Downtown Chapel Hill

Current Job Postings

Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017

Program Manager Position Overview:

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is searching for a Program Manager to implement our events; develop marketing to tell our story of an economically diverse downtown; and oversee direct service programs to businesses that further our vision for downtown Chapel Hill.  This position's core focus is on work meant to attract people and investment to our downtown through the implementation of our Plan of Work

We’re looking for someone who cares about the Chapel Hill, University, and Orange County communities, has a strong interest in developing relationships with downtown stakeholders, and has a passion for creating and communicating positive change for downtown Chapel Hill.

It is the ideal position for a creative person with dynamic communications skills, strong management skills, comfort in a public forum, and the ability to work with a diverse array of stakeholders. The Program Manager will be making professional connections with leadership at the Town, University, and business community. Working here provides opportunities to be exposed to exciting events, projects, and developments that are making a positive change for downtown. 

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that is a well-respected community organization and trusted business resource. We foster a collaborative team environment with staff members who thrive in a positive, professional workplace that is lively and fun.  These are some of the things our office enjoys; popcorn, good coffee, dogs, sports bets, homemade baked goods, singing and dancing at your desk especially when others are in the office, sock feet, accidentally dressing alike, a never-empty candy bowl, exciting new office supplies, pop culture debates, bikes, public art, puns, and funny motivational posters. 

 Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including public speaking
  •  Experience managing professional social media
  • Experience in designing marketing materials
  • Strong organizational, project management, event planning, and analytical skills.
  • Expertise in balancing multiple projects effectively, with flexibility, and in a timely manner.
  • Comfort collaborating with a wide range of community stakeholders to include community groups, government and university agencies, business and property owners, residents, and nonprofit organizations
  • A strategic and creative approach to all aspects of work
  • Solutions-focused approach to problems and ability to resolve conflict 
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule that will include evening, weekend work as needed
  • Experience with or ability to learn the following programs and software our agency uses:  Mail Chimp, Squarespace, Filemaker Pro, Adobe Creative Suites, Basecamp 


Job Responsibilities:

Event Coordination: 35% 

  • Manage, partner, and create downtown special events all year-long; such as monthly 2nd Friday ArtWalks, Holiday Tree Lighting, Tar Heel Downtown, Movies Under the Stars, Rodeo on Rosemary Street, and many more
  • Pursue creative partnerships with community agencies, local artists, government organizations for events, promotions, and creative placemaking opportunities 

Marketing, Communications, Social Media: 30%

  • Produce dynamic marketing materials that engage the entire community to include weekly marketing emails, infographics, blog content, social media posts
  • Produce professional communications materials including brochures, presentations, and press releases, as well as website maintenance

Business Services: 30%

  • Coordinate educational, informational, and promotional opportunities for the downtown business community. Examples are event sponsorship opportunities, utility/construction notifications, grants program, parking programs, banner/flags program
  • Build relationships with stakeholders including current property owners, property managers and business owners 
  • Take a proactive approach to problem solving and finding creative solutions to the daily needs and challenges of businesses

Database: 5%

  • Tracks and organizes data management for agency and downtown economic indicators

This position reports to the Executive Director. 


Education and Experience Required:
Bachelor's Degree required or any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the job. Areas of education and experience may be event planning, communications, marketing, economic development, government affairs, nonprofit management, business, urban planning, community development, or other related fields.

Salary Range and Benefits:
This is a full time position. Salary range is $35,000 - $40,000 with paid time off, personal days, standard holidays, medical coverage, 403 B retirement company match at 3%.

How to Apply:
Send resume and cover letter to job.chdp@gmail.com.  Cover letters should be addressed to Meg McGurk.

Hiring Process:

  • We will be accepting applications until August 7.
  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • 15-minute phone interviews will be conducted the week of August 7.
  • Second-round, in-person interviews will be held the weeks of August 14 and August 21. 
    • In-person interviews will be two and a half hours long, and will consist of two separate interviews with unique stakeholder groups, as well as a brief walking tour of downtown.
    • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will give you a prompt to create a writing sample.
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start in September.