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Job Title:         Executive Director

Reports To:     UBA Board of Directors

Supervises:     All full and part-time staff of the UBA (Direct Reports)

                      Intern(s) (Indirect Reports)

FLSA Status:    Exempt                          

Job Purpose:  The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization.  The ED provides leadership, direction, and guidance of the organization’s mission and strategic plan; works to develop plans, programs, and events that increase membership, awareness, and participation in the UBA; maintains focus on the ultimate mission of the organization which is to remain an active recruiter and promoter for Urbana businesses, a conduit for those businesses to communicate and interact, as well as a leader in marketing and event management for those businesses and the City.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Assures that the organization has a long-range vision, an intermediate mission, and moves forward on strategies that lead to achievement of short-term goals and ultimately advances the mission of the organization, its members, and local businesses.

  • Establishes and maintains sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with local businesses, community groups, and organizations. Remains current and knowledgeable of business issues and local trends, serving as an advocate for their interests.

  • Leads and manages fundraising for the organization by recruiting local businesses for membership, participation and financial support at mutually beneficial levels. In particular, works with the City of Urbana to assure adequate levels of funding, communication, and participation.

  • Oversees planning, organization, and handling of events assuring they are consistent with the organization’s mission and Oversee and participate in public relations activities for the organization, working in conjunction with the Marketing & Events Manager.

  • Attend events and meetings where UBA representation is necessary, acting as an ambassador for the UBA as well as the Urbana business community, and professionally advance the organization’s mission to interested parties.

  • Generates ideas for new advertising and events, and lead approved initiatives from concept to completion. This includes leading advertising efforts for the organization by maintaining active relationships with various media outlets and making appropriate selections based on event or organizational goals, and budgetary constraints.

  • Manages the downtown Urbana banner program assuring periodic and timely changing of banners to market seasonal events, holidays, and other initiatives.

  • Maintains accurate and thorough records by both electronic and physical means in an effort to minimize risk and down time during staff changes. Solely responsible for preparing an annual operating budget and maintaining expenses within the boundaries of annually approved operating budget.

  • Follows the highest ethical standards, adheres to laws and regulations, and maintains official records ensuring that the organization is not exposed to unnecessary risk or criticism.

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing & hiring of employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Develops staff to be skilled and cross-trained (when able) in an effort to create an organization that effectively utilizes systems and procedures to more effectively transition during staff changes.

  • Prepares various reports and communications for regularly scheduled board meetings in an effort to keep members aware of both financial and non-financial conditions and initiatives of the organization.

  • Engages Board members for active participation on various committees and events as needed or related to their individual area(s) of focus.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university; and one to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and government programs or regulations.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and public announcements.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from members, business owners, City officials, and the general public.

  • Ability to make presentations to various groups as well as prepared and impromptu statements through various media.

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, and percentages.

  • 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 schedule form.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, e-mail, and contact management software.

To apply, please submit your Cover Letter, Resume, & References to Paris Baldarotta, paris@urbanabusiness.com. Please no phone calls.