Friday, December 19, 2014

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.

If interested in applying for the position, please email your resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Resumes will be accepted through December 15, 2014. 

Compensation:  Salary commensurate to experience. Benefits include a $2000 stipend for insurance.

How to Apply: Mail or email a resume, cover letter and three references by December 15 to Kat Quast, Venice MainStreet, (mailing address) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Job Description:

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.

 


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