Maryville Downtown Association Executive Director Job Description

The executive director for the Maryville Downtown Association, a registered 501c3, coordinates activities within the downtown commercial district revitalization efforts and will act as a liaison between the members of the Maryville Downtown Association and the City of Maryville, the Blount Partnership, and other entities wishing to interact with Downtown Maryville. He/she is also 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 program activities and volunteers, as well as representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate. In addition, the executive director should help guide the organization as its objectives evolve.


Range of Duties to Be Performed

The executive director shall carry out the following tasks:

• Coordinate the activity of the Maryville Downtown Association and Main Street program committees, ensuring that communication among committees is well established; assist committee volunteers with implementation of work plan items.

• Manage all administrative aspects of the Maryville Downtown Association and Main Street program, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development, accounting, preparing all reports required by the state Main Street program and by the National Main Street Center, assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies, and supervising employees or consultants.

• Develop, in conjunction with the Maryville Downtown Association and 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. Become familiar with all persons and groups directly and indirectly involved in the downtown. Mindful of the roles of various downtown interest groups, 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 four areas: design/historic preservation; promotion and marketing; organization/management; and economic restructuring/development.

• Develop and conduct on-going public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s 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.

• Help build strong and productive relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.

• Utilizing the Main Street program format, develop and maintain data systems to track the progress of the local Main Street program. These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files, photographic documentation of physical changes, and statistics on job creation and business retention.

• 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.

• Other duties as assigned by the Maryville Association Board of Directors.


Resource Management Responsibilities

The executive director supervises any necessary temporary or permanent employees, temporary or permanent volunteers, 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 program budget and maintains financial records.


Job Knowledge and Skills

The executive director should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: commercial district management, economics, finance, public relations, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or non-profit administration, architecture, historic preservation, and/or small business development. The executive 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. The director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in an independent environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. Supervisory skills are desirable.

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