2019 has arrived with a lot of excitement and energy as we kickoff the 10th Anniversary of the Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District (CVNB Main Street) with a full calendar of programming. It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that we announce the departure of our Executive Director, Jennifer Pruden, and the search for our next Executive Director to lead the organization. Pruden has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization over the last seven years, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor.

Over the last ten years, CVNB Main Street has championed economic growth and community development in an area of Cedar Rapids hit hardest by the 2008 flood.  Through our efforts and those of many stakeholders, the District has become a beacon for employee retention and attraction, the choice of emerging entrepreneurs, and the place to enjoy quality of life amenities. 

All of that is evidenced by:

  • Over $80 million of investment in new construction and property rehabilitation
  • Over 130 net new businesses creating over 570 new jobs
  • More than 26,300 hours of volunteer service

The Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street Board of Directors is committed to the continuation of services and programming to support small businesses, encourage economic growth and physical improvements, and engage the community in all of the great opportunities the District has to offer. The Board will continue to implement a long-range strategic plan that continues the phenomenal growth already in progress within Czech Village and New Bohemia.

The search to find the new CVNB Main Street Executive Director will begin immediately. Information on the job opening may be found below.

Please direct any questions regarding current services or programming to Barb Thompson, CVNB Main Street Program Assistant, at crmainstreet@gmail.com Board President, Scott Kruger, may provide information regarding the transition and search for a new Executive Director, scott@newbocitymarket.org

The mission of Czech Village /New Bohemia Main Street is to encourage economic growth and promote preservation by implementation of the National Main Street Approach. The district is a vibrant urban neighborhood as well as a model for historic preservation and economic development in the Midwest, a destination for both residents and visitors. Building on its unique history, the district has grown as a dynamic arts and culture venue that provides interesting, authentic and enriching experiences with a variety of shopping, dining, arts and entertainment opportunities.

For more information on the Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District, contact crmainstreet@gmail.com or visit www.crmainstreet.org.

Executive Director Position Description

Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street (CVNB Main Street) is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to oversee community and economic development of the district through participation in the nationally recognized, Main Street America program. CVNB Main Street utilizes historic preservation, placemaking, technical and financial assistance programs to create a thriving environment for small business success as well as one of the leading visitor attractions in the state.

The Executive Director in conjunction with the Board of Directors is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing the District’s revitalization strategies under the Main Street Approach ®. This position reports to the Board President.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to crmainstreet@gmail.com by February 17, 2019.

Review of applications will begin February 18, 2019; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  

 

Responsibilities:

  • Act as the primary spokesperson for CVNB Main Street.  
  • Assist the Board of Directors and committees in developing and aggressively implementing an annual district revitalization action plan. The Executive Director will also facilitate the creation and implementation of a long-range strategic plan for the non-profit organization and maintain alignment with committee plans.
  • Create and serve as the principal staff liaison for the Design, Business Support, and Engagement committees and all relevant sub-committees.  This includes, but is not limited to:
    • encouraging appropriate visual improvements (utilizing historic preservation as a basis) to district business/property owners;
    • developing and implementing marketing strategies designed to recruit new businesses, retain existing business, and assist expanding businesses;
    • developing, planning, and staging marketing and promotional activities and events;
    • recruiting volunteers;
    • maintaining and developing public and private relationships;
    • grant writing and fundraising
    • developing and maintaining data systems to track the progress of the local Main Street program. These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files, photographic documentation of physical changes and statistics on job creation and business retention.
  • Maintain continuity and consistency in programming. Based on proper research of district needs, must anticipate emerging and long-range challenges and recommend Main Street and community programs to meet such challenges. Functions as the coordinating agent and point of contact for area civic and service organizations. Determines role of Main Street in community events (sponsorships, etc.) and along with the rest of our staff, represents the entire organization at these events.
  • Manage all administrative aspects of CVNB Main Street, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development, and accounting.  Oversee the preparation of all reports including benchmark reports required by Main Street Iowa and by the National Main Street Center.  
  • Conduct ongoing public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the district’s assets and to foster an understanding of the Main Street program’s goals and objectives. Will use speaking engagements, media interviews and personal appearances to keep the program in the public eye.
  • Oversee the supervision, hiring, and dismissal of volunteers and staff.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Committee or its designee.

Essential Functions:

These functions are considered essential for performance in this job.

  • Ability to function with independent judgment and skills to plan, organize, and implement all activities of CVNB Main Street.
  • Ability to walk, stand, and sit for extended periods of time when attending meetings, visiting district stakeholders, and performing general planning duties.
  • Ability to travel (by car and by foot) inside and outside in all types of weather conditions to visit district stakeholders, meet with public officials, plan and stage events, and attend meetings and trainings; requires driving to and from various destinations.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing to read, analyze, record, and interpret technical data; review materials on a variety of projects; present facts and findings clearly and concisely; give advice and recommendations; and respond to questions by members of the public, public officials, media, and co-workers.
  • Ability to prepare written reports, complete forms, and perform required record keeping.
  • Ability to assign work, give instructions, motivate, and review work of staff and volunteers. Ensures all staff are aware and understand the Main Street business plan. Coordinates human resources of two full-time and one part-time staff within the Main Street organization to create the most efficient operation possible.
  • Ability to effectively utilize information technologies and office equipment.
  • Required to work independently and with others with minimal supervision.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in one of the following: fundraising, planning, business development, architecture, community development, public relations, historic preservation, or associated community-revitalization fields.
  • 3-5 years of experience in business retention, recruitment, and creation; real estate development; organizational management; and marketing/public relations desirable.
  • Successful history of interaction with both the private and public sectors.
  • Willingness and ability to assume a highly visible position as the key spokesperson and advocate for CVNB Main Street.
  • Ability to develop a rapport with independent individuals from the business community, the real estate community, the public sector and the community at large;
  • Management style that motivates and fosters cooperation.
  • High level of energy and commitment to the revitalization of CVNB Main Street.
  • Demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office programs, social media platforms, WordPress web development, MailChimp, and database software.

The Executive Director must have an intimate working knowledge of the community as a whole and specifically the District.  Therefore, the Executive Director must be a resident of the Cedar Rapids area or be willing to relocate within 90 days.

Work Schedule:

This is a full-time salaried (exempt) position. The position will require frequent attendance at evening meetings and/or weekend functions and events.

Salary Range: $45,000-55,000

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to crmainstreet@gmail.com by February 17, 2019.

Review of applications will begin February 18, 2019; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.