Open Position:

Executive Director

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 21

Executive Director salary range is $38,000 - $50,000 based on experience.

Position Summary

The Executive Director of the Plaza District is the primary advocate for district revitalization and the primary coordinator of the association’s activities. Overall responsibilities include engaging the community, marketing the district, directing operations and place management.

While the Executive Director provides key leadership and guidance to the organization, it is essential that the members of the board and the community participate in the work of the organization by leading committees and participating in volunteering in activities.  The Executive Director will provide advice and guidance to each committee and will coordinate their efforts.



The Executive Director should possess the education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: finance, public relations, design and marketing, planning, business administration, public administration, nonprofit administration, fundraising, and/or small business development.



·         The manager must be well organized, flexible and able to communicate information about the Plaza District Program to various groups and individuals.  The position also requires a high level of energy and the ability to function effectively in an independent environment

·         Good verbal and written communication skills are essential.


Position Description

Community Engagement

- Stakeholders   

Bring together neighborhood stakeholders (business owners, property owners, neighbors) to build community, consensus and address common goals. Mediation on behalf of the association in conflict relevant to district goals.

- Public speaking + appearances      

Represent the Plaza District to be public by speaking at events, and attending networking and community events relevant to district goals.

- Volunteer Management

Work with committees of the Board to recruit and manage volunteers for special events and projects.

- Art + Neighborhood + Placemaking Initiatives

Work with Committee on Design, the City of OKC Office of Arts & Cultural affairs, local artists and community art organizations on public art initiatives and placemaking initiatives. Encourage community building within neighborhood by working closely with neighborhood associations, schools, churches and organizations.

Worked with City and neighbors to address crime, code enforcement and traffic issues

Advocate for needed services and improvements for district safety and design. Manage city reporting, permitting and applications as necessary, including representation at City Council and Commission meetings.


Marketing + Creative

- Event Planning + Production

Work with board committees in planning and implementing Special Events, including: Plaza District Festival, Urban Pioneer Awards Luncheon, Live on the Plaza and other Events and related duties as needed.

- Social Media

Work with Program Assistant to develop social media strategies. Implement managing social media when Assistant is out of office.

- Public Relations

Work with Program Assistant to write and distribute press releases. Media appearances and interviews as necessary.

- Communications

Manage Program Assistant in distributing external communications to the public, and internal communications between stakeholders. See Program Assistant job description.

- Branding + Identity

Along with Program Assistant, ensure branding and identity of district collateral is cohesive and reflects brand strategy.

- Graphic Design

Review graphics created by Program Assistant.



- Fundraising + Development   

Work with Board of Directors on development strategies including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Prepare donor correspondence and donation tracking.

- Board of Directors

Prepare Board meeting documents including agendas, financial reports, director reports and additional meeting information. Correspond with board members to schedule meetings, track progress and report. Work with Board of Directors on new member recruitment. Track attendance and giving status of members. Keep Board of Directors on track with Strategic Plan and Scope of Work.

- Bookkeeping

Work with Accountant to ensure accurate account of books, accounts payable and receivable, work with Treasurer and Accountant on monthly reports

- Budgeting   

Work with Board of Directors to build budgets for fiscal year, events and special projects. Track progress and report budget status monthly

- Contract Management

Manage contract requirements with the City of OKC’s Commercial District Revitalization Program including monthly reports and reimbursement requests, Scope of Work preparation and implementation and additional contract requirements.

- Grant Writing

Work with Development Committee to identify grant opportunities, write grant applications and follow up reports.

- General Office Administration

Maintain and organize files, keep corporate records, and purchase supplies.  Regularly check phone and email messages and ensure that contact is returned.  

- Human Resources

Oversee and manage work of Program Assistant and independent contracts for district maintenance.

- Financial Sustainability      

Work with the Board to create and implement Business Improvement District/voluntary dues strategy to fund the continued services of the association.


Place Management

- Parking Strategies

Work with stakeholders to implement parking strategies as part of the 2014 Parking Study, identify new strategies for current scope of district

- Small Business Resources

Provide resources, trainings, education and information to support small businesses in the district.

- Commercial Development

Assist developers in recruiting tenants that fit the vision of the district.

Residential Development

Work with residential developers in surrounding neighborhoods to ensure positive development.


Reports To: Board of Directors

Hours & Salary: Full Time, Salary commensurate on experience, weekend and evening hours required.

To Apply: email cover letter, resume to:

Job description subject to change.