Employment Listings

To Submit Employment Listings to the MDA

MDA members may submit employment listings for posting on the MDA web site and social media. To list a job opening in your community or organization, e-mail a PDF file with position requirements, contact information, and the application closing date to the MDA.  All jobs must be in the downtown development or economic development fields.  We will include the PDF with your listing on our website until the closing date.  This is provided as a free service by the MDA. Job applicants should forward questions and application materials to the contact listed in the job posting. 
 JOB DESCRIPTION:  City of Wixom, DDA Director

The City of Wixom Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is charged with promoting the interests of the existing businesses within Downtown Wixom and attracting new businesses to the area. The DDA board is composed of 8-12 members that include Downtown Wixom business owners and/or representatives, City residents, and the Mayor of Wixom. The DDA’s mission and vision are:
  • Mission Statement:  The mission of the Wixom DDA is to coordinate the efforts of businesses and residents to promote the growth of the downtown area for the community’s benefit.
  • Vision Statement:  The Wixom Downtown Development Authority shall provide a friendly and welcoming downtown which will enhance and honor our history while promoting cultural, business and recreational opportunities that attract businesses and residents.
—Position and Purpose—
The DDA Executive Director position:
  • Is to direct, plan and coordinate the implementation of the DDA’s mission and vision and the Main Street Oakland County Program;
  • Is to revitalize and improve Downtown Wixom via economic development; and
  • Is anticipated to operate under the day-to-day direction of the DDA Board, which includes the Mayor in its membership, and under the accountability and oversight of the City Manager.
—Essential Functions—
Fulfillment of the DDA Executive Director’s position and purpose necessitates and includes certain essential duties and responsibilities, which are subject to variation as the DDA adapts to changing governmental and financial matters and which include but are not limited to:
  • Facilitating the growth and success of Downtown Wixom’s businesses, including public-facing communication and informational response;
  • Attracting new businesses to, and otherwise fostering economic growth in, Downtown Wixom;
  • Developing and implementing programs and procedures that serve the DDA’s mission and vision;
  • Establishing, maintaining, and improving familiarity with all persons (e.g. business owners, residents, volunteers, etc.), public institutions (City of Wixom, relevant county, state, and federal functions, etc.), private corporate entities (e.g. for-profit corporations, non-profit groups, etc.), and others with a potential impact on Downtown Wixom, including but not limited to:
    • Liaising between the DDA and all such entities; and
    • Working outside of normal business hours, including attending City meetings, attending relevant educational, networking, and community events, and fulfilling position functions;
  • Leveraging community involvement through public relations and volunteer management, including identification and recruitment of volunteers, DDA committee members, and DDA board members, and educating the public about the DDA’s mission, vision, and accomplishments;
  • Learning, staying up-to-date on, and presenting (a) related federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and (b) trends relevant thereto;
  • Learning, staying up-to-date on, and presenting public and private funding sources for the DDA and the economic development of Downtown Wixom;
  • Maintaining a professional appearance and demeanor at all times; and
  • Other duties and responsibilities.
—Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities—
  • Strong business and organizational development skills, including:
    • The ability to build, maintain, and grow effective working relationships with people across a wide spectrum, such as City residents, public officials, private entity principals, industry professionals, organizational representatives, community / interest group members, etc. (e.g. real estate developers, contractors, architectural and engineering professionals, business owners, individuals occupying any position in a corporate organizational tree, and more), and
    • The ability to motivate, coordinate, and delegate among paid and volunteer human resources and to do so respectfully;
  • The ability to identify the DDA’s best growth levers and facilitate the DDA’s mastery thereof;
  • Strong communication skills with oral and written proficiency;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence, including the proficient exercise of cognitive empathy;
  • Proficiency in thoughtfully developing, properly sequencing, and effectively executing public relations plans and campaigns;
  • The ability to coordinate and meet deadlines;
  • Knowledge of management procedures and practices; and
  • Computer fluency, especially proficiency with the Microsoft Office® suite of software, with the ability to quickly become literate in digital platform management (e.g. social media, WordPress, etc.).
Qualifications and Compensation—
Preferred Qualifications: 4-year degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning, business or public administration, marketing, or a related field, and/or 2-4 years of directly related experience, and/or any equivalent combination thereof.
Time Requirement: 25 hours minimum per week, for 50 weeks per year, with 2 weeks of unpaid vacation.
Compensation: Up to $50,000.00 USD per year or $1,000 per working week up to 50 weeks, depending on qualifications.
This position will be open until filled.  Please provide a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and a completed City application via email to CITYMANAGER@wixomgov.org or mail to:
City of Wixom, 49045 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI  48393.
For an application go to:

JOB DESCRIPTION – Anchor Initiative Director, Jackson, MI
POSITION: The Anchor Initiative Director is a salaried full time position with some evenings and weekend required.  The position reports directly to the President/CEO of the Anchor Initiative.
The Anchor Initiative aggregates private industry resources and interests to revitalize downtown Jackson, focusing on market-rate apartments, creating space for and encouraging innovation and buying from local sources.  To achieve this, we connect interested developers/businesses with economic development incentives, commercial space available for purchase or rent and with permitting bodies.  Also, the Anchor Initiative helps those developers/businesses troubleshoot when obstacles and challenges appear. 
  • Project Development – assist and counsel prospective developers in advancing their projects
  • Matchmaking – connect parties that have mutually beneficial interests in downtown development
  • Troubleshooting -  assist projects overcome obstacles and address challenges
  • Assist and counsel prospective developers in advancing their projects;
  • Connect parties and resources to help develop downtown;
  • Assist projects to overcome obstacles and address challenges;
  • Assist in fundraising efforts for the organization;
  • Lead and manage committees and assist Executive Assistant with committee information (contact data, goals, job descriptions, minutes, agendas, etc);
  • Maintain database of downtown development projects, available buildings and land, and housing units;
  • Guide marketing strategies to increase positive awareness and investment in downtown;
  • Assist in the preparation of evaluative and planning instruments related to budgeting, operational reviews, annual reports and strategic direction-setting
  • Assist the President/CEO in the development, promotion and implementation of strategic plan and objectives for the advancement and development of downtown Jackson, the organization and any of its programs, resources or services and, when necessary, draft revisions for the consideration of the President/CEO;
  • Attend appropriate community and City functions, providing staffing support as assigned or needed;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, committees, volunteers, government entities, civic groups and the general public;
  • Effectively organize your time, coordinate multiple activities and maintain excellent follow-through;
  • Effectively present information, both verbally and written, and respond to questions from clients and customers;
  • Frequently lift and move up to 25 pounds;
  • Assisting with general office duties, including clerical duties, answering the phone, assisting walk-ins and coordinating out of office time;
  • Other duties as appropriate.
  1. Education: Bachelor’s Degree or experience
  2. Knowledge: Computer proficiency in standard Microsoft Office programs. Knowledge of economic development incentives. Connections with local and state economic development and permitting authorities.  Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally. Knowledge of community.
  3. Previous experience: Three years of project management experience with economic development background
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or conceptual form.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
ACCOUNTABILITY: This position reports directly to the Anchor Initiative President/CEO.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  The work hours are generally reasonable, but there are routinely early morning meetings, evening meetings and periods when weekend work is required.
This job description is not to be construed a contractual agreement between parties but an outline of the duties as assigned.  Employment within the Anchor Initiative is considered to be at will between all parties.

Lake Orion, MI
Lake Orion's award-winning Main Street program is seeking two part-time professionals to staff the Downtown Development Authority office. If you are interested in either position, please send a cover letter and resume to Molly LaLone, Executive Director: director@downtownlakeorion.org

Administrative Coordinator position Award-winning Main Street program seeks professional with excellent communication skills managing all aspects of office activities up to and including writing and editing content for public relation pieces, bookkeeping, and preparation of committee and board agendas. $14/hour depending on qualifications. Flexible hours Monday-Friday, some evening and weekends required. Average 20 hours weekly (schedule varies based upon DDA Calendar)

Events Coordinator position Award-winning Main Street program seeks professional with strong communications skills and a proven record of success for event planning, execution, and implementation. $14/hour depending on qualifications. Flexible hours Monday-Friday, some evening and weekends required. Average 20 hours weekly (schedule varies based upon DDA Calendar).