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Main Street Job Opportunities


Fernandina Beach Main Street will be looking for an Executive Director at the end of 2020. 

Send your resume to: [email protected]


The Main Street Director coordinates activities within Fernandina Beach non-profit downtown
revitalization program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation. He/she assists the
board of directors, committees and volunteers in the development, execution and documentation of the Main Street program. The Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities and volunteers, as well as representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate. In addition, the Director should help guide the organization as its objectives evolve.


The Main Street Director should carry out the following tasks:

  • Assist the Main Street program’s board of directors and committees in developing downtown improvement strategies that are based on historic preservation and utilize the community’s human and economic resources.
  • Become familiar with all persons and groups directly and indirectly involved in the downtown.
  • Assist the Main Street program’s board of directors and committees in developing an annualaction plan focused on four areas: design/historic preservation; promotion/marketing; organization/management; and business empowerment/development.
  • Assist committee volunteers with implementation of work plan items.
  • Work effectively with volunteers and others involved in downtown-related projects. Manage recruitment, evaluation and retention of volunteers,
  • Manage most administrative aspects of the Main Street program, including, but not limited to purchasing, record keeping, budget development, preparation of board & committee meeting packets, preparing grant and progress.
  • Track Main Street program’s progress: economic monitoring, individual building files, photographic documentation of physical changes, and statistics on job creation and business retention
  • Assist the Main Street program’s board of directors and committees in developing and conducting ongoing public awareness and education programs.
  • Use speaking engagements, media interviews and personal appearances to keep the program in the public eye.
  • Assist individual tenants/property owners with physical improvement projects through personal consultation or by assisting in locating appropriate resources; when appropriate, participate in construction supervision; provide advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical improvements.
  • Assist with fundraising including grant writing.
  • Understand that this Main Street program is organized as an independent non-profit and as such is responsible for on-going fundraising to support the operations of the organization.
  • Advise downtown merchants’ groups and other committees and organizations on Main Street program activities and goals; help coordinate joint promotional events, such as festivals or business promotions, to improve the quality and success of events and attract people to the downtown district.
  • Encourage a cooperative climate among downtown interests and help build strong and productive relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.
  • Encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the downtown district.
  • Ensure that the Main Street Program abides by all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, while maintaining associated records and reporting procedures.
  • Identify and secure grant opportunities for downtown redevelopment. Administer grants and monitor related programs or projects.
  • Assist the Main Street program’s board of directors and committees in directing efforts at business recruitment, retention and expansion.
  • Market Fernandina Beach Main Street to outside businesses, and work with developers and building owners to enhance the quality of retail and commercial space.
  • Represent the community to important constituencies at the local, state and national levels.
  • Speak effectively on the program’s directions and work, mindful of the need to improve state and national economic development policies as they relate to commercial districts.
  • Continue to learn more about commercial district revitalization and to take advantage of local and national professional development opportunities.
  • Understand that the duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
  • Work as the liaison between the Board of Directors of Main Street and the City Commissioners
  • The Director must be sensitive to design and preservation issues and must understand the issues confronting downtown business people, property owners, public agencies and community organizations.


The Main Street Director supervises any necessary temporary or permanent employees, as well as interns and professional consultants. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations. The Director maintains Fernandina Beach Main Street program records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries, and prepares regular reports for the Main Street Board of Directors, Florida Main Street, and the National Main Street Center. The Director prepares and monitors the Fernandina Beach Main Street annual program budget and coordinates the financial management of the program with the Board of Directors’ Treasurer.


  • The Main Street Director should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: commercial district management, economics, finance, public relations, land use planning, business administration, public administration, volunteer or non-profit administration, retailing, architecture, historic preservation, and/or small business development.
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred, however past experiences will be taken into account.
  • The Director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in an independent and often stressful environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. Supervisory skills are desirable.
  • Experience with non-profit fundraising, including corporate membership campaigns, sponsor solicitations, institutional supporters, and individual donors is preferred.
  • A basic knowledge of federal, Florida and local economic and community development tools available for downtown revitalization is preferred.
  • The Director must have general computer skills and be proficient in the following applications: word processing, spreadsheets, database management, QuickBooks and PowerPoint. Basic graphic design (with tools such as Canva) and basic publishing skills are desirable. He/she should have working knowledge of tools such as Google Suite, MailChimp, Listservs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, and others. Basic understanding of websites also useful.
  • Additionally, candidates are required to be from Fernandina Beach/Yulee already and is not relocating for this position. Strong knowledge of the history, people and culture is necessary to be successful in this position.