Program Manager for Woodley Park

Work Objectives:

The program manager’s activities utilize historic preservation as the foundation for economic development in the Woodley Park commercial neighborhood. He/she is responsible for the development, execution, and documentation of the Main Street program. The program manager is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating program activities and volunteers. Vital administration functions include maintaining financial records and accounting, ensuring compliance with DC and Federal Government agencies, grant and budget management, filing detailed and timely quarterly reports, and meeting annual fundraising goals (40k). Additionally, the candidate will serve as the primary representative of the Woodley Park Main Street community both locally and nationally, as appropriate.

Range of Duties to be Performed

The program manager should carry out the following tasks:

● Coordinate the activity of the Main Street program committees, ensuring that communication among committees is well established; assist committee volunteers with the implementation of their work plans.

● Manage all administrative aspects of the Main Street program, including purchasing, record keeping, accounting, preparing all reports required by the DC Main Street program and by the National Main Street Center, assisting with the preparation of reports to grant funders, and supervising consultants.

● Develop economic development strategies that are based on historic preservation and utilize the community’s human and economic resources. Become familiar with all persons and groups, directly and indirectly, involved in the neighborhood. Mindful of the roles of various downtown interest groups, assist with the program’s committees in developing an annual work plan for implementing a revitalization program focused on four areas: design/historic preservation; marketing and events; management; and economic development.

● Develop and conduct on-going public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the neighborhood’s assets and to foster an understanding of the Main Street program’s goals and objectives. Use speaking engagements, media interviews, and personal appearances to keep the program in the public eye.

● Assist individual merchants or property owners with physical improvement projects through personal consultation or by obtaining and supervising professional design consultants; assist in locating appropriate contractors and materials; when possible, participate in construction supervision; provide advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical improvements.

● Carry out joint activities, such as promotional events, advertising, appropriate store hours, special events, business assistance, business recruitment, parking management, and so on. Provide advice and information on successful downtown management. Encourage a cooperative climate among business interests and local public officials.

● Coordinate promotional events, such as festivals or business promotions, to attract people to the neighborhood to shop and dine; work closely with the media to ensure maximum coverage of promotional activities; encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion to advance an image of quality for the neighborhood.

● Help build strong and productive relationships with government agencies.

● Utilizing the Main Street program format, develop and maintain data systems to track the progress of the local Main Street program. These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files, photo documentation of physical changes, and statistics on job creation and business retention.

● Represent the community to important constituencies at the local and national levels. Speak effectively on the program’s work, mindful of economic development policies as they relate to commercial districts.


This is a project-funded position from the DC Department of Small & Local Business Development through 2022. The program manager is responsible for raising $40,000 annually through local, federal or private grants, donations, membership, ticket sales, sponsorships, and other sources of income for a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

Resource Management Responsibilities

The program manager supervises all volunteers as well as professional consultants. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations. The program manager maintains local Main Street program records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries, and prepares regular reports for the city-wide program and the National Main Street Center. The program manager monitors the annual program budget and maintains financial records.

Job Knowledge and Skills Required

The program manager should be a self-starter with significant fundraising experience and have a Bachelor’s degree in one or more of the following areas: commercial district management, economics, finance, public relations, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or non-profit administration, architecture, historic preservation, and/or small business development. The program manager must be sensitive to design and preservation issues and must understand the issues confronting businesspeople, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations. The program manager must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent environment. Excellent written and verbal communicative skills are essential. Management skills are desirable.

Salary and Benefits

The salary is commensurate with experience, plus benefits, and central location. To apply, submit your resume and cover letter specifying skills, fundraising experience, and reason for interest in the position to Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, 9 Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC 20036. No phone calls or emails please.

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