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Vancouver’s Downtown Association ED Job Description

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA).  The Executive Director is a full-time, high profile position within the community and requires creativity, confidentiality, and professionalism. Candidates should have experience in public/event programming, preferably in areas that address business development, and improved downtown design. Successful candidates will have organizational management experience, strong writing skills, excellent public speaking skills and strong organizational, interpersonal and media relation skills.

The Executive Director’s responsibilities span the following areas which follow the Main Street Program organization format.


Organization Mission

Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission through design, promotion, organization and economic vitality focuses.

Maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of business, neighbors, city, consumers, and civic groups utilizing the community’s human and economic resources.

Develop, in conjunction with the association’s BOD, strategies for downtown economic development. Become familiar with all persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the commercial district.

Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.

Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.

Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

Advocate to city, county and state government entities for Vancouver’s Downtown Association. .


Fully inform Board of Directors (BOD) on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.

Promote ongoing public information and awareness of projects and education programs designed to enhance downtown’s assets.


Coordinate activities of downtown association committees ensuring that communication between committees is well established and assists committees with implementation of work plans.


Manage marketing through all social media channels and maintains current website content.

Staff and Volunteers

Lead, supervise and manage staff and community volunteer leaders.

Responsible for the recruitment, training and release of all temporary or permanent employees, as well as professional consultants.

Encourage volunteer development and education and assist program volunteers in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.

Budget and Finance

Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.

Work with treasurer and the Executive Committee in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.

Jointly, with the Executive Director and Executive Committee, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.

Manage all aspects of the association regarding purchasing, record keeping for Main Street data collection, budget development and bookkeeping,

Prepares all reports require by the Washington State Main Street Program.

Preference will be given to candidate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in relevant field with three (3) years’ experience in an appropriately related job.

The executive director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in a very independent situation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Interested applicants must submit a current resume and a letter of interest. Please include three references with knowledge of current and past employment performance. Applications must be emailed to by April 28, 2017 titled Executive Director Job Application.