WILMINGTON -- The downtown group Wilmington Works is currently looking for its first executive director.

"Our goal is to hire sometime this spring," said John Gannon, co-chairman of the group's board of advisors. "But obviously that has to do with the quality of the candidates that we get in the door to look at."

As of March 12, three people had applied for the position in just over a month. Candidates will be interviewed by the organization committee, a subset of the board.

Funding for the position was included in a budget approved by the Selectboard in December. It was increased for the next fiscal year mostly so that the group could hire a consultant. The line item for the salary is $45,000 per year.

"Our goal is to have a person start before the summer, which is a very busy time for Wilmington Works," said Gannon. "Because we're running or partnering a number of events in the summer, we would like the person to be available to help run and get experience with those events."

According to the job description, "the position reports to the Wilmington Works' board of advisors and coordinates all program activities within Wilmington Works to promote economic development in the downtown district."

The executive director will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the group itself, the board of advisors and its four committees, which include organization, design, economic development and promotion. The group spent much of last year establishing those committees.

The executive director will be expected to manage all administrative duties. This would include maintaining a data system for record keeping, purchasing items, preparing financial and other reports, documenting all physical and business changes in the downtown and retaining information on job creation as well as business retention. Submitting required information to the Vermont Main Street program, the Selectboard and the Wilmington Vermont Fund will also be necessary.

An annual budget and action plan will need to be submitted by the hired person. Other responsibilities include developing public awareness and education programs through speaking engagements, media interviews and appearances, working with business owners regarding property and business improvements.

The desired experience and qualifications include past success working with a board of directors, experience in grant writing, excellent oral and written communication skills, marketing, public relations and fundraising experience, knowledge of downtown public and private sector issues as well as experience in administrative and project management.

"I think this is an exciting opportunity to work with Wilmington Works to help make Wilmington grow," said Gannon. "We have a very energized board that's looking to do a lot of things."

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