Reports To: WDI Board of Directors

Approved and Supervised By WDI Executive Committee



The President is responsible for overall operation, management and direction of Wilmington Downtown, Inc (WDI). The primary duty is to work with the Board of Directors and staff to manage and lead the revitalization and economic development of downtown Wilmington.  The vision for Downtown Wilmington is to be the business, cultural, professional, and governmental headquarters of Southeastern North Carolina and recognized nationally for its outstanding quality of life for those working, residing, visiting, and shopping here.


Responsibilities include for cultivation of beneficial relationships ensuring WDI’s growth and success. Accountable for operating results, growth, administering and directing activities to achieve objectives and to meet the needs of the constituencies it serves. The President works with WDI’s Board of Directors to establish objectives, policies and long-range plans to ensure the best possible services are available to Downtown Wilmington. The President is the designated Corporate Agent for WDI.



Standard / Measurement

Organizational operations, fiscal controls, budget development, policy and procedural guidance and compliance.

Revenue growth, expense control, cash flow, healthy balance sheet.

Will insure that board members are involved in meeting the financial goals of the organization

Annual revenue budget must be secured to at least balance expenditures.

Planning – working within the organization’s goals and the Wilmington Vision 2020 Plan.

Work with the WDI Planning Committee to provide an ongoing planning and research effort in order to assure proper preparation for the future impact of downtown development, and to implement the recommendations of the Wilmington Vision 2020: A Waterfront Downtown Plan.

Provide additional assistance with regard to compatible design.

Economic Development – work to increase the value of downtown through historic preservation and the new development.

Business recruitment and retention.  Develop policies that support entrepreneurial endeavors.

Execution of events that promote living and working in downtown.

Develop, support and promote policies to encourage business and real estate development

CBD Services – apply basic management principles toward improving the place of downtown in the local and regional market.

Work to deliver services required to properly manage, lease, promote and maintain a viable central business district.

Marketing & Fundraising – promoting and communicating the goals of the organization and marketing of downtown.

Achieving the level of income to adequately deliver all necessary services of the organization. 

Monthly newsletters and consistent messaging/branding.

Well planned fundraising strategies with clear goals and objectives.

Active board member participation in marketing and fundraising activities.

Human Resource Development

Stable, productive employee relations environment; personnel development plans, performance review program, productivity, etc.

Board Member Communication and Relations

Timely, accurate Board reports and communications.  Active, effective Board and committee participation.

Community relations

Maintains a good public image for WDI, makes regular presentations to community and civic groups.  Participates in community activities and routinely communicates to other stakeholder organizations.

Fundraising/Partnership Development

Begin and grow the Partnership Campaign.  Show sustained growth and retention of partnerships.


The President, with leadership and assistance from the Board of Directors will work to achieve the essential goals of the organization:

  • Business recruiting. Using economic incentives including tax credits, special zoning and building codes, and a revolving loan fund, Wilmington Downtown seeks to bring new enterprises and new jobs into the downtown area. To maintain downtown's mixed-use character, Wilmington Downtown looks to recruit retailers, service businesses, hotels, and professional and corporate offices.
  • Economic development. To maintain a healthy economic mix, improve downtown's real estate and sales tax base and create jobs, Wilmington Downtown works to encourage and facilitate a wide range of growth initiatives. These include promoting development of a facility for conventions and public events; hotels, development of parking structures; promotion of full occupancy of existing commercial and residential space; construction of new office buildings; "infill" development on vacant land; retention and expansion of existing downtown businesses; retention of government offices downtown; development of new tourist attractions; and improvements to public infrastructure.
  • Revitalizing downtown. To keep downtown attractive to investors, shoppers, tourists, diners, patrons of the arts and residents, Wilmington Downtown works with local government and private interests to make physical and institutional improvements in the downtown environment. This encompasses preserving downtown's historic character, enhancing the scenic riverfront, revitalizing significant old buildings, beautifying streets, buildings and the riverfront; updating public utilities; providing adequate parking; ensuring public safety; and defending the quality of life downtown.
  • Promoting downtown. To ensure that the region's residents as well as tourists, visitors and potential investors are aware of downtown's unique attractions and importance to the region's economy, Wilmington Downtown uses a wide range of communication to promote downtown. Through news media contacts, press releases, a newsletter, web site and other means, Wilmington Downtown encourages visitation, tourism and investment. Wilmington Downtown cooperates with tourism, economic development and cultural organizations. Wilmington Downtown also promotes downtown around North Carolina and the nation as an attractive visitor destination and business location.
  • Supporting existing downtown businesses. To maintain a healthy and diverse central business district, Wilmington Downtown helps retailers and other downtown businesses through assistance with regulatory and financing issues, parking and public safety, events and promotion.
  • Acting as a liaison between diverse interest groups and government. Downtown has many constituencies, whose interests sometimes diverge: retailers, residents, commercial property owners, office tenants, restaurants and nightclubs, government agencies, shoppers, diners and tourists. To help these groups find common ground, to help local government communicate with private interests, and to help represent private interests before government agencies is an essential role for Wilmington Downtown, particularly for its board of directors.

Qualifications:  Minimum Bachelor’s degree with experience in development, civic/urban planning, marketing, business administration, nonprofit management and public administration a plus.


Resumes will be reviewed as received through the application close deadline.

Please forward your resume and cover letter by October 5, 2020 to:

Colin Tarrant– Search Committee Chair

No Phone Inquiries Please