Title: Executive Director
Position Summary: The Executive Director is the senior professional employee who reports directly to the Board of Directors. With the exception of those decisions and matters which are defined as the direct responsibility of the Board, the operation of the Downtown Development Authority, and three
The Executive Director provides perspective, continuity and direction for the DDA’s operations and staff. He/She will maintain oversight of the organizational machinery, general office administration, budgeting, DDA organizational structure, planning, advertising and promotion. He/She will provide leadership and support in representing the organization in its lobbying efforts with various levels of local and state government. He/She will also provide leadership, through recommendations, to the Board in formulation of objectives and decision of general policy, through ultimate control will remain with the board.
General Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinates and implements approved Main Street programs of the DDA including design, promotion, economic restructuring, and organization;
Actively facilitate the successful recruitment and retention of downtown business establishments, with sensitivity to the targeted specialty retail, service and professional mix desired for a vital historic central business district; track and maintain relevant information about downtown business trade (proprietors, type, employees, contact information).
Actively facilitate the acquisition and lease of downtown business properties, maintaining all necessary descriptive and contact information about properties available for sale or lease; track and maintain relevant information about downtown property sales and leases (amounts, owners/tenants, contact information. . .); inspire rehabs for adaptive mixed uses of larger commercial buildings (upper story residential, street level office/retail); aid in preservation and rehabilitation as economic development initiatives by helping facilitate state and federal tax credit applications for downtown merchants and property owners (have knowledge of state and regional resources available for aid, understand the programs thoroughly, and help photograph and encourage local businesses to invest in historic preservation).
Actively facilitate appropriate improvements to downtown building properties, including rehab and restoration projects, new construction, and building facade improvements; provide design assistance through local or Georgia Main Street resources to property owners; administer design guidelines for the Milledgeville local historic district according to Historic Preservation Commission procedures; encourage early involvement and support of City building, life safety, and accessibility code officials; administer and support incentive programs such as Main Street Match for appropriate building facade and business sign improvements.
Actively participate with citizens and public officials in the formulation of public policy, codes, planning and zoning standards and design guidelines impacting the future development and prosperity of the historic downtown business district.
Develop annual base operating and program budgets for board approval, preparing adjustments for approval as required during the course of the business year; manage base operation expenses (all administrative/office expenses) within approved annual public funding; manage project and program related expenses within designated contribution amounts, grant project budges, and/or available private raised funds as may be applicable.
Facilitate the board meeting functions, DDA and “Sunshine” law compliance, planning and training requirements, insurance coverage’s, legal assistance, and CPA reviews essential to prudent, lawful and effective operations of Milledgeville MainStreet/DDA and its board of directors.
Actively facilitate downtown beautification projects and appropriate public developments and improvements to the historic downtown business district street elements (tree maintenance, planters, lighting, fixtures, way-finding signage, parking. . .); administer and support volunteer programs such as the Downtown Planter Adoptions; coordinate, administer and support the implementation of the Downtown Milledgeville Streetscape Master Plan, initiate in 2001 with TE funding for the City’s Phase I implementation; support the Baldwin Oconee River Greenway Development initiated in 2001 with the Master Plan phase; support Milledgeville-Baldwin County Comprehensive Transportation Plan for long term improvements to truck routing away from downtown pedestrians and historic structures.
Serve as a highly visible, active partner in the development and future prosperity of Milledgeville-Baldwin County; Forward Baldwin, local government officials, other economic development entities (Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Industrial Development Authority), the Historic Preservation Commission, the Tree Board, and other organizations focused on the conservation of the community’s historic and natural resources.Download