Development Director Posting

Director of Development
Salary $40,000 – $55,000 (anticipated)

Full-Time / Open until filled
To apply, send a resume and town application to the Town Manager at

The Town of Tryon, North Carolina is seeking a Director of Development to assist in the operations of the Town of Tryon’s Economic Development goals, the
management of the Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA), the
management of the Main Street Program, and supervising other town related
events or projects.

The Tryon Downtown Development Association is a 501 C-3 non-profit agency
and certified State Main Street business development and historic preservation
program ( The TDDA works under the supervision of the
Town of Tryon to perform many duties in the realm of community development,
event planning, and economic development.

The Director of Development coordinates activity within a downtown
revitalization program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development.

The position reports directly to the Town Manager and is the principal on-site
person responsible for coordinating all program activities locally as well as for
representing community regionally and nationally, as appropriate. The position isresponsible, in conjunction with a Board of Directors, for the development,
conduct, execution and documentation of the Tryon downtown development
program. In addition, the position should timely prepare the Board agenda for review and approval by the TDDA President, staff the Board of Director meetings, and help guide the organization as it grows and as its objectives evolve.


Education and Experience
A Bachelor’s Degree with two-years applicable experience. A master’s degree in
the field of Public Administration, Economic Development, or another related
field is preferred.

Job Knowledge and Skills Required
The Director of Development should have education and or/experience in one or
more of the following areas:
Historic Preservation
Public Relations
Business Administration
Public Administration
Grants Management
Volunteer or non-profit administration/ and or small business development

The Director of Development must be sensitive to design and preservation issues. The manager must understand the issues confronting downtown business people, property owners, public agencies and community organizations. Have the ability to engage the community through public and stakeholder workshops. The ED must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation. Knowledgeable about seeking and managing grants. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Supervisory skills are desirable.

The following list represents the core competencies needed for success in this

Attention to Detail – Focusing on the details of work content, work steps and final work products.

Organizational Skill – Staying focused on different tasks and managing multiple

Professional Integrity & Ethics – Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability.

Handling Conflict – With diplomacy, tact, and good judgment.

Project Management and Delegating Ability

Critical Thinking

Communication Skills- strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to
speak with confidence about historic preservation and economic development.

Full Range of Duties of the Director of Development
1. Coordinate activity on behalf of the Town of Tryon Board of Commissioner’s
in regard to economic development and related projects.

2. Manage TDDA program committees, ensuring that communication between
committees is well established; assist committees with implementation of
work plan items.

3. Manage all administrative aspects of the TDDA program, including
purchasing, record keeping, budget development and accounting, preparing all reports required by the State Main Street program and by the National
Main Street Center, assisting with the preparation of reports to funding
agencies and supervising contract employees or consultants.

4. Develop, in conjunction with the TDDA program’s Board of Directors,
downtown economic development strategies that are based on historic
preservation and utilize the community’s human and economic resources.

Work with the newly formed Tryon Historic Preservation Committee to
accomplish goals as seen appropriate by the Town of Tryon’s Board of

Become familiar with all persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the groups, assist the TDDA Board of Directors and committees in developing and annual action plan for implementing a downtown business and revitalization program focused on four areas:

Design/Historic Preservation
Economic restructuring/development

5. Develop and conduct ongoing public awareness and education programs
designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s architecture and other
aspects and to foster and understanding of the TDDA program’s goals and
objectives. Use speaking engagements, media interviews and personal
appearances to keep the program in the public eye.

6. Assist individual tenants or property owners with physical improvement
projects through personal consultation or by obtaining and supervising
professional design consultants; assist in locating appropriate contractors
and materials; when possible, participate in construction supervision;
provide advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical

7. Assess the management capacity of major downtown organizations and
encourage improvements in the downtown community’s ability to carry out
joint activities such as promotional events, business recruitment, parking
management and so on. Provide advice and information on successful downtown management. Encourage a cooperative climate between
downtown interests and local public officials.

8. Advise downtown merchant’s organizations and/or chamber of commerce
retail committees on TDDA program activities and goals; help coordinate
joint promotional events, such as seasonal festivals or cooperative retail
promotional events, in order to improve the quality and success of events
and attract people downtown; work closely with local media to ensure
maximum coverage of promotional activities; encourage design excellence in
all aspects of the promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the

9. Help build strong and productive working relationships with the appropriate
public agencies at the local and state level.

10. Utilizing the Main Street program format, develop and maintain data
systems to track the process and progress of the local Main Street program.
These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files,
thorough photographic documentation of all physical changes and
information on job creation and business retention.

11. Represent the community to important constituencies at the local, state and
national levels. Speak effectively on the program’s directions and findings,
always mindful of the need to improve state and national economic
development policies as they relate to smaller communities.

Writing sample and references may be requested during the selection