The Hudson Square Business Improvement District 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 and CEO
Anne J. McCarthy, COO
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168
Please put “Hudson Square CEO” in the subject line of your e-mailed application.
Hudson Square is a vibrant, bustling community with a strong, emerging identity; a growing residential population; a strong business community centered around design, technology, media and the arts; stores; restaurants; and engaging streetscapes. The former Printing District, ten years ago, Hudson Square was an area of the City on the edge of SOHO that was undefined and underutilized but with huge potential. As host of the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, the area was better known for cars and trucks, for loading and unloading , than for people. Community members and business/real estate owners in the neighborhood worked with the City to establish the Hudson Square Business Improvement District (HSBID) to help transform the neighborhood which, under the guidance of an exceptional leader and excellent, highly experienced and dedicated staff, has been achieved.
Unlike most of New York City’s 76 BID’s, HSBID does not focus primarily on providing supplemental sanitation and security services. Rather, HSBID was created to address retail attraction, traffic, and streetscape in this former manufacturing area. To this end, the BID Board and leadership created a Master Plan for the area, Hudson Square Is Now, shortly after its launch in 2009 with the goal of fostering a socially, culturally and environmentally sustainable community. Working under the guidelines of the plan, the BID spearheaded public private partnerships for the financing, design and construction of neighborhood open spaces, hundreds of street trees and substantial pedestrian and cyclist “safety and sanity” improvements, including public art. The BID maintains all improvements it installs.
Having made a huge impact in the community through its innovative and award-winning projects, and with its 10th anniversary in the rearview mirror, HSBID is continuing to move forward in a meaningful way under a Phase 2 Master Plan, with a targeted capital investment of $5 to 6 million over the next few years. The Plan will be developed and implemented in the context of a thriving neighborhood, preparing to accommodate thousands of new residents, a new Disney NYC headquarters and a major new campus for Google.
Leading this effort will fall to the next President and CEO as its current leader is moving on to explore new opportunities. While she is leaving big shoes to fill, there are additional opportunities for the next President/CEO to continue to transform and impact the neighborhood through their shared vision with the Board.
The President/CEO will be the public face of the BID and will oversee the organization’s overall strategy, community and business development, and fundraising, as well as manage all public programming and operations. The BID’s current operating budget is $3.2 million which will rise to $3.9 in the coming years. They will need to be someone who is passionate about New York City, experienced in economic development and real estate, knowledgeable about public space design and accessibility, and familiar with local and state government rules and regulations. They need to have gravitas, be respected in the community, be able to respond quickly to changing conditions, and be a cheerleader for the Hudson Square area.
The President/CEO will have excellent management and communications skills and work effectively with a complicated and layered set of stakeholders that include the local community and Community Board, property owners, design professionals, local businesses, City and State governments and agencies, appointed officials, and private sector institutions. They must also be able to navigate a dynamic and engaged board of directors, build relationships and networks, and demonstrate leadership across all levels.
The individual must be able to represent the Hudson Square BID with funders in public settings and with other organizations in the New York area. They must be able to work closely with the BID’s Board and staff in a supportive and direct manner with a minimum of ego. They must have the ability to promote an open, inclusive work environment with the Board and staff that emphasizes cooperation, teamwork and consensus. Candidates should demonstrate a long and diversified track record of accomplishment. In addition, they should be diplomatic, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- With the Board, set the long-term vision and short term goals for the organization
- Oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the BID
- Develop operating financial and strategic projections and plans, as well as materials and presentations to articulate the organization’s direction
- Lead the advocacy effort on behalf of the BID members
- Work with City agencies to source public capital and program funds; identify other relevant funding and oversee the application process and compliance requirements
- Serve as the public face and spokesperson for the organization. Work with staff and the Board to develop the overall communication/marketing/press strategy and serve as point person for any communications and outreach
- Develop and maintain relationships with key figures in government, non-profits, community and civic organizations and other stakeholder groups
- Provide team leadership and meet regularly with staff. Assess organizational team needs and staff performance; recruit and retain talented and passionate staff for programmatic, fundraising, communications and administrative needs; approve benefits and salaries; and conduct annual reviews.
- Undergraduate degree required; master’s degree in public administration, urban planning, public policy, business, not-for-profit management or a related field preferred
- Background and passion for community-driven, place-based strategies for urban planning and economic development
- Ability to develop, organize and balance multiple projects with complex funding streams
- Demonstrated knowledge of urban planning, civic engagement, mobility and built environment issues
- Personal qualities that include integrity, passion for the work of the BID; respect for diversity; and the ability to inspire and motivate
- Demonstrated record of accomplishment in supporting, leading and inspiring project or program-based teams
- Experienced leader with at least 10 years senior management experience for a complex, multi-faceted organization
- Knowledge of the New York City political landscape as well as laws, rules and regulations affecting the work of the BID
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; public speaking experience
For more information about the Hudson Square Business Improvement District, please visit their website at www.hudsonsquarebid.org.
All positions at the Hudson Square Business Improvement District are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.