Job Opportunity: Town of Boone Downtown Development Coordinator

Posted By: Wysteria White Career Center ,

Employment Opportunity 

Downtown Development Coordinator:  Town of Boone, located in the beautiful mountains of western NC (population 19,562), seeks an energetic, enthusiastic, visionary professional to promote our downtown area. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:

  • Serves as coordinator to the DBDA Board;
  • Serves as a liaison between the public, town staff and DBDA board;
  • Plans, administers, and markets the public relations programs for the downtown business district;
  • Prepares and maintains a wide variety of documents including financial reports and records.
  • Gathers recommendations from the DBDA Board for town consideration;
  • Plans and executes monthly meetings for the DBDA Board;
  • Reports on activities to the Town Manager and the DBDA Board;
  • Researches and recommends policies and strategies to the DBDA Board for consideration by the Town Manager and Town Council;
  • Provides staff support and coordinates DBDA financial support with Cultural Resources department for the development and implementation of downtown programs and promotional events.
  • Promotion of Downtown Boone as a compelling place for shoppers, investors, and visitors promoting community excitement and involvement;
  • Prepares or coordinates events such as business seminars, lunch and learning opportunities, and other information sharing opportunities in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce that support downtown business growth and expansion;
  • Works with the Town Manager’s office in order to identify and apply for various downtown development grants; coordinates development of Main Street Program and/or similar programs;
  • Maintains contact with community leaders and representatives of businesses and industry; visits businesses regularly to stay abreast of their status, any potential for expansion, and assists with problems; follows up on requests; prepares newsletters, brochures and web site as needed;
  • Serves as a contact for potential businesses considering new location or expansion in Downtown and directs those businesses to the appropriate Town Department; shows sites and arranges meetings with local officials; researches location and coordinates contacts for the property;
  • Keeps current records on vacant sites and buildings; markets vacant space as needed to maintain a full and vibrant downtown area;
  • Prepares and submits annual budget according to town procedures; follows town purchasing and budgeting policies and procedures;
  • Coordinates with the Public Works Department regarding the installation of banners, decorations, sidewalk replacement projects, streetscape replacement, expansion, and other Downtown amenities within the Municipal Service District;
  • Coordinates with Planning Department and the Historic Preservation Commission involving Downtown historic properties in the Municipal Service District;
  • Develops innovative approaches to accomplish program goals;

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of management, business, their organizational procedures and financing.
  • Knowledge of municipal budgeting and purchasing laws, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to acquire outside funding using a creative approach.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and facilitate meetings and special events.
  • Ability to plan, organize and effectively develop commercial leads for the Town including building consensus among diverse groups.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships by building partnerships with business executives, owners or representatives, public officials at the local level, contractors, community leaders and organizations, other department heads and other employees.
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and make correct recommendations for each business contract.
  • Considerable knowledge of the application of information technology to data research and office technology.
  • Considerable knowledge of the Main Street Program and/or similar programs, historic properties preservation strategies and related regulations and grants.
  • Considerable knowledge of economic, social, historical, and technological resources available in the downtown commercial development field.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in business management, planning, marketing or related field and experience in downtown development.  NC Driver’s license required. 

Must be available to work nights/weekends and a flexible schedule including some holidays. 

Salary: $46,637 plus excellent benefits. 

Submit letter of interest, resume, and Town of Boone application.  Applications may be downloaded or completed at www.townofboone.net and returned to PO Box 192, Boone, NC  28607 or emailed to linda.councill@townofboone.net.  All offers of employment are subject to a successful completion of a controlled substance screening, a medical examination and thorough background check.  Town of Boone is an EOE. 

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