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Downtown Painesville Organization Hiring Executive Director

The Downtown Painesville Organization is looking for an energetic, imaginative and self-motivated director for AN economic development organization. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a historic revitalization program within the downtown business district.

Resumes should be submitted with cover letter expressing interest and three professional references by October 20, 2014

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Downtown Painesville Organization
One Victoria Place #265A
Painesville, OH 44077

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Founded in 2007, the Downtown Painesville Organization is a 501c3 non-profit revitalizing Painesville’s historic core via the Ohio Main Street Program. Based in historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save America’s traditional downtowns. The Executive Director’s responsibilities include a broad range of economic development activities. The Executive Director must be creative, entrepreneurial and adaptable to the changing needs of the organization.

The Executive Director coordinates the activities of the downtown revitalization program and is responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the Main Street Program in accordance with Heritage Ohio and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program. The executive director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all project activities locally as well as for representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate. In addition, the executive director should help guide the organization as it grows and as its objectives evolve.


• Full-time advocate for the downtown and primary coordinator of the Main Street program’s activities

• Oversees daily operations, providing the hands-on involvement critical to a successful program.

• Coordinates a wide range of projects, from supervising promotional activities to managing internship program and volunteer projects

• Working cooperatively with the local community to develop and implement a local action plan and timetable which includes public and private activities and events.

• Assisting individual merchants and property owners with design and construction of physical restoration projects.

• Preparing and maintaining a continuing record of Downtown Painesville Organization activities

• Other duties as directed by Board of Directors


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree. Experience or education related to architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or nonprofit administration and/or small business development preferred.


  • Experience leading teams and/or projects.
  • Strong written, oral, and organizational skills
  • High level of technical ability with strong working knowledge of computer software programs such as desktop publishing, graphic design, website administration, and Microsoft office suite.
  • Ability to manage websites and social media content such as Facebook, Twitter
  • Experience with event planning, fundraising and government relations preferred


Responsible for managing interns and numerous volunteer groups and committees.

OTHER:  Some travel may be required.  Drug test and background check required. Must physically be able to lift 50 pounds. Extensive walking required. Frequent weekend and evening responsibilities.

Salary & Benefits Dependent on Qualifications



Economic Development Director (Norwalk, OH):

The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC), a 501(c)(3) seeks an experienced individual to lead its economic development program, manage businesses attraction and retention, oversee personnel and programs, and coordinate incentive programs.

This position requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, Public Administration or related field, with five years experience in economic development and/or executive positions.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

Send resumes and salary requirements to NEDC, 12 Benedict Avenue, 2nd floor, Norwalk, OH  44857 or e-mail  For a complete job description or more information, call 419-663-2030.


Marietta Main Street Seeks Executive Director

Job Description

Marietta Main Street seeks an organized, dynamic, energetic visionary to lead our Main Street community as Executive Director. This candidate must be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent environment. This individual will be responsible for the coordination and oversight of the Main Street program within downtown Marietta & Harmar Village. The responsibility includes but not limited to managing the organization’s development, and the overseeing of the program’s economic development, promotions, and design projects.

Responsibilities Include but not limited to…

>Represent and promote the program thru volunteers, the public, funding partners, city, state and federal officials and the business owners, landlords and residents of the downtown Marietta & Harmar Village.

>In tandem with assistance from the Board of Directors, this candidate will develop and implement the program’ mission, vision, goals, objectives, and strategies via an annual work plan(s) based on the National Trust Main Street program methodology.

>Manage volunteers and coordinate activities of four Main Street Committees. Assist each committee in development and implementation of its work plan. Participate in committee meetings and serve as the liaison between committees, the Board of Directors, the business district stakeholders, and media outlets, ensuring that all actions and goals are coordinated.

>Develop Resources: Work with the Board of Directors to research and develop fundraising activities for the program including identifying private (foundations, corporations, local businesses, individuals, etc.) and public (city, state, national) funding sources, programs, and potential partners. Lead the program in the grant-writing process.

>Maximize communication between the existing downtown Businesses and other organizations to build strong, productive working relationships between partners and among all downtown stakeholders.

>Spend a minimum of 5-6 hours per week “on the street” for “face to face” as the director getting to know the business climate and environment as well as addressing individual business owner needs and concerns by directing them to appropriate available resources.

>Educate property and business owners about the importance of good design and merchandising and develop a network of consultants to guide in appropriate design and implementation of improvement projects, including historians, architects and contractors. Work with zoning officials to facilitate and streamline process.

>Coordinate and enhance events, promotions, and advertising strategies with existing organizations, the City, community groups, etc., to maximize the community image and retail opportunities.

>Conduct other duties and tasks as defined by the Board of Directors in the future.


>Minimum High School Diploma.

>Work experience in one or more of the following areas will be helpful, but not required – business, finance, urban affairs/public policy, community development, historic preservation, or a related field. Background in Main Street, retail or working with retailers preferred.

>Ability to delegate responsibilities effectively and motivate volunteers is essential.

>Excellent public speaking, interpersonal, time management, organizational, consensus-building and media relations skills.

>Strong written and oral communication skills.

>Experience in grant-writing process preferred but not required.

>Strong computer skills using Microsoft’s Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint), website management skills preferred (Joomla).

>Ability to work evenings & weekends, as required (long hours are a must in several opportunities).

The salary range starts at $30,000, negotiable based on experience.

Please submit cover letter, resume and three professional references no later than September 30th to

Thank you for your interest.


 CDFA Seeks Program Manager

DFA is excited to announce an opening for the position of Program Manager. I would greatly appreciate your assistance in circulating this opening throughout your network to help us identify the best candidates for this important position.

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic person to manage a broad initiative to provide technical assistance for brownfield redevelopment in communities through the country. The Program Manager will work with the CDFA team to implement a U.S. EPA grant-funded program, including online resources, educational content, national stakeholder meetings, and on-site technical assistance.

More information about the Program Manager position is available in the full job description.

Questions about the position, or candidate recommendations, can be directed to Jason Rittenberg at 614-224-1315 or


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