The Anchorage Downtown Partnership is comprised of three separate but interrelated nonprofits, that together help create a clean, safe and vital downtown Anchorage. These include Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., the primary membership organization; ADP Development Corporation, which holds the organization’s capital resources and equipment rental; and ADP Community Services which handles events, sponsorships, grants and donations. With a budget of $1.8 million annually the Anchorage Downtown Partnership provides services for the Anchorage Downtown Improvement District (DID), covering a 120 square block area. The improvement district was created by downtown property owners to improve the cleanliness of downtown, decrease crime, increase investment values and occupancy rates, and to stimulate economic development. Approximately two-thirds of ADP’s revenue is generated from monthly payments self-assessed by downtown property owners. The remaining revenue is generated through services and events.
Clean and Safe
Anchorage Downtown Partnership’s Safety Ambassadors are the “eyes and ears” of downtown Anchorage. Easily identifiable and ever-present the Ambassadors assist local businesses and residents in keeping downtown Anchorage a safe and friendly place to work and visit. The Safety Ambassadors work closely with first responders. As true ambassadors, they are always ready to assist residents and visitors so they experience the best of downtown Anchorage.
ADP’s Maintenance Ambassadors work 7 days a week picking up trash and removing snow from public spaces and sidewalks and assisting in graffiti removal. Ambassadors are a welcome presence on downtown streets whether it’s assisting property owners, businesses, visitors and residents or ensuring downtown events are clean and safe.
Maintenance Contract Services
ADP’s maintenance team offers contracted services to aid in additional maintenance for businesses throughout the Downtown Improvement District, and other neighborhoods around downtown. These include:
- Snow removal
- Ice melt
- Event rentals
- Gravel removal
- Weed Abatement
- Power washing
- Graffiti removal
Security Contract Services
Anchorage Downtown Partnership provides security services on a contract basis, meeting the unique needs of business and property owners. ADP currently holds security contracts with a variety of businesses including religious institutions, retail, and entertainment.
Anchorage Downtown Place-making
Anchorage Downtown Partnership hosts a series of annual events to capture and enhance the vibrancy of downtown Anchorage. The events range from small outdoor concert series to large festivals, ceremonies, and fireworks displays. Events are funded primarily through sponsorship dollars and community support. ADP events utilize underused public spaces, stimulate economic development, attract residents and visitors downtown and provide activities for the whole family. Annual events include:
- Downtown Summer Solstice Festival
- Holiday Tree Lighting
- Live After Five Summer Concert Series
- Music in the Park
- Music for Little Ones
- New Year’s Eve
- Small Business Saturday
- Trick or Treat Street
- St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl
Anchorage Downtown partnership works to energize the downtown core by using public spaces, parks, vacant store fronts and alleys in creative and collaborative ways that bring people together.
Strengthen and grow ADP’s internal capacity.
Establish and strengthen new and existing partnerships to assure a vital downtown.
Effectively communicate ADP’s role as part of the solution to maximize the viability of downtown.
Improve ADP’s financial stability by growing reserves and diversifying revenue streams beyond assessment dollars.
Navigate a successful 2020 Downtown Improvement District tax assessment renewal process and further refine the work plan to engage the state and the Board in an effective way.
The Leadership Opportunity
Anchorage Downtown Partnership seeks an Executive Director who can successfully support and grow the organizations operations, fulfill ADP’s strategic priorities, and strengthen the organization’s relationships with its stakeholders. The ideal candidate has a background in financial management and strong communication and diplomatic skills. This is an opportunity to lead a team committed to improving the economic vitality of downtown Anchorage.
Reporting to ADP’s board of directors, the Executive Director’s priorities for the next 12-18 months include (not necessarily in priority order):
- Comprehend the current business model and approach of Anchorage Downtown Partnership, learning the structure of the organization including an understanding of programs, members, vital partners, and operational landscape.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the organization’s financial structure and complexities, and develop projections, metrics, and reporting to monitor and ensure financial stability.
- Further refine the Downtown Improvement District tax assessment renewal plan, resulting in successful adoption by downtown property owners in 2020.
- Develop a Downtown Advocacy Plan, positioning ADP as the voice of downtown business and property owners.
- Meet with key stakeholders to reinforce ADP’s mission and message.
- Ensure the board engages in updating the goals of the current strategic plan.
- Develop a messaging strategy that defines and packages ADP’s services.
- Examine and pursue opportunities for generating new sources of revenue.
- Assess and ensure a cohesive, high functioning team, giving attention to and investing continued resources in team building, staff training, annual reviews, technical infrastructure and leader development.
- Engage the Board of Directors and its committees in the stewardship of financial, operational, and resource generation initiatives.
The Executive Director is the internal driver and external face of the organization, providing leadership of Anchorage Downtown Partnership, staying focused on ADP’s core purpose of a clean, safe and vibrant downtown, and overseeing its day-to-day affairs. Specific responsibilities include:
- Advise and support the Board of Directors and its committees, as well as report to the Board on the financial condition and progress of the organization.
- Oversee the finances and ensure fiscal responsibility and security.
- Provide visionary and strategic leadership and translate that vision into measurable strategies and concrete actions that advance the mission.
- Working with staff, ensure programs and services are appropriate and consistent with organizational priorities and mission.
- Promote competency, quality, and the highest ethical standards throughout the organization.
- Provide policy governance for ADP through bylaws, personnel policies, financial policies, and legal compliance.
- Direct human resource activities to accomplish organization goals and objectives through effective recruiting, hiring, evaluation, training, development, and retention strategies.
Experience and Attributes
Ideal candidates for this position will share Anchorage Downtown Partnership’s commitment to its core values of providing a clean, safe and vital environment by meeting the needs of property and business owners to improve the quality of life in downtown Anchorage. The ideal candidate has experience in the nonprofit sector and demonstrates a commitment to high professional ethical standards and brings a variety of experiences and attributes to the organization, including:
- Excellent interpersonal skills and effective interaction with co-workers, managers, subordinates and stakeholders, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction.
- A strong financial understanding and management of multiple and interrelated budgets and programs.
- Experienced in oversight of a comparably sized budget and staff.
- A team-building, empowering leadership style with a track record of building and maintaining strong working relationships with internal (staff and Board) and external stakeholders.
- Excellent people manager, open to direction and collaborative work style and commitment to job accomplishment
- An understanding of image building, marketing, and external relations.
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
- A consummate professional who is approachable and possesses a spirit of warmth, humility, and emotional intelligence.
- An appreciation for and cultural fit with a diverse Alaskan community.
Anchorage is Alaska’s largest and most diverse city with a population of nearly 300,000, representing 40 percent of the state’s population. Long considered the “air cross roads of the world” Anchorage lies within 9 1⁄2 hours by air of nearly 90% of the industrialized world. Ted Stevens International Airport is the third busiest cargo airport in the world and home to a major FedEx hub.
Anchorage has been named an All-America City four times by the National Civic League. Though the climate is classified as subarctic, temperatures are moderated by Cook Inlet and the influence of the Gulf of Alaska. With more than 19 hours of daylight at the height of summer, Anchorage visitors and residents stay active throughout the year enjoying more than 250 miles of walking, biking and skiing trails.
The city is proud of its diversity with more than 100 languages spoken in the Anchorage school district. Downtown Anchorage is the hub of Alaska’s cultural offerings, including the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
Among the most pressing issues impacting the vitality of downtown include; a migration of businesses to the mid-town area; lack of urban living space for those who might choose to reside downtown; a perception that downtown parking is both limited and expensive; and the concentration of Anchorage’s public inebriates and homeless populations.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. For questions, contact Rebecca Savidis, lead recruiter at ADPsearch@forakergroup.org. Communications will be treated with confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, or sexual orientation.