Now Hiring: Executive Director

Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR) is now hiring an Executive Director.

SPAR was established in 1974 to serve Jacksonville's Springfield historic district neighborhood, a one square mile residential and commercial area just north of Downtown Jacksonville. The organization works with City of Jacksonville, developers, organizations and individuals to help build and preserve its unique community through advocacy, events and education.

In the past few years, both the neighborhood and SPAR have experienced tremendous growth and continued interest. We have established Jacksonville Porchfest as the premier music festival in Jacksonville while expanding additional programming, assisted several new businesses in opening by awarding facade grants, completed a $500K capital campaign to restore and renovate our Main Street office building, and celebrated Springfield’s 150th anniversary by transforming a highly visible vacant lot into a popular community greenspace, Sesquicentennial Park.

More about the Executive Director position and how to apply:


Springfield​ ​Preservation​ ​and​ ​Revitalization Executive​ ​Director


The Executive Director is the Senior Executive of Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR).  The Executive Director is responsible to and is evaluated by the Executive Committee and works at the direction of the Board President. As a volunteer driven organization, SPAR leans heavily on the Executive Director to manage daily activities, expand fundraising activities, to support existing programs and drive expansion. The Executive Director also provides needed support to the Board in order to accomplish goals.

The Executive Director is responsible for the planning, organizing, staffing, motivating, directing and management of Board objectives and directives, consistent with the organization’s mission and financial objectives. This description is intended to be broad and the duties of this position may vary and change as the organization advances.


Fund​ ​Acquisition​ ​/​ ​Administration

  1. Actively​ ​seeks​ ​out​ ​funding​ ​opportunities​ ​through​ ​grants,​ ​sponsorships, donations,​ ​or​ ​gifts​ ​that​ ​align​ ​with​ ​the​ ​organization's​ ​mission​ ​&​ ​values.

  2. Maintains​ ​reporting​ ​and​ ​attends​ ​all​ ​required​ ​meetings​ ​or​ ​hearings​ ​related​ ​to funding​ ​sources.

  3. Develops​ ​and​ ​maintains​ ​positive​ ​relationships​ ​with​ ​funders​ ​and​ ​sponsors​ ​to garner​ ​new​ ​opportunities.

  4. Provides​ ​regular​ ​financial​ ​health​ ​updates​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Board.


General​ ​Business​ ​Administration​ ​/​ ​Management

  1. Manages​ ​day-to-day​ ​activities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​organization:

    1. Be​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​recruiting,​ ​interviewing​ ​and​ ​recommending​ ​new​ ​staff hires​ ​to​ ​the​ ​board​ ​for​ ​approval.

    2. Manages​ ​paid​ ​and​ ​unpaid​ ​staff​ ​daily​ ​activities.

    3. Oversees​ ​administrative​ ​budgets.

  2. Manages​ ​organizational​ ​assets:

    1. Creates​ ​and​ ​maintains​ ​a​ ​contact​ ​management​ ​solution​ ​for​ ​vendors, sponsors,​ ​funders,​ ​and​ ​volunteers.

    2. Assists​ ​with​ ​property​ ​management​ ​as​ ​needed.

    3. Identifies​ ​potential​ ​investment​ ​activity​ ​for​ ​the​ ​organization​ ​and recommend​ ​purchases​ ​to​ ​the​ ​board​ ​when​ ​relevant.

    4. Participates​ ​in​ ​Budget​ ​and​ ​Finance​ ​Committee​ ​meetings​ ​and​ ​provide input​ ​as​ ​needed.

  3. Coordinates​ ​membership​ ​activity:

    1. Oversees​ ​membership​ ​activity​ ​and​ ​coordinates​ ​membership​ ​drives.

    2. Manages​ ​the​ ​membership​ ​education​ ​and​ ​volunteer​ ​opportunity programs.

    3. Manages​ ​and​ ​coordinates​ ​Strategic​ ​Plan​ ​and​ ​its​ ​directives.

    4. Maintains​ ​membership​ ​lists​ ​and​ ​records.


Community​ ​Development

  1. Promotes​ ​preservation​ ​activities​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​Springfield​ ​Historic​ ​District:

    1. Understands​ ​and​ ​updates​ ​historic​ ​preservation​ ​guideline​ ​resources.

    2. Promotes​ ​and​ ​distributes​ ​SAMBA​ ​member,​ ​vendor​ ​and​ ​contractor​ ​lists as​ ​requested.

  2. Creates​ ​and​ ​manages​ ​educational​ ​programs​ ​related​ ​to​ ​historic preservation​ ​&​ ​community​ ​development.

  3. Maintains​ ​board​ ​and​ ​outside​ ​entities​ ​awareness​ ​of​ ​neighborhood​ ​issues​ ​and concerns:

    1. Fosters​ ​and​ ​manages​ ​the​ ​relationship​ ​between​ ​SPAR​ ​and​ ​local municipal,​ ​civic,​ ​religious​ ​and​ ​philanthropic​ ​groups.

    2. Builds​ ​positive​ ​working​ ​relationships​ ​with​ ​key​ ​leaders​ ​including​ ​current City​ ​Council​ ​Representative​ ​and​ ​represents​ ​the​ ​interests​ ​of​ ​the organization​ ​at​ ​appropriate​ ​city​ ​meetings.

  4. Encourages​ ​business​ ​development:

    1. Provides​ ​and​ ​coordinates​ ​board​ ​assistance​ ​to​ ​SAMBA.

    2. Follows​ ​leads​ ​for​ ​business​ ​interest​ ​and​ ​forwards​ ​to​ ​board/SAMBA members​ ​for​ ​additional​ ​assistance​ ​as​ ​needed.

    3. Creates and manages a business development fund to provide financial assistance and grants/loans to promote growth.

    4. Attends​ ​Main​ ​Street​ ​America​ ​programs​ ​and​ ​coordinates​ ​the​ ​formation and​ ​submission​ ​of​ ​Program​ ​for​ ​accreditation.


Board​ ​of​ ​Directors/Governance

  1. Serves​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Executive​ ​Secretary​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Board:

    1. Attends​ ​and​ ​participates​ ​in​ ​all​ ​Board​ ​meetings​ ​as​ ​a​ ​non-voting​ ​member while​ ​collecting​ ​minutes​ ​to​ ​be​ ​published​ ​on​ ​the​ ​board​ ​website.

    2. Advises​ ​on​ ​how​ ​board​ ​activity​ ​will​ ​affect​ ​the​ ​organization’s​ ​daily​ ​and future​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​goals.

    3. Manages​ ​filing​ ​of​ ​meeting​ ​minutes​ ​and​ ​all​ ​other​ ​legal​ ​documents pertaining​ ​to​ ​board​ ​status.

  2. Conducts​ ​committee​ ​oversight:

    1. Coordinates​ ​with​ ​committee​ ​chairs​ ​as​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​assets​ ​are available​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​the​ ​duties​ ​as​ ​assigned.

    2. Assists​ ​in​ ​achieving​ ​and​ ​developing​ ​committee​ ​goals​ ​with​ ​regard​ ​to strategic​ ​plan​ ​and​ ​organizational​ ​growth.


Marketing/Event​ ​Coordination

  1. Drives​ ​Marketing​ ​and​ ​Promotion:

    1. Assists​ ​in​ ​creation​ ​and​ ​management​ ​of​ ​marketing​ ​programs.

    2. Assists​ ​with​ ​developing​ ​SPAR​ ​branded​ ​products​ ​and​ ​merchandise​ ​for approval.

    3. Manages​ ​external​ ​communication​ ​and​ ​the​ ​public​ ​image​ ​of​ ​SPAR.

    4. Assists​ ​with​ ​the​ ​SPAR​ ​website​ ​and​ ​overall​ ​social​ ​media​ ​presence.

  2. Manages​ ​Events:

    1. Coordinates and assembles event committees to facilitate all sponsored events including Jacksonville Porchfest, Second Sundays, Music on Main, July 4th Baseball game, and the Spring Home Tour.

    2. Seeks​ ​out​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​involvement,​ ​community​ ​support, sponsorship​ ​and​ ​cross​ ​promotion.

    3. Conducts​ ​rigorous​ ​program​ ​evaluation​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​programs​ ​are appropriate​ ​for​ ​the​ ​community​ ​and​ ​the​ ​financials​ ​are​ ​well​ ​understood.


Required​ ​Skills,​ ​Experience​ ​and​ ​Training:

  1. Bachelors or Masters degree. 
  2. Proven track record of success in a nonprofit leadership position, with successful resource development and fundraising experience. Five years of Jacksonville based nonprofit leadership is preferred. 
  3. Experience in public speaking / public relations, Media experience preferred (TV, radio & print interviews).
  4. Strong knowledge of financial and accounting rules and procedures.
  5. Knowledge of Google suite products and Google Drive storage, Quickbooks, and Campaigner preferred.
  6. Integrity, strong work ethic, ability to quickly adapt to change.
  7. Willingness to work a flexible schedule as event and meeting schedules may demand.
  8. Maintains a positive synergy within a team environment, ability to delegate and communicate for assistance when needed.
  9. Experience working with City of Jacksonville, JEA, Jacksonville Transit Authority, and other contacts preferred.


To​ ​Apply:

If you would like to apply for the Executive Director position, please send a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] with the subject line Executive Director Position.

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