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Job Opening: Executive Director of Greater Ashmont Main Street

Founded in 1999, Greater Ashmont Main Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization accredited by the National Main Street Center and with an ongoing economic revitalization contract with the City of Boston. It strives to maintain and further develop our historic Dorchester commercial district as a welcoming destination for those from
inside and outside the area, offering:

  • A transit-oriented, Complete Streets locale that benefits a culturally diverse
    population,
  • A complementary business mix that supports the needs of area residents and civic
    organizations,
  • The appeal of rich historical qualities melded with modern day development, and
  • A vibrant social scene offering spaces favorable for community gatherings, which
    will attract patronage from beyond our region.
  • Learn more about the organization, its history, structure, and ongoing projects at greaterashmont.org.

Executive Director Job Description

Greater Ashmont Main Street’s Executive Director (ED) coordinates the operations and administration of the non-profit. The ED works closely with the Board of Directors and liaisons for the City of Boston Economic Development Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, as well as representatives of surroundings civic associations,various NGO partners, and relevant elected officials. The ED leads the planning and implementation of the organization’s annual workplan and calendar of events, assisting the Board and various committees in accomplishing their goals, while keeping the organization in compliance with its by-laws, vision statement, and underlying contract with the City of Boston. The ED and the Treasurer collaborate closely on projecting and
maintaining an accurate budget and healthy financials for the organization. The ED is a central point of contact and source of information regarding ongoing projects, programs, and events in the neighborhood, acting as an “ambassador” to and for the district in a variety of ways.

Characteristics & Knowledge

  • Well-developed, timely communication skills, both written and oral; comfortable
    with public speaking
  • Effective manager of people, resources, and funding sources
  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities and projects with excellent attention to
    detail and discretion as needed
  • Superior interpersonal skills, willing to spend a portion of work time out of the office
    for projects in the larger district
  • Skill in navigating cultural differences
  • Knowledge of the Greater Ashmont MS district, Dorchester, and Boston at large
    would be preferred
  • There are many professional backgrounds that would make for an excellent
    candidate. A new ED could excel in this role starting out with a working knowledge
    (through education or work experience) in any of the following areas or prior career
    paths: architecture, historic preservation, residential & commercial development,
    public relations, community organizing, journalism, public planning, business
    administration, marketing, retail, non-profits, volunteer administration, event
    planning, placemaking, fundraising, or small business administration. If this role and
    its impact on the community are of interest to you, please apply!

Credentials

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 – 5 years professional experience preferred.
  • Existing comfort with MS Office, with the Google Cloud Suite, and social media
    generally
  • Existing skill or willingness and ability to learn other software used in the office
    environment, including Apple OS; Greater Ashmont’s social media platforms
    (Facebook, twitter, Instagram); Canva and Photoshop Elements (graphic design);
    Quickbooks (accounting); Constant Contact (newsletter); WordPress (website
    design); Square (credit card processing)
  • Able to lift up to 40lbs unassisted, more as part of a team
  • Proficiency in another language in addition to English would be a plus, especially in
    Vietnamese, Spanish, or Cape Verdean Creole, but is not required
    Hours: 40 hours/week, based out of the Greater Ashmont Main Street office at 1914
    Dorchester Avenue; evening or weekend hours for organizational meetings or community
    events required regularly; otherwise flexible schedule1
  • Wage: $60,000 annually, bonus eligible
  • Benefits: 4 weeks PTO accrued proportionally over the year; comp time allowed on an
    informal basis as part of the generally flexible schedule; 11 paid federal holidays; $500
    annual professional development budget
  • Reports to: Board of Directors
  • Supervises: Farmers Market Manager/Program Assistant (40 hours/week)
    Review Schedule: 6 months, then annual

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and Caught in Dot and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.