Purpose of the Position: The Executive Director coordinates activities within a downtown revitalization program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development. Annual Salary: $18,000
They are responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the Main Street program. The project manager is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordination all project activities locally, as well as for representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate. In addition, the project manager should help guide the organizations as it grows and its objectives evolve.
The Executive Director should carry out the following tasks:
* Coordinate activity of PFP program committees, ensuring that communication between committees is well established; assist committee members with implementation of work plan items
* Manage all admistrative aspects of the PFP, including grant writing/fund raising, record keeping, budget development and accounting, preparing all reports required by the State of Oregon, and any funding sources or consultants.
* Develop, in conjunction with the PFP Board of Directors, downtown economic development strategies that are based on historic preservation and utilize the community's human and economic resources. Become familiar with all persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the downtown commercial district.
* Assist the Board of Director's annual strategic plan update
* Develop and conduct on-going public awareness campaigns with public speaking, media interviews, etc
* Assist tenants and property owners with physical improvements by obtaining and supervising professional consultants; assist in locating businesses and financial guidance for physical improvements.
* Assess management capacity of major downtown organizations and encourage improvements in the downtown community's ability to carry out joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, business recruitment, special events, ect
* Encourage a cooperative environment between downtown organizations and businesses.
* Help build strong and productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies and local state levels
* Represent the community at important local and state levels. Speak effectively on program's directions and findings, always mindful of the need to improve state and local economic development policies as they relate to smaller communities.
Needed Characteristics and Training:
a) Education and or experience in one or more of the following areas: grant writing/fund raising, historic preservation, economic development, design, journalism, planning, business administration, retailing, public administration, small business development.
b) Must be sensitive to design and preservation issues.
c) Must understand issues facing rural downtowns, the businesses, the people, property owners, organizations and public agencies.
d) Must be entrepreneurial, energetic, well organization, capable of functioning independently.
e) Excellent verbal and written skills.
f) Good supervisory skills.