The Downtown Community Improvement District of Columbia, Missouri

Position Open: Executive Director


Executive Director

Full Time Career Position

An Executive Director with strong leadership and communication skills is needed by the Downtown Community Improvement District in Columbia, Missouri. The Downtown Community Improvement District (CID) is a political subdivision dedicated to keeping Columbia’s downtown—The District—vibrant. Position requires a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, public relations or related field, with a solid record of accomplishments in the government, quasi-government or public non-profit sector. Must have an entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to work independently in a small office environment. Exceptional organizational skills and the drive to follow long-term projects to completion are requisite.  

Duties will include:

  • Community relations and promotion of District policies and programs
  • Working with the CID Board of Directors to develop and implement strategic plans and related activities 
  • Advocacy on issues of concern to the CID board and constituents
  • Benchmarking and program evaluation
  • Budgeting and fiscal integrity
  • Ensuring compliance with all regulatory and legal requirements
  • Recruitment and retention of businesses
  • Direct supervision of a Director of Marketing and Office Manager

Salary: Up to $85,000. Final salary and benefit package will be based upon experience and relevant work experience. 

More details can be found below.

Job Description: Executive Director

Organization: The District, Downtown CID 

Location: Columbia, MO

Summary: Position requires collaboration with and accountability to a 15-member board and two staff members. Title entails representing over 300 property owners, 600 business owners, 5000 residents, and the City of Columbia for the 50 square block area, known as the District. The District’s main goals are to encourage a centrally located live/work/play neighborhood, create an authentic urban space that is both dense and sustainable, cultivate a creative and innovate culture of diverse enterprises, and to maintain the local and eclectic flavor of the area through improvements in cleanliness, safety, beautification, advocacy, and overall promotion of the downtown area. 


  • Foster collaboration and build collations with community organizations, public agencies, political leaders, individual constituents, board members, and local businesses
  • Participate in various civic organizations and attend meetings, hearings, boards, commissions, and events including on weekends as needed
  • Financial Management: tax collection, budget planning/creation, responsible and conservative estimates of future tax revenue, TIF management, maintaining organization’s fiscal integrity and compliance on local, state and federal levels
  • Maximize earnings in compliance with regulations and maintain public transparency
  • Development, implementation, and accomplishment of annual CID work plan
  • Review, evaluate, and fulfill program activities, contractual obligations, resource allocations, policies, and initiatives for CID board
  • Successfully meet commitments made to taxpayers in the CID Petition, sales tax referendum, and the CID’s 5-Year Strategic Plan according to the District’s vision
  • Participate in long-term planning to shape the downtown’s growth in infrastructure, sustainability, storm water and solid waste management, public transportation, public safety, zoning, design guidelines, and public safe enhancements
  • Lobby and advocate for compromises, issues, and desires of diverse groups in CID after resolving policy disagreements to public officials, community members, and media 
  • Develop strong working relationship with public officials, city and county staff, school districts, colleges, and other non-profit groups 
  • Monitor public perception and marketing budget of the District, leverage CID brand
  • Develop/implement fundraising strategies for projects and programs- art, greenspace
  • Use various performance metrics to measure vitality of downtown- tax collection, property values, sales, business mix, online metrics, demographics, traffic counts
  • Benchmarking: track achievements, address obstacles, propose corrections as needed
  • Recruit and retain businesses, balance historic preservation and new construction, mixing commercial and residential as appropriate for the District
  • Take active role with Industry memberships, International Downtown Association and Missouri Main Street, through conferences, workshops, networking, and forums 
  • Recognize issues effecting the CID and take initiative to create board-approve action plans to resolve the situations

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Experience managing government entities, non-profits, or political subdivisions
  • Familiarity with legal aspects and technical obligations of local and federal laws
  • Must register as or be a registered lobbyist in the State of Missouri
  • History of making and communicating sound decisions based on strategic planning
  • Experience building consensus and collaboration others in partnership and supervisor settings
  • Strong Knowledge of Missouri Sunshine Laws
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize requests by board and constituents  
  • Experience developing and implementing long-term plans including organization visioning, branding campaigns, and capital improvements
  • Effective verbal and written communication to a wide variety of audiences- including public speaking, crisis communication, press releases and advocacy 
  • Coherent in brand management, traditional and nontraditional advertising, and PR
  • Experience writing grants, forming partnerships, matching programs, and sponsorships
  • Academic and experience-based knowledge of urban planning, community planning, real estate, municipal services, strategic communications, marketing, and economic development with an emphasis on preserving and revitalizing downtowns
  • Strong understanding of the retail, restaurant and business environment
  • High level of interest and passion for social networking and collaboration technologies
  • Personable, outgoing, and engaging with abundant patience and a great sense of humor
  • Ability to be creative with communication strategy and analytical for event execution
  • High level of initiative and an aptitude for system and business process development
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously with a smile
  • Understanding and knowledge of popular social media and digital marketing networks including their design, functionality, and audiences

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional referencesvia email ([email protected]) or mail to The Downtown CID, 11 South Tenth Street, Columbia, MO, 65201. Call the Downtown CID Office at 442-6816 with any questions