Ardmore Initiative Hiring Main Street Manager

Essential Functions

Established in 1993, the Ardmore Initiative is a Business Improvement District and Main Street Program that strives to maintain a vibrant downtown commercial district in Ardmore, PA. The Ardmore Initiative follows the Four Point Main Street Approach to downtown revitalization: Economic Vitality, Design, Organization, and Promotion. The Main Street Manager will work directly with the Executive Director in the daily operation and management of the program.

Job Duties

Assist the Executive Director in implementing the Main Street Program with guidance from the Board of Directors and committees:

  1. Organize and lead committee meetings.
  2. Plan and execute special events with support from committee members.
  3. Serve as a resource for entrepreneurship and small business development.
  4. Manage the Façade Improvement Program and Business Assistance Program.
  5. Manage and execute grant programs at the State and Federal level. Assist the Executive Director with grant writing as needed.
  6. Assist with planning and development of new programs and initiatives that further the mission of the Ardmore Initiative.
  7. Assist in fundraising activities as directed by the Executive Director.
  8. Track program success and report data to the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.
  9. Attend ongoing Main Street training through the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

Work Location

On-site Work Location: 56 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003
Off-site work in the community, predominantly within the business district
Occasional out-of-town and overnight travel for training
Some evening and weekend hours required for special events and Township meetings

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Community and Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Non-profit Management, Government, Business Administration, or related fields. Master’s degree or professional experience a plus.
  • Candidate should be energetic, self-motivated, and organized with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Desired computer skills include proficiency in MS Office applications, as well as working knowledge of basic graphic design programs and online communication tools, such as e-newsletter programs and social media platforms
  • The ideal candidate will possess a commitment to non-profit community revitalization. Additional knowledge and skills including leadership, interpersonal, administrative, communication, and grant writing, as well as a broad understanding of public policy and business development.

To apply, email resume, cover letter, and references to Marie Suvansin, Executive Director (, by April 30, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.