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General Statement of Duties: The Director for the ReImagine North of Main Initiative (RNoM) and University Community Relations is responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic management of the partnership, serving as both the public face of the partnership as well primary point of contact. ReImagine North of Main is a partnership—local businesses, university, government, nonprofits and, most importantly, residents—committed to making a collective impact, and dedicated to improving the quality of life in the North of Main neighborhood of Fitchburg. The director will help coordinate downtown revitalization activities within the context of the Main Street Four Point Approach. They will also serve as part of the University Town Gown Team working with RNoM and other shared efforts. The Director must be well organized, detail oriented, creative, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, self-motivated and an excellent communicator. Additionally, they must be capable of functioning effectively in an independent environment, while coordinating public and private interests.
The collaborative initiative is led by a Leadership Team of: Fitchburg State University, City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg Art Museum, Minority Coalition of North Central Massachusetts, Montachusett Opportunity Council and NewVue Communities. Fitchburg State University will serve as the lead for this collaborative, and the Director is employed by Fitchburg State University. For more on RNoM see our website: Reimaginenom.com. The partnership is focused on three key areas: economic development, housing, and community engagement, while advocating for the vision of a more vibrant and sustainable college-downtown focused on arts and culture.
Over the past three years, ReImagine North of Main has been responsible for systems change throughout Fitchburg’s North of Main Neighborhood. This position will have the opportunity to continue the work of the partnership, while also having the opportunity to shape and develop the organization for long-term sustainability. This position requires someone capable of managing complexity with a comprehensive approach to program and partnership development. They will work closely with business owners, property owners, elected officials, developers, the university, downtown stakeholders, and the community to create a vibrant organization and community.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Oversee all administrative aspects of the RNoM partnership including, but not limited to: purchasing, record keeping, budget development and accounting, preparing all reports required, and supervising consultants, interns, and volunteers.
Responsible for understanding and leading efforts in three key areas: economic development, housing, and community engagement to create a vibrant and sustainable college-downtown focused on arts and culture.
Establish, cultivate, and maintain strong working and trusting relationships with all key stakeholders, including Leadership Team and ReImagine’s 35+ Advisory Committee members, North of Main residents, business and property owners, elected officials, and other stakeholders.
Serve as the public face of ReImagine at events in local, regional, and statewide coalitions, and via other public forums.
Facilitate and guide all strategic decision making, in close collaboration with the Leadership Team, Advisory Committee, University and City, and other stakeholders.
Responsible for oversight and coordination, in consultation with the Leadership Team, of the partnership work plan, initiatives, and outcomes.
Plan, organize, and implement special downtown and neighborhood events to create and support a vibrant arts and culture college-downtown.
Identify, write, and manage grants for ongoing support and special projects, including partner support and fundraising activities.
Serve as an active member of the University Town Gown Team supporting RNoM and other shared efforts, along with a member of the Downtown Theater Renovation Committee. Assist the Vice President with community and economic development efforts on behalf of the university.
Assist with the oversight of all marketing efforts, including social media, print material, and press engagement.
Other duties as required by the organization.
Bachelor’s Degree required, masters preferred, in community planning, economic development, public administration, volunteer or non-profit administration, housing, historic preservation and/or small business development or a related field.
A minimum of 3-5 years of progressive experience in managing economic or community development initiatives, or relevant professional experience. Main Street Program or related nonprofit administration/leadership desired.
Entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent setting.
Demonstrated ability in working in cross-functional teams, coordinating community-wide initiatives, and identifying community decision makers and the resources they affect.
Ability to work as part of a collaborative and to help the members of the collaborative, residents of the neighborhood, city officials, university officials, business and property owners and key stakeholders unite around a common agenda.
Excellent organizational, writing, public speaking, and meeting facilitation skills.
Excellent technology skills and proficiency in social media, website management, and data collection and management.
Understand the issues confronting downtown businesses, property owners, public agencies, neighborhood residents, and community organizations in a low-income community.
Ability to relate to diverse constituencies and establish harmonious working relationships.
Knowledge of Fitchburg and region desired.
Bilingual/Spanish fluency a plus.
Ability to perform the above duties with or without reasonable accommodation.
Must be able to satisfactorily pass a check conducted by the Criminal History Systems Board (CORI), as well as a completed background check satisfactory to the university.
About Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg State University, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a public institution dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies. Founded in 1894, the university now has more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master's degree programs, and 7,000 full and part-time students.
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