ABOUT BEL AIR ASSOCIATION
Bel-Air was founded as a neighborhood when Alphonzo Bell, an entrepreneurial businessman and oil tycoon, bought 600 acres of land in west Los Angeles. To create a more exclusive neighborhood he named it Bel-Air, or Beautiful Air, from the original Mexican Land Grant named Rancho San Jose de Buenos Ayres (Saint Joseph of Good Air) and the Italian word Bellissima meaning beautiful.
When Clarke Gable bought property in the area, others followed. Other well-known residents have included Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Burt Reynolds. In more recent times, our neighborhood has been home to Kareem Adbul Jabar, Serena Williams, Jaclyn Smith, and many other high-profile celebrities as well as film and music executives.
To manage the creation of his vision, Bell built an estate-planning office nestled in the canyons. This building is now the Hotel Bel-Air. The current Bel-Air Association, however, is located at the corner of Bel Air Road and Sunset Boulevard at 100 Bel Air Road.
Bel-Air now encompasses more than 2,000 properties, with rough boundaries from Mulholland to the north, Sunset to the south, Beverly Glen Boulevard to the east, and Sepulveda Boulevard to the west.
Since its establishment in 1942, the Bel-Air Association has played a vital role in our community. With a current membership of 550 residences, our mission is to preserve the essence of home ownership and property values in Bel-Air. We actively engage with government officials, developers, homeowners, media, and neighboring groups to advocate responsible land use development.
Our ablity to enact positive change is driven by financial resources, enabling us to make tangible improvements in Bel-Air. We also oversee the 501(c)(3) registered KBAB (Keep Bel-Air Beautiful) program, aligning with our commitment to environmental and aesthetic integrity. In summary, the Bel-Air Association is dedicated to sustaining the unique qualities that define the exceptional Bel-Air lifestyle
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Bel-Air Association (BAA) in Los Angeles, CA, is actively seeking an accomplished and driven Executive Director to lead its non-profit homeowner's association. The Executive Director will play a pivotal role in overseeing all facets of the organization's operations while fostering community engagement and advocating for the interests of the Bel-Air community.
The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership by developing and executing plans that align with the BAA's mission and objectives. They will cultivate positive relationships with diverse stakeholders, including the board, BAA members, builders, contractors, LA City officials, and other external partners. Additionally, the Executive Director will establish connections with various city departments to effectively advocate for the community's needs and interests.
A key responsibility of the Executive Director will be to drive membership growth and revenue diversification initiatives. They will develop strategies to attract new members and explore opportunities for fundraising and sponsorship to support organizational activities and initiatives. Financial management, including budget planning and fiscal oversight, will be essential to ensure the organization's financial stability and sustainability.
In addition to financial management, the Executive Director will be a champion for community advocacy, representing the BAA in public forums, regulatory hearings, and community events. They will leverage their expertise in urban planning, land use, and regulatory compliance to navigate architectural review processes, building codes, and CC&Rs enforcement effectively.
Leading a team of staff members and volunteers, the Executive Director will foster a collaborative and inclusive work environment. They will provide mentorship, guidance, and support for professional development opportunities to empower team members to excel in their roles.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Establish an organized tracking system for properties under construction to ensure compliance with Architectural Review guidelines, coordinating with the Architectural Review Committee to streamline review processes.
- Cultivate strong relationships with LA City stakeholders, including Councilwoman Yaroslavsky's team, LADOT, and LADBS, leveraging existing relationships to advocate for the Association's interests.
- Address street safety concerns by collaborating with residents and city officials to implement solutions enhancing community safety.
- Develop strategies to mitigate party house-related issues and promote a peaceful neighborhood.
- Provide visionary leadership, setting strategic goals, and driving initiatives to achieve the association's mission.
- Oversee day-to-day operations, ensure effective resource utilization and volunteer management, and promote a positive and inclusive organizational culture.
- Engage with the Board, serving as the representative of the Bel-Air Association within the community.
- Develop a strategic plan for the BAA focusing on the next three years.
Operations & Quality Assurance:
- Develop and execute strategies to increase association membership, focusing on recruitment and retention efforts.
- Plan and execute outreach campaigns, events, and initiatives to highlight membership benefits.
- Collaborate with the Board to facilitate efficient meetings and provide guidance on effective governance practices.
- Collaborate with the finance committee to manage the association's financial affairs, including budget development, revenue diversification, and expense oversight.
- Identify and explore additional revenue sources, optimizing existing business lines such as Parking, Filming, and 100th-Anniversary events/History Book, and exploring new income sources
- Cultivate connections with various city departments in Los Angeles to impact the community positively.
- Increase community engagement and establish state political partnerships.
- Broaden knowledge of architectural review processes, building codes, and CC&Rs enforcement.
The successful candidate will have many of the following qualifications:
- Familiarity with Architectural Review processes and CC&Rs enforcement in a homeowners association context is a plus.
- Strong network and experience collaborating with LA City officials.
- Effective interpersonal skills and a dedication to nurturing relationships are vital qualifications. The preferred candidate should thrive as the franchise's public representative, demonstrating extroverted qualities.
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to convey complex ideas persuasively.
- Financial acumen and experience in budget management and revenue diversification.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and project management software.
- Demonstrated success in growing membership and diversifying revenue.
- Proven track record of delivering excellent customer service to both internal and external audiences.
- Proficiency in urban planning and land use strategies is highly advantageous.
- An entrepreneurial mindset.
- Ability to accomplish the Association’s priorities with the assistance of one staff member and a team of volunteers.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
This is an in-office, full-time role based in Bel-Air, CA. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The base salary is accompanied by an incentive-based annual bonus every March, health insurance allowance, and 3 weeks of vacation time.
The Bel-Air Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including veterans and persons with disabilities.
Envision Consulting was retained by Bel-Air Association to conduct the search for their incoming Executive Director.