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Olive Branch Old Towne Preservation and Development Association Executive Director

Olive Branch Old Towne Preservation and Development Association Executive Director
The Olive Branch Old Towne Preservation and Development Association, a non-profit organization, is currently accepting resumes for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director will oversee the overall management and day-to-day operations of the association. Please submit resume, letter of interest, and 3 references with their contact information to: Old Towne Director Search Committee P.O. Box 90, Olive Branch, MS 38654 by November 25, 2014. 

Mississippi Arts Commission: Arts Based Community Development Program Director

The Mississippi Arts Commission, the state’s official arts granting and service agency, is currently accepting applications for its Arts Based Community Development Program Director position. This is a full-time, permanent position with the state. This staff person oversees a number of grant programs and special initiatives related to projects and organizations that utilize the arts in community development. Competitive applicants could have experience in a number of different areas, including non-profit management, economic development, or other related fields. The application deadline is November 24, 2014. For the full job description and directions on how to apply, please see the announcement on the MAC website:

Executive Director, Canton Chamber Main Street Association

Position TitleCanton Chamber Main Street Executive Director

Report to- Board President and the Board of Directors

Overview of Position                       

The Manager will promote downtown activities,  educate businesses, serve as a listener, collaborator, clearinghouse, visionary,  facilitator and coordinator based on the four points (organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring) of the Main Street Canton program. 

Job Description - Coordinate all project activities within the downtown revitalization program to promote economic development and historic preservation.  Represent the community locally, regionally, and nationally.  Statewide manager trainings will be provided by the Mississippi Main Street Association. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the activities of the Main Street Program Committees.
  • Manage all administrative aspects: including developing and maintaining an appropriate data system for record keeping, developing and monitoring budgets, accounting, purchasing, preparing reports, documenting all physical changes, retaining information on job creation and business retention, and all other office activities.
  •  Supervise support staff.
  • Develop strategies for downtown economic development and historic preservation.  With the committees and Board of Directors, creates an annual action plan focused on these four areas: design, promotion, organization & economic restructuring.
  • Develops and conducts public awareness and education programs.  Through speaking engagements, media interviews and appearances, keeps the program highly visible.
  • Provides advice and guidance to individual tenants or property owners regarding physical improvements.
  • Provides advice and information, assesses and encourages joint involvement in the downtown community’s promotional events – advertising, special events, business recruitment, etc.
  • Helps build strong, productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and stat levels.
  • Advises and assists in efforts to attract people to downtown.
  •  Coordinate & recruit an active volunteer force.
  • Participate in appropriate community organizations. 

Job Requirements   

  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  •  A self-starter.
  •  Marketing and advertising skills desired.
  •  Promotional Event and Festival experience desired.
  • Knowledge of downtown public and private issues desired.
  • Good organizational skills.
  •  Experience in administrative management.
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet applications, photo editing, graphic design,  and Quick Books.

Education and Experience

  Graduate from an accredited four-year college or university with aBS or BA degree preferred.  Five-years experience in community development, business economics, or downtown development, and/or marketing and promotion.  Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities

The manager should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas:  architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, fundraising, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or non-profit administration and/or small business development.  The manager must be sensitive to design and preservation issues.  The manager must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.  Supervisory skills are desirable.

Send Resume with cover letter to:

Canton Chamber Main Street

100 Depot Drive

Canton, MS 39046


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Main Street Manager Job Description

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,
Face reality,
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!

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