DC hiring 'Night Mayor' to help oversee city's nightlife

- D.C. already has a mayor, but the city has a new job opening for a “Night Mayor.”

The official title for this position is director of the Office of Nightlife and Culture. The main duty of the job would be to advise the D.C. Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser on common issues and trends relating to D.C.’s after-hours economy.

According to the city, the duties and responsibilities include:

  • Plans, organizes and designs the administrative structure for the Office of Nightlife and Culture, and serve as key staff support for the Commission on Nightlife and Culture.
  • Serve as a liaison to nightlife establishments in relation to city policies and procedures affecting the after-hours economy.
  • Conduct outreach to nightlife establishments and provide information and assistance in relation to District policies and procedures for responding to complaints, violations and other enforcement actions.
  • Assist nightlife establishments in the resolution of conditions that lead to enforcement actions. 
  • Serve as a point of contact for nightlife establishments to facilitate connections to District government agencies for matters including but not limited to, consumer complaints, issues with District government agencies and obtaining relevant permits, licenses and approvals.
  • Advise and assist the Mayor and District government agencies that have duties relating to nightlife establishments.
  • Review information obtained form District government agencies, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, residents and nightlife establishments to pursue long term solutions to issues related to the after-hours economy.
  • Appear before and consult with the Commission on Nightlife on ways to improve laws and polices that impact the after-hours economy.
  • Prepare an annual report detailing the actions taken and recommendations to improve the after-hours economy.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

This position has been in the works since last year after it was proposed by Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4).

The person hired for this role would report to Mayor Bowser and serve as a member of her cabinet.

D.C. is not the first city to adopt this position. Cities such as New York and London also have so-called Night Mayors.

The District is offering a salary between $97,434 to $118,000 for this position.

Candidates seeking to apply should go to: https://bit.ly/2zZpJ4P.

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