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Posted: 09/25/2013

Maine Downtown Center / Maine Development Foundation

The Maine Development Foundationís Downtown Center serves as the state coordinator for the National Trust for Historic Preservationís Main Street program. We utilize the Main Street Four-Point Approach® which has a reputation as one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation for vibrant, healthy downtowns. Established in 1999, the Centerís mission is to advance preservation-based economic development in Maine downtowns. We are a member of the Maine Downtown Coalition and are proud to work with 10 Main Street Maine and 20 Maine Downtown Network communities, representing every county in Maine.

Senior Program Director
Professional Opportunity
Augusta, ME

The Maine Development Foundation is seeking a new Senior Program Director for the Maine Downtown Center. The Maine Downtown Center is an MDF core program supporting its objective of Strengthening Maines Communities. This position has a leadership role on the MDF team and is responsible to the President/CEO.
The primary responsibility of this position is to direct and manage the design and execution of the Maine Downtown Center and to serve as Maines State Coordinator to the National Main Street Center.

Duties include:

  • Serving as director and spokesperson of the Maine Downtown Centers programs including Maine Street Maine, the Maine Downtown Network, Healthy Maine Streets and Green Downtowns.
  • Serving as the State Coordinator to the National Main Street Center, providing reinvestment statistics, annual reports and accreditation scoring of Main Street Maine communities, attending National Main Street Center conferences and participating in national and regional conference calls and projects
  • Providing technical assistance and training to communities
  • Promoting downtown revitalization across the state through public speaking engagements, research, written publications and public relations/marketing
  • Working with the MDC Advisory Council and Senior Advisors to identify new communities, develop long-term planning and funding sources for the program
  • Identifying, securing and managing grants and contracts including issuing RFPs and selecting contractors based on grant requirements and community needs
  • Organizing the annual Downtown Conference, the Downtown Institute sessions, Downtown Day at the Statehouse and other seminars and trainings
  • Maintaining and expanding MDCs public presence via the web, press and media and social media
  • Supporting other MDF programs, projects and initiatives as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience with the National Main Street program
  • Demonstrated ability to serve effectively as state coordinator for a national program
  • Successful program and project management experience
  • Demonstrated grant writing, grant management and fundraising experience
  • Highly effective interpersonal, team building/teamworking and communications skills
  • Excellent public speaking, computer, research and writing skills
  • Regular statewide travel with personal vehicle (mileage reimbursed) company and rental vehicles
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience as a designated Main Street community manager; graduate degree preferred
  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in public policy, community planning, community/economic development, historic preservation, nonprofit management or business
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How to apply
Applications consisting of one PDF combining a cover letter, resume and 250 word writing sample applicable to downtown revitalization in Maine, will be accepted via email through close of business October 25, 2013. Email to: Dianne Heino (dheino@mdf.org) Ė subject line: MDC Director Position.
Dianne Heino

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