Opelika Main Street Seeks Executive Director

Posted on Apr 02, 2019

Job duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate the activity of the Main Street program committees (design, economic vitality, programs, and membership).
  • Manage all administrative aspects of the Main Street program along with assistance from the board of directors, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development, accounting, reporting as required by the state Main Street programs and the National Main Street Center.
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Main Street program’s board of directors, downtown economic development strategies focused on historic preservation.
  • Develop and conduct on-going public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s assets and the Main Street organization.
  • Assist individual tenants or property owners with physical improvement projects through personal consultation or by facilitating use of grant funding.
  • Advise downtown merchants and help coordinate joint promotional events designed to both increase commerce and establish the downtown area as a destination.
  • Foster relationships with merchants and property owners and establish a vision for economic development and full use of the building inventory, incorporating the goals of design and historic preservation.
  • Help build strong and productive relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.
  • Develop and maintain data systems to track the progress of the Opelika Main Street program.
  • Represent the community to important constituencies at the local, state, and national levels.

Resource Management Responsibilities 

The executive director supervises any necessary temporary or permanent employees, as well as professional consultants. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations, maintains local Main Street program records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries, and prepares regular reports for the state Main Street program and the National Main Street Center. The director monitors the annual program budget and maintains financial records in collaboration with the Main Street board of directors.

Minimum Qualifications

Entry into the applicant pool requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and two (2) years of relevant experience with a focus on public relations and general office operations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a working knowledge of social media platforms and strategies are essential. A valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection is a requirement.

In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, five (5) years’ experience in marketing, event planning, or administration may be accepted.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in one or more of the following areas: event planning, fundraising, commercial district management, economics, finance, public relations, municipal planning, business administration, public administration, retail, volunteer or non-profit administration, architecture, historic preservation, and/or small business development.

Public speaking proficiency, intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Creative Suite or other design software/platforms are desired.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $25,000.00 to $40,000.00 /year


  • Non-profit Operations: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Public Relations: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Social Media Management: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Historic Preservation: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Event Planning: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Adobe Creative Suite: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Office: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Driver's License (Preferred)

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses



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