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Main Street Centerville Executive Director

Posted: 11/07/2021

Position Description: Main Street Executive Director

PACT (Promoting Appanoose and Centerville Together) 
Main Street Centerville Executive Director (


This is a full-time position which reports directly to the PACT Executive Director. This position is responsible for the operation and management of the Main Street Centerville Program, and other related economic development initiatives throughout Appanoose County, Iowa. 

Essential Duties:

Serves as head of the Main Street Centerville Program. Main Street Centerville boundaries are the Centerville Square and one block surrounding the square including Maple, Haynes, Washington, and North 10th Street. Work includes a variety of day-to-day duties involving grant writing, marketing, social media, coordinating volunteers, event planning and various promotions. This position maintains Main Street program records, establishes technical resource files and libraries, and prepares regular reports for the Main Street board of directors, Main Street Iowa, and the National Main Street Center. In addition, this position:

  • Serves as the visible contact person and full-time advocate for the Main Street Program.
  • Coordinates activity of Main Street Program committees, ensuring that communication between committees is well established; assist committees with development and implementation of work plan items. Committees include: Promotion/Retail Committee, Business Development Committee, Design Committee, and the Organization Committee.
  • Develops and conducts ongoing public awareness programs designed to enhance appreciation of downtown businesses, to foster an understanding of the Main Street program’s goals and objectives, and to keep the program highly visible in the community.
  • Assists individual tenants and property owners with physical improvement projects through personal consultation or by obtaining expert assistance and/or providing guidance on financial mechanisms for physical improvements including the Facade Matching Grant Program, Challenge grants, and Catalyst grants among others.
  • Directs efforts at business retention, expansion, and recruitment, including providing information, expertise, and appropriate referrals to business owners, marketing the Main Street Centerville program to outside businesses, working with developers and building owners to enhance the quality of retail and commercial businesses and the quality of their retail/commercial space.

The Executive Director also coordinates or assists with various special events including, but not limited to:

Bike Night, Shop 2nd Saturday, Restaurant Week, Farmers Market, Snowman Stroll, Children's Art Festival, Breakfast with Santa, Shop Small Saturdays


Special Requirements:

Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of Iowa.

In this position, it is necessary that work hours and days of the week be flexible. Working holidays and weekends will be required on occasion. 

Travel and attendance at town, regional, or state meetings, conferences and events is required. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The Executive Director should be sensitive to design and preservation issues; have excellent public speaking and conflict resolution skills and understand the issues confronting business people, property owners, public agencies and community organizations. They should be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in a very independent situation. Have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be nonpartisan in that they do not publicly support or oppose any political party or candidate.  A basic knowledge of federal, Iowa and local economic and community development tools available for downtown revitalization is preferred.

Working knowledge of website development, social media, G-Suite, Microsoft Office and Adobe products. 


Familiarity with:

  • National Main Street philosophy
  • Four-point Main Street approach
  • Historic preservation
  • Grant writing
  • Economic development.
  • The City of Centerville Comprehensive Plan, Sign Ordinance, and the Zoning Ordinances pertaining to the downtown district. 


Employment Qualifications:

Associates or Bachelor’s degree in economic development, finance, public relations, business administration, public administration, non-profit administration, retailing, architecture, historic preservation or closely related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree preferred. 


Work is in an office setting but will require mobility during special events and conferences. In this position, it is necessary that the hours and days of the week be flexible.