After Carol Schatz announced earlier this year that she would retire from her post as chief executive of downtown’s Central City Association, the business group’s board hired Glendale executive search firm Morris & Berger to recruit potential successor candidates.

But if the job description that Morris & Berger has posted is any guide, it won’t be easy finding a replacement for Schatz. That’s because the job requires a unique combination of administrative and advocacy skills. Here are some passages in the job description:

  • Leading candidates will most likely have worked in Los Angeles and have established relationships with local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials and staff.
  • The CEO must also be politically astute and culturally sensitive with the ability to navigate complicated political structures.
  • It is important that the CEO have the ability to work in a complex and politically sensitive environment where many criteria matter but to varying degrees to different constituencies. A demonstrated ability to handle matters of a sensitive and confidential nature and the capacity to maintain composure while working under pressure is important.
  • The CEO will be a moderator of complex discussions with a variety of stakeholders and, as such, should be able to distill ideas, clarify issues, and have the intellectual depth and pragmatic know-how to facilitate dialogue among colleagues, peers, and a variety of different interest groups.

If there’s anyone out there reading this who has all these skills and qualifications – good luck!

Building Programs

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will roll out four specialized postgraduate programs this fall aimed to groom architects for a wide range of 21st century careers. Hosted under a newly formed umbrella division called Edge, Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture, the degrees will address fields of architectural technologies, entertainment and fiction, design of cities as well as design theory and pedagogy.

“Given the complexities of the contemporary world and the intense demands being made on the abilities of architects to meet problems, these programs are carefully designed to develop advanced expertise that a general professional degree cannot address,” SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz Alonso said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Alonso announced that architect and longtime educator David Ruy will serve as chair of Edge. Ruy has served on the faculty of numerous Universities, including Columbia and Princeton. He received tenure at the Pratt Institute in New York before deciding to move across the country to accept the position at SCI-Arc.


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