Executive Director

Posted on Oct 19, 2019 by Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission (MSAAHC)

Buffalo, NY 14203
Senior Appointments
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Full-Time
The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor
Commission (MSAAHC), a non-profit that is working with
both the city and the state to revitalize this culturally
significant portion of Buffalo, is seeking an Executive
Director. As part of Buffalo's renaissance the Michigan
Street African American Heritage Corridor features a host of
landmarks in local and national black history. This includes the
Underground Railroad, the abolitionist movement, the jazz age and
Civil Rights Movement. The Executive Director will lead the next
phase of development, which includes near-term capital expenditures
of up to roughly $7M, focused on key corridor assets/institutions
in the vicinity of Michigan Avenue and Broadway, and additional
funding for long term capacity building efforts. Reporting to the
President of the Commission, the Executive Director will coordinate
projects undertaken by/for the Commission, while promoting the
neighborhood and educating other stakeholders about heritage
tourism activities. In this newly created position the Director
will also lead the organization in developing a management plan,
increasing revenue and act as a liaison between the Commission and
public and private entities within the Corridor, the City of
Buffalo, New York State and other funders.
The management plan defines the guiding principles for Corridor
revitalization, developed through stakeholder and community
consensus. These include:

Create an interpretive approach to highlight the impact of
Buffalo's African American heritage on the history of Buffalo and
America
Integrate the African American cultural history with
preservation and economic development strategies
Restore the Corridor at urban scale, grounded in the
expectation for transformation.

The ideal candidate must be a highly motivated and innovative
leader, have the ability to work independently, and have expertise
in community outreach and engagement. Experience in project and/ or
program management related to cultural/heritage tourism and
not-for-profit management is also desired. Required competencies
include: action orientation, collaboration, facilitation, visionary
outlook, political savvy, listening, organization, consensus
building, basic leadership orientation, and oral and written
communication skills.
A Master's degree is preferred and a minimum of 3 years'
experience in urban planning, community engagement, community
development or other related fields is required. Qualified
candidates may apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to
MaryEllen Carlo, Director of Search Services at Career Partners
International Buffalo | Niagara at .

Reference: 778277187

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