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Executive Director-Downtown Development Authority
City of Ferndale, MI
Job Description

Ferndale, MI (pop. 20,428)—The City of Ferndale is located in southeast Oakland County, Michigan, offering an outstanding, unique, and dynamic urban experience with easy access to major metropolitan areas and an international airport. Known for its award-winning downtown, community events, excellent housing options, and welcoming culture, the City of Ferndale is proud of the high quality of life it offers its residents.

Downtown Ferndale is home to 350+ businesses, most owned and operated by local entrepreneurs who are driven to deliver goods and services in engagingly unique ways. The district is managed by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board, driving economic development through a comprehensive Four-Point Main Street Approach. For more than a decade, the DDA has helped to establish downtown Ferndale as a favorite local and regional destination, known for its shopping, dining, entertainment, art, creativity, culture, and bike/walkability. Ferndale has been recognized at the local and national levels with numerous awards and honors. Downtown Ferndale received the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Main Street Program.

The DDA and City are integrated partners working to enhance the economic and cultural vitality of the community. The downtown mixed-use parking development, known as “The dot” is an excellent example of aligned priorities and collaboration. The DDA’s budget is approximately $550,000, primarily funded through a Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) Plan. The DDA staff includes the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Administrative Assistant.

Ferndale is most interested in individuals who prioritize collaboration and innovation, are open and respectful of all stakeholders, and who will be focused on facilitating the growth of a vibrant downtown while remaining absolutely committed to being inclusive. The successful candidate will have demonstrated effective management experience and possess exceptional communication skills to navigate rapid change in pursuit of measurable goals. Experience in grant application, award, and administration are highly valued. The Executive Director will embrace the collaborative and inclusive culture of the community and the metro Detroit region.

Ideal candidates will have a track record of effectively working with staff and community partners, with the highest level of transparency and trust. Individuals who think strategically, have the courage to be cutting-edge, and offer high-energy passion for downtown development are encouraged to apply.

The Executive Director position requires flexible availability and a high level of accessibility in order to successfully execute the programs, events, and goals of the DDA.

Candidates are required to have:
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Economic Development, Marketing, or closely related field; Master’s Degree in Public Administration or related discipline is preferred.
• Five or more years of progressively responsible experience, preferably in a downtown and/or community development role; or other professional experience comparable to this requirement.

Salary is $67,000–$80,000, dependent on qualification and experience (DOQE). The DDA is proud of the comprehensive benefits package it offers its employees.

Apply at with resume, cover letter, contact information, and three (3) professional references by August 23, 2019, to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062, Tel: 847-380-3240, Cell: 248-379-8923.

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Job Details
$67,000 - $80,000, DOQE
Job Function:
Executive Director (Non-Profit)
Position Type:
Full Time
No preference
City of Ferndale
300 E Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220-1797
United States
Population: 20,428
Form of Government: Council-Manager