Want to be Downtown Iowa City’s New ‘Nighttime Mayor’?

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Iowa City Press Citizen –

Looking to become downtown Iowa City’s next nighttime mayor?

The Iowa City Downtown District on Friday announced it’s accepting applications for the nighttime mayor, a new full-time position added as part of the district’s nighttime initiative strategic plan goal.

What is a nighttime mayor?

According to the Downtown District’s announcement, the nighttime mayor will be tasked with creating non-traditional nighttime events, conferences and other creative endeavors to build community relations with night businesses and the city’s cultural venues that are open past 5 p.m.

The new nighttime mayor will work directly with businesses, city departments, University of Iowa student liaisons and the community in general to “support the entrepreneurial ecosystem, address community friction points, and serve as a welcoming concierge,” according to the job description.

“We are finding that people who have not been downtown in several years have not experienced the positive changes made by our businesses since the 21-only ordinance or the growth of local and university cultural programming. They still think of downtown Iowa City as it was 10 years ago. It’s a huge disconnect,” Nancy Bird, Executive Director of the Downtown District, said in the announcement. “It’s high time to acknowledge and guide this asset.”

Candidates obviously will need to work late night hours, but also will have to demonstrate experience motivating diverse groups. The salary is negotiable, the job description said, but compensation will depend on experience and the hours tailored for the selected nighttime mayor.

Eligible candidates will have strong interpersonal skills and initiative and the district prefers but does not require a bachelor’s degree. The Downtown District “is committed to a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and any candidate with an uplifting and energetic perspective,” the announcement said.

Applications, which must include a resume and 500-word biography, are due to the Downtown District my 10 a.m. March 27. Applications can be sent to nightmayor@downtowniowacity.com.


Reach Andy Davis at 319-887-5404 or at aldavis@press-citizen.com, and follow him on Twitter as @BylineAndyDavis.

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