SENATOBIA MAIN STREET
Reports to: Executive Director, Tate County EDF
Time Worked: Typically 40+ hours per week, Monday through Friday, with regular attendance at several monthly evening meetings, and some weekend hours required at certain times throughout the year.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Summary: Tate County EDF and Senatobia Main Street are seeking an experienced, self-motivated person to lead a strong and aggressive downtown revitalization program for Senatobia, Mississippi. The Community Development Manager position serves as the Manager of Senatobia Main Street, which focuses on the four emphases of Main Street: Design, Promotion, Organization and Economic Restructuring. The successful candidate will also assist other EDF staffers in related areas of small business development/entrepreneurship and tourism, as well as lend aid in chamber of commerce growth and member services. This is a high-profile position within the community, regionally, statewide and nationally.
Responsibilities: Create, coordinate, enhance and manage downtown Senatobia’s promotions, advertising, events, fundraising, marketing, media relations and tourism strategies with existing businesses, organizations and other community groups to maximize the community’s image and retail opportunities. Ability to multi-task and work in a positive, team environment is required. Excellent public speaking, interpersonal, time management, organizational and consensus-building skills (especially with Board members and other volunteers) are required. Creative and technological skills, professionalism, and confidentiality are musts. Coordinate all activities to promote downtown renovation and restoration, quality of life, and historic preservation of local architecture.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university preferred. Education and/or demonstrated work experience in one or more of the following areas – community/economic development, public policy, marketing, retail, historic preservation, or related fields. Backgrounds in Main Street, retail or working with small business owners is highly preferred, as is experience working in a non-profit environment. Must either be a resident of Tate County or willing to relocate to Tate County within one year of employment.
The successful Main Street Project Manager must:
Be as agile as a monkey because he or she spends so much time out on a limb;
Have a big chin, so he can lead with it;
Have a thick skin to ward off the stings of insult and ingratitude;
Have strong legs so she can stand on her own two feet all day long and still be limber enough to kneel at bedtime;
Have a deaf ear for flattery, a good ear for criticism and judgment to distinguish between the two;
Have a big mouth, so she won’t choke when she puts her foot in it, and a big appetite for swallowing her pride and eating her own words;
Have most of all, a rubber neck in order to:
Turn the other cheek,
Look back at history,
Forward to the future,
Confront the issues, and
Face the music….simultaneously!
He or she will:
Work under more pressure than a deep sea diver;
Get more criticism than a poor man with an ambitious mother-in-law;
Suffer more temptation than a shoplifter in a mint;
Be expected to be everywhere at once like the chaperone at a high school prom.
Moreover, this individual must be able to be gracious at the end of the year when congratulated for a job well done.
Please check back frequently for career opportunities with Main Street!