SOVCA OPEN BOARD POSITIONS - Commercial Property Owners


The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) is seeking two dedicated individuals to join our talented Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for representing the organization, its mission, accomplishments and goals.

We have 2 board positions open for Commercial Property Owners. Candidates must own commercial property in our downtown withing the boundaries of the Special Improvement District (SID).


The vision of the South Orange Village Center Alliance is for South Orange, NJ to be a choice destination where people want to live, work, visit and enjoy. We are committed to strengthening the downtown district as the center of the town. Our work includes improving the economic viability by supporting existing businesses and recruiting new businesses; guiding entrepreneurs; supporting cultural activities that complement existing stores and services; making South Orange Village a cleaner, safer, and more attractive pedestrian-friendly environment; and ensuring there is adequate public parking while preserving the attractive architectural legacy of the downtown area.

The South Orange Village Center Alliance works in tandem with all other stakeholders to improve the downtown by implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach, which includes Design, Promotion, Organization, and Economic Development. The Board is responsible for supporting the programs administered by the Executive Director; monitoring the progress of those programs and operations; and ensuring that the programs advance the mission and efficiently and effectively utilize the resources of the organization.


Attend monthly meetings which are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. (currently via zoom).

Review minutes and other Board materials prior to attending the meetings.

Actively participate on at least one standing committee. Currently, there are five standing committees: (1) design, (2) business recruitment & retention (3) events and marketing (4) beautification & placemaking and (5) fundraising.

Be available for consultation and willing to use professional skills and expertise to enhance the operation and strategic direction of the organization.

Represent SOVCA in the community; connect people in personal and professional networks to SOVCA's mission.

Attend SOVCA's annual meeting & special events.


Owner Director- We are seeking talented individuals with enthusiasm, passion and commitment to the enhancement and strengthening of the core downtown shopping district in South Orange. Candidates must own real estate within the special improvement district (SID) or principals or officers of a corporation or other business entity owning real estate within the SID.


For consideration, please send your bio or resume to or fax 973-761-4357 Attn: Melissa Hodge. Please include the best ways and times to reach you.

Melissa Hodge, Events and Operations Coordinator South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) 76 South Orange Ave 3rd Floor South Orange, NJ 07079 Tel 973-763-6999


All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.