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

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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 For info, visit

Posted 12:00 am, October 12, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

frank from furter says:
Boy was he overpaid.
Oct. 12, 2011, 7:47 am
jj from brooklyn says:
he accomplished what, exactly? a burger joint at adams and fulton and supporting the giveaway of the muni-building at a discount price?! willoughby's a mess, livingston's not much better, metrotech's dead, there are no stores along apartmentfied Flatbush Ave Ext and... oh yeah, there's 24-hour downtown!!! what bull---t.

take the money and run, joe, to another paper-pushing glad-handing job with the state's big giveaway agency.

the only true requirements for the downtown job is to smile, pocket your money, and make sure your patron's developer pals pocket theirs.
Oct. 12, 2011, 12:26 pm
Gerry from Brooklyn Heights says:
What high end retailers are now in the Fulton Mall?
Oct. 15, 2011, 2:41 pm
joey from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Now he is destroying the Bronx and all of the state of ny. What a hack? He seems to be Ken Adams puppet...No qualifications at all and ends up a nice job with benefits.
April 17, 2013, 11:40 pm
joey from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Now he is destroying the Bronx and all of the state of ny. What a hack? He seems to be Ken Adams puppet...No qualifications at all and ends up a nice job with benefits.
April 17, 2013, 11:40 pm
Atlantic Yards neighbor from Boerum says:
I think an additional story needs to be done on how unqualified Joe Chan is and how he is now the person at ESD responsible for Atlantic Yard. When we pressed him for additional questions regarding housing he refused to answer questions.

Our tax dollars used to pay for this hack
Feb. 20, 2014, 12:10 am

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