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​Central City Mainstreet is a non-profit organization that focuses on economic development within Central City, emphasizing on the preservation of the historic downtown.  Central City Mainstreet is an accredited member of the National Main Street program, a nationwide program founded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to rehabilitate and revitalize America's downtown business districts.  We use the 4-Point ApproachTM that incorporates Promotion, Economic Vitality, Design sense and Organizational capacity building into our efforts.​​​

To apply, fill out the form below or send a note of interest to ccmainstreet@gmail.com or Central City Mainstreet PO Box 338, Central City, IA 52214.

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Executive Director (Part-Time Paid Position)

Experience Openings

Historical Studies and Preservation Intern

The YouTube Administrator is responsible for writing, shooting, editing, and uploading promotional content to the Central City Mainstreet YouTube channel.  The Administrator, in cooperation with the Executive Director and other Mainstreet peers, is responsible for the promotion and development of the social media and online tourism promotion of Central City.  Expanded online duties may be considered for the right candidate

Skills Needed:

  • Email and advanced computer skills
  • Knowledge of video production, editing and uploading
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to Meet Deadlines
  • Independent Time Management
  • Understanding of Tourism Marketing optional


Benefits:

  • Explore career and job opportunities
  • Resume and portfolio building opportunities in online marketing and tourism promotion
  • Educational opportunities in video production, marketing, and tourism
  • Networking - Develop professional networks
  • Social activities - Meet new people and make new friends
  • Pride in helping the City of Central City prosper
  • Raise awareness and support important community issues

The Central City Mainstreet Program director facilitates and coordinates the efforts of the local Mainstreet program committees and volunteers and oversees daily operations.  The Program Directors is the principle on-site individual responsible for the representation of the Central City Mainstreet Program to the public at large – s/he is the face of the local program.  The Program Director works for the Mainstreet Board of Directors and reports directly to the President of the Mainstreet Board of Directors.  This is a part-time, exempt and permanent position.


Duties to be Performed:

  • Coordinating volunteer recruitment and motivating volunteers to do the work of the Central City Mainstreet Program.
  • Assuring good communication between committees and the Board of Directors, attending committees and Board of Directors meetings, and assisting committees with the development of program work plans.
  • Familiarizing public officials, retailers, community groups, the general public, etc., with the nature and orientation of the Central City Mainstreet Program effort.
  • Preparing and maintaining a continuing record of the program and timely submission of Main Street Iowa monthly and annual reports.
  • Assisting and coordinating downtown promotional events/activities through the planning, design and implementation stages.
  • Assisting individual merchants and property owners with obtaining information related to the design of physical restoration projects.
  • Acting as a data and information source for this community.
  • Developing and maintaining contacts with business owners, organization heads, local government agencies and all other persons involved in the downtown commercial district.
  • Developing and maintaining contacts with media sources to disseminate project information, promote activities and advance the image of quality for Central City.
  • Developing economic strategies to increase retailing in the downtown, attracting new users into existing facilities, and expanding market opportunities.
  • Representing the Central City Mainstreet Program locally, regionally and nationally as appropriate.
  • Working cooperatively with the local community and Board of Directors to develop and implement a local action plan and timetable including public and private activities.
  • Implementing local objectives through the development of revitalization tools, such as rehabilitation programs, existing state and federal funding sources and grant opportunities, administration procedures, political mechanisms, legal tools, etc., as appropriate.
  • Interpreting previous studies and reports which analyze community resources and developing a strategy for achieving revitalization goals.


Qualifications for the Mainstreet Director: 

  • Should have a high school diploma, with at least some college preferred.  Relevant experience in Mainstreet or historic commercial district development, volunteer management, retailing, marketing, accounting, budgeting, historic preservation and small business development is desirable.
  • Must be energetic, entrepreneurial, well-organized, and able to efficiently coordinate multiple on-going projects.
  • Must be able to work well with others and be capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Should possess competent PC skills and preferably have knowledge of Word, Excel and email.
  • Must possess a current and valid driver's license.
Board Member - 2 Year Term

The Historic Studies and Preservation Intern will work with peers in the Central City Historical Society and the Mainstreet Program to research and report on information relevant to the mission of downtown historic preservation.  The Intern will report to the Mainstreet Executive Director and cooperatively develop practices to share their research and create local educational opportunities on preservation practices and the history of Central City.

Skills Needed:

  • Researching information found in physical (hardcopy) resources
  • Email and word processing computer skills
  • Basic understanding of, or willingness to learn, the elements of architecture of historic buildings
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Organization
  • Independent Time Management
  • Experience working within a non-profit or volunteer organization preferred but not required

Benefits:

  • Explore career and job opportunities
  • Networking - Develop professional networks
  • Resume and portfolio building opportunities in historic preservation, marketing, and tourism promotion
  • Educational  opportunities in local history, research practices, construction and architecture
  • Pride in helping the City of Central City prosper
  • Raise awareness and support important community issues
  • Reimbursement of expenses
YouTube Administrator

The Business Development Specialist cultivates the relationship between existing businesses and the Mainstreet program.  Through regular business visits and one-on-one consultations with business owners, the Business Development Specialist, collects information about local businesses, reports their challenges and opportunities to the Mainstreet Director, and identifies strategies to assist and support Central City businesses.  Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to listen to the concerns of business owners.​

Skills Needed:

  • Interpersonal Communication - ability to “Cold Call” business owners (this is not a sales position.)
  • Excellent listening and reporting skills
  • Basic understanding of small business challenges
  • Organization
  • Independent Time Management
  • Email and basic computer skills
  • Experience working within a non-profit or volunteer organization preferred but not required

Benefits:

  • Develop and hone interpersonal skills 
  • Pride in helping the businesses of Central City prosper
  • Educational opportunities in business development, marketing, tourism promotion and more
  • Networking - Develop professional networks
  • Social activities - Meet new people and make new friends
  • Raise awareness of the "shop local" trend

Central City Mainstreet Board Members are integral in the organization, implementation and development of the projects, events, fundraising, and initiatives of the Mainstreet program.  Board Members represent the interests of the community when developing the direction of the program’s agenda and use of resources.  Board Members are expected to:

  • Have regular attendance and participation at the monthly Board meetings, held in the evening at the City Hall.
  • Participate in special events and activities sponsored by Mainstreet
  • Make a financial contribution or donation of goods or services to the organization according to your means. 
  • Actively engage in one of the four major points:  Business Improvement, Design, Promotion, or Organization.

New Board members are required to attend a single day-long training in Des Moines, date to be determined.  Your costs will be reimbursed.  Board Members typically spend three to seven hours a month on Mainstreet-related matters.


Skills Needed:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Organization
  • Ability to Meet Deadlines
  • Independent Time Management
  • Basic understanding of finances
  • Email and basic computer skills
  • Experience working within a non-profit or volunteer organization preferred but not required

Benefits:

  • Networking - Develop professional networks
  • Social activities - Meet new people and make new friends
  • Training program with educational opportunities in fundraising, business development, historic preservation, marketing, tourism promotion and more
  • Explore different career and job opportunities
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Pride in helping the City of Central City prosper
  • Raise awareness and support important community issues
Business Development Specialist