Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership

Executive Director

To Apply

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Jack Lusk, Managing Partner & CEO
Elly Kirschner, Director Healthcare and Advocacy
Harris Rand Lusk
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168


Please put Flatiron in the subject line of your emailed application

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) was formed in 2006 with a mission to enhance the area’s reputation as one of New York’s most vital and exciting neighborhoods. Over the last 12 years, the BID has maintained a clean and safe environment for the district’s businesses, residents, and visitors, spearheaded area improvement projects, and marketed the diverse business and retail options in this vibrant and historic neighborhood.

The Flatiron BID’s mission is accomplished through a myriad of programs and services that enhance the day-to-day environment of the neighborhood, focusing on five key areas: Clean Streets, Public Safety, Marketing and Programming, Public Improvements, and Homeless Outreach.

The Board of Directors of the Flatiron BID is seeking a highly-qualified, dynamic Executive Director to take the helm of the organization and its operations when the Founding Executive Director departs after more than 12 years of service in the role.

The Executive Director will provide oversight of the BID’s staff and programs. He/she will be responsible for working with the 34-member Board of Directors on overall strategy, organizational mission, program development, fundraising and other initiatives. The BID also oversees and maintains important public realm projects as the maintenance partner of the Department of Transportation for the Flatiron Public Plazas. The Executive Director role is a visible position requiring strategic thinking, strong management experience and financial acumen. The Executive Director manages a small team of professionals as well as a myriad of outside contractors, and is responsible for oversight of all BID functions, office, and personnel. The BID is financially sound.

The successful candidate must be able to navigate numerous challenges, stakeholder dynamics, and relationships, build and maintain strategic partnerships, and continue to expand the positive impact of the BID within the community. He/she must be able to communicate effectively both the mission of the BID and the needs of the broader community to elected officials, government representatives, and others. He/she should be a strong, determined advocate on behalf of the district and its stakeholders, and be skilled at problem-solving and identifying and negotiating solutions. The Executive Director must be able to work with the local community, community boards, government officials, and other important audiences.


The Executive Director must be able to work with and on behalf of a broad constituency base including property owners, local businesses, residents, City and State government officials and agencies, appointed officials, and neighboring institutions and non-profit partners.

  • Work effectively with a 34-person Board of Directors and its empaneled subcommittees on broader strategic vision and organization goals
  • Identify, create, implement, and oversee programs across areas including clean and safe, marketing, public improvements, social services, and public programming
  • Manage the BID’s $3 million+ budget, finances, human resources, and office functions
  • Develop and oversee the BID’s public relations strategy, working in partnership with an outside PR team to ensure the district remains a high-profile, attractive, “go-to” NYC neighborhood
  • Identify and actively pursue opportunities for partnerships, grant funding, and sponsorships for continued investment in and expansion of BID programs
  • Represent the BID and the district as a public-facing, high-profile spokesperson through public engagements, press interviews, and other speaking roles
  • Spearhead community and government relations efforts
  • Direct oversight and management of a team of four full-time and one part-time staff, consultants and contractors
  • Identify additional opportunities for and spearhead capital improvement projects


  • Undergraduate degree required, master’s degree in public administration, public policy, business, or not-for-profit management preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communications skills
  • Must possess strong managerial and organizational skills
  • Must have an entrepreneurial spirit and the utmost understanding of and respect for the role of a small team with a large mission
  • Marketing skills and experience required
  • Must be creative and visionary as it relates to program development and future initiatives
  • Must be able to effectively work both independently and as the manager and member of a small team, while reporting to a large and diverse volunteer Board of Directors
  • Should possess key problem-solving skills and an outgoing, external-facing personality suited to working with a diverse stakeholder base
  • Must possess patience and perseverance and be able to conduct forward-thinking planning and goal setting
  • Substantive administrative and contract management experience
  • 10 years or more of direct experience/background in one or more of the following areas preferred: community development, economic development, marketing and programming, community relations, communications, or program development/program management.
  • Should have a familiarity with New York City government, and a working knowledge of the role of Business Improvement Districts in the context of neighborhood development and the city at large
  • Knowledge of the Flatiron District, its historic significance, industries, qualities, strengths and challenges is preferred

Salary will be commensurate with experience. For more information on the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, please visit: http://www.FlatironDistrict.NYC

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168