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JOB OBJECTIVE: This position is a key member of the Texas Main Street Program (TMSP), a downtown revitalization effort with a more than 40-year track record of assisting Texas communities. Under the direction of the state coordinator, the assistant state coordinator will provide a variety of complex consultative services and technical assistance to the network of 90 historic downtowns that participate in the state program. Primary responsibilities involve working with local Main Street stakeholders (managers, board members, city staff, partners) to build sustainable Main Street programs under the preservation-based foundation of Main Street America’s revitalization strategy, the Main Street Approach™. To this end, the assistant state coordinator must establish relationships with network communities; organize training for local programs, providing presentations when appropriate; handle logistics and planning duties related to TMSP events, projects, and administrative tasks; and work with state coordinator to organize and provide accreditation visits to communities.
The assistant state coordinator may work directly with local programs and TMSP staff members on projects to develop leadership and capacity; consider downtown economic vitality initiatives; craft marketing campaigns for downtowns; and reinforce the understanding and use of historic preservation standards. Agency-focused goals include increasing the visibility and value of the TMSP within the network of local Main Street programs and increasing participation of stakeholders in agency led trainings and events. This position works with other members of the program team, including organizational, architectural, economic development, and city planning professionals, and may lead, guide, and coordinate the work of team members.
The assistant state coordinator works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Occasional travel required, averaging four nights per month with some ability to control the travel schedule.
1. Provide individualized training and technical services to designated Main Street communities in Texas in the general areas of economic vitality, design, promotion, and organization the Main Street Approach™.
2. Communicate/reinforce Main Street methods, historic preservation standards, organizational best practices, and THC procedures.
3. Incorporate applicable agency goals from the statewide historic preservation plan into TMSP planning.
4. Plan and manage of a variety of events during the year, including the following: tours to newly designated Main Street communities, with related ceremonies and receptions; occasional virtual meetings to educate or update community stakeholders; and at least one in-person annual professional development meeting of participants in the Texas Main Street network.
5. Includes, but is not limited to, the annual application process for designation; educational material including the periodic network e-publication Main Street Matters; staff resource teams to newly designated Main Street communities; and other duties necessary to the professional operation of the TMSP.
6. Manage the content and creative aspects of the TMSP online resource library.
7. Working with the TMSP state coordinator to plan, organize, and assist with special projects as needed, for instance, annual network retreat and content for the THC’s Real Places Conference.
8. Pursue knowledge of historic preservation and Main Street Approach priorities (organization, economic vitality, and promotion), as well as techniques and trends that impact Main Street communities and organizations.
9. Recommend and coordinate activities to produce a more effective program at the local level.
10. Provide consultative services and technical assistance to plan, implement, and monitor effective programs and services.
11. Exhibit enthusiasm and passion for historic preservation principles, encouraging a high standard of excellence in Main Street communities.
12. May train others.
13. May serve in state coordinator’s place as an ex-officio board member of the Texas Downtown Association.
14. Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
15. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
16. Perform other duties as assigned.