Main Street Manager

Downtown Washington Business District Authority

Website Downtown Washington Business District Authority

Moving Washington Forward

Classification: Exempt

Reports to: Washington Business District Authority Board of Directors

Overview of Role:

The Main Street Manager is the principal on-site advisor, advocate, and driver for coordinating all programs/events, activities, and volunteers in the downtown Washington business district. This role focuses on encouraging innovation and the creation of new business ventures that lead to the strong economic growth of downtown Washington and is responsible for the project management of all Main Street programming and initiatives including historic preservation, revitalization of available real estate, and guiding public/private partnerships.

A Day in the Life of the Main Street Manager:

The Main Street Manager wears many hats; below are the key areas of focus for this role.

Business Advocate and Advisor

  • Develop and cultivate relationships with all current and potential business owners on Main Street. Is visible, present, and engaged in the strengths and challenges each faces, works with individuals to identify solutions, and celebrates successes.
  • Represent the community to important constituencies at the local, state, and national levels. Speaks effectively on the programs’ direction and work, mindful of the need to improve state and national economic development policies as they relate to commercial districts.
  • Creates and develops relationships with other cities’ Main Street programs, sharing best practices and trends, and working together to identify effective initiatives that increase opportunities locally.
  • Identify and build strong, productive relationships with all appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.
  • Serve as a resource for individual tenants or property owners completing physical improvement projects by assisting with locating appropriate consultants, contractors and materials, and providing advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical improvements.

Event Planning and Coordination

  • Work with local merchants to help coordinate joint promotional events to improve the quality and success of events and attract people to downtown.
  • Assess current events historically conducted within the business district, identify strengths, opportunities, and vital partnerships to coordinate and work with key organizations within downtown Washington.
  • Develop and conduct ongoing public awareness and educational programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s assets and to foster an understanding of the Main Street program’s goals and objectives.
  • Create opportunities for speaking engagements, media interviews, and personal appearances to keep the program consistently in the public eye.
  • Cultivate relationships with local media to ensure maximum coverage of promotion to advance an image of quality opportunity on Main Street.
  • Familiarity with all persons and groups that directly and indirectly involved downtown. Know all the various interest groups that are actively involved in activities on Main Street.

Project Management

  • Create project plans that focus on the four core areas: design/historic preservation, promotion and marketing, organization/management, and economic vitality/development.
  • Coordinate the activity of the Main Street program committees, ensuring that communication among committees is well established; assist committee volunteers with the implementation of work plan items.
  • Manage all administrative aspects of the Main Street program and the city’s Special Services District, including billing, purchasing, record keeping, budget development, accounting, preparation of all reports required by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center and the National Main Street Center, assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies, and supervising employees or consultants.
  • Develop downtown economic development strategies with the Main Street program’s board, that are based on historic preservation and utilize the community’s human and economic resources.
  • Management and oversight of any volunteers, contractors, or consultants.
  • Maintain local records and reports, establish well-organized technical resources files and libraries, and prepare regular reports for the board of directors and state Main Street organization.

Business Development

  • Coordinate with the downtown community to carry out joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, appropriate store hours, special events, business assistance, business recruitment, parking management, etc.
  • Encourage a cooperative climate among downtown interests and local public officials.
  • Monitor the annual program budgets and maintain financial records.
  • Research fundraising opportunities, grants, and partnerships.
  • Identify appropriate funding sources for Main Street initiatives.
  • Research and understand current challenges and barriers that business owners face.

Required Experience:

Education and/or 3-5 years of experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Commercial District Management
  • Economics or Finance
  • Public Relations
  • Business Administration
  • Public Administration
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Historic Preservation/Architecture
  • Small Business Development

Required Skills and Abilities 

  • Self-Organization: ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and initiatives.
  • Life-Long Learner: demonstrates the ability to research and learn vital information through various
  • resources to stay current with the needs of Main Street.
  • Self-Starter: Ability to manage one’s day-to-day work, know when to ask questions and get support.
  • Ability to build, cultivate and sustain diverse relationships quickly.
  • Flexibility in work schedule for Main Street events
  • Prior event planning and execution.
  • Organization skills: reporting, file creation and retrieval, presentation skills.
  • Ability to navigate difficult situations with grace and ingenuity.
  • Strong computer proficiency in MS Office, Online Meeting platforms, and project management.
  • Strong writing ability related to grants, reports, press releases, etc.

Physical Characteristics of Role:

  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the role.
  • Flexibility to attend, participate in, or lead events that may be in the evening, early mornings, or weekends.
  • Ability to travel to visit and meet with business owners, on location, within the Washington business district.
  • Occasional overnight travel is required.
  • Ability to travel and attend meetings with community partners, potential business owners, and local officials.
  • Attend and participate in local business events, assisting with set up, facilitation, and clean up.
  • Present and meet with individuals and organizations in and around Washington County.

This job description provides an outline of the role and responsibilities, there are additional job responsibilities as needed, this may change or be updated based on the needs of the business district.

The Washington Business District Authority is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. The Washington Business District Authority makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

Successful candidates for this position will be subject to a background check.

Salary Range : $45,000- $50,000

Please submit letter of interest and resume to: 

***All applications must be received  by no later than 5pm on June 21, 2021***

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