Executive Director/Downtown Development District (Unclassified)

JOB CODE: 3024


SALARY RANGE: $81,404 - $135,568

Downtown Development District

Under administrative direction of the Downtown Development District Board, performs administrative work in the area of planning and redevelopment of an urban area. Work involves establishing goals and objectives, coordinating development and activity in Downtown Baton Rouge by the State and City; establishing programs to meet the needs of the area. Work involves the supervision of professional, technical, and clerical staff; use of independent judgment; and is reviewed through personal conferences and for results obtained. Performs other work as requested.

Plans and develops business, residential, and public development projects, including coordination of project funding sources and oversight of project management. Leads the development and implementation of downtown-specific plans or projects in coordination with relevant stakeholders. Coordinates with local, state, and other officials to develop strategies and coalitions for economic development projects and to strengthen policies or laws that promote a safe and vibrant Downtown Baton Rouge. Supports and promotes tourism-related initiatives involving Downtown Baton Rouge, in collaboration with the City-Parish, Visit Baton Rouge, and other stakeholders; develops creative solutions that benefit Downtown Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. Performs necessary administrative work in the area of planning and redevelopment of an urban area, including establishing goals and objectives, coordinating development and activities set by the State and City-Parish, and establishing programs to meet needs as appropriate. Demonstrates leadership, decision ability, and self-direction skills by planning, managing, and conducting all administrative management and operational aspects of the District. Works supportively, collaboratively, efficiently, and effectively with the DDD Commission, Metropolitan Council, and Mayor-President in overseeing the completion of all strategic objectives and initiatives. Supervises, directs, and recommends actions to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Develops, reviews, and monitors budgets to ensure efficient financial operations and effective programming in accordance with the DDD's fiscal management policies, including managing purchasing activities, preparing and submitting grants, and negotiating and managing contracts. Creates and maintains a high-performing organizational culture aligned with the values of DDD. Manages and directs the day-to-day responsibilities of DDD personnel and staff, conducting regular employee performance evaluations and monitoring resources in line with operational needs and workforce demands. Represents the DDD effectively to external stakeholders and the general public in a manner consistent with the DDD's mission and objectives. Serves as a spokesperson for the DDD by deploying an effective communications plan in coordination with key stakeholders, publicizing activities related to the organization's programs and goals, and building awareness to positively represent the DDD to stakeholders and the general public. Develops and maintains strong working relationships with key stakeholder groups, including residents, government agencies, business owners, community leaders, religious organizations, and local nonprofits and philanthropies. Collaborates effectively with other community leaders to affect change and improve outcomes for a diverse and inclusive residential and business environment that positively contributes to the region's economic wellbeing and stability. Monitors and provides information related to proposed legislation, regulatory changes, studies, and reports, advising the Commission of potential impacts to the organization and relevant responses.

Knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, policies, rulings, and regulations regarding urban and economic development and incentives. Knowledge of capital and financial resources available to assist in the development and redevelopment of urban areas. Knowledge of relevant government programs and procedures, including available funding, legislative processes, and budgeting processes. Knowledge of the needs of urban areas and how to develop and implement plans that meet these needs. Knowledge of intergovernmental relations and the importance of strong working relationships across all relevant government agencies and functions. Ability to understand and leverage the value of real estate in urban environments to support broader economic and community growth. Ability to perform effectively under pressure and use strong organizational skills when faced with competing priorities. Ability to communicate clearly in writing and orally. Ability to maintain and establish strong management skills, emotional intelligence, and self-awareness with an ability to listen effectively to others and learn from their best ideas. Ability to develop and sustain productive and mutually beneficial working relationships with diverse stakeholders, citizen groups, partners, and governing bodies. Ability to foresee and evaluate potential issues with programs or initiatives and prepare alternative solutions. Ability to make clear and timely decisions. Ability to travel as necessary.


Bachelor's degree in urban planning, landscape architecture, business or public administration, geography, public policy, or a related field, with a master's degree in any of these fields preferred; eight years of professional experience in planning and development, preferably urban planning; and five years of management experience, including overseeing functions such as budgeting, staffing, project management, and performance management.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) None.


Unclassified job specifications may be revised at the will of the appointing authority.