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Job Opening: Executive Director

Discover Phillipsburg Main Street is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.  This position is responsible for the development, direction, and execution of the Discover Phillipsburg Main Street program.  This full – time staff position requires an enthusiastic advocate for the commercial district as well as the historical aspects, resources and programs related to revitalization initiatives.  In addition, the Executive Director position requires a self-starter and should lead the organization as it grows and objectives are set forth.  A Bachelor’s Degree in the field of, or experience in management, public relations, non-profit administration, fundraising, historic preservation and/or small business development is preferred.  Resumes are to be submitted by March 14th, 2014 by mailing them to Discover Phillipsburg Main Street, P.O. Box 87 Phillipsburg, KS 67661 or emailing them to dpmainstreet@ruraltel.net. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

 

  1. Coordinate with the board of directors and committees in developing and implementing a work plan based on program goals, objectives and on the Main Street approach; while identifying partnerships, resources, and funding sources which can help with the revitalization of the commercial district.
  2. Assist each committee with the implementation of its work plan, serving as a liaison among the committees to ensure that activities in all four points of the Main Street approach are in line with the objectives set forth in the work plan.
  3. Manage the administrative aspects of the Main Street program, including budget development and accounting, report preparation, purchasing, and record keeping required by Kansas Main Street program, grant proposal preparations for foundations and other funding agencies, and supervision of volunteers or consultants.
  4.  In conjunction with the board of directors, develop and conduct ongoing public awareness with both public and private sectors on the program’s goals, objectives and achievements in order to create an appreciation and awareness of the downtown district.  Use speaking engagements, media interviews and personal appearances to keep the program in the public eye.
  5. Develop partnerships with local community development and other service organizations in order to carry out joint activities such as promotional events, advertising campaigns, business recruitment and so on.  Encourage a cooperative climate between downtown interests and local public officials.
  6. Help build strong and productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.
  7. Develop and maintain systems to track the progress of the Main Street program.  These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files, through photographic documentation of all physical changes and information on job creation and business retention.
  8. Represent Discover Phillipsburg Main Street to important constituencies at the local, state and national levels.  Speak effectively on the programs’ directions and findings, always mindful of the need to improve state and national economic development policies as they relate to smaller rural communities. 
  9. The executive director reports to Discover Phillipsburg Main Street board of directors, and is supervised by the President of the Board. 
  10. Will work a minimum of 40 hours per week.
  11. Will attend all Main Street Board meetings and make a written and/or oral report of activities as required.
  12. Perform all other jobs and duties as required by the Discover Phillipsburg Main Street Board.
  13. Attend all state and national training programs and workshops held each year by the Kansas Main Street program and National Main Street Center.

Supervisory Responsibilities                                                

 

Potentially supervises 0-3 temporary or permanent employees, as well as professional consultants. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include involvement in the process of interviewing, hiring, and training employees and volunteers; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

 

Competencies                                                

 

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

 

  • Project Management – Completes projects on time and budget.

 

  • Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming.

 

  • Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; demonstrates group presentation skills.

 

  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively.

 

  • Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; aligns work with strategic goals.

 

  • Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures.

 

  • Dependability – Keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.
  • Initiative – Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities.

 

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Education and/or Experience                                             

 

Management experience helpful.

 

Language Skills                                            

 

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

 

Mathematical Skills                                                  

 

Ability to use calculator for simple functions.

 

Reasoning Ability                                                     

 

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

 

Computer Skills                                            

 

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Accounting software; Project Management software; advanced knowledge of Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

 

Valid current driver’s license

 

Other Qualifications                                                 

 

Must be able to travel up to 25% of the time.

 

Physical Demands

 

 The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 75 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision and color vision.

 

Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

2014 Girls Night Out

The 2014 Girls Night Out is planned for Friday, April 4th from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. in downtown, Phillipsburg with a Wine’d Down at the Third Street Bakery from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m! We will have a shopping contest and lots of awesome prizes. Participating businesses will have great deals in store for you! To offer the ultimate shopping experience, we are pairing home-based businesses with select retailers! If you are a home-based business interested in setting up downtown that evening, please contact our office by email at dpmainstreet@ruraltel.net or by phone at 785-540-4284. Join us out for an evening full of friends, fun and of course…LOTS of shopping!

2013 Downtown in December

The 2013 Downtown in December event is right around the corner! Shop downtown this Christmas season and enter to win $500 in bonus bucks or an iPad Air! Shop with the businesses listed below, use your downtown in december punch card with every purchase, fill out your contact information on the back and you will be entered in the drawing!

  • Amber’s Salon and Spa
  • Blossoms and Butterflies
  • Don’s TV
  • Hairs to You
  • Meah’s Closet
  • Midwest Family Health
  • Miles Furniture
  • Nex-Tech
  • Sawyers Ace Hardware
  • Scott-McCoppin
  • The Rollin J Boutique
  • The Shepherds Mill
  • Third Street Bakery
  • Willers Casual Dining
  • Witmer Drug

Make sure to shop on Small Business Saturday, November 30th for our Downtown in December kick-off event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa Claus with be ready to hear all of the children’s wishes at Midwest Family Health and Mrs. Claus will be at the Third Street Bakery with sweet treats! Be one of the very first to receive a Dowtown in December punch card on November 30th!

 

Annual Meeting - Ice Cream Social!

Business owners and community leaders gathered at the Phillipsburg City Park campground on Tuesday, July 16th for an icecream social! Discover Phillipsburg Main Street President, Linda Martin and Executive Director, Kera Nuckolls presented reports on events and projects that were conducted throughout the year.

Statistics such as 3 new businesses (7 new jobs) joined downtown Phillipsburg; over $59,255 in facade improvements and over $66,000 in public improvements were all made downtown since July, 2012. A whopping 908 volunteer hours were recorded. The value of that time equates to approximately $16,752!!

Thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers and believers!!

2013 Hay Bale Decorating Contest

The Advocate earns ‘bragging rights’ and golden bale!

It was another tough year to pick the winning design for Discover Phillipsburg Main Street’s hay bale decorating contest. The contest entries were so creative and attractive that Promotion committee members struggled to select just one winning design for each category.

After all the votes were tabulated, the bale at The Advocate was selected as the 2013 Overall winner.

The Advocate created a clown coming out of a barrel, looking for a bull. The barrel stated “No Bull, Just Great News” which earned the business votes in both the business and rodeo classifications.

Sawyer’s Ace Hardware won for best business design with their car celebrating 50 years of business. Other notable entries were Dr. Miller’s tooth lassoing up a great smile and H & R Blocks’ bale. Phillips County Abstract and Meah’s Closet tied for best rodeo designs. Blossoms and Butterflies also received votes for their creative blooming bale.

“We loved all the entries and enjoyed seeing how our members used western themes or tied their businesses into their design,” Director Kera Nuckolls said. “All of the designs were great and we appreciated the time it takes for everyone to do this during a very busy time in Phillipsburg. If anyone missed seeing the hay bales, we have posted all the entries on our Face book page.”

Staff members from The Advocate were presented with a Golden Hay Bale designating their office as the winner of the 2013 contest, and their business has earned ‘bragging rights’ for the year 2013.

Start My Own Business Class Wraps Up

Phillipsburg, KS March 28th, 2013 – Over the past few months, a handful of future entrepreneurs dedicated their Wednesday evenings to learning how to start their own business. Six students successfully graduated Discover Phillipsburg Main Street’s Start My Own Business nine week long certificate program.

 

The program began Wednesday, January 16th and was facilitated by Gene Bugbee, Vice President with Farmers National Bank. The course is designed for the entrepreneur who wants to start his or her own business and the individual who has an established small business and would like to see that business grow and prosper.  Each session guide’s entrepreneurs through the minefields of common, avoidable mistakes.  Topics that were presented include: Deciding on a Business, Business Plan, Home-Based Business, Financing, Business Organization, Licenses and Permits, Business Insurance, Communication Tools, Buying a Business/Franchise, Location and Leasing, Accounting and Cash Flow, E-Commerce, Opening and Marketing, Managing Employees and Expanding/Handling Problems.

 

A variety of professionals throughout the community were approached and asked to lead sessions to discuss the above topics that pertained to them. Our line-up of guest speakers and instructors included accountants, marketing professionals, community leaders, an insurance and human resource representative and several successful small business owners. “We are extremely lucky to have such knowledgeable and passionate local professionals and we are very appreciative of the time they take from their busy lives to pass that on” says Kera Nuckolls, Executive Director of Discover Phillipsburg Main Street.

 

For more information on this program, please contact our office at 785-540-4284 or dpmainstreet@ruraltel.net.

Hay Bale Contest Winner 2012

White’s Foodliner earns ‘bragging rights’ and golden bale

It was another tough year to pick the winning design for Discover Phillipsburg Main Street’s hay bale decorating contest. The contest entries were so creative and attractive that Promotion committee members struggled to select just one winning design for each category.

After all the votes were tabulated, the bale at White’s Foodliner was selected as the 2012 winner.

“Their hay bale was a Pillsbury Dough Boy, complete with horns, popping out of a can of rolls urging people to go to the rodeo to see who wins the rodeo dough,” promotion committee chair Lee Lower said. “It won for best business promotion and took top in overall design.”

Winning for best rodeo design was the rodeo girl in the ‘Curls” barrel for Hair Etc. Other notable entries were the bull in the barrel at Sawyer’s Ace Hardware, the western scene at The Shepherd’s Mill, the bank scene at First National Bank and Trust, and the ‘straw’ walker at the Wellness Center.

“We loved all the entries and enjoyed seeing how our members used western themes or tied their businesses into their design,” Lower said. “All of the designs were great and we appreciated the time it takes for everyone to do this during a very busy time in Phillipsburg. If anyone missed seeing the hay bales, we have posted all the entries on our Face book page.”

Staff members from White’s Foodliner were presented with a Golden Hay Bale designating their office as the winner of the 2012 contest, and their business has earned ‘bragging rights’ for the year 2012.

For more information, contact Kera Nuckolls, Director of Discover Phillipsburg Main Street, 785-540-4284

EntrepreneurShip Investigation Camp Completed

The EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) camp was held Tuesday, June 5th through Friday, June 8th at the Entrepreneurial Center (E-Center) in Phillipsburg. This partnership between Discover Phillipsburg Main Street and the E-Center provided thirteen middle school students the opportunity to learn more about owning their own business.
The camp incorporated the EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) curriculum into its activities. ESI is an exciting, interactive, and comprehensive curriculum project designed for youth, ages 10 – 19. ESI is truly a pioneer in the field of youth entrepreneurship education.

The campers started the week investigating what an entrepreneur is. Campers learned that an entrepreneur is a person who takes the risk to start and run a business and that they discover and create new products and services and bring them to the market. The youth then learned about themselves. By taking the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer, each camper discovered the top three entrepreneurial skills they already had to offer their own business. The list of those skills included: caring, relating, achieving, organizer, future thinker, competing, presence, dependability, or discovered.

After distinguishing what an entrepreneur was as well as the skills they each already possessed, the campers were introduced to four youth who have owned over thirty businesses in the last ten years. This family of entrepreneur’s lives in Holdrege, NE. These young business owners shared about their businesses, which range from breeding puppies, selling jewelry to distributing Wild Dutchman Sunflower seeds. More information on this family can be found at www.4realkids.com

Another part of the camp included learning about our community. The campers viewed historic photos and studied the history of Phillipsburg. They found out what’s changed in our rural town and began to think through where their place was in this changing world. In learning more about both our town and entrepreneurs, the campers toured locally owned businesses; The Shepherd’s Mill, Sign Solutions and Ultimate Image. Also, each day the youth ate lunch in one of our locally owned eating establishments, Third Street Bakery, The Chubby Pickle Shelly Ann’s and Willer’s. Accounts from Mapes & Miller CPA instructed the youth on copyright laws and taxes.

As the week progressed each of the youth developed a product to sell, came up with a name for their business, and developed a tagline and logo. In order to promote their business and the ESI MarketPlace, the youth made a one page promotional flyer and distributed them throughout the community.

On Thursday, a film crew from Baltimore, Maryland was in town and filmed the ESI camp activities that day. They were filming for the National Rural Economic Developers Association.. Their video will focus on Youth Retention and Recruitment efforts. Offering this class is a key component to the retention of youth in our rural areas of Kansas!

An accumulation of all the students’ hard work and determination came to fruition on Friday, June 8th. Out of the thirteen students, there were twelve businesses developed and these youth businesses were highlighted at the ESI MarketPlace. The MarketPlace was held from noon to 1:30 pm. in the Bill Clarke building located in downtown Phillipsburg. The youth entrepreneurs were selling their products. Examples of the businesses are Madi’s Memories: Tiles by a Teen, Quacky Accessories: Diva Duck Wear and InstaWater: Save money, Live Better. The MarketPlace as well as the ESI was overall a success.

One of the students summed up the week by stating, “I liked this camp because I’m learning to become an entrepreneur and hope to start my own business someday.”

This partnership was partially funded by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation through the E-Center, Discover Phillipsburg Main Street and the Foundation for Rural Services.
For more information on the EntrepreneurShip Investigation Camp or to have a youth entrepreneur and the camp facilitator speak to your group contact Bridgit Smith, E-Center Director at 785-540-4110.