Barracks Row Main Street seeks a Program Manager

Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) is the first Main Street established in the Nation’s Capital. While we are the oldest and most established Main Street in Washington, D.C. we also like to think of ourselves as the most innovative. BRMS works to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill’s historic 8th Street, SE, commercial corridor and to support and revitalize its Capitol Hill business community. The organization’s geographic focus is the newly constructed Eastern Market Metro Plaza, as well as, the five blocks of 8th Street S.E. that stretch south from Pennsylvania Ave S.E. to the terminus of 8th Street at the Historic Latrobe Gate of the Washington Navy Yard along M Street, S.E. We work extensively with the Capitol Hill and the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement Districts in support of small businesses and their recruitment to the area. We also provide technical and grant assistance to the businesses on the corridor, and we operate an active façade improvement program. We also organize festivals, promotions and celebrations throughout the year for our merchants and residents. The newly constructed Eastern Market Metro Park, which is a large public space at the northern end of our corridor, is a particularly exciting new opportunity for Barracks Row Main Street to provide innovative and engaging experiences for our richly diverse community. 

BRMS seeks a Program Manager / Director who is comfortable working with local and national business leaders as well as politicians and other policy makers in order to affect public policy in the support of small business.

The Program Manager / Director should be a highly organized, independent, self-starter, with a high degree of attention to detail to the day-to-day operations of a very busy well-established non-profit business organization. At least two years of nonprofit experience is preferred, and a BA or BS degree is required.

The Program Manager / Director should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: marketing, (particularly in the area of social media), commercial district management, fundraising / development, event planning, economics, finance, public relations, planning/design, business administration, public administration, retailing, graphic design, volunteer or non-profit administration, architecture, historic preservation, and/or small business management, development, and / or assistance.


The Program Manager / Director must be sensitive to historic design and preservation issues and must understand and balance the issues confronting the Barracks Row business community, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. Supervisory skills are desirable.


Program Manager / Director Job Description


Barracks Row Main Street is seeking a full-time Program Manager / Director. This individual will be responsible for the management, coordination, documentation and implementation of the Main Street revitalization program, following the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point approach:

  • Organization - Managing the operational aspects of the nonprofit, extensive fundraising efforts, and building consensus and cooperation among the volunteers, businesses, residents and organizations that all play roles in the Barracks Row neighborhood of Washington DC.

  • Design - Enhancing and improving the appearance of the Barracks Row neighborhood utilizing urban design and historic preservation initiatives.

  • Promotion - Marketing the Barracks Row neighborhood to investors, new businesses, residents, local employees, shoppers and visitors

  • Economic Vitality - Strengthening, building and diversifying the economic base of the Barracks Row neighborhood.


Work Objectives


The Barracks Row Main Street Program Manager / Director will coordinate activities within the boundaries of the Barracks Row neighborhood that utilize historic preservation as an integral foundation for economic development. He/she will be responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the Main Street program. The Program Manager / Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities and volunteers, as well as representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate. In addition, the Program Manager / Director should help guide the organization as its objectives evolve.


The Program Manager / Director should carry out the following tasks:


  • Coordinate the activity of the Main Street program committees, ensuring that communication among committees is well established; assist committee volunteers with implementation of work plan items.

  • Manage all administrative aspects of the Main Street program, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development, accounting, preparing all reports required by the DC Main Street program and by the National Main Street Center, assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies, and supervising employees or consultants.

  • Manage the administration of small business grants with a focus on maximizing their transformational potential.

  • Work in conjunction with Barracks Row Main Street’s Board of Directors, to develop economic strategies that are based on historic preservation.

  • Assist the Board of Directors and committees in developing an action plan that will involve directly and indirectly all persons and groups in the neighborhood. Be mindful and become familiar with the roles of various local interest groups.

  • Develop and conduct on-going public awareness and education programs designed to foster an understanding of Barracks Row Main Street’s goals and objectives and to enhance appreciation of the neighborhood’s assets. Use speaking engagements, media interviews, and personal appearances to keep the program in the public eye.

  • Assist individual tenants or property owners with physical improvement projects through personal consultation or by obtaining and supervising professional design consultants; assist in locating appropriate contractors and materials; provide advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical improvements. Provide advice and information on successful management.

  • Advise neighborhood organizations and committees on Main Street program activities and goals; help coordinate joint promotional events, such as festivals or business promotions, to improve the quality and success of events and attract people to the Barracks Row neighborhood; work closely with local media to ensure maximum coverage of promotional activities; encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the Barracks Row neighborhood.

  • Help build strong and productive relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local government in order to assist BRMS with implementation of planned improvements and events and to ensure the benefits of BRMS to the city are well understood by policy makers.  Encourage a cooperative climate among neighborhood interests and local public officials.

  • Work closely with other local Main Street programs to ensure cooperation, rather than competition, between programs. Collaborate with other organizations to create events encompassing both streets that benefit the entire Washington DC community.

  • Utilizing the Main Street program format, develop and maintain data systems to track the progress of the local Main Street program. These systems should include economic monitoring, individual building files, photographic documentation of physical changes, and statistics on job creation and business retention.

  • Represent Barracks Row Main Street to important constituencies at the local, state, and national levels. Speak effectively on the program’s directions and work, mindful of the need to improve state and national economic development policies as they relate to commercial districts.


Resource Management Responsibilities


The Program Manager / Director supervises any necessary temporary employees, as well as professional consultants unless otherwise directed by the Board. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations. The Program Manager / Director maintains local Main Street program records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries, and prepares regular reports for the DC Main Street program and the National Main Street Center. The Program Manager / Director monitors the annual program budget and maintains financial records.


How to apply:


To apply, please send a single PDF containing your cover letter, resume, any relevant work samples to


Salary and title (Manager vs Director) will vary with experience, but will likely be in the $75,000 to $80,000 range with a substantial salary increase and bonus structure tied to the successful completion of specific program goals.  BRMS will offer a comprehensive benefits package that will include health insurance, a generous 6% employer match for retirement funds, and paid vacation and sick leave, in addition to comp time as needed. Our standard office hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm at our offices on Barracks Row. This is a full time (40+ hours per week), salaried position. Preference will be given to DC residents and those willing to relocate into the District of Columbia.


Barracks Row Main Street is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply!