Hilltop Campus Village seeks new Executive Director

The Hilltop Campus Village Board of Directors is seeking a new Executive Director.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit resumes with cover letter online before March 3rd to cheryl@hilltopcampusvillage.org.

Job Summary:

The position of Executive Director is a full-time paid position employed by the Hilltop Campus Village Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Executive Director reports directly to the HCV Board of Directors and works independently as the HCV representative for the express purpose of overseeing operations, providing leadership and implementing policies and programs to carry out the work of the organization.

The Executive Director works to create and execute strategic plans as devised and approved by the HCV Board of Directors, its four working committees (Organization, Design, Economic Vitality, and Promotion) and ad hoc groups as needed to implement overall goals of the organization.

The Executive Director will serve as the liaison to organizational partners of the HCV mission, including but not limited to the City of Davenport Mayor and City Council, the Department of Planning and Economic Development, Department of Public Works, and the Police Department along with local community and social organizations focusing on community advocacy and commercial revitalization.

In addition to the above, it is the responsibility of the Executive Director to make certain that all National Main Street Center requirements are adhered to in such a manner so as to retain the organization’s membership in the NMSC. Related to this work is to maintain connectivity and involvement with the Main Street Iowa organization, including the timely submittal of all NMSC required reports and participation at workshops and conferences as required.


-Reports to the Board of Directors, maintaining open communication and disclosure of the conditions, operations and needs of the organization.

-Oversees the daily administration of the organization by implementing policies, procedures and programs.

-Oversees preparation of the annual budget. Responsible for financial management of the organization.

-Strong emphasis on writing/implementation of grants, or assigning such duties to delegated parties.

-Facilitates periodic audits and compliance activities as required for the NMSC.

-Supports and directs all marketing, social media and public relations activities to build and maintain community and public relationships. HCV website, Facebook page and all social media must be current and reflect the mission of HCV.

-Establishing agendas for HCV meetings, communicating dates and times with board and project members. Will also provide written notes and action items from HCV meetings.-Executes other duties as requested and assigned by the Board of Directors.-Minimum travel is expected with this position, along with lifting (up to 20 pounds), desk work and the ability to canvass the HCV territory and associated businesses as needed.

Required Skills/Abilities

-Strong leadership skills with the ability to develop and communicate the organizations mission and vision. Relationship building will be key to success in this position.-Public speaking, presentation skills.

-Understanding of economic development and economic restructuring, small business and entrepreneurship.

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills.-Experience in grant writing and successful implementation of grant funds.

-Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with government agencies, community leaders, and the general public.-Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

-Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

-Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Education and Experience:

-Bachelor’s degree in a related field; or

-At least two years of business administration and/or experience related to successful non-profit management, economic development.

-Supervisory/Leadership experience preferred.

The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines. Hilltop Campus Village is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Please email your resume and cover letter to cheryl@hilltopcampusvillage.org no later than Friday, March 3rd.

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HCV’s Executive Director to retire in June

Executive Search Team formed to seek replacement

The Hilltop Campus Village Board of Directors will be seeking a new director to replace retiring Executive Director Scott Tunnicliff, who shared with the board his decision to step down as of June 30.

“A great deal has been accomplished since the HCV’s founding, thanks to our volunteers, our working partnerships and support from Main Street Iowa”, said Tunnicliff. “There are some important projects going forward right now, but it doesn’t make sense to wait for a lull in the action to hand the reins to someone else.”

Robert Lee, longtime President of the Board of Directors, put things in perspective. “Scott’s experience in community and economic development has been a tremendous asset to the Hilltop Campus Village, as has his ability to connect with people and develop solid working relationship. We understand and support his desire to retire, and are excited to move forward in finding a talented replacement.”

Jim Engle, Director, Iowa Downtown Resource Center, commented that “Scott Tunnicliff has been a steady influence on Hilltop Campus Village in his 11+ years as Executive Director.  He has been a terrific promoter of the district and I will always remember him for his tenacious efforts to get development projects done.  Plus, his support of our statewide Main Street efforts has been so important to us!  He has made a genuine difference.”

Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa’s State Coordinator, said “Scott’s work with the Hilltop district, program, and volunteers has been transformative to the future trajectory of the Hilltop Campus Village area. His professional experience and personal character has helped forge partnerships and relationships with the community that will be foundations for future success in the district.”

Scott added, “A lot of wonderful things have happened over the past decade – Harrison Loft Apartments, Brenton Lofts, our Urban Gardens, the Brewed Book, and lots of other small businesses adding to our amenity base – all told over $100 million in restoration, redevelopment and reinvestment. But it would be wrong of me to try and take credit for any of the many projects that have taken place; they are the result of people recognizing opportunities presented to them, and moving forward with vision.”

“Right now, great things are happening in the Hilltop Campus Village.” added Ted Galvin, chair of the HCV Economic Development Committee . “The Greatest Grains property at 1600 Harrison has been sold for redevelopment. There are big plans for re-use of the former banking branch at 1618 Main; residential conversions are taking place at 317 West 7th (the Roosevelt Apartments); 510 Brady (the Wupperman Block), 509/515 Ripley (Wohler Apartments), we expect to see come great creative re-use at 330 West 5th (the former Carl Cleve and Sons). There is a lot of work that has been done, and a lot left to do.”

Mr. Tunnicliff took the helm of the HCV in August 2009, when it was first organized, becoming its first Director. He has worked for 35 years in the fields of community and economic development, mostly in the Quad City area.

The Board has formed an Executive Search Task Force and will be circulating a job description to members of the community, various economic and community development organizations, and the Main Street Iowa. Interested parties are encouraged to submit resumes online to director@hilltopcampusvillage.org. They may also be forwarded to Hilltop Campus Village, 122 East 15th Street, Davenport, IA 52803, ATTN: HCV Executive Search Team.

The Executive Director Job Description can be downloaded here.

Executive Director Scott Tunnicliff in Waterloo during a Board Retreat
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2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

We’re proud to present our Video Annual Meeting for 2020. Once you’ve watched the video, download a ballot here, fill it out, and then email it to vote@hilltopcampusvillage.org. Voting is open until 11:59PM on Tuesday, June 30th. On July first, we’ll announce our new board members on the website and Facebook. Thanks for participating in our Virtual Annual Meeting!

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Small Business Saturday 2019

The Hilltop Campus Village has been designated a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday, a national movement which takes place on November 30. The emphasis on this event is to encourage consumers to Shop Small, and patronize your small, local independent businesses for the start of the holiday shopping season.

This year, the Hilltop Campus Village district has been encouraging area merchants to offer specials deals and incentive to help draw patrons through its doors. Merchants along Brady Street and Harrison Streets will be offering great deals on food, coffee, books, antiques and other items, all for people buying for themselves or doing shopping for the holidays.

In addition, the Hilltop Campus Village will be offering discount coupons for the stores of participating merchants, given out for the asking and good for a $5 discount on purchases.  Volunteers from the Hilltop Campus Villages will be distributing the coupons from 10am to 2pm on Saturday from two locations: Estate Resale Shop at 1326 Brady Street, and the Brewed Book, at 1524 Harrison. The coupons are good for any of the participating stores, but are limited to one per customer. Linen tote bags commemorating the Shop Small movement and Small Business Saturday are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

This is the sixth year of participation by the Hilltop Campus Village in this national “Shop Small” movement. This national movement is celebrating its tenth year and proudly sponsored by American Express.

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1103 Main Street Request for Proposals

This request for proposal is designed to identify parties interested in entering into a lease agreement with Trinity Episcopal Cathedral to lease, repair maintain and re-use this church-owned building, located at 1103 Main Street in Davenport, Iowa and known as THE DEANERY.
The successful proposal will include a plan which demonstrates the intention and financial ability to use and maintain the building in a manner compatible with the area, and with the church’s mission, the historic significance of the building, the prevailing city ordinance and the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

The Deanery RFP (PDF)

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