Saline Main Street Continues Search for New Executive Director

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 12/18/2017 - 17:20

The search for a new executive director for Saline Main Street is taking longer than anticipated.

The first series of job interviews failed to yield a candidate that satisfied the board of directors for the organization charged with revitalizing downtown Saline. So now Saline Main Street is posting the job again.

Originally, Saline Main Street hoped to have an executive director in place by January.

The organization has been looking for an executive director since Riley Hollenbaugh resigned in September and moved to Indiana. Hollenbaugh was Saline Main Street's third manager/director since the organization was established in 2012.

Karen Ragland, owner of Design Hub, has been conducting some of Main Street's business while the organization searches for a new leader.

Main Street is funded by private donatiions and grants from the City of Saline.

The job posting is below.

Saline Main Street, a non-profit downtown revitalization organization, is seeking an experienced Executive Director for its nationally accredited Master Level Michigan Main Street program in Saline, Michigan.

Saline is a community continually ranked by CNN/Money Magazine as one of America’s Top 100 Best Places to Live and by Bloomberg Business Week as The Best Place to Raise Kids in Michigan in 2013. Saline has strong community engagement, nationally ranked schools, rich cultural and recreational opportunities, a thriving downtown setting and proximity to big-city amenities.   The Saline Main Street program was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA).

We are looking for a leader with solid people and communication skills who can develop and accomplish goals, manage people and multiple priorities. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential and supervisory skills are required. This individual will help continue Downtown Saline’s progress by taking the community’s volunteer organization to the next level. Candidate should be one who displays an entrepreneurial, energetic and imaginative spirit as well as great organizational skills and ability to function effectively in an independent environment.

Preference will be given to candidates with education and experience in commercial district management, economic development, volunteer management, non-profit administration, finance and small business development.  Public relations, planning, administration, retailing, event management and historic preservation experience preferred. Candidate should also understand the issues confronting business people, property owners, public agencies and community organizations.

A comprehensive wage and flexible benefits package are offered depending upon experience. The salary and flexible benefits range are between $45,000-$55,000. 

Send cover letter, resume, wage history and three references to Saline Main Street, c/o Karen Ragland at [email protected]. Position open until filled. EOE

Deadline for applications is January 12, 2018.

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