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Now Hiring Executive Director

√ $43,000 ANNUALLY

Work Objectives:

The executive director coordinates activity within a downtown revitalization program utilizing historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development.

He or she is responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the downtown association. The executive director is the principal on site staff person responsible for coordination all program activities locally as well as representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate.

Full Range of Duties to be Performed:

a. Coordinates the activities of downtown associations committee, ensuring that communication between committees are well established, assists committees with implementation of work plan items.

b. Manages all administrative aspects of the association, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development and accounting. Prepares all reports required by Washington state Main Street program. Assists with the preparation of reports to funding agencies and supervises part-time employees or consultants.

c. Develops, in conjunction with the downtown association’s board of directors, strategies for downtown economic development through historic preservation utilizing the community’s human and economic resources. Becomes familiar with all persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the downtown commercial district. Mindful of the roles of various downtown interest groups, assists the downtown association’s board of directors and committee in developing an annual action plan focused on four areas: design, promotion, organization, and economic vitality.

d. Develops and conducts ongoing public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown architecture and other assets and to foster and understanding of the downtown association’s goals and objectives. Through speaking engagements, media interviews, and public appearances, keep the association highly visible in the community.

e. Assists individual tenants and property owners with physical improvement programs through personal consultation or by obtaining and supervising professional design consultants; assist in locating appropriate contractors and materials; when possible, participates in construction supervision; provides advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical improvements.

f. Assesses the management capacity of major downtown stakeholder groups and encourages participation in activists such as promotional events, advertising, uniform store hours, special events, business recruitment, perking management, and so on. Provides advice and information on successful downtown management. Encourages a cooperative climate between downtown interests and local public officials.

g. Advises downtown merchants' organization and/ or Chamber of Commerce retail committees on programs activities and goals. Assists in the coordination of joint promotional events, such as seasonal festivals or corporative retail promotional events, in order to improve the quality and success of events to attract people downtown. Works closely with the local media to ensure maximum event coverage. Encourages design excellence in all aspects of promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the downtown.

h. Helps build strong and productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state level.

i. Utilizes the Main Street Approach® and develops and maintains data systems to track the process and progress of the local association. These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files, thorough photographic documentation of all physical changes, and information on job creation and business retention.

j. Represents the community at the local, state and national levels to important constituencies. Speaks effectively on the associations’ directions and findings, and always mindful of the need to improve state and national economic development policies as they relate to smaller communities.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

The executive director supervises necessary temporary or permanent employees as well as professional consultants. He or she participates in personnel and program evaluations. The executive director maintains s local association records and reports, established technical resources files and libraries, and prepares regular reports for the Main Street program. The executive director monitors the annual program budget and maintains financial records.

Job Knowledge and Skills Required:

The executive director should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or non-profit administration, and/or small business development. The executive director must understand the issue confronting downtown business people, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations. The executive director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Supervisory skills are desired.

Kindly send your resume/portfolio to:
or call: Amy McGuffin, 509-607-1081



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