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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 for an exciting and rewarding career.
The Field Services Coordinator works collaboratively within the MMSC team and is
responsible for coordinating services provided to Missouri communities. The
Field Services Coordinator will assist the Community Development Director and
Program Outreach Specialist with support for administration and implementation of the statewide Main Street Program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown revitalization and economic development.
- Work with Missouri communities to schedule, plan, and implement on-site technical and organizational assistance visits for MMSC communities.
- Assist the Community Development Director and Program Outreach Specialist with planning and implementing services to the new communities as selected by MMSC.
- Assist the Program Outreach Specialist, Community Development Director, and State Director with facilitating presentations and developing educational materials for related downtown revitalization topics. Ensure that online surveys of presentations are distributed.
- Work closely with team members, answer e-mail and telephone inquiries, and respond to questions and requests for information materials.
- Actively participate in the growth of MMSC through fundraising, advocacy, and helping to build additional resources to grow MMSC’s base in reaching additional communities with services.
- Assist the Community Development Director and Program Outreach Specialist with planning, scheduling, and implementation of MMSC grant application workshops as budget allows and participate in the review process for the applicants.
- Assist with collection and compilation of 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, Community Development Director, or Program Outreach Specialist.
- Assist MMSC State Director and other Staff to communicate as a statewide advocate for downtown revitalization and MMSC.
- The Field Services Coordinator 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 Field Services Coordinator must be sensitive to design and preservation issues.
- Preferred that the Field Services Coordinator have a full understanding of the 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; 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 30% 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.
- Ability to move up to 50 pounds
- Occasionally ascending/descending stairs or short ladder
- Operate office equipment including but not limited to a computer, keyboard, copier/printer, and telephone
- Other physical demands as required
Keywords: Main Street, preservation, economic development, Missouri, teaching,
Posted: August 28, 2019
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