Venice MainStreet 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. Must be a relationship builder and work with all personality types. This individual will be responsible for the coordination and oversight of the Main Street program.
Venice MainStreet, Inc. regretfully announces the resignation of Kat Quast as their Executive Director effective December 19, 2014. The board sincerely appreciates the improvements made to Venice MainStreet since Ms. Quast came aboard. She has moved the organization forward in the areas of relationship building, increased membership, large scale events like the Venice Blues Festival and the Sarasota Chalk Festival and overall reach and growth of our organization.
“While we are sad to see Kat go, we understand her personal decision to be her own boss and run her own special event organization. Her unflagging energy and enthusiasm have been greatly appreciated and will be missed”, said Thomas Trammell, president of the Venice MainStreet Board of Directors.
“I have truly enjoyed my time with Venice MainStreet”, said Kat Quast, “this is a fantastic organization and wonderful town. I look forward to doing many more in events in the Venice area as well as in Orlando and the world.
Compensation: Salary commensurate to experience. Benefits include a $2000 stipend for insurance.
Executive Director Job Description
1. Work Objectives
The Executive Director coordinates activity within a district revitalization program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for core area economic development.
He/she is responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the program. The Executive Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all project activities locally as well as for representing the district regionally and nationally as appropriate. In addition, the Executive Director should help guide the organization as it grows and as its objectives evolve.
2. Full Range of Duties to be performed
a. Coordinate activity of program committees, ensuring that communication between committees is well established; assist committees with implementation of work plan items.
b. Manage all administrative aspects of the program, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development and accounting, preparing all reports required by the Florida MainStreet, assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies and supervising part-time employees or consultants.
c. Develop, in conjunction with the program's Board of Directors, strategies for district economic development through historic preservation utilizing the district's human and economic resources. Become familiar with all persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the district commercial district. Mindful of the roles of various district interest groups. assist the program's Board of Directors and committees in developing an annual plan for implementing a district revitalization program focused on four areas: design/historic preservation, promotion, organization/management and economic restructuring/development.
d. Develop and conduct ongoing public awareness and educational programs designed to enhance appreciation of the district's architecture and other assets and to foster an understanding of the program's goals and objectives. Through speaking, engagements, media interviews and appearances, keep the program highly visible in the district.
e. Should be a resource to assist individual tenants or property owners with physical improvement projects by obtaining professional design consultants; assist in locating appropriate contractors and materials; provide advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical improvements.
f. Assess the management capacity of the major district organizations and encourage improvements in the district's ability to undertake joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, uniform store hours, special events, business recruitment, parking management and so on. Provide advice and information on successful district management. Encourage a cooperative climate between district interests and local public officials.
g. Advise district merchants' organizations and/or Chamber of Commerce retail committees or program activities and goals and assist in the coordination of joint promotional events, such as seasonal festivals or cooperative retail promotional events, in order to improve the quality and success of events to attract people to the district; work closely with local media to ensure maximum event coverage; encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the district.
h. Help build strong and productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.
i. Utilizing the program format, access and collate data for state reporting on the process and progress of the local program. These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files, sometimes including photographic documentation of all physical changes and information on job creation and business retention.
j. Represent the district at the local, state and national levels to important constituencies. Speak effectively on the program's directions and findings, always mindful of the need to improve state and national economic development policies as they relate to smaller programs.
3. Resource Management Responsibilities
The Executive Director supervises any necessary temporary or permanent employees, as well as professional consultants. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations. The Executive Director maintains local program records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries and prepares regular reports of the Florida MainStreet. The Executive Director monitors the annual project budget and maintain Financial records in cooperation with the organization's Treasurer.
4. Job Knowledge and Skills Required
The Executive Director should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or nonprofit administration and/or small business development. The Executive Director must be sensitive to design and preservation issues. The director must understand the issues confronting district business people, property owners, public agencies and the issues confronting district business people, property owners, public agencies and district organizations. The director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in a very independent situation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential including successful grant writing. Working knowledge of various computer programs and social media sites; i.e., design, Adobe, Quick book, Microsoft's Office Suite, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Knowledge and ability to produce and explain financial reports, oversee bookkeeping. Supervisory skills are desirable. Ability to work evenings & weekends, as required (long hours are a must in several situations). Ability to lift up to 35 pounds.