Monday, July 8, 2013

Job Opening: Nazareth Business Council Seeks Part-Time Downtown Coordinator


GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN NAZARETH!  
WE NEED A GREAT COORDINATOR!

Seeking an enthusiastic and outgoing part-time Downtown Nazareth Coordinator to advocate for the business community.

The Borough of Nazareth and the Nazareth Economic Development Commission (NEDC) have partnered with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber’s (The Chamber) Main Street Lehigh Valley (MSLV) initiative to help encourage business growth and expansion in the borough.

Nazareth has seen an increasing need for additional economic development and revitalization in recent years.
This evolving partnership and its downtown initiative aim to help build and attract business to Nazareth. This collaborative effort has also received the support from Northampton County and the Nazareth Bath Chamber of Commerce.

This goal of the Downtown Nazareth Coordinator position is to serve as a catalyst for the prosperity of the Nazareth community it serves as well as adding to the overall growth of the business community as a whole.
The downtown coordinator will mobilize volunteers and businesses, helping them to strengthen their own local economy. This person will coordinate programs and initiatives to improve the aesthetics of the town, and establish connections among community stakeholders and local organizations.

With support from the business community, the coordinator will develop and administer efforts that will promote the borough’s physical, economic, cultural, and historical assets – which affect the image and identity of the downtown, and ultimately the entire business climate of Nazareth. He/she will guide the business community in defining their goals, and help put them in touch with the resources they need for success.

The Chamber has experience in similar downtown revitalization efforts via programs of their non-profit MSLV Foundation. Established in 2005, The Chamber’s regional Borough Business Revitalization Program helps initiate efforts in several small Lehigh Valley boroughs that aim to provide economically-healthy, vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, and aesthetically-pleasing downtowns. Chamber coordinators, with County support from both Lehigh and Northampton, promote the business districts and community assets while providing technical assistance and access to both regional and state resources.

Interested Candidates: 
Must be an enthusiastic advocate for the business community within the borough and knowledgeable about information, resources and programs related to revitalization initiatives. Duties include working with volunteers in the community to promote downtown development by marketing properties; working with property owners on building improvements; recruiting and retaining businesses; and producing downtown promotional material. Strong computer skills and social media knowledge required. An interest in historic preservation preferred.

Strong public speaking and media exposure required with interpersonal and team-building skills; ability to build and leverage strong relationships. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational and supervisory experience and the ability to work independently are essential.

Downtown Nazareth Coordinator needs to manage revitalization initiative in Nazareth and must have willingness to attend after hours business and networking events.  Volunteer management experience necessary. Valid drivers’ license required. Economic Development experience necessary.  Please forward resume with cover letter and salary requirements to:

Marlyn Kissner
Executive Vice President
marlynk@lehighvalleychamber.org

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
18 S. Main Street
Nazareth PA, 18064

The Main Street Lehigh Valley Foundation, The Chamber’s charitable arm, was established as a 501(c) 3 in Bethlehem, originally to raise funds for holiday decorations. Now that the Chamber has merged with 13 regional partners, and the Foundation has grown to serve all of its communities as part of the Main Street Lehigh Valley Initiative.  Main Street Lehigh Valley uses contributions from private sector donors along with assistance from Lehigh and Northampton counties to directly fund community development projects in Lehigh Valley’s communities.

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