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DDA Director

March 01, 2010 - March 22, 2010
Location:Ypsilanti, MI
Salary Range:$45,000 -$60,000
Benefits:Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Personal, Sick, Vacation, LTD, 12 Paid Holidays
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:DDA Director Position

The City of Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors has an opening for the position of full-time DDA Director.

The Director shall not be a civil servant and is not an employee of the City of Ypsilanti. The Director shall serve at the pleasure and will of the Ypsilanti DDA Board of Directors.

A complete job description/background requirements may be found at or The salary is dependent upon qualifications, but ranges between $45,000 and $60,000, plus City benefits. Serious candidates should complete an application on line and post a cover letter, resume, salary history and a list of three professional references to: . The submittal deadline is 5:00 pm December 21, 2009. Questions or inquiries about the position can be forwarded to April McGrath, Director of Administrative Services at (734) 483-7290 or
Duties:The Downtown Development Authority Director shall initiate and coordinate the downtown revitalization program for the City of Ypsilanti. The purpose of the program shall be to promote and encourage the economic (re)development of the downtown. The Director shall be the chief executive officer of the DDA and shall be responsible for the preparation of plans and the performance of the functions of the DDA. The Director shall attend the meetings of the DDA Board and shall appraise the DDA Board and City Council of the activities of the DDA and furnish information or reports governing the operation of the DDA as required.
Qualifications:Minimum qualifications are a Bachelorís degree in urban planning, public or business administration, marketing/public relations, or similar field, plus five (5) years experience in same or related field with demonstrated experience in economic and/or community development.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

A. Considerable knowledge of business, economic and downtown development; working knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure; working knowledge of planning programs and processes.

B.Must understand the issues confronting business, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations in a small city; and must have an affinity for the customs, traditions, and virtues of small town life.

C. Knowledge of basic business management procedures and practices to effectively control department financial operations within budget and policy guidelines.

D. Must be entrepreneurial, self-starting, energetic, imaginative, and have the ability to prioritize tasks and assignments; he/she must be an organizer capable of functioning effectively in a very independent environment and must possess good supervisory skills.

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