Executive Director

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By Winchester Downtown Program
P. O. Box 9
Winchester, Tennessee
Salary Negotiable
Deadline 12/30/2014
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Name: Jerry Sharber
Title: Executive Director
Phone: 931-962-3393


The Main Street Executive Director (ED) reports to the Winchester Downtown Program Corporation (WDPC) Board of Directors. The ED serves as the chief advisor and staff to the WDPC Board and committees. The ED works closely with the City of Winchester to promote downtown activities, educate businesses, serve as a listener, collaborator, clearinghouse, visionary, facilitator and coordinator based on the four points (organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring) of the Main Street Program. The Executive Director will encourage public awareness of the program activities and act as a liaison to other communities in the Tennessee Main Street Members from the programs of the Main Street Program.


  • Coordinates the activities of the Main Street Program Committees. Administers the goals and objectives established through the Main Street Committees, and serving as liaison to all four of the Main Street Volunteer Committees.
  • Coordinates activities of WDPC’s Main Street Program and assist Committees in implementing their work plans.
  • Manages all administrative aspects: including developing and maintaining an appropriate data system for record keeping, developing and monitoring budgets, accounting, purchasing, reports, documenting all physical changes, retaining information on job creation and business retention, and all other office activities.
  • Develop strategies for downtown economic development and historic preservation. With the committees and Board of Directors, creates an annual action plan focused on these four areas: design, promotion, organization, and economic restructuring.
  • Develops and conducts public awareness and education programs. Through speaking engagements, media interviews and appearances, keeps the program highly visible.
  • Provides advice and guidance to individual tenants or property owners regarding physical improvements.
  • Provides advice and information, assesses and encourages joint involvement in the downtown community’s promotional events – advertising, uniform store hours, special events, business recruitment, parking management, etc.
  • Advises and assists in efforts to attract people to downtown.
  • Helps build strong, productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.
  • Coordinate & recruit an active volunteer force to support Main Street.
  • Participate in appropriate community organizations.



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Dynamic self-starter.
  • Marketing or advertising skills desired.
  • Knowledge of downtown public and private issues desired.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Professional and/or academic economic development experience strongly desired.
  • Historic preservation skills desired.
  • Experience in administrative management.
  • Strong Computer skills including word processing, QuickBooks, and spreadsheet applications.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a BS or BA degree preferred. Experience as a Main Street Director or Tennessee Downtowns desired. Five-year’s experience in community development, business economics, or Downtown development, and/or marketing and promotion. Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES The Executive Director should have education and/or experience in one of 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 downtown coordinator must be sensitive to design and preservation issues. The downtown coordinator must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

How to Apply

An applicant must submit a resume to the WDPC at P. O. Box 9, Winchester, TN. 37398 before close of business on Friday, December 30th.