Main Street Job Opportunities
New Port Richey Main Street is currently hiring a full-time Executive Director!
To apply, please contact: [email protected]
- Directs and coordinates activity within the downtown development program governed by the Main Street Board of Directors.
- Responsible for the planning; development; execution and documentation of a downtown development program focused on New Port Richey.
- Principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities locally as well as representing the downtown regionally and nationally as appropriate.
Full Range of Duties:
- Coordinate activity of downtown development-related committees and volunteers, ensuring that communication between committees is well-established; assist committees with implementation of work plan items.
- Manage all administrative aspects of the downtown development program including purchasing; record keeping; grant administration; budget development and accounting, preparing all required reports.
- Assist with the preparation of reports to funding agencies and supervising volunteers and part-time consultants.
- Become familiar with all persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the downtown commercial district. Be mindful of the roles of various downtown interest groups.
- Develop and conduct the ongoing public awareness and education program designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown's architecture and other assets. Foster an understanding of the downtown development program's goals and objectives through speaking engagements, media interviews, appearances, while keeping the downtown highly visible in the community.
- Partner with major downtown organizations and encourage improvements in the downtown community's ability to undertake joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, uniform store hours, special events, business recruitment, parking management, and so on. Provide advice and information on successful downtown management. Facilitate cooperative and positive relationships among downtown interests and city elected officials.
- Advise downtown merchant organizations on downtown program activities and goals and assist in the coordination of joint promotional events, such as seasonal festivals or cooperative retail promotional events, in order to improve the quality and success of events to attract people downtown; work closely with local media to ensure maximum event coverage; encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the downtown.
- Help build strong and productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.
- Monitor the program's success by overseeing Economic Restructuring committee’s development and maintenance of data systems to track and assess the progress of the downtown development program.
- Represent the City/Board/Program at the local, state, and national levels to important constituencies. Speak effectively on the program's directions and findings, always mindful of the need to improve state and national economic development policies as they relate to smaller communities.
- Other duties as required.
DeFuniak Springs Main Street is currently hiring a full-time Executive Director!
To apply, please contact: [email protected]
The Main Street Executive Director coordinates activity within a downtown revitalization program that utilizes historic preservation for downtown economic development.
He/she is responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the Main Street program. The Executive Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all project activities locally, as well as for representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate. In addition, the Executive Director should help guide the organization as it grows and as its objectives evolve.
Essential Job Functions:
- Serve as the key organizer to address issues facing the District such as advocating for building redevelopment, business recruitment, business permit process, clean-up programs, lighting improvements, façade and art grants, development projects, street closures and special events.
- Assist the Main Street program’s board of directors and committees in developing an annual action plan for implementing a downtown revitalization program focused on the four-point approach: Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring/development.
- Recruit and retain members both in and around the District.
- Plan and execute District special events and small programming activation to continually enhance the guest experience in the District (Small Business Saturday, Farmer’s Market, etc.). The Director is responsible for making sure events align with the District’s mission and vision.
- Executive Director is responsible for managing contractors hired to carry out event specific responsibilities in accordance to the Main Street Purchasing Policy.
- Promotes the District as a viable venue for events throughout the year.
- Facilitates holiday programming and décor in partnership with the downtown district.
- Administers grants and actively works to recognize and capitalize on opportunities to create new revenue sources (fundraising and grant procurement). Strategically identifies and leads the effort to leverage additional revenue via large corporate donors.
- Manage all administrative aspects of the Main Street program, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development and accounting, preparing all reports required by the National and State Main Streets, as well as County and City administrations. Assisting with preparation of reports to funding agencies and supervising any subordinates or consultants.
- Provides monthly Executive Director updates at Main Street DeFuniak Springs board meetings.
- Oversees Main Street DeFuniak Springs committees, participates regularly in committee planning and meetings as well as actively recruits new members.
- Creates and maintains a cooperative working relationship with existing and new business owners/operators, residents and locals.
- Maintains and disseminates information pertaining to the District as a whole, specific projects and events.
- Fosters and maintains positive, collaborative working relationships with Walton County and City of DeFuniak Springs staff. Regularly attends City Council meetings and Board of County Commission meetings (as needed).
- Director should have an in-depth understanding of CRAs and be able to accurately articulate the role it plays in fostering downtown redevelopment and growth.
- Provides excellent customer service and communication to all District members and stakeholders. Must be able to work with all the personality types and must excel at conflict resolution and problem solving.
- Must be a self-starter with a proven ability to multi-task and oversee multiple projects at a time
- Must excel in research and implementation of new ideas, creating an understanding and buy-in among stakeholders and other impacted parties.
- Manage and maintain all social media accounts including the District Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts as well as the District’s website content.
- Develop, in conjunction with the Main Street program’s board of directors, downtown economic development strategies that are based on historic preservation and utilize the community’s human and economic resources.
- Develop and conduct on-going public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s architecture and other assets and to foster an understanding of the Main Street program’s goals and objectives. Use speaking engagements, media interviews and personal appearances to keep the program in the public eye.
- Utilizing the Main Street program format, develop and maintain data systems to track the process and progress of the local Main Street program. These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files, thorough photographic documentation of all physical changes and information on job creation and business retention.
- Perform other related duties and responsibilities, as assigned from time-to-time, by the Board.
Resource Management Responsibilities
The Executive Director is responsible for maintaining annual accreditation with Florida Main Street. He/she supervises any necessary, temporary or permanent employees, as well as professional consultants. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations. The Executive Director maintains local Main Street program records and reports. Establishes technical resource files and libraries and prepares regular reports for the State Main Street program and the National Main Street Center. The Executive Director monitors the annual project budget and maintains financial records.
Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree from a college or university or equivalent work experience.
Experience working with municipalities and local governments, grants, fundraising and non-profit organizations.
Real Estate experience preferred but not required.
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.
RANGE OF DUTIES TO BE PERFORM
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.
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
JOB KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- 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.