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

Qualifications

  • 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

149 Sweets: Abingdon Main Street Business Of The Month for February 2017!

Abingdon Main Street is excited to announce that 149 Sweets (301 W. Main), has been named as the Abingdon Main Street Business of the Month for FEBRUARY 2017!

 149 Sweets is a locally owned and operated dessert and ice cream shop.  We enjoy providing the community with fresh, homemade sweets and treats.  All of our baked goods and ice creams are made from scratch in the shop.  There are board games, cards, and books for patrons to enjoy as well.  

 Our story is simple — we love spending time with family and friends playing games, indulging in delicious sweets, and enjoying time together; and we want to provide a place for others to do the same!”

  • Susan Ratliff, owner

 

Find them on social media (facebook.com/149Sweets, Twitter and Instagram:  @149Sweets) and stop by and see them soon!

 

 

The “Abingdon Main Street Business Of The Month” program is sponsored by Abingdon Main Street

Traipse Smartphone Application for Abingdon

TAKE YOUR BRAIN FOR A WALK and join Abingdon Main Street as we roll out our Traipse smartphone application at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Dec 10) at the “Midsummer Play” fountain directly across from the Barter Theater!!! Traipse is a smartphone application that will lead users on a walking tour of historic landmarks and local businesses in Abingdon.

Browse Downtown Abingdon at ShopMainStreets.com!

Abingdon Main Street is partnering with the Shop Main Streets and Main Street Tour organization to create an online virtual 360 degree tour. You can now easily browse Abingdon’s downtown and many of its shops and restaurants, with the click of a button.

Go to ShopMainStreets.com and to begin your tour!

Volunteers Needed!

Abingdon Main Street is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer this summer.  The most urgent need is for volunteers at the Thursday night beer gardens, but we also need volunteers for the Wolf Committee, Main Street Buskerfest, and volunteers with expertise in the area of historic preservation and design, economic development, and promotions.

Do you have what it takes? Call us at 492-2237 or email mainstreet@abingdon-va.gov

Volunteers are the backbone of the organization, and we LOVE them!

Each volunteer who meets the minimum number of hours over the course of a year will receive and Abingdon Main Street T-shirt and an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party.

 

New Board Members Elected

Abingdon Main Street’s Board of Directors has elected 5 new members.

The organization is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Doug Beatty, Owner of Bone Fire Smokehouse

Nancy Keating-Harte, Owner of Shady Business

Chris Lowe, General Manager of the Martha Washington Inn & Spa

Rhonda Mossholder, Teacher for Washington County Schools

Angie Wilson, Owner of Cuttin’ Up Hair Salon

Board members will serve a two-year term, after which they are eligible for reelection.

Abingdon Main Street is a non-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors, volunteer work teams and one paid staff person. We focus on making our downtown district a place where people want to shop, dine, stay and play. We plan events and activities to draw locals and visitors to downtown and are proud to support our locally-owned businesses.

Call for Artists – Abingdon’s Wolf Project

Who’s Afraid of Virginia’ Wolves?” – CALL FOR ARTISTS
Abingdon Main Street is looking for artists – established or aspiring, and most of all inspired – to submit designs for consideration for our “Who’s Afraid of Virginia’s Wolves?” sculpture project. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please contact Abingdon Main Street at mainstreet@abingdon-va.gov or call 276-492-2237 for more details. The deadline for submitting your design is July 31, 2016.

This public art project is a fundraiser for Abingdon Main Street, a designated Virginia Main Street program. Wolf sculptures are displayed throughout Abingdon, Virginia, when a project is scheduled. The next round of Abingdon Wolves will be summer 2017.

Jennifer Montgomery hired as new Executive Director

The Abingdon Main Street Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Jennifer Montgomery has been hired as the organization’s third Executive Director.

Jennifer was hired in October 2015. A southwest Virginia native, she graduated from Radford University with a BA in Journalism before beginning a career in communication and non-profit management. In 2003 she was hired by Wine America, the national trade association of American Wineries, where acted as Director of Grassroots and Political Affairs. Most recently, she was the first Executive Director of the Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Association before being hired as Executive Director of the Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association. Jennifer brings a deep knowledge of the SWVA region and a strong background in professional non-profits to her work at Abingdon Main Street.

“LOVE” returns to Abingdon

Abingdon Main Street has unveiled a new permanent installation of the popular LOVE letters on the front lawn of the Martha Washington Inn & Spa. The letters are part of a statewide branding project from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and funds for the project were raised by Abingdon Main Street with the assistance of the Town of Abingdon.

Since 2013 the LOVE letters have been a popular photo backdrop for Abingdon’s residents and visitors. People are drawn to the LOVE letters and choose them as backdrops for special occasions such as engagements, family pictures, new baby pictures and memorable road trips.  The LOVEworks program is a state-wide branding initiative designed to promote family-friendly vacation experiences in Virginia and the Virginia is for Lovers message.

The previous set of LOVE letters were made of wood and had to be removed after being damaged during the winter. The new LOVE letters are made of powder-coated steel, created by Steel Canvas Design in Abingdon, and are designed to last for many years. In homage to Abingdon’s original name of “Wolf Hills,” the new letters also feature a howling wolf inside the letter “O.”

The LOVE letters are part of a larger, grant-funded project to create a public art trail in downtown Abingdon. Funding was secured from Virginia Main Street, and matched with private donations and assistance from the Town of Abingdon. The public art trail will include existing sculptures in downtown Abingdon, and the recently installed art “wraps” of the electrical boxes along Abingdon’s Main Street. The next phase of the project, to be completed later this year, includes two two-dimensional metal sculptures by local artists inspired by Abingdon’s past as “Wolf Hills.”