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Downtown Wellington Seeks Executive Director

Downtown Wellington, Inc.

Executive Director

Job Description

Downtown Wellington, Inc. seeks an organized, dynamic, energetic visionary to lead our Downtown community as Executive Director. This candidate must be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and must be capable of functioning effectively in an independent environment.

The Executive Director is responsible for assisting in revitalizing Wellington’s central business district while preserving its historic character by implementing the National Main Street’s four point approach: Organization, Design, Promotions and Economic Restructuring, as its fundamental organizational framework. The Executive Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities locally and representing the downtown and organization regionally, as appropriate. This position reports to the Downtown Wellington, Inc. Board of Directors.

Provide a letter of interest and resume to no later than Friday, March 20. Must include professional references. Electronic resumes are preferred; however, you may also mail your resume to Downtown Wellington, Inc., P. O. Box 1, Wellington, OH 44090.

The Executive Director will:

  • Be knowledgeable about the four-point Downtown approach to economic revitalization and serve as the visible contact person for Wellington’s Downtown Program.
  • In conjunction with Downtown Wellington, Inc.’s Board of Directors, develop an annual Work Plan that includes strategies for downtown economic development through historic preservation and a calendar of events.
  • Implement the goals of Work Plan by working directly with the community, spending a minimum of 5 hours per week “on the street”, getting to know the business owners and workers in the downtown, hearing their concerns and directing them to appropriate and available resources.
  • Be familiar with individuals or groups directly or indirectly involved in the revitalization of Wellington; be in communication with them and be open to opportunities for collaboration.
  • Direct efforts at business retention, expansion, and recruitment, including providing information, expertise, and appropriate referrals to business owners; marketing the Downtown Wellington, Inc. program to outside businesses, working with developers and business owners to enhance the quality of retail and commercial businesses and the quality of their retail/commercial space.
  • Assist individual property owners with improvement projects when possible. Examples may include personal consultation or by obtaining and supervising professional design consultants; assist in locating appropriate contractors and materials.
  • When possible, participate in construction oversight; provide advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical improvements.
  • Develop and maintain data systems to track the process and progress of Downtown Wellington, Inc. These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files, thorough photographic documentation of all physical changes and information on job creation and business retention.
  • Maintain a membership database and implement renewal invoicing. Maintain regular contact with existing members of Downtown Wellington, Inc. to foster support and appreciation; look to grow membership.
  • Develop funding sources for expansion and development of Downtown Wellington, Inc. both individually and in collaboration with other organizations and entities.
  • Through speaking engagements, media interviews, and presence at all program events, keep Downtown Wellington, Inc. highly visible in the community.
  • Manage recruitment, evaluation, and retention of volunteers, including members of the committees.
  • Organize and facilitate Downtown Wellington, Inc. Board of Directors and Committee meetings.
  • Work with the Finance Committee to facilitate the maintenance of finances for Downtown Wellington, Inc. and report to the Board of Directors.
  • Produce press releases, social media content, and other print or electronic materials to support and promote programs and events.
  • Assist with writing, editing, and publishing informational and marketing brochures and flyers.
  • Ensure that all print and electronic materials adhere to the standards of the Downtown Wellington, Inc. program.
  • Assist with the preparation of necessary reports, summaries, and research projects, as assigned by the Downtown Board of Directors.
  • Maintain and update the Downtown Wellington, Inc. website.
  • Attend all Village Council meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings, and other local meetings as appropriate to represent Downtown Wellington, Inc.; promote programs and activities; and look for opportunities for collaboration.
  • Help build strong and productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the county and state levels.

Resource Management Responsibilities

The Executive Director supervises any necessary temporary or permanent employees, as well as professional managers. This position participates in personnel and project evaluations. The Executive Director maintains Downtown Wellington, Inc. records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries and prepares reports for the state Downtown program as needed. This position monitors the annual project budget and maintains financial records in cooperation with the organization’s Treasurer and any contracted bookkeeper.


The Executive Director should have education or experience in one or more of the following areas: marketing, economics, finance, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or nonprofit administration, or small business development. Successful candidates 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 is expected to be outgoing, energetic, imaginative, well-organized and capable of functioning independently. Must have excellent people skills.

Must have excellent written and verbal skills; public speaking experience is a plus.

Must have general computer skills and be proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database management, and basic desktop publishing software.

Must have basic social media skills (Facebook, Twitter). Website management skills preferred.


Located at the intersection of State Routes 58 and 18 in southern Lorain County, Wellington, Ohio is approximately 42 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland. Incorporated in 1855, the village currently has a population of approximately 4,800. Wellington is home to the Lorain County Fair and the Spirit of ’76 Museum, dedicated to painter Archibald M. Willard, who is buried in the town’s Greenwood Cemetery, and the history of Wellington. In 2010, Wellington was named the “Best Old House Neighborhood” for the state of Ohio by This Old House magazine.


Detroit Shoreway Seeking Economic Development Director

DETROIT SHOREWAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION is hiring for the position of Economic Development Director.


REPORTS TO:   Managing Director, Detroit Shoreway neighborhood office


The Economic Development Director will be responsible for the overall economic development, coordination and implementation of commercial/retail district revitalization for Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO). These responsibilities include recruiting and providing technical assistance to businesses, coordinating public improvements and governmental approvals in the commercial district, managing the Gordon Square Special Improvement District (GSAD-CIC) and support for marketing and special events. Bachelor’s degree is required.

COMPENSATION - Annual salary $40,000 to $50,000 commensurate with experience.

Jeffrey M. Ramsey
Executive Director
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
SCFBC Office
3167 Fulton Road, Suite 303
Cleveland, OH  44109
Phone:  (216) 961-9073 ext. 210
FAX:  (216) 961-9387

Youngstown NDC Seeks Executive Director

Downtown Fremont Inc. Seeks Executive Director

Executive Director Downtown Fremont Inc. – posted 12/17/2012

FREMONT – The Board of Trustees of Downtown Fremont, Inc. is searching for a new Executive Director. Resumes will be accepted until January 4, 2013 or until the position is filled. The position description, list of qualifications and information on how to submit a resume can be found on Downtown Fremont’s website at

For information contact: Mike Jay, Chairman, Downtown Fremont, Inc., 419-334-5905