NDDC Executive Director Job Description and Expectations

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, exists to sustain a vibrant and vital downtown. The organization is guided by Main Street America’s four-point transformational strategy focusing on economic vitality, design, promotion, and organization. The NDDC works to:

  • Advance the interests of Downtown Northfield business and property owners
  • Attract visitors and residents to Downtown Northfield
  • Build trust and cooperation among Downtown Northfield stakeholders
  • Promote public and private investment in Downtown Northfield

The Executive Director reports to the NDDC Board of Directors and serves as the primary program manager responsible for advancing the work of the organization’s committees, task forces and special initiatives aligned to Main Street requirements and contractual agreements with the City of Northfield. The Executive Director is an active and engaged advocate for Downtown Northfield, Minnesota Main Street and Main Street America programs, especially in sharing information, goals and accomplishments of the NDDC to critical community stakeholders including downtown business and building owners; city employees, administrators, committees, commissions, and elected officials; and other community partners such as the Northfield Chamber of Commerce, the Northfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Northfield Arts Guild (among others). This position is a part-time salaried role requiring a commitment of 20 hours per week.

Primary responsibilities of the Executive Director include (but are not limited to):

  • Economic Vitality
    • Work with the board and related committees on business recruitment and fostering relationships with local businesses to maintain a thriving and vital downtown
    • Direct efforts at business retention, expansion, and recruitment, including providing information, expertise, and appropriate referrals to business owners, marketing the Main Street Marion program to outside businesses
  • Design
    • Orchestrate the Artists on Main Street Grant implementation in 2019 in partnership with local arts officials, organizations and artists
    • Work with developers and building owners to enhance the quality of retail and commercial businesses and the quality of their retail/commercial space
  • Promotion
    • Maintain NDDC website, blog and social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram)
    • Drive all print and social media marketing of NDDC events and initiatives
    • Produce press releases and maintain good relationships with local and regional media
    • Manage existing NDDC-sponsored events (Northfield Taste Tour, First Friday Arts events) and work with the Board to identify new opportunities to promote down town Northfield
  • Organization
    • Manage the day-to-day operations of the NDDC office, including communications, being the “face” of the NDDC, and completing necessary reports for the Main Street Program and/or the City of Northfield
    • Coordinate activity of NDDC committees (comprised of NDDC board members and community volunteers), ensuring that communication between committees is well established; assist committees with development and implementation of work plan items
    • Work with the board on fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, cultivating funding sources, submitting proposals, and administering fundraising records and documentation to understand important trends and uncover burgeoning opportunities
    • Participate on the Executive Committee and provide monthly updates on all key initiatives as a part of each monthly board meetings
    • Work with the Board to revise and actualize the organization’s Annual strategic plan
    • Implement fundraising initiatives to ensure short- and long-term success for the organization
    • Coordinate regular connections and foster successful partnerships with key stakeholders—downtown business and building owners, nonprofit organizations, residents, local government officials and staff, other community leaders (i.e., forums, one-on-one connections, etc.)

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills, qualifications, and/or experience:

  • BA/BS, or 5+ years of experience in one or more of the following areas: public relations, event management, program management, planning, business administration, public administration, fundraising, marketing, community organizing, nonprofit administration, volunteer coordination, and /or small business development
  • Confidence in cultivating and managing strategic relationships across a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Experience with grant application and administration
  • Successful small- and large-scale event planning and programming
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Platform (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Social Media platforms (Facebook and Instagram), and basic understanding of web design/page maintenance
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritization to make strategic tradeoffs
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities such as: influencing without authority, building buy-in to big picture strategy and vision, generating energy to execute on short- and long-term goals
  • Be nonpartisan, in that the candidate does not publicly support or oppose any political party or candidate when representing the NDDC

Interested candidates with relevant experience should submit a resume or CV and the contact information of 3-5 professional references to NDDCSearchCommittee@outlook.com, by March 1, 2019 for priority consideration.