OTCA seeks Executive Director

The Old Town Commercial Association seeks an executive director to lead the continued growth and revitalization of Old Town, Lansing. Details on the job and how to apply are below.

The mission of the Old Town Commercial Association is to maintain a vibrant business community in Lansing’s historic Old Town district by providing services and opportunities that foster economic growth and community engagement. The OTCA is a 501c3 nonprofit.

Position Overview: The Old Town Commercial Association board of directors seeks an executive director who can continue the growth and revitalization of the Old Town, Lansing. Old Town is a vibrant, active area in the city of Lansing, home to many boutique shops, destination restaurants and retailers, bars and breweries and a growing community of residents. 

  • The Executive Director will help promote commercial district activities, facilitate business collaboration and growth, promote public awareness of the Main Street program and act as a liaison to other government and community organizations.
  • The ED is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and the strategic plan of the organization. 
  • The ED is an advocate for the Old Town Commercial district, as well as surrounding residential areas.
  • The ED is responsible for fundraising efforts of the OTCA. 

The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Position Details: This is a full-time exempt position. Hours worked will vary by program needs and will include some nights and weekends. Direct supervision of the Executive Director will be the responsibility of the President of the Board of Directors with input from the full Board of Directors.

Salary Range: $40,000 annual salary. Position receives a stipend of $4,000 annually for health benefits. Paid Time Off starts immediately at three weeks per year.

General Duties of the Executive Director

Board and Committee Support

  • Assists the OTCA board of directors and committees in developing long term and annual plans for revitalization of the four main areas: promotion/marketing; organization/management; design/beautification; and economic development/business support. 
  • Lead and coordinate the activities of the Main Street program committees.
  • Communicate effectively with the board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.

Volunteer Management 

  • Assist volunteers with action items; work effectively with hundreds of volunteers.
  • Serve as the chief motivator for all volunteers within the organization.  
  • Recruit, train and communicate with volunteers including volunteer recognition and leadership development.

Fund Development

  • Plan and execute the annual fundraising efforts of the OTCA. 
  • Work with stakeholders to secure funding for sponsorships. 
  • Work with the Board of Directors and committees to coordinate fundraising efforts.
  • Grant writing and grant management.  

Program and Events Management 

  • Coordinate work plans to allow projects of the committees to move forward. 
  • Manage all Old Town Commercial Association events including vendor management, volunteer management, on-site assistance and sponsorship recruitment.

Marketing and Communication 

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson to the organization’s stakeholders, the media and the general public.
  • Execute communication tactics including press releases, monthly e-newsletter and social media. 

Nonprofit Administration 

  • Manage all Old Town administrative aspects, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development, preparation of board meeting packets, preparing and reporting grants. 
  • Day to day operations including office management and communications to the board of directors. 

Economic Development 

  • The position is the key person responsible for aligning with the Michigan Main Street Program. 
  • Build relationships with business owners and community stakeholders to understand the business and economic development needs.
  • Ability to work effectively with Old Town stakeholders, as well as community partners, such as the City of Lansing, Downtown Lansing, Inc., the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and other community organizations. 


Necessary Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Proven track record of working with a board, volunteers, and committees 
  • At least five (5) years of education and/or work experience in one or more of the following areas: non-profit corporations; small business development; public relations; local government; community organization; fundraising; event planning; historic preservation; urban planning; communication or related fields. 
  • The candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A basic knowledge of Federal, Michigan and local economic community development tools available for downtown revitalization. 
  • Proficient in the following applications: Microsoft Office applications and database management. Basic graphic design/publishing skills are desirable. 
  • A working knowledge of the use of marketing applications such as e-mail, website maintenance, and social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs and others.
  • Willing to learn all aspects of the Main Street America Model. 

 Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to apply@oldtownmainstreet.org, no later than 5:00 p.m., Nov. 5, 2021.