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The Sumner Main Street Association is looking for an experienced executive director to work with the Board of Directors to ensure the health and vibrancy of its historic downtown community. The association is an accredited Main Street Program that follows the Main Street Approach.

This position will lead the volunteer-driven organization in close coordination with the board of directors and oversee the day-to-day operations as well as quarterly reporting.

The Sumner Main Street Association seeks an Executive Director with passion, experience, and the capacity to ensure the continued vitality of Sumner Downtown Community fully embracing the Main Street Approach® and increasing the organization’s capacity to revitalize the downtown in a quickly changing environment.

The position includes, but is not limited to, the following efforts:

  • Coordinating committee development, work plans, fundraising activities, promotional projects, rehabilitation and design projects, economic restructuring projects, volunteer management, and committee meetings.
  • Coordinate and represent the organization with other local organizations and committees, including the city, county, economic development boards and committees, the school district, as well as service organizations.
  • Develop, conduct, execute and document programs and activities for SMSA. The executive director is the principal onsite staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities locally as well as representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate.
  • Successful history, strategic thinking, excellent management skills with experience building teams, budget development and financial expertise, and strong communications skills with diverse audiences will be necessary to be successful in the role.

The following skills and attributes will also be key to the success of a new Executive Director:

  • Solid, hands-on budget management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and financial reporting.
  • Strong organizational skills including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • An understanding of local funding agencies and processes.
  • Ability to convey the vision of SMSA’s strategic future to staff, Board, volunteers and donors.
  • Strong nonprofit fundraising abilities and understanding of donor relations.
  • Collaborative leadership style.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, train, and encourage a team, including maintaining a positive working environment which attracts, retains, and motivates high-quality employees and volunteers.
  • Proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and experience working with or serving diverse communities.
  • A positive, “can-do” attitude.


  • Strategic Planning: Lead Strategic Planning process, including the implementation of a plan with clear organizational priorities.
  • Leadership & Communication: Communicate SMSA’s mission to constituents, media, and public; oversee communication of vision and strategic goals to a broadened community audience; build relationships within various organizations and partners within community, county, and state.
  • Fiscal Management: Ensure financial viability of SMSA by the planning and execution of annual budget, operation within approved budget, and ensuring maximum resource utilization.
  • Operational Management: Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of SMSA; oversee contracts for services.
  • Fund Development: Expand revenue generating activities to support existing and planned programs.
  • Board Relations: Establish and maintain a positive relationship with the Board of Directors by facilitating information, tools, and resources necessary for the effective governance. Engage in board development actively by ensuring ongoing training, recruitment, and orientation of board members.
  • Main Street Approach®: Prepare all reports required by the Washington State Main Street Program and the National Main Street Center.


Associates Degree or equivalent experience and background in some of the following areas economic development, finance management, fundraising, public relations, design, journalism, program management, public administration, historic preservation, volunteer or non-profit administration, and/or small business development.

  • Associates degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Minimum one year of management experience with a non-profit agency in a leadership capacity.
  • Experience with Main Street Four-Point Approach® and Refresh Strategy is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • General accounting knowledge and experience.
  • Experience running social media marketing campaigns and performing website updates.
  • Competency employing successful fundraising campaigns and forming community partnerships.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including nights and weekends on occasion.
  • Main Street Program quarterly travel and attendance at conferences/events is required.


Please submit a resume a cover letter including a personal statement expressing how the work of SMSA aligns with your personal and professional goals, and three professional references to