Main Street Manager

The Main Street Manager will encourage public awareness of the program activities and act as a liaison to other communities in the region or statewide who could benefit from the programs of the Main Street Program. This individual represents Bellefonte locally, regionally, and nationally

Job Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains funding sources and strategies (sponsorships, memberships, advertising opportunities and grant writing to expand revenue base).
  • Develops and implements programs and actions outlined by the Board of Directors to meet strategic goals of the Main Street Program and the organization.
  • Serves as a liaison between Downtown Bellefonte Inc. and the business district. ○ Facilitates regular conversations with business owners that provide insight to the organization. This includes communication for event participation, donations for events, and more. ○ Serves as a connector between businesses and Bellefonte’s business resources and partners. ○ Manages marketing efforts as they pertain to business relations with guidance from the DBI Marketing Committee.
  • Writes grant applications and carries out the project management of awarded grants.
  • Develops and conducts public awareness and education programs. Through speaking engagements, media interviews and appearances to keep the program highly visible.
  • Works with property owners, realtors, developers and businesses to attract and encourage property development/businesses opening in Downtown Bellefonte.
  • Fosters a culture of entrepreneurship in Bellefonte by assisting with the day-to-day management of SpringBoard.
  • Develop strategies for downtown economic development and historic preservation with the committees and Board of Directors to create and implement an annual action plan focused on these four areas: design, promotion, organization and economic restructuring. ○ Works with committees to ensure that they are meeting, and reporting their meetings accordingly.
  • Coordinates and recruits an active volunteer force, facilitating onboarding and communication with that force.
  • Manages administrative operations of the organization, including developing and maintaining an appropriate data system for record-keeping and working with accountant to develop and monitor budgets.
  • Performs other duties as apparent or delegated by the Board of Directors.

Job Requirements

  • Dynamic self-starter.
  • Experience in administrative OR non-profit management.
  • Excellent marketing and event management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of downtown public and private issues desired.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Professional and/or academic economic development experience strongly desired.
  • Historic preservation interest desired.
  • Knowledge of downtown public and private issues desired.
  • Small business development, and volunteer recruitment experience desired.

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a BS or BA degree preferred. Five years experience in community development, business economics, main street management or downtown development, historic preservation, and/or marketing and promotion, or equivalent combination of education and experience. The manager must be sensitive to design and preservation issues. The manager must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well-organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Will require some evening and weekend work.


To apply, send a resume, cover letter, references and any relevant materials to Ellen Matis, Downtown Bellefonte Inc. Board President, by February 17, 2021 at ellen.m.matis@gmail.com. Please use subject line “Main Street Manager Application.”