Downtown Development Manager Job Posting and Description (2023)


The highly awarded Downtown Tiffin Main Street program is seeking a creative and energetic individual to lead both the economic and community development in the historic downtown. Tiffin is one of Ohio’s greatest small towns, home to two universities and several world corporate headquarters. You’ll have the ability to work with a collaborative, progressive, and enthusiastic board with stable funding sources.

Preferred candidates should have working knowledge and/or experience in some of the following areas: National Main Street Philosophy, historic preservation; planning; economic development; retailing; marketing; design; volunteer management; and small business development. An outgoing, well-organized individual who communicates and works effectively with others, likes challenges, and thrives in a fast-paced, independent environment is desired.

Interested and qualified candidates should provide a letter of interest, resume, salary history, and three references to the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP), c/o Corrina Haynes, Operations Manager, via e-mail at by 4 p.m. Monday, February 6th, 2023. For more information about Tiffin visit or

Downtown Tiffin Main Street Manager Job Description

Job Summary: The Main Street Manager is responsible for creating and managing programs and projects that meet the objectives, as determined by the Downtown Development Committee (DDC) of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership per the Economic Development Agreement with the City of Tiffin.  The Downtown Tiffin Main Street Program is charged with the economic revitalization and community development of the Historic Downtown Tiffin District as well as bordering neighborhoods as identified in the Downtown Tiffin Strategic Plan. The Main Street Manager is an advocate for the Downtown Tiffin Main Street Program, providing information and background on the goals and accomplishments of the Downtown Tiffin Main Street Program to business owners, city officials and staff, and other interested persons.  The Main Street Manager will be a positive and energetic source for the long-term revitalization of Downtown Tiffin and will support Main Street Program throughout the community. The Main Street Manager represents Downtown Tiffin, TSEP, and Main Street in a positive, and professional manner, both within the community and when representing Downtown Tiffin outside the area. The Main Street Manager promotes excellence in design, good business practices, and compliance with city, county, state, and federal regulations. The position is full-time with a comprehensive benefits package included.

Range of Duties: The Main Street Manager duties will encompass a variety of tasks as determined by the Downtown Development Committee and the TSEP Board of Directors. Annual staff evaluations will be based on defined goals and objectives agreed upon by the Main Street Manager the DDC, and the President & CEO of TSEP.

The Main Street Manager will:  

  • Be knowledgeable about the four-point Main Street approach to economic revitalization and serve as the visible contact person for the Main Street Program.
  • Work with the Chair and the DDC to implement and direct the program of the organization.
  • Direct efforts at business retention, expansion, and recruitment, including providing information, expertise, and appropriate referrals to business owners, marketing the Downtown Tiffin Main Street Program to outside businesses, working with developers, and building owners to enhance the quality of retail and commercial businesses and the quality of their retail/commercial space.
  • Develop funding sources for the expansion and development of Downtown Tiffin Main Street Program in concert with other organizations, agencies, and government entities.
  • Work with the DDC and committees to develop and implement annual work plans upon which the program will operate.
  • Be well-versed on the Downtown Tiffin Strategic Growth and Development Plans and assist with updates as needed. Additionally, be well versed with or willing to learn the following documents and programs: Tax Increment Financing (TIF), the City of Tiffin-Seneca County Comprehensive Plan, PACE and SID Districts, and other studies and reports as they relate to downtown, and be familiar with the Tiffin Sign Ordinance, the Tiffin City Zoning Ordinance, and the Architecture Board of Review (ABR) Guidelines.
  • Maintain regular contact with existing and new members of the Downtown Tiffin Main Street Program to foster the support and participation they need to make an effective organization.
  • Be familiar with persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin, including but not limited to Tiffin City Municipal Government, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, Destination Seneca County, Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission (TMAC), Tiffin Shade Tree Commission, Tiffin Community Foundation, and others.
  • Work directly with the community to enhance Downtown Tiffin.
  • Attend Main Street Board of Directors, committee, sub-committee, and trainings, City of Tiffin boards and commissions, and task group meetings as necessary or as indicated by the Chair, the Board of Directors, or President & CEO of TSEP.
  • Provide assistance and direction, as an ex-officio member, of all Main Street Program committees, including the Retailers Committee.
  • Manage recruitment, evaluation, and retention of volunteers, including members of the four Main Street committees, and special project volunteers.
  • Produce press releases and maintain good relationships with all media in the region.
  • Assist with writing, editing, and publishing informational and marketing brochures and flyers as well as management of all Downtown Tiffin social media channels.
  • Ensure that all outgoing materials adhere to the standards of the Downtown Tiffin Main Street Program, including but not limited to branding guidelines.
  • Assist with the preparation of necessary reports, summaries, and research projects, as assigned by the DDC and/or President & CEO.
  • Provide regular reports to the DDC and TSEP Board of Trustees regarding the activities and financial conditions of the organization.
  • Attend any Municipal Government requested meetings.
  • Work with City Administration, Department Heads, City Council, and County Government to promote and achieve the goals and objectives of city government as they relate to Downtown Tiffin.
  • Responsible for maintenance and updates to Main Street portions of the TSEP website and social media channels.
  • Attend any additional meetings as requested by the DDC or President & CEO. Working outside normal business hours in addition to occasional weekends can be expected at times.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Board of Directors, the Chair, and the President & CEO.

Desired Qualifications: A combination of education and experience in one or more of the following: business organizations, nonprofit corporations, small business development, public relations, planning, retailing, fundraising, historic preservation, sociology, urban geography, architecture, or a related field; Main Street experience is a plus. The Manager should be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well-organized, and capable of functioning effectively in an independent and occasionally stressful environment. Excellent people skills.  Ability to work independently and with large and small groups. Excellent written and verbal skills; public speaking experience is a plus. Must have general computer skills and be proficient in word processing and spreadsheet applications. PowerPoint, database management, and basic design/publishing skills are desirable. The Manager must be sensitive to design and preservation issues and must understand the issues confronting downtown businesspeople, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations.  The Manager should have an extensive working knowledge of social media applications.

EOE Statement: The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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