Executive Director Position


The Hopewell Downtown Partnership seeks a dynamic, experienced Executive Director to lead its downtown revitalization effort in close conjunction with its board of directors.  This eight-year-old State Designated Main Street organization is located in Hopewell, Virginia. The Hopewell Downtown Partnership is a nationally accredited Main Street organization.

The Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Directing the Four-Point-based revitalization efforts in Design, Promotion, Economic Positioning, and Organization
  • Working in conjunction with volunteers to plan and implement revitalization projects
  • Publicizing the work and accomplishments Main Street organization
  • Providing support and direction to the Main Street board
  • Coordinating the operation of the Main Street corporation and office

This position is a salaried position.  Salary range $45,000 – $55,000, depending on experience and qualifications. Additional funding available for health insurance.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume thru the form below (or click this link). Please email any questions about this position to ltjoyner2@comcast.net.

Position is open until filled.

The Hopewell Downtown Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.

Work Objectives

Under the supervision of the Hopewell Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, the Executive Director coordinates activities the MainStreet revitalization program utilizing the MainStreet “Four Point Approach” guided by Economic Transformation Strategies of the organization. The 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 Director should help guide the organization as its objectives evolve.

Duties to be Performed

The executive director is responsible for the following areas of work:

  • In conjunction with the board of directors, developing strategies for preservation-based economic development in the MainStreet district by identifying resources, partners, and organizations that can assist with revitalization and assisting the board and committees with developing and implementing an action plan and projects based on program goals and objectives and the MainStreet Four-Point Approach®.
  • Support and assist committee volunteers with the implementation of work plan items. Work effectively with volunteers and others involved in downtown-related projects. Manage recruitment, evaluation, and retention of volunteers
  • Become familiar with all persons and groups directly and indirectly engaged in the downtown. Encourage a cooperative climate among the MainStreet organization, downtown interests, and local government.
  • Manage the administrative aspects of the MainStreet program, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development, accounting, preparing all reports required by the coordinating MainStreet program and by the National Main Street Center, assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies, and supervising employees or consultants.
  • Develop and conduct ongoing public awareness and educational programs designed to create awareness and appreciation of the downtown district and to foster awareness and understanding of the MainStreet program’s goals and objectives through the use of speaking engagements, electronic media, media interviews, personal appearances, and other methods.
  • Assist and develop the capacity of downtown businesses, institutions, and organizations to carry out a variety of improvement activities, such as physical improvements, better business practices, promotional events, advertising campaigns, parking management, and business development.
  • Assist individual tenants or property owners with property improvement projects by providing or coordinating professional design consultation, and offering advice and guidelines for financing.
  • Help to build strong, productive, working relationships with key stakeholders and potential partner organizations, including downtown business and property owners, municipal and county government, local and state agencies, nonprofit associations and charitable organizations, civic associations, schools, media, institutions, residents, and others.
  • Help the organization build strong and productive relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels. Represent the organization and 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 traditional downtown districts.
  • Develop and maintain systems to track the progress of the MainStreet organization and to quantify downtown improvements through mechanisms such as quarterly reporting to Virginia MainStreet on economic and physical changes, photos, property inventory, etc.
  • Attend all trainings, professional development activities, and planning meetings required by Virginia MainStreet to fulfill the responsibilities specified under any Letter of Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding with the State Main Street organization.
  • Assist the Board of Directors with preparation for its regular meeting and achievement of its governance duties.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of downtown events and festivals, business recruitment and retention strategies, historic infrastructure rehabilitation, grant procurement, and other activities suitable towards promoting the downtown revitalization strategies

Resource Management Responsibilities

The Executive Director supervises any necessary temporary or permanent employees, as well as professional consultants. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations. The Executive Director maintains local MainStreet program records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries, and prepares regular reports for Virginia MainStreet and the National Main Street Center. In conjunction with the Board Treasurer, the Executive Director monitors the annual program budget and maintains financial records. S/he seeks to cultivate and retain a diverse base of volunteers and partner organizations to assist the organization with fulfilling its mission.

Job Knowledge and Skills Required

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 Executive Director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in an independent environment. Excellent computer, written, and verbal communication skills are essential. Supervisory and volunteer development skills are desirable. The Executive Director is a full-time position (40 hrs./week), with varying evening and weekend activities.

At least 3-5 years’ experience in a similar or complimentary role.

Experience with non-profit fundraising, marketing, grant writing, and event planning is preferred.

Basic knowledge of federal, state and local economic & community development tools available for downtown revitalization is preferred.

Excellent communication, both written and verbal, are required.

The Director must have general computer skills and be proficient in the following applications: word processing, spreadsheets, database management, QuickBooks, and PowerPoint. Graphic design/publishing skills are desirable.

He/she should have a working knowledge of the use of social media applications such as email, Constant Contact, Listservs, website maintenance (WordPress), Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and others.

A valid driver’s license is required, as is the ability to work flexible hours and evenings.

Formal application

Rating of education and experience; oral interviews; and reference & background checks. The Hopewell Downtown Partnership does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual preference, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

To apply, please use the form below to submit a cover letter and resume (or can submit thru this link)

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