The Downtown Lakeland Partnership is soliciting applications for the executive director position being vacated by Ellen Simms, whose retirement is effective May 31.

Interested applicants are asked to email a resume to the organization by June 2 at 5 p.m.:

The DLP’s mission is to advocate for and promote Downtown Lakeland as an ideal location to shop, dine, work and play. It hosts monthly First Friday events, as well as Thursday Squared food truck rallies on the second Thursday of each month. The DLP is a membership-based organization that draws its strength from a diverse group of businesses and individuals.

A seven-member Search Committee will review applicants’ resumes and forward recommendations to the Board of Directors, who will make the final decision on filling this vacant position.

Job Description

Position Title


Reports to Board of Directors

Summary of primary job functions

This position is responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the organization in accordance with direction from the Board of Directors (BOD).

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Duties and Responsibilities





The Executive Director must be thoroughly committed to the DLP mission. Successful candidates will have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

Other desired qualities include:

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