Posted: March 8, 2020
Job Opening: Director of Downtown Development: Easton, MD
The Easton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is seeking an experienced, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic professional for the position of Director of Downtown Development. The Downtown Development Director coordinates the economic development activities for the Town of Easton’s downtown district. This includes the implementation of events and experiences that attract people to the downtown, policies and procedures governing the operational aspects of programs, program development, financial management, marketing, and downtown business/property owner and community relations. He/she is responsible for the development, execution and documentation of the State of Maryland Main Street and Arts and Entertainment District programs. 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 programs as its objectives evolve through stake holder input.
The Town of Easton, Maryland, located in Talbot County, MD, was established in 1710 and is seen as the epicenter of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Easton is situated in Maryland’s tidewater region along the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay, near the headwaters of the Tred Avon River. As part of Talbot County, Easton’s past is linked to the water that surrounds it. Today, Easton’s downtown is about 10 square miles in size. It’s home to the famous Avalon Theatre and the beautiful Tidewater Inn. The town hosts popular festivals like Waterfowl Festival (November), the Plen Air art festival and holiday parades. Easton is known for fine dining and great local shopping. Easton has been ranked nationally as one of the Best Small Towns in America.
The ideal candidate must be approachable, self-starting, personable and have strong project management, communication, and presentation skills. Easton Economic Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Full Range of Duties to be Performed
- Assess the management capacity of major downtown organizations and encourage improvements in the downtown community’s ability to carry out joint activities such as events and activities, advertising, appropriate store hours, special events, business assistance, business recruitment, parking management, and so on. Provide advice and information on successful downtown management. Encourage a cooperative climate among downtown interests and local public officials.
- Develop, in conjunction with the Easton Economic Development (EEDC) board of directors, merchant organizations, and the Town of Easton downtown economic development strategies that 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 EEDC 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, including events and activities; organization/management; and economic restructuring/development in the context of the Town’s historic legacy and historic preservation parameters.
- Coordinate the downtown economic development activities, ensuring that communication among committees is well established; assist committee volunteers with implementation of work plan items.
- Manage all administrative aspects of the downtown economic development program, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development, accounting, grant writing, grant administration, assisting with fund raising, preparing all reports required by the Town of Easton, EEDC, state Main Street program and Arts & Entertainment District, assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies, and supervising employees or consultants.
- Advise downtown merchants’ organizations and/or chamber of commerce retail committees on program activities and goals; help coordinate joint promotional events, such as festivals or business promotions, to improve the quality and success of events and attract people to downtown; work closely with local media to ensure maximum coverage of promotional activities; encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the downtown.
- Have knowledge of existing local, state and federal funding opportunities, such as grants, loans and tax incentives.
- Help build strong, collaborative, and productive relationships with staff and 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 as well as merchant, resident and visitor feedback.
- 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.
Resource Management Responsibilities
- The Director of Downtown Development supervises any necessary temporary or permanent employees, as well as professional consultants. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations. The program director maintains program records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries, and prepares regular reports as necessary. The program director monitors the annual program budget and maintains financial records.
- Job Knowledge and Skills Required: The program 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 program 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.
Easton Economic Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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