job: director

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Thu Apr 6 21:54:44 CDT 2000

From: Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union <syrcoopfcu at>

Job Announcement

Executive Director

Westcott Community Development Corporation

Looking for an opportunity to use your skills and talents to revitalize a 
multicultural urban neighborhood? The Westcott neighborhood needs a brave, 
tireless and dedicated champion. Join the Westcott CDC in a daring struggle 
against the forces of decay in the rustbelt city of Syracuse. The Westcott 
neighborhood is a funky, eclectic, diverse, vibrant neighborhood with a 
small blighted business district at its core. The neighborhood is a great 
place to live, thanks to the efforts of an active community, creative 
artists, a few civic minded businesses, and the cooperation of City 
officials. Home of the best public schools in the City, and comfortably 
committed to diversity, the neighborhood has rebounded, but problems remain.

Westcott CDC, an established nonprofit, works to revive the Westcott 
Shopping District (an EDZ), renew the housing around the district, and 
create opportunity for neighborhood residents. Business attraction and 
retention, a microenterprise program, new business incubation, and 
cooperative services (parking, safety patrols, marketing) are used to build 
opportunity and jobs. To combat blight, the CDC also advances physical 
improvement projects and helps restore neglected housing. Westcott CDC 
works to develop constructive partnerships with other neighborhood groups, 
the City of Syracuse, Syracuse University and local businesses.

Westcott CDC seeks an energetic, creative person to oversee its daily 
operations; plan and implement development projects; coordinate outreach 
and special events; and supervise VISTAs, interns and volunteers. The 
Executive Director reports to the President of the board.

Responsibilities include:

* Planning and implementing CDC projects such as, working with business and 
property owners to support shared services, administering microenterprise & 
business incubation program, overseeing a revolving loan fund, implementing 
a parking plan, and other economic and physical improvement programs.

* Coordinating outreach programs and special events, including organizing 
community meetings, public relations, networking with other community 
organizations, newsletter, communicating with district businesses, working 
with local government officials, and participating in TNT meetings.

* Organizational development such as grant writing, developing membership 
program, and providing support to board of directors.

* Daily operations such as, office management, light bookkeeping, record 
keeping and correspondence.

Applicants must have excellent communication skills. Applicant must be able 
to work directly with board members, business owners, community activists, 
residents and City officials. The applicant must have planning skills and 
be self-directed; able to supervise others; dedicated to achieving positive 
visible results.

Screening of candidates will start on April 10 and continue until the 
position is filled. Salary depends on experience, benefits. Position is 
full-time or part-time. EOE Send a cover letter and resume to:

Westcott CDC
PO Box 102
Syracuse, NY 13210-0102

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