Preservation Job Board

(OK) Executive Director 

11 days ago

Deadline: Oct 01, 2022 
Offered By (Name of Organization): Ada Main Street 
Location (City, State): Ada, OK 74821 
Type: Full-Time 
Salary: $40K-55K 
Organization Website: 


Job Description

1. Work Objectives. The Ada Main Street Program Manager coordinates activity within a downtown revitalization program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development.
The Program Manager is responsible for the development, conduct, execution, and documentation of the Main Street Program. The Program Manager is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities local as well as for representing the community regional and nationally as appropriate.

2. Full Range of Duties to be Performed
A. Coordinate activity of Main Street Program Committees, ensuring that communication between committees is well-established, assist committees with implementation of work plan items.
B. Manage all administrative aspects of the Main Street Program, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development and accounting, preparing all reports required by the state Main Street program by the National Main Street Center, assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies and supervising part-time employees or volunteers. Maintains, in conjunction with the Board Treasurer, all local financial records and reports such monthly to the Board of Directors.
C. Develop, in conjunction with the Main Street Program’s Board of Directors, strategies for downtown economic development through historic preservation, utilizing the community’s human economic resources. Become familiar with all persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the downtown commercial district. Mindful of the roles of various downtown interest groups, assist the Main Street Program Board of Directors and committees in developing an annual activity plan for implementing a downtown revitalization program focused on four areas: design/historic preservation, image enhancement/ promotion, organization/management and economic restructuring /development.
D. Develop and conduct ongoing public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s architecture and other assets and to foster an understanding of the Main Street Program’s goals and objectives. Through speaking engagements, media interviews and appearances, newspaper columns and monthly newsletters, keep the Program highly visible in the community.
E. Assist individual tenants or property owners with physical improvement projects through personal consultation or by obtaining and supervising professional design consultants; assist in locating appropriate contractors and materials; when possible, participate in construction supervision; provide advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical improvements.
F. Assess the management capacity of major downtown organizations and encourage improvements in the downtown community’s ability to undertake joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, uniform store hours, special events, business recruitment, parking management and so on. Provide advice and information on successful downtown management. Encourage a cooperative climate between down interests and local public officials.
G. Attend meetings and advise downtown merchants’ organizations and/or Chamber of Commerce retail committees on Main Street Program activities and goals and assist in the coordination of joint promotional events, such as seasonal festivals or cooperative retail promotional events, in order to improve the quality and success of events to attract people downtown; work closely with local media to ensure maximum events coverage; encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the downtown.
H. Help build strong and productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.
I. Utilizing the Main Street Program format, develop and maintain date systems to track the process and progress of the local Main Street Program. These systems should include monitoring, updating individual building files, maintaining thorough photographic documentation of all physical changes, and documenting information on job creation and business retention.
J. Enthusiastically represent the community at the local, state and national levels. Speak effectively on the program’s directions and findings, always mindful of the need to improve state and national economic development policies as they relate to smaller communities.
3. Resource Management Responsibilities
The Program Manager will supervise any necessary temporary employees, as well as professional consultants. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations. The Program Manager 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. Upon returning from any state or national training, the Program Manager will be expected to report on each session attended, what knowledge was received and how it could apply to the Ada Main Street Program. The Program Manager monitors the annual project budget and maintains local financial records. He/she is expected to be on the streets of Ada each day making contact with business owners and managers and keeping the Ada Main Street Program visible in the community. The Program Manager will make sure that the Ada Main Street office is clean, professional and presentable to the public at all times.

4. Job Knowledge and Skills Required. The Program Manager should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or non-profit administration and/or small business development. The Program Manager must be sensitive to design and preservation issues. He/she must understand the issues confronting downtown business people, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations. The Program Manager must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively n a very independent situation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, including computer experience. Supervisory skills are desirable.


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