Executive Director

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street
226 SE Douglas, Suite 203
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Salary Exempt
Deadline 03/04/2015
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Awarding-Winning Main Street Program Seeks Executive Director for Kansas City Suburb Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street, an accredited Main Street program through the National Main Street Center and Missouri Main Street Connection, is searching for an executive director for its award-winning, 25-year-old nonprofit organization. Downtown Lee's Summit, Mo., a community of more than 90,000 residents just outside of Kansas City, is a recipient of the Great American Main Street award. This progressive and professional Main Street program is looking for an experienced director, proven leader, creative fundraiser and community consensus-builder. Please visit website for job description.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities can include:

  1. Provide leadership in the implementation of the Main Street Four Point Approach to Downtown Revitalization and coordinate DLSMS’s role in the implementation of the City of Lee’s Summit Downtown Master Plan, as amended, which includes concise measurable objectives and indicators consistent with the Public Service Agreement with the City of Lee’s Summit and the organization’s mission statement.
  2. Coordinate the activity of the Main Street program committees, ensuring that communication among committees is well established; assist committee volunteers with implementation of work plan items. Oversee the coordination of Board and committee agenda, meetings, minutes and correspondence.
  3. Manage all administrative aspects of the Main Street program, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development, accounting, 501(c)(3) compliance, grant writing, fundraising, strategic planning, preparing all reports required by the state Main Street program and by the National Main Street Center, assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies, and supervising employees or consultants.
  4. Facilitate consistent, informative communication and effective outreach to the Board of Directors, committees, volunteers, property and business owners, government agencies and other partners. Create awareness and build consensus for the organization’s programs and services.
  5. Develop additional funding sources to augment DLSMS’s existing revenues, including utilization of grant programs.
  6. Develop, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, downtown economic revitalization strategies and utilize the community’s human and economic resources. Become familiar with all persons and groups directly and indirectly involved in the downtown. Mindful of the roles of various downtown interest groups, assist the Board of Directors and committees in developing an annual action plan for implementing a downtown revitalization program focused on four areas: design/historic preservation; promotion and marketing; organization/management; and economic restructuring/development. Develop programs to recruit and retain downtown merchant membership.
  7. Develop and conduct on-going public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s unique character and assets. Use speaking engagements, media interviews, and personal appearances to keep the program in the public eye.
  8. Develop and maintain data systems to track the progress of the revitalization effort including documentation of job creation, business recruitment and retention, vacancy rate, reinvestment statistics, economic monitoring, individual building files, and photographic documentation of physical changes.
  9. Assess the management capacity of DLSMS and encourage improvements in the downtown community’s ability to carry out joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, appropriate store hours, special events, business assistance, business recruitment, and parking management.
  10. Coordinate joint promotional events, such as festivals or business promotions, to improve the quality and success of events and attract people to downtown; work closely with local media to ensure maximum coverage of promotional activities; encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the downtown.
  11. Help build strong, collaborative, and productive relationships with staff and appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.
  12. Represent the organization to important constituencies at the local, state, and national levels. Attend State and National Conferences as required for National accreditation.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business or related field. Demonstrated experience in nonprofit management and Main Street Approach; and,
  2. Main Street Management Certification desired
  3. Proficient with Microsoft applications utilizing Word, Excel and presentation applications.
  4. Combination of education and experience.
  5. Project management certification preferred.

How to Apply

To apply, send cover letter, resume, references and salary/compensation requirements by March 4, 2015, to: resumes@downtownls.org.