Chief Executive Officer
Venice MainStreet, Inc
101 W Venice Ave #23
Venice, FL 34285

Do not call regarding this job advertisement. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to applications@venicemainstreet.com
Application period closes April 30, 2019

Work Objectives
The Chief Executive Officer of Venice MainStreet coordinates activity within a district revitalization program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for core area economic development. The CEO is responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the program. The CEO 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 CEO should help guide the organization as it grows and as its objectives evolve.

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 Main Street, 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 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.

Resource Management Responsibilities
The Chief Executive Officer supervises any necessary temporary or permanent employees, as well as professional consultants. They will participate in personnel and project evaluations. The Chief Executive Officer maintains local program records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries and prepares regular reports of the Florida Main Street. The Chief Executive Officer monitors the annual project budget and maintain financial records in cooperation with the organization’s Treasurer.

Job Knowledge and Skills Required
The Chief Executive Officer 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 Chief Executive Officer must be sensitive to design and preservation issues. The CEO 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 CEO 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. Strong supervisory and leadership skills are required.

Salary: $44,000-$55,000

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