Ellicott City Partnership – Executive Director

  • Executive Director
  • Location: Ellicott City
  • Filing Deadline: Open until filled

The Ellicott City Partnership (ECP)—a not-for-profit organization that works to leverage the heritage and vitality of Old Ellicott City (OEC) while creating and enhancing economic growth—is seeking an Executive Director to manage the operations of the organization. For context:

  • OEC was founded in 1772 by the Ellicott brothers, ultimately growing to become one of the largest milling and manufacturing towns on the East Coast. Over the years, OEC has served as the first terminus of commercial railroad in the United States (its B&O train station, built in 1830, is the oldest surviving railroad station in America), a hospital for Union soldiers in the Civil War, and site of the first wedding of Babe Ruth, among other things.
  • At present, OEC—a historic gem of the mid-Atlantic with its celebrated Main Street—offers a unique mix of restaurants, shops, services, historical sites, and green spaces. OEC contains more than 119 historic properties built prior to 1900 (including three built prior to 1800).
  • OEC and greater Ellicott City sit within Howard County, MD, home to some of the nation’s best schools, most educated populace, and highest median income. OEC is within easy commuting distance to both Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC.
  • The ECP itself is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2013 with the merger of the Ellicott City Business Association and the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation. Through the work of the ECP, OEC was officially designated a “Maryland Main Street Community” in 2014.
  • The ECP comprises an all-volunteer Board of Directors and staff/contractors. Reporting directly to the President of the Board, the Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Board.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Manage staff, finances, and daily operations of the organization
  • Ensure compliance with requirements of the Maryland Main Street Program
  • Implement organizational strategy (established by the Board of Directors)
  • Liaise with constituents (e.g., businesses, property owners, government officials) and propose plans to strengthen relationships and fill identified needs
  • Plan and deliver multiple high-profile events annually, on behalf of both the ECP and its constituents
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities
  • Implement the marketing and communications plan
  • Represent the ECP in public settings, sometimes outside of normal business hours
  • Manage all aspects of the ECP’s required reporting to various organizations

Desired qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in a relevant field (e.g., economic development, urban planning, public policy, nonprofit management, etc.) or master’s degree and three years of experience
  • Deep familiarity with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress, Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, social media, QuickBooks, etc.
  • Track-record of relationship-building success
  • Track-record of fundraising success § Experience managing staff (e.g., hiring, evaluating, directing) and finances (e.g., billing, bookkeeping, grant reporting)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with elected/career government officials
  • Ability to lead change in a multi-stakeholder environment
  • Self-starter with an ability to operate with limited oversight
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Interested parties should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Julia Sanger, President, ECP, at julia@visitoec.com. For more on the ECP, please see www.visitoec.com. For more on Main Street Maryland, please see https://mainstreetmaryland.org. For more on Main Street America, please see www.mainstreet.org.

To apply for this job email your details to julia@visitoec.com