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Need a job? Become Downtown’s chief executive (prior experience needed)

Burger meisters: (Left to right) Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh; beloved restaurateur Danny Meyer; Shake Shack CEO David Swinghamer; burger-loving Borough President Markowitz, Shake Shack Chief Operating Officer Randy Garutti and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Joe Chan celebrate the first Brooklyn Shake Shack.
Photo by Kathryn Kirk / Borough President’s Office

Looking for work? Want to make $200,000? The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has a job for you!

The quasi-governmental Downtown-boosting group is on the hunt for a new president and even sent out an announcement last Thursday in hopes of attracting resumes.

What exactly is this nonprofit development agency looking for? Hear it from the man who’d be your boss.

“The presidency is an opportunity to work on one of the fastest-growing downtowns in America,” said Alan Fishman, co-chairman of the board of directors. “This individual must have a deep understanding of government, real estate and be able to promote Downtown Brooklyn as a dynamic urban center.”

This week, former president Joe Chan left to take a job with the Empire State Development Corporation.

The goals of the partnership, in its fifth year, are to turn Downtown into a vibrant business center, improve public spaces, and implement major development projects. The firm also manages three business improvement districts.

Chan — whose salary was $220,000 — helped steer several neighborhood upgrades, such as the sale of the dour Municipal Building to developers and revamping the Fulton Mall as a destination for high-end retail.

Borough President Markowitz said that Downtown’s next chief executive will have big shoes to fill.

“The new president should see public works projects through, bridge the different needs of large and small businesses and attract new businesses to Downtown Brooklyn,” he said.

According to the job description, responsibilities include:

• Overseeing a form with an annual budget of $6.7 million and staff of 12 people.

• Serving as Downtown’s liaison to the mayor’s office.

• Collaborating with arts and cultural institutions within the BAM Cultural District.

• Working with board of directors to develop an agenda to spur the economic growth. (Anyone remember the “Downtown Brooklyn — It’s the Moment” campaign?)

A partnership spokesman wouldn’t divulge the starting pay, but said it would be commensurate with experience.

Unfortunately, these qualifications will surely winnow down the candidates (but you can dream, can’t you?).

• A minimum of five years working in economic development, urban planning and/or private real estate development, with direct experience working with city agencies.

• Prior experience in public speaking and delivering public presentations.

• Successful track record in private sector fundraising.

• A bachelor’s degree, but a Master’s is preferred.

To apply, e-mail your cover letter, qualifications, and resume by Nov. 1 to lelezaj@meridiancapital.com. For info, visit www.dbpartnership.org.

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