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Location: Seaside, FL
Salary: Salary is commensurate with skills and experience
Seaside and the Seaside Institute
The visionary community of Seaside has been a living laboratory for human-scale design and sustainable building practices since its creation in the early 1980s. Using planning techniques for compact, mixed-use development now known as New Urbanism, Seaside sparked a revolution in the planning of neighborhoods, cities and regions.
Formed in 1983, Seaside Institute has been part of that revolution from the beginning, assembling creative, thoughtful people from different disciplines with the common objective of inspiring livable communities. While rooted in the very specific place of Seaside, the Institute looks broadly to apply its principles to three fundamental challenges facing contemporary communities: sustainability, connectivity and adaptability.
The job of executive director is an opportunity to help define the direction of the Institute and increase its visibility in the following target areas:
- Innovation. The Institute brings together professionals and citizens in various disciplines on a regional or national level to discuss new approaches to such contemporary issues as transportation, affordable housing and healthy aging as well as issues uniquely impacting coastal communities like Seaside, including hurricane preparedness and recovery and rising sea levels. These efforts should continue and be expanded.
- Local Outreach. In addition to Seaside’s permanent or part-time residents, many thousands of visitors pass through Seaside each year. These include people who stay in Seaside and others who come from nearby (including the communities of WaterColor, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach that were inspired by the design of Seaside and share some of its DNA). The Institute wishes to greatly expand programming for these groups, ranging from informal opportunities for visitors to learn about Seaside’s human-scale design to cultural and educational programming similar to the Aspen Institute.
- Legacy and Academics. Institute programming (particularly the annual Seaside Prize Weekend) brings together architects, planners and developers, many of them with long- standing ties to Seaside and the Institute. The Institute has a close relationship with Notre Dame’s architectural school and serves as a learning experience for that and other academic institutions.
The Executive Director suggests and develops programming and messaging that will further the goals of the Institute, expand its scope and improve its visibility in the areas described above. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the operation of the Institute, including staff and finances, and serves as a resource for the Board of Governors.
The ability to obtain financial support for the Institute, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, is highly desirable. While the Institute may recruit additional support to assist with fund-raising, an ideal candidate would be successful in seeking donations and grants.
The Institute is looking for an individual who communicates well, is enthusiastic about the mission of the Institute and will take creative approaches to shaping and expanding its programming and messaging.
Candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree being desirable, and at least five years’ relevant work experience. A background in urban planning or architecture is helpful.
While living in or near Seaside is not a requirement, the candidate must be able to be on-site for frequent events.
How to Apply
Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to SearchCommittee@SeasideInstitute.org. Any questions may be sent to the same address.