POSITION SUMMARY: The City of Perry’s Downtown Manager is responsible for the oversight and coordination of economic and community development activities in the Perry Downtown Development District (“District”). Primary amongst these activities is the oversight and coordination of both the Main Street Advisory Board (MSAB) and Perry Downtown Development Authority (DDA). This very public position involves extensive interaction with downtown property owners, businesses, and partners and serves as the primary liaison and service conduit between these stakeholder groups and the MSAB, DDA, City elected officials, and departments.
•Work to develop, administer, coordinate, and implement the work programs, plans, goals, and associatedactivities of the MSAB and associated sub-committees and the DDA.
•Ensure coordination with Georgia Main Street and Main Street America and compliance / reporting asrequired.
•Support and promote all businesses within the District and work to promote an advantageous businessenvironment in the District.
•Develop and implement District transformation strategies designed to encourage economic and communitydevelopment and pursue development / redevelopment / infill development efforts in the District.
•Work to attract new businesses to Downtown Perry while ensuring an appropriate business mix in theDistrict.
•Work to market Downtown Perry and increase the District’s profile and preference while promoting tourism,foot-traffic, investment, etc. in the District.
•Serve as MSAB and DDA liaison in dealings with internal (e.g. Mayor and Council, DDA, CityDepartments, etc.) and external (e.g. Chamber of Commerce, Perry Area CVB, etc.) partners.
•Oversee and coordinate District maintenance and beautification efforts in an effort to cultivate a unique senseof place.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION:
•Thorough knowledge of downtown development and redevelopment principles and practices
•Knowledge of Main Street program principles, policies, and procedures as outlined by Georgia Main Streetand Main Street America including all requisite accreditation standards
•Ability to proactively engage and lead volunteers and volunteer advisory bodies
•Knowledge of public relations/marketing principles and practices.
•Cultivation of stakeholder relations and partnerships
•Problem-solving and organizational skills
• Competence in job-related software programs
• Adept at research and report preparation
• Excellent interpersonal relations
• Oral and written communication skills
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND/OR EXERCISED:
• Position reports to the City Manager and Assistant City Manager
• No formal supervisory responsibilities, though the position will serve as project manager for various projects related to the MSAB and DDA within the Downtown Development district and will recruit, supervise, and mentor volunteers.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: A mixture of indoor office work and outdoor field responsibilities within the Downtown Development District. Participation at night meetings and special events is required; some weekend tasks as necessary. Ability to work outside in extreme temperatures is a requirement.
• Bachelor’s degree in related field, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
• 3-5 years’ experience in economic and/or community development, or related field.