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Posted: 11/18/2016

The Dalles Main Street

The Dalles, Oregon (Population 14,500) The Dalles Main Street Program (TDMSP) is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Executive Director to coordinate downtown revitalization activities using the National Main Street 4-Point Approach. The mission of The Dalles Main Street is to engage community members and partners in creating a vibrant downtown that illuminates our historic and cultural assets and enhances the districtís economic vitality. Founded in 2010, TDMSP is a 501(c)3 organization and has recently achieved the Performing Main Street level in the Oregon network. The organization has seen substantial growth in recent years with the recent opening of a downtown office, placement of an AmeriCorps Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) volunteer, and development of several promotional events, downtown design projects, and a Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program. The Dalles is a rural community located at the Eastern gateway of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in this dry region (over 300 days of sun!) from windsurfing and fly fishing to hiking and snowboarding. Applicant should have excellent organizational and communication skills as well as public relations, marketing and administrative background experience. Proficient computer skills are required including but not limited to: basic Microsoft programs such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel as well as ability to use cloud storage systems and coordinate volunteers using software such as Basecamp. The ideal candidate should have professional experience and/or education in one or more of the following areas: marketing, historic preservation, community development, economic development, planning, urban design, nonprofit management, or small business development. They will also have experience with issues confronting downtown businesses, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
The Dalles, OR

Title: ††††††††††††††††††††††††† Executive Director

Department: ††††††††††††† The Dalles Main Street Program

Reports To: †††††††††††††† Board of Directors

Supervises: ††††††††††††††† Staff, Volunteers, and consultants obtained by Main Street

Definition: The Executive Director of The Dalles Main Street program works in tandem with the Board of Directors to develop and implement strategies to fulfill the programs vision, mission, goals and objectives through an annual work plan based on the National 4-Point Main Street approach. The Executive Director is responsible for operating, coordinating, and managing The Dalles Main Street Program. This position works closely with local businesses, property owners, city management, city council, local community and economic development agencies, and numerous volunteers to support the revitalization and historic preservation of the Historic downtown district. This position will serve as the principal, on-site person responsible for these activities, partnerships, and volunteers as well as representing the organization and community in these efforts.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The positions essential job functions will include, but are not limited to the following job duties:

  • Coordinate the Main Street program activities of strengthening, preserving, and revitalizing the historic downtown business district using the National Main Street approach. This involves the Promotion, Design, Economic Vitality, and Organization committees.
  • Coordinate and communicate efforts with the Oregon Main Street State Department and fulfill all requirements for the Performing Level designation
  • Assist volunteers and committees with implementation of work plans
  • Develop robust and effective communication and professional relationships with media, businesses, property owners, business organization, community members, government agencies and others.
  • Attend all Board and Committee meetings. Attend additional local and state meetings relevant to the program and its mission.
  • Develop and coordinate on-going public awareness and education programs to communicate the mission and activities of The Dalles Main Street as well as enhance the appreciation of the downtowns assets and dynamics. Use speaking engagement, media interviews, and personal appearances to foster an understanding of the Main Street programs goals and objectives.
  • Manage administrative aspects of the program. Ensure financial accountability, file and report all necessary documents, and manage staff and volunteers for maximum productivity coupled with sustainability.
  • Track statistics and metrics needed to evaluate the progress of the program. This will require developing and maintaining a data system to track efforts and progress of the programs
  • Serve as an advocate of the Urban Renewal Agency Property Owner Rehabilitation program and assist/facilitate the use of its programs by downtown business and property owners. This may include personal consultation, project development, draft application review, obtaining and supervising professional design consultants, contractors and, where possible, participates in the construction process.
  • Facilitate the continued development and use of a Business Retention and Expansion Program and utilize the collected data to further refine the mission and objectives of The Dalles Main Street and revitalization efforts.
  • Manage and performs other projects, functions, and other duties as assigned by The Dalles Main Street Board of Directors.

QUALIFICATIONS:† The Dalles Main Street Executive Director should have education and/or experience in one of more of the following areas: marketing, historic preservation, community development, economic development, planning, urban design, nonprofit management, or small business development.

The Executive Director must understand the issues confronting downtown business owners, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations. The Executive Director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, and self directed. The Executive Director should have strong verbal and written communication skills, be well organized, and able to work with a variety of community stakeholders to accomplish tasks.


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How to apply
To apply, please send your cover letter and comprehensive resume to TDMSRecruitment@gmail.com or mail to: The Dalles Main Street PO Box 544 The Dalles, OR 97058
Daniel Hunter
PO Box 544
The Dalles, OR 97058

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