The purpose of this position is to manage and promote the downtown development programs and services of the Association and the Georgia Cities Foundation, including the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership programs and the Georgia Placemaking Collaborative.
Serves as program manager for the Georgia Placemaking Collaborative, with primary responsibilities as follows:
Plans and manages all marketing, project development, and technical assistance activities regarding the Georgia Placemaking Collaborative’s programs, with input and guidance from Director and the Collaborative’s Planning Committee, consisting of representatives of the Collaborative’s core partnering organizations.
Schedules and conducts periodic meetings of the Collaborative’s Planning Committee to discuss and plan all activities regarding the Collaborative, including all planned Retreats (conferences).
Works closely with GMA’s Conferences & Management Services staff to plan and execute contractual services provided by outside vendors providing meeting facilities, lodging, meals, instruction, and course materials for the Collaborative’s programs, including all planned Retreats.
Prepares application forms, Retreat schedules/agendas, program materials, and website content for the Collaborative.
Makes presentations regarding the Collaborative at city council meetings, downtown development authority meetings, and at various conferences, seminars and workshops.
Responds to inquiries from existing and prospective program participants; maintains relationships with participants in the program.
Prepares regular reports to the Collaborative’s Planning Committee and other organizations, including potential funders, regarding the Collaborative’s overall effectiveness.
Serves as program manager for the GMA/Georgia Cities Foundation’s annual Heart & Soul Downtown workshops.
Assists Director in administration of the Association’s services provided to the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership; may serve as the Association’s liaison with other participating organizations regarding the programs and services provided through the Downtown Renaissance Partnership.
Assists Director in planning and conducting downtown development authority training programs, working in concert with the University of Georgia’s staff; may be assigned to serve as an instructor for such training, as needed.
Provides information and assistance relating to downtown development issues, such as bylaws, authorities, methods by which authorities were created, financing tools, creation/de-activation of a downtown development authority, expansion of downtown development authority boundaries, and Main Street program philosophies.
Assists Director in providing staff support to the Georgia Cities Foundation, as needed.
Conducts visits to member cities in conjunction with GMA’s outreach program.
Responds to requests for information from city officials, state agencies, the general public, and others.
Prepares articles for the Georgia’s Cities
newspaper and the GMA and GCF websites, as needed.
Communicates with city officials, professional associations, state/federal agencies, university officials, consultants, outside agencies, the public, and others as needed to coordinate activities and exchange information.
Bachelor's degree in business administration, historic preservation, landscape architecture, public administration, urban planning, or related field (Master’s degree preferred); three years of experience involving administrative work in local government, preferably in downtown or economic development; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
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