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Employment Opportunities, Jobs & Internships in Preservation & Cultural Resources
Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC): The State of Missouri launched a
state-funded downtown revitalization program in 1989, and in 2005 MMSC became
a not-for-profit program for the benefit of communities throughout the
MMSC provides communities with the knowledge and tools to economically and physically revitalize their downtowns. MMSC works to ensure that the downtown districts in Missouri’s cities and towns remain essential elements to their sense of community, their cultural heritage, and to the state’s economy. Downtown revitalization is encouraged through economic development within the
context of historic preservation. The primary purpose of a local Main
Street® Program is to ensure the long-term success of each downtown by
creating, educating, training, and empowering a comprehensive, professional,
volunteer-based downtown revitalization organization.
MMSC assists communities in the development of a local organization that adopts the Main Street® principles and utilizes those principles daily. MMSC provides on-site consultation and technical assistance to local programs selected through an application process.
Quarterly workshops, training sessions, and conferences are also utilized to
prepare local Main Street groups for a wide range of revitalization efforts.
Results of this comprehensive effort include new businesses, job growth, façade renovations and restorations, special events and festivals which build tourism, and streetscape and infrastructure improvements, all of which result in a renewed confidence in downtown.
MMSC Staff works as a team with respect for each other and pride in our work. We
rely on each other to help accomplish our goals. We work hard, we enjoy our
work, and we have fun together, which makes it exciting and rewarding.
The Program Outreach Specialist works collaboratively within the MMSC team and is responsible for assisting the State Director of MMSC and the Community Development Director with management, administration, and implementation of the statewide Main Street Program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown revitalization and economic development. The Program Outreach Specialist will support the effort to maintain a consistent, quality program of services that will result in the transferences of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to communities throughout the state and will increase the potential success in all downtown revitalization activities. The Program Outreach Specialist will primarily work with start-up communities beginning to implement downtown revitalization strategies.
· Work with Missouri communities to schedule, plan, and implement on-site technical and organizational assistance visits for MMSC communities.
· Coordinate, plan, and implement services to the new communities as selected by MMSC.
· Provide technical assistance, support, and advice to all local program directors and board members, if requested by the State Director or Community Development Director, for specific solutions to local downtown revitalization issues within organizational development, program implementation and sustainability, fundraising, board of directors training, small business assistance, and
· Work closely with the Field Services Coordinator, Community Development Director, and State Director to develop and facilitate presentations and educational
materials for related downtown revitalization topics. Ensure that online surveys of presentations are distributed.
· Assure that MMSC communities comply with the terms of their agreements with MMSC and that MMSC performs services as stated in said agreements.
· Answer e-mail and telephone inquiries and respond to questions and requests for information materials.
· Actively participate in the growth of MMSC through fundraising and advocacy in building additional resources to grow MMSC’s base in reaching additional communities with services.
· Assist with planning, scheduling, and implementation of MMSC grant application workshops as budget allows and participate in the review process for the applicants.
· Collect and compile community progress reports from assigned MMSC communities.
· Assist the MMSC team with planning and implementation of the state conference, quarterly trainings, directors’ meetings, and other special projects and events as requested.
· Actively participate in the Staff Action Plan as designated.
· Assist the MMSC team with public relations and educational projects.
· Other duties as assigned by the State Director or Community Development Director.
· Assist MMSC State Director and other Staff to communicate as a statewide advocate for downtown revitalization and MMSC.
· The Program Outreach Specialist should have a degree in a discipline related to downtown revitalization such as architecture, historic preservation, economics, community development, finance, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or nonprofit administration and/or small business development. The Program Outreach Specialist must be sensitive to design and preservation issues.
· The Program Outreach Specialist should have had at least four years of progressive responsible experience in the administration of a State Main Street Program and/or downtown revitalization program, with a full understanding and execution of the National Main Street Four Point Approach® to revitalization.
· The right candidate should have the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues of all levels, be a team-builder, and have a commitment to the organization. He/she should plan and organize work effectively while proactively managing peaks and flows of workload; solve problems quickly and effectively and have the ability to create positive energy in the face of challenges; complete multiple tasks on time; be an active listener; and build and maintain positive relationships.
· Skills and qualifications necessary include: dependability, meeting
facilitation skills, ability to make effective and informative presentations,
develop and create PowerPoint presentations, be a dynamic self-starter, possess
excellent oral and written communication skills, advocacy skills, strong
computer skills, effective time management skills, be able to travel
independently, travel around the state up to 50% of the time, frequent
evening assignments, overnight travel required, reliable vehicle for
statewide travel, and valid driver’s license.
· The physical demands of this position described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
o Ability to move up to 50 pounds
o Occasionally ascending/descending stairs or short ladder
o Operate office equipment including but not limited to a computer, keyboard, copier/printer, and telephone
o Other physical demands as required
Keywords: Main Street, preservation, economic development, Missouri, teaching,
Posted: August 28, 2019
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