City of Evart
We are a blossoming development agency based in charming Evart, Michigan and we are offering an exciting community leadership position. The Executive Director is responsible for creating and managing programs and projects that meet the objectives, as determined by the Evart Main Street Downtown Development Authority. The Main Street Program is charged with the economic revitalization of downtown district. Evart is a unique blend of the great outdoors, an historic downtown, and a prospering business community. Our downtown is the heart of our community. Our Main Street Downtown Development Authority’s vision is to enhance this historic downtown by cultivating economic development. We promote Evart with a variety of activities by providing enjoyable experiences which are accomplished through volunteers and community partnerships. Our Farmer’s Market is one of our community’s assets and provides a great atmosphere, local produce, and artisan goods, showcasing what an amazing community we live in!
- We are looking for a Full-Time Executive Director. The salary range is $32,000 – $36,000 based on qualifications.
- We offer a flexible and challenging work environment.
- We also provide paid time off, including standard holidays.
- We provide health insurance and retirement options.
- Knowledge of basic business management procedures and practices.
- Skills in communicating both orally and in writing.
- Skills in building and maintaining effective working relationships with multiple
- Ability to deal effectively with deadlines and delegate work tasks when
- Grant writing experience.
- Support the DDA Tax Increment Financing and Development Plan activities with
- City Planning Commission and City Manager.
- Representation of the program within the community.
- Implementation of the Main Street Program – entering our 4th year.
Under the supervision of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board, the DDA director is responsible for overseeing the planning, directing, coordinating, and performing of the activities associated with the City’s DDA Plan and the Main Street program. The oversight activities are to be done with an emphasis on downtown revitalization within the context of historic preservation and economic development. The Director functions with considerable independence in job related activities and is held accountable for results. They have responsibility for a broad range of functions including but not limited to:
- Support of the DDA Tax Increment Financing and Development Plan activities.
- Representation of the program within the community as well as regionally and nationally.
- Execution of the Main Street program.
Essential Job Functions
The Director may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties which the Director may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
- Develop and implement programs and procedures regarding business recruitment, retention and expansion including the regular contacts to promote success of the businesses and the DDA program.
- Become thoroughly familiar with all persons, institutions and regulations directly or indirectly involved in the downtown commercial district and develop strategies for maximizing the community’s human and economic resources.
- Based on the DDA’s studies and with the involvement of various downtown interest groups, maintain an action plan for implementing a downtown revitalization program focused on the Main Street Program’s four-point approach which includes historic preservation/design, economic development, promotion, and organization.
- Monitor capital improvement projects that have been approved by the DDA Board, as appropriate, including review and assistance with Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Quotes/Qualifications (RFQs), and/or writing grant applications and then assisting in project coordination through completion including receipt of “as built” plans as appropriate. This activity may involve the Design Committee and/or the City Manager and the Planning Commission.
- Responsible for all administrative aspects of operating the office including record keeping, budget development and monitoring, report preparation as required by the City, the DDA Board, and funding agencies. This task also involves the preparation of DDA Board and Committee meeting agendas and posting notices of those meetings in accordance with the Open Meetings Act of Michigan.
- Participate on staff teams to approach appropriate public and private agencies at the local and state levels to obtain necessary funding for design assistance and/or building rehabilitation.
- Work effectively with volunteers and others involved in downtown related projects, understand the importance of volunteer involvement, and play an active role in coordinating and utilizing this important resource. This activity involves the various Main Street Committees which are historic preservation/design, economic development, promotion, and organization.
- Assess the management capacity and capabilities of downtown organizations and civic groups to undertake joint activities with an eye toward encouraging a cooperative climate and working relationship among downtown businesses, organizations, City committees and local public officials, and to assist in the recruitment of volunteers for various DDA/Main Street Events.
- Collaborate with city staff to develop and conduct continuing public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s architecture, history, green space, and other amenities, and to foster an understanding of the DDA’s goals and objectives. As a part of this, keep the program constantly in the public eye locally through the use of social media, press releases, public speaking engagements, and media interviews.
- Develop and maintain data systems to track the process and progress of projects giving consideration to the use of the Main Street Work Plan system. This tracking also consists of maintaining information on each individual building,including photographs, in the downtown area, its historic value, square footage, current use, and rental rates, if applicable, and tracking changes in use and appearance and information of job creation and business retention.
- Assist individual tenants and/or property owners with physical improvement projects through personal consultation and assisting in locating appropriate contractors and funding as needed. This activity also involves the Facade Improvement Program.
- Foster a strong and effective team environment by coordinating effective volunteers and oversight practices with the DDA Board.
- Assist in the coordination of joint promotional events such as seasonal festivals, concerts, sidewalk sales, and parades with other organizations located in or involved with the downtown area with the goal of improving the quality and excitement of events to attract people to the downtown area.
- Assist in the oversight of the Evart Farmer’s Market operations.
- Perform all functions and reports as required by Recodified Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018, as amended.
- Perform other duties as required and directed by the DDA Board.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications
Requirements include the following:
Knowledge of basic business management procedures and practices to effectively control the DDA financial operations within budget and policy guidelines.
Skills in communicating both orally and in writing with the ability to provide concise and articulate reports and presentations to a variety of audiences.
Skills in utilizing social media for community promotion is preferred.
Skills in building and maintaining effective working relationships with public officials, business owners, landlords, various professionals, community group and the general public along with the ability to influence others to work cooperatively for larger goals and the common good of the City.
Ability to deal effectively with deadlines and delegate work tasks when appropriate.
Skills in developing and using effective public relations and community promotion techniques preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, marketing, public or business administration or similar relevant field of study preferred.
Five years’ experience in increasingly responsible position involving similar job duties; or the equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of the Directors encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position regularly works in an office setting with a controlled climate and works on a computer, communicates by telephone, email or in person, and moves around the office or travels to other locations. The Director is also required to regularly work outside an office throughout the downtown area and at other City properties and facilities. This may include walking outdoors and exposure to inclement weather and conditions.
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