Downtown Bellefonte Inc. – Position Description
Position: Main Street Manager
Reports to: Board of Directors



The Main Street Manager will promote downtown activities, educate businesses, serve as a listener, collaborator, clearinghouse, visionary, facilitator and coordinator based on the four points (organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring) of the Main Street Program.

The Main Street Manager will encourage public awareness of the program activities and act as a liaison to other communities in the Centre Region or statewide who could benefit from the programs of the Main Street Program. This individual is a self-starter with an entrepreneurial drive, who coordinates all project activities within the downtown revitalization program to promote economic development and historic preservation. 

This individual represents Bellefonte locally, regionally, and nationally. 

Salary for this position will be determined based upon experience. 



  • Develops and implements programs and strategies approved by the Board of Directors, to meet quantifiable goals.
  • Works with property owners, realtors, developers and businesses to attract and encourage property development/businesses opening in Downtown Bellefonte.
  • Develops funding sources and strategies (sponsorships, associate memberships, advertising opportunities and grant writing to expand revenue base).
  • Maintains a visible presence with the Business District, including welcoming them to town when they open.
    • Facilitates regular conversations with business owners that provide insight to the organization. This includes communication for Friday in the Fonte participation, donations for events, and more.
    • Provides advice and information, assesses and encourages joint involvement in the downtown community’s promotional events.
  • Develop strategies for downtown economic development and historic preservation with the committees and Board of Directors to create and implement an annual action plan focused on these four areas: design, promotion, organization and economic restructuring.
  • Writes grant applications and carries out the project management of awarded grants.
  • Develops and conducts public awareness and education programs. Through speaking engagements, media interviews and appearances to keep the program highly visible.
  • Works with on-going public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of downtown architecture and historical significance.
  • Coordinates the activities of the Main Street Program Committees.
  • Coordinates and recruits an active volunteer force. 
  • Works with committees to ensure that they are meeting and reporting their meetings accordingly.
  • Manages all administrative aspects, including developing and maintaining an appropriate data system for record keeping and working with accountant to develop and monitor budgets.
  • Performs other duties as apparent or delegated by the Board of Directors. 



  • Experience in administrative OR non-profit management. 
  • Experience in economic development.
  • Experience in community designation through the Pennsylvania Downtown Center
  • Excellent marketing and event management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Dynamic self-starter.
  • Knowledge of downtown public and private issues desired.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Professional and/or academic economic development experience strongly desired.
  • Historic preservation skills desired.
  • Knowledge of downtown public and private issues desired.
  • Small business development, and volunteer recruitment experience desired.



Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a BS or BA degree preferred. Three to five years experience in community development, business economics, or Downtown development, and/or marketing and promotion is preferred, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.



The Main Street Manager should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration, public administration, retailing, volunteer or nonprofit administration and/or small business development. The manager must be sensitive to design and preservation issues. The manager must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well-organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

A valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License or equivalent out-of-state driver’s license is a requirement for the position.



Send a resume, cover letter and any relevant materials to Ellen Matis, Board President, at Applications are due Nov. 3, 2019.