Director of Community Initiatives




16 Tech Community Corporation


Chief Executive Officer, 16 Tech Community Corporation

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter by August 15 to info@16tech.com

Job Description

Director of Community Initiatives



16 Tech Community Corporation, Inc. (“16 Tech”) is the organizer and manager of a 60-acre advanced technologies innovation district in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.  16 Tech is designed to create a dynamic urban community for scientific research, technology innovation, entrepreneurial activity, and talent attraction, with a focus on startups and corporations in the bioscience, tech and advanced engineering sectors.  It will serve both as a signature development project for the new, metropolitan-based 21st century economy of advanced industries and university partners as well as an accelerator for Indiana’s innovation community, catapulting the region to global recognition for cross-sector collaboration and innovation.

The City of Indianapolis is a major 16 Tech partner, having appropriated $55 million of tax increment financing for infrastructure improvements needed to enable development. 16 Tech has also been awarded more than $40 million from private foundations for its work.

16 TCC is responsible for a Community Investment Fund (CIF) to help surrounding neighborhoods and their residents benefit from and participate in the growth of 16 Tech. Seeded with $3 million from the City of Indianapolis, the CIF will be financially sustained by assessments paid by the owners, developers and tenants of 16 Tech.

Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) serves as the employer for 16 Tech under a shared services agreement.


Position Overview

The Director of Community Initiatives will lead 16 Tech’s efforts to engage and invest in the communities surrounding 16 Tech on the Near Northwest and Near West side of Indianapolis, including Riverside, King Commons, Hawthorne, Haughville, Stringtown, We Care, Indiana Avenue, and surrounding neighborhoods. Reporting to the CEO, this role will develop and oversee the strategy and execution of initiatives and partnerships to create access and opportunity for the neighbors of 16 Tech. In addition, this role will play a key part in fostering a community committed to diversity and inclusivity among the employers and tenants of 16 Tech.


JOB Responsibilities

Relationship Development

  • Coordinate the advisory committee of the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund, working closely with members to build a collaborative and engaged committee and to leverage member insights and resources for the benefit of the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Strengthen, maintain and build community relationships with neighborhood associations, community, cultural and faith-based organizations, and residents.
  • Convene and engage community stakeholders to broaden 16 Tech’s understanding of neighborhood needs and priorities.
  • Cultivate and build 16 Tech’s presence as a community partner by engaging regularly with community leaders and residents at community meetings, events and other community gatherings.
  • Represent 16 Tech at conferences, events and other community forums to share 16 Tech’s vision for community development and progress toward goals, and to learn from others.
  •  Seek to develop opportunities for local businesses to connect and grow with 16 Tech.
  • Create and maintain a calendar of community events and a community database inclusive of neighborhood and local leadership, workforce programs, and community resources.

Program Development and Management

  • Incorporate the goals of 16 Tech’s Community Investment Fund into a clear and transparent grant process; administer the grant program process from inquiries through evaluation with guidance from the CEO, advisory committee and consulting partner.
  • Assist in creating partnerships with job training, workforce development, health and human service organizations, and local schools with an emphasis on developing pathways for next generation jobs and employment opportunities at 16 Tech.
  • Develop creative ways of soliciting neighborhood feedback and involvement in the development of 16 Tech.
  •  Establish goals, expectations, and priorities for meaningful internship and career development events and programs.

Marketing and Events

  • Support a two-way dialogue between 16 Tech and the community as the point of contact for community activities and by sharing key construction timelines and progress.
  • Manage logistics and execution of 16 Tech’s community engagement events including quarterly public community meetings.
  • Develop marketing and communication goals and draft content for use in social media updates and announcements, press releases, newsletters, reports, blogs, etc.

Reporting/ Community Transparency

  • Share regular information for the benefit of residents and neighborhood organizations to facilitate understanding of key milestones and progress in the development of 16 Tech and toward agreed upon goals.
  • Provide strategic guidance and coordinate with 16 Tech key business partners including developers and contractors to ensure accountability to community goals.
  • Track data and other metrics for reporting.


  • Duties and special projects as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 3-5 years of professional experience; non-profit management, neighborhood and/or community organization, or workforce development experience preferred.
  • Positive, outgoing individual who connects with people in a real way and is passionate about community development. Deep listener.
  • Ability to communicate and work with people from a variety of socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds, beliefs, and practices.
  • Understanding of the Indianapolis community including the Near West and Near Northwest as well as community stakeholders, city agencies and programs.
  • Ability to identify, work with, and develop meaningful partnerships with other organizations and external agencies in support of 16 Tech workforce and community goals.
  • Event planning skills and experience; experience working with and coordinating a board of advisors and/or multiple stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; external relations, corporate relations, and media savvy.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; organizational skills to determine and balance priorities.
  • Capacity to work independently and thrive in a high-energy, dynamic environment.
  • Ability and willingness to attend a variety of meetings; regular evening and weekend hours as required.



  • Manager: Chief Executive Officer, 16 Tech Community Corporation
  • Office location: 16 Tech Community Corporation, downtown Indianapolis
  • Compensation: Commensurate with experience and abilities
  • Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter by August 15 to info@16tech.com






































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