Abingdon Main Street seeks Executive Director

Executive Director – Abingdon Main Street

Position Details

Type: Full Time

Offered By: Abingdon Main Street, Abingdon, VA

Salary: Based on experience

Deadline: July 15, 2017


Abingdon Main Street (AMS), a nonprofit organization and designated member of the Virginia Main

Street Program, seeks an energetic, creative, goal-oriented and self-directed Executive Director with

excellent communication, organizational, and fundraising skills to oversee and manage the AMS

Program. The Executive Director will facilitate all day-to-day duties and regular programming for the

organization, including coordination and management of marketing, public relations, and fundraising

efforts, and will work independently and with other entities to promote, advocate for, and direct

resources to a variety of business development and historic preservation efforts in the Abingdon Main

Street footprint.


Overview of Duties

The Executive Director reports directly to AMS Board of Directors and works closely with downtown business and property owners, local government officials, and other nonprofit agencies and organizations to promote downtown Abingdon as a vibrant and thriving business community and to preserve the historic nature of the downtown area as a unique and inviting place to visit, work and live.

Primary duties and responsibilities include fundraising, marketing, networking, cultivation of positive working relationships, volunteer coordination, board development, budget planning and oversight, and special event management. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic supporter of local businesses, have an understanding of the distinctive history and character of Abingdon, be unafraid to reach out to and communicate regularly with business and property owners regularly, be able to work in concert with local officials and organizations on convergent projects and efforts, and will be able to think progressively about the future direction of the organization.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing partnerships and strong working relationships with downtown merchants, business owners, property owners, town officials, regional leaders, and other related groups to effectively implement the organization’s goals and annual plans
  • Maintaining communication with and hosting regular meetings for downtown business and property owners and serving as a conduit for resources and programs likely to benefit them
  • Ensuring that activities and annual work plans follow the four points of the Main Street approach, are well coordinated and communicated, and effectively carried out
  • Designing and implementing an effective communications and marketing strategy for the organization
  • Providing direction and oversight for the ongoing work of Abingdon Main Street standing committees: Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Design
  • Management of regular operations of the Abingdon Main Street program, including grant writing, purchasing, record keeping, budget preparation, reporting and coordinating volunteers
  • Representing the organization’s interest to Town of Abingdon and Washington County economic development groups and organizations
  • Representing the Abingdon Main Street organization at local, state, and national levels of the

Main Street Program


  • A bachelor’s degree and minimum of three (3) years related experience in one or more of the following areas: economic development, planning, historic preservation, retail and marketing
  • A master’s degree in a related field or may be substituted for one (1) year of experience
  • Possess excellent organizational and time management skills as well as ability to work independently
  • Exhibit excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal communication skills
  • Possess budgeting and public relations skills
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, database skills and social media
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of issues and political complexities confronting business owners, property owners, public agencies and community organizations in historic central business districts
  • Experience with economic development projects, historic tax credits, and mixed-use development
  • Ability to handle light to medium physical demands

How to Apply

  • Please submit a cover letter and resume by July 15, 2017 to amsedpost@gmail.com