City of Fairburn
The Downtown (Main Street) Manager will be responsible for managing and facilitating the Downtown corridor of the City of Fairburn’s revitalization initiatives to include the Main Street program, Creative Placemaking Strategy and Living Centers Initiative (LCI).
The Main Street Manager facilitates collaboration among municipal departments, as well as between the City and public and private partners in downtown Fairburn, with a focus on the Downtown District. The Main Street Manager oversees the operations of the City of Fairburn’s Main Street Program. Work involves assisting local merchants through promotion, beautification, and coordination; speaking on behalf of the Main Street; promoting local businesses on a local, regional, and state level; disseminating information to the media through press releases; responding to citizen inquiries, complaints, and concerns; writing promotional material for magazines or educational brochures; and oversee, plan, design and produce all events while managing all project delivery elements within time limits and oversight of the downtown area’s revitalization, economic, and cultural efforts. The candidate must have working knowledge of City functions, coupled with public relations skills. The Main Street Manager is an advocate for the downtown district and acts as a liaison to businesses, property owners, governmental officials and staff, community organizations, and others.
- Coordinate the City of Fairburn’s Main Street Program, including creation of programs to assist downtown merchants with promotion and beautification.
- Coordinate the National Main Street Program 4-Point approach: Promotion, economic vitality, organization and design.
- Assist with administering the local façade grant program and planning and executing the revitalization of the Downtown Overlay District.
- Manage all administrative aspects of the Main Street Program, including implementing annual strategic planning, purchasing, record keeping, budget development, and accounting, as well as assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies; generate data for monthly Main Street reports and maintain a business and building inventory to track investment and job creation in the overlay district.
- Promote downtown businesses on local, regional, and state levels; develop and maintain positive relations with business and property owners; serve as the point of contact for downtown business owners; and serve as the liaison between film companies and downtown businesses when filming occurs downtown.
- Serve as a liaison to the Downtown Development Authority [DDA]; provide the DDA Board with timely and informative data and related reports with regards to grant programs and emerging incentive programs.
- Assist with promoting downtown projects such as development initiatives, special events and festivals.
- Assist with executing the City’s Creative Placemaking Strategy and public arts initiatives.
- Manage and promote the City’s tourism efforts.
- Attend important City/DDA functions, events, e.g. City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, business openings, ground-breaking ceremonies, etc.
- Perform other work-related duties, as necessary and/or assigned.
Experience and Education Required:
- Four (4) years’ experience in local downtown development, small businesses, urban re-development, urban planning, and/or economic development, including demonstrated experience with downtown or “Main Street” revitalization, historic preservation, and urban planning.
- BS/BA Degree in urban planning, economics, public administration, or marketing from an accredited college/university or related field.
- Possess a valid Georgia driver’s license, required.
- Successfully complete a background screening.
Preferred/Desirable Experience and Qualifications:
- Certified Georgia Downtown Development professional, preferred.
- Experience in event planning, fundraising, grant writing and project management is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
- Basic knowledge of the Georgia Main Street program, general economic development policies, planning principles and historic preservation.
- Working knowledge of state and federal economic development programs and grants.
- Knowledge of and Skill in marketing public information and promotional techniques used in downtown development, including current digital and social media programs.
- Knowledge of planning and development funding mechanism and processes.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Exceptional skills in oral and written communications.
- Skill in communicating effectively orally and in writing, including making presentations to the City Council.
- Skill in directing and evaluating the work of engineers and consulting engineers.
- Skill in problem identification, analysis and resolution.
- Skill in using Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Outlook and other office equipment.
- Ability to meet and deal effectively with government agencies, citizenry and the business community.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Supervisory Controls: Work is assigned by the Director of Planning and Zoning in terms of departmental goals and objectives.
Guidelines: Guidelines include the City’s personnel policies.
Complexity: The work consists of a variety of administrative responsibilities, technical writing, and public speaking.
Scope and Effect: The incumbent will assist with the City’s revitalization of the downtown corridor and carry-out the Main Street 4-point approach.
Personal Contacts: Contacts are typically with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, property and business owners and the general public.
Purpose of Contacts: Contacts are typically to give and exchange information and provide services.
Physical Demands: The work is typically performed with the employee sitting at a desk. The employee uses tools or equipment, requiring dexterity and the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment: The work is typically performed in an office setting.
Supervisory and Management Responsibility: None.
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