Downtown Saskatoon Seeks New Executive Director

Downtown Saskatoon Seeks New Executive Director


Downtown Saskatoon Seeks New Executive Director

Downtown Saskatoon is looking for it’s next executive director.


Send resume and cover letter to: 
Sara Wheelwright, Board Chair 
[email protected]  

Job Summary:

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Downtown Saskatoon Business Improvement District (Downtown Saskatoon) according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Management (the Board). The ED is responsible for implementing and executing initiatives and objectives for Downtown Saskatoon.

The ED implements policies and procedures established by the Board and reports to the Chair of the Board, as well as providing leadership, direction, and guidance of Downtown Saskatoon’s activities while continually evaluating the effectiveness of all organizational operations.

The ED is expected to continually develop Downtown Saskatoon’s relationship with elected officials, the civic community, and business leaders and maintain Downtown Saskatoon’s representation on a wide range of boards and committees. The ED will have the power to transact everyday business for Downtown Saskatoon, within established policy and procedures, and overall strategic direction.

The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter with the ability to work without supervision, possess strong organizational, planning, written and verbal communication skills, be a critical and strategic thinker, and ideally have some understanding of and familiarity with Downtown Saskatoon.


From our vibrant streets to river’s edge, Downtown Saskatoon is open and inviting, offering an upscale, colourful, urban experience in the heart of Saskatchewan.

We offer an eclectic mix of fashion retailers, local restaurants, and significant cultural and natural amenities. The district boasts Saskatchewan’s preeminent modern art gallery Remai Modern, the province’s premiere fashion destination Midtown Shopping Centre, and Saskatoon’s renowned Castle on the River, the Delta Bessborough. We area also proud to host many of the city’s most popular festivals and offer easy access to Saskatoon’s riverbank and Meewasin Valley Trail.

As the city’s Central Business Improvement District (BID), we strive to:

  • Promote, shape and enhance Saskatoon’s downtown as a destination for residential, retail, cultural, and business development.
  • Create, promote and program downtown experience that attract Saskatoon residents and visitors from across the province, country, and world.

Our work is overseen by a board of district representatives and supported through a levy on commercial properties in the area.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate with the Board in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide Downtown Saskatoon and the business district it serves;
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of internal and external issues that affect Downtown Saskatoon;
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board on all aspects of Downtown Saskatoon’s activities;
  • Foster executive team work between the Board and the ED and between the ED and staff;
  • Act as a spokesperson for Downtown Saskatoon;
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate;
  • Represent Downtown Saskatoon at various community events and activities to enhance Downtown Saskatoon’s community profile.

Operational Planning and Management

  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of Downtown Saskatoon;
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and review existing policies recommending changes to the Board when required.

Program, Planning and Management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Downtown Saskatoon events, programs and services;
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by Downtown Saskatoon contribute to Downtown Saskatoon’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board and mandate of the organization;
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of programs and services to maintain or improve quality;
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of special

Human Resources Management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery;
  • Oversee the implementation of the HR policies, procedures, and practices, including the development of job descriptions for all staff;
  • Recruit, interview, select, orient, and train staff to help further Downtown Saskatoon’s m1ss1on;
  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance;
  • Discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques; release staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures.

Financial Planning and Management

  • Work with staff and Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive annual budget;
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of Downtown Saskatoon;
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board;
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed;
  • Administer the funds of Downtown Saskatoon according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly statements and prepare monthly reports for the Finance Committee;
  • Provide the Board with regular reports on the revenues and expenditures of Downtown Saskatoon;
  • Ensure compliance with all legislation covering taxation and withholding

Community Relations / Advocacy

  • Communicate with stakeholders (Downtown businesses and property owners) to keep them informed of issues of importance;
  • Advocate for Downtown business and property owners;
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve goals;
  • Represent the interests of Downtown Saskatoon with local business organizations (Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, SREDA, NSBA, other BIDs, ).

Risk Management

  • Identify and evaluate risks to Downtown Saskatoon (staff, management, Board), property, finances, goodwill, and image, and implement measures to control risks;
  • Ensure the Board and Downtown Saskatoon carries appropriate and adequate insurance

Competency, Skills, and Qualifications

  • Experience in managing a not for profit organization or association;
  • Strong verbal, writing, interpersonal and analytical skills, with the ability to work effectively with a diverse community;
  • Experience with    professional    organization    administration     and    human    resource management;
  • Good financial acumen including budgeting, and resource placement;
  • Ability to develop effective, trusting relationships and partnerships with community and business leaders, elected officials, and key influencers in the community;
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and delegate tasks and responsibilities to staff;
  • Outstanding communication skills (oral and written), including public speaking and media relations;
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of people inside and outside the organization;
  • Strong leadership qualities with an ability to balance stakeholders, drive results, collaborate effectively, and instill trust;
  • Understanding of place-making and urban planning
  • Experience and established relationships with city entities and stakeholders, familiarity with and interest in Downtown Saskatoon.
  • A consummate professional who is approachable and possesses a spirit of warmth, humility and emotional intelligence.