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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 12:21 AM


Company Name: RiNo Art District, BID, GID

Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
Min Experience: 5-7 Years
Job Function: Planning
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary: $75,000.00 - $95,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

RiNo (River North) is an urban neighborhood just north of Downtown Denver comprised of industry and warehouses; an eclectic mix of small startups, restaurants, and creative businesses; and a state-certified art district that spans the neighborhood. Recently, the area has seen a strong influx of development from both the public and private sectors that is sparking change and concern over the future of RiNo, and what it will look like as it continues to grow. In 2015, stakeholders in the RiNo neighborhood came together to create two special districts for RiNo to address these issues.

These districts include:
RiNo Business Improvement District (BID): The BID generates approximately $600,000 annually that is dedicated to strategically managing growth and development, retaining the unique and industrial character of the neighborhood, and keeping the focus on the arts in RiNo, understanding it is the creative nature of the place that drives economic activity, tourism and quality of life. The BID looks holistically at the entire RiNo neighborhood, with the purpose of preserving neighborhood character, promoting economic strength of the creatives, entrepreneurs and properties located within and ensuring appropriate neighborhood growth that promotes walkability, bikeability, sustainability and a cohesive neighborhood fabric. Formation of the BID allows RiNo to be strategically managed as it evolves and grows.

The BID’s goals are to:
• Create a collective voice to accomplish the long-term goals of the neighborhood.
• Purposefully improve and advance RiNo while keeping it affordable for creatives, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
• Be an advocate for RiNo to influence and direct policy, develop strategic partnerships, and leverage its budget by attracting grants and additional funding, thereby providing financial sustainability.
• Retain RiNo’s unique urban and industrial character, and keep the creative entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of RiNo.
• Create an accessible, desirable area where people want to visit, engage and invest.

RiNo General Improvement District (GID): The GID covers only the western portion of the RiNo neighborhood and is funded through two separate assessments: a mill levy that generates approximately $325,000 annually to support neighborhood infrastructure improvements and future maintenance needs, and a special assessment on properties fronting Brighton Boulevard to add $3M in enhancements to Brighton Blvd.
The RINo BID and GID are contracted with the RiNo Art District to deliver services to the neighborhood. The RiNo Art District is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization and is also the Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) for RiNo. The organization’s mission is to serve as a community development and placemaking organization focused on nurturing growth in the district through the development of a thriving creative culture and to ensure RiNo remains a place where artists can create and thrive.

The RiNo Art District encompasses approximately 1 square mile in urban Denver’s northeastern corner, situated at the intersection of I-25 and I-70. The boundaries are Broadway to the south, and the alleyway between Larimer and Lawrence Streets to the east. RiNo is a former industrial district that has seen tremendous investment and change in recent years. This has been in part bolstered by Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s commitment to the “Corridor of Opportunity” that connects Denver’s Union Station to Denver International Airport as well as his commitment to North Denver through the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC).

Some $44M worth of public sector improvements are currently underway in RiNo, including:
• Redevelopment of Brighton Boulevard
• RiNo Park
• RiNo Promenade
• Pedestrian Bridges
• 35th Street
• Larimer, Blake and Walnut Street Two-Way Conversions

Additionally the opening of the 38th and Blake Commuter Rail Station, part of the A-Line connecting DIA to Union Station, has been a significant catalyst for development, including significant residential development, creative spaces, hotels and office uses. The transformation of the neighborhood over the next 5-10 years will be significant.

Still, there is significantly more work to be done to ensure that the public environment not only serves the growing demand of the neighborhood, but also is done in a way that sets a tone for the priorities of the neighborhood, which include creating a place that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists over cars, and utilizes the most forward thinking approaches in terms of design and sustainability.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Planning Director is responsible for managing the public realm priorities and projects of the RiNo Art District, BID and GID. The role of the Planning Director will be to understand the vision for the public realm environment for RiNo as well as needs and opportunities, work to retain the unique urban and industrial character of RiNo, integrate culture and creativity into the environment, deliver appropriate enhancements to the public realm, address pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and amenities and activate the area.

Priorities for RiNo and for this staff position include:
• Advocating to the City and County of Denver for funding and prioritization of larger-scale infrastructure needs and investments in RiNo to ensure the district is safe, accessible and connected and that it prioritizes pedestrians, bicyclists and transportation.
• Investing in the development and implementation of a comprehensive RiNo-branded wayfinding program for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as distinctive gateways into RiNo to define and brand the neighborhood.
• Improving the aesthetics and functionality of RiNo’s public realm, sidewalks, streets and pedestrian areas. This includes (but is not limited to) adding amenities such as benches, bike racks and trash/recycling cans as well as public art, murals and creative projects to bolster the RiNo brand.
• Working to leverage resources to improve the South Platte River, create parks, green spaces and public spaces, and implement sustainability investments and green stormwater solutions to provide a healthy neighborhood that encourages social interaction.
• Undertaking creative neighborhood enhancements and interventions, including activating alleyways and pedestrian walkways and developing interesting places and spaces.
• Promoting upkeep (as necessary) throughout the district to enhance existing maintenance by the City of Denver and property owners, working to help ensure visitors have a safe and pleasant experience.

This position will provide the management needed to make the vision for RiNo’s environment a reality by:
• Providing overall project management and implementation oversight to realize the mission of RiNo in improving the public realm
• Contributing to the vision for public realm projects, including identifying forward-thinking, creative solutions to challenges, bringing forward best practices in progressive urban design from around the world, and realizing new concepts to challenge conventional practices
• Working with RiNo staff, board members, the City of Denver and other partners to assure that public realm priorities are advanced
• Directing community engagement related to the public realm through direct outreach and reporting and technology-enabled approaches
• Representing the RiNo Art District to the community, the stakeholders and external constituency groups, including community, governmental, and private organizations
• Benchmark successes

• At least 7 years of professional experience overall, with a minimum of five years of experience in a similar role
• Bachelor’s degree required, preference for Urban Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Real Estate Development or Project Management

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
• Strong experience designing and implementing projects in the public realm, preferably in Denver
• Strong public relations experience and the ability to work with and engage diverse constituents to reach creative solutions
• Experience developing and advocating for policy changes
• Exceptional organizational and administrative skills

Desired qualities:
• Ability to effectively project manage and prioritize multiple tasks in fast-paced environment
• Positive attitude; problem-solver; big thinker
• Ability to take initiative and meet goals and objectives
• Ability to communicate and build partnerships with different constituencies
• An existing network of contacts within Denver area development, community and/or government agencies is preferred

Salary is commensurate with experience. Full benefit package available.

Contact Person:
Jamie Licko
Email Address:
Phone: 303-345-8285
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