Downtown Waycross Development Authority

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Downtown Waycross Development Authority Executive Director


The Downtown Waycross Development Authority (DWDA) Executive Director is responsible for managing the DWDA’s goals, the board of directors. The Director is an advocate for downtown Waycross and acts as liaison to businesses, property owners, governmental officials and staff, community organizations and others. Duties will encompass a variety of tasks determined by the DWDA Board with a primary focus on economic revitalization of downtown Waycross.


Work is performed under the general supervision of the DWDA Board of Directors.


Supervises the staff, volunteers, and all contractors hired by the DWDA.


An employee may be called upon to do any or all of the following:

(These examples do not include all of the tasks which the employee may be expected to perform).

• Leading and managing the development of short- and long-range DWDA plans; aligning plans with city's and county’s master plan and sustainability plans

• Leading the DWDA on matters affecting downtown Waycross, such as large-scale development, transit, general direction, and City and County relationship building

• Overseeing administrative aspects of DWDA operations, including recording-keeping, grant files, preparation of reports and items as requested by the DWDA Board—monthly agenda package, staff reports, correspondence, meeting minutes and posting notices of meetings accordance with the Open Records Act.

• Delegating activities, responsibilities and authority as necessary and desirable to staff, contractors and vendors while retaining responsibility and accountability for performance

• Managing and coordinating all marketing and promotional materials

• Developing and preparing budget—overseeing and approving expenditures, preparing financial reports in compliance and direction from the Board of Directors

• Procuring revenue enhancements through grant writing, events and sponsorships

• Coordinating promotional events and activities to attract people to the downtown district

• Developing and overseeing a plan to help businesses stay, grow, and become more committed to the downtown and the Waycross/Ware County community

• Fostering and seeking ways to address the common needs and interests of businesses, understanding the needs of each business, and ensuring that businesses are aware of and actively use the DWDA’s resources

• Assisting in site selection information and other resources for prospective businesses interested in moving to or growing in downtown Waycross

• Developing and implementing programs and procedures regarding business recruitment, retention and expansion—activities may include working with area brokers, cold calling prospective businesses, acting as an advocate and counselor to prospective businesses (including waking them through the City of Waycross development process) and suggesting incentive programs for the DWDA for formalization to entice business recruitment and retention,

• Developing excellent working relationships with the DWDA Board, City and County Commissions, City and County staff, community development partners, and other public, private or nonprofit groups and associations interested in downtown development

• Any other duty and/or responsibility reasonably necessary to carry out the purposes of the Director’s position as directed by the Board of Directors


• Making presentations to officials, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public

• Maintaining a level of knowledge about local, state and federal legislation and regulations relating to downtown development

• Attending professional development workshops and conferences to keep updated on trends and developments in the field of downtown development

• Attending important city/county/DWDA functions, events, etc. (Business openings, groundbreaking ceremonies, etc.)


Education and Experience:

• A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, marketing or a closely related field; and

• Five years of administrative experience in the same or related field with time spent in as many areas as possible of marketing, economic development, grant writing, community planning and public relations

• Any equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible experience, with additional work experience substituting for the required education on a year for year basis

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Knowledge of basic laws, ordinances and regulations affecting the operation of municipal government.

• Knowledge of governmental budgeting and record-keeping practices and principles

• Ability to provide leadership to the DWDA Board, businesses in downtown and City and County Commissions and staff

• Capable of being an implementer, thriving on managing a variety of key projects simultaneously, often under tight deadlines

• Extensive writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety of print and online communications media; must have demonstrated experience with new media technologies

• Basic knowledge of policy analysis concepts and measurement techniques

• Knowledge of municipal and/or downtown development methods, practices and procedures

• Innovative thinker with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output

• A passion for progress and continuing improvement

• Skill in dealing with the public, citizen groups and other employees with a commitment to work collaboratively

• Skill in presentations and public speaking

• Ability to self-start, work independently and maintain an entrepreneurial spirit

• Ability to assemble data and to effectively prepare and present accurate records and reports

• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with diverse audiences

• Ability to coordinate all elements of events and meetings

• Ability to demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of duties and responsibilities

• Ability to direct the work of others as needed

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of appointed and elected officials, staff, outside agency personnel, community members, media and the general public

• Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills with co-workers, vendors and residents

• Ability to keep immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed

• concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems

• Ability to operate office equipment and a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties

• Ability to plan and organize work activities

• Ability to represent the DWDA at internal and external meetings

• Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written directions and instructions

• Ability to work nights and weekends and travel, when required

Application Process:

The Executive Director’s position will remain open until filled. We will be accepting applications for the next 30 days following this posting. The Downtown Waycross Development Authority is an equal opportunity employer. We are a drug-free workplace. Applicants may be subject to drug testing.

Interested parties may email their cover letter, resume’, and list of references to: [email protected]