prioritized specific initiatives to ensure that the District continues to grow and flourish. From beautification to transportation, the Alliance has plans to maintain and improve the District so it remains a vibrant and flourishing community.
The Westshore Alliance is entrusted by the City of Tampa to manage the Wes...tshore Special Services District and by Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of Transportation to act as a Transportation Management Organization. The Alliance is also the master developer of the Westshore Development of Regional Impact and author of the Westshore Overlay District, allowing for coordinated development efforts and efficient approvals.