Director of Downtown Development Authority

Situated between the Grand River and Spring Lake, the Village of Spring Lake is recognized as a premier Michigan resort community. The Village provides full services to its 2,323 residents and many more summer visitors. The role of the Director of the Downtown Development Authority is critical to the management and administration of downtown services.

The Community

The Village of Spring Lake was founded as the Village of Mill Point in 1849; it was incorporated as the Village of Spring Lake in 1869 with a population of 1,169. Today the population is 2,323 (more in the summer months). The Village has a quaint downtown, which features local merchants and restaurants. Surrounding Spring Lake’s downtown area are many historic homes, some built in the, mid-1800s. The majority of Spring Lake homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s, with many newer homes built on the community’s perimeter.

Key Responsibilities for the Director of the Downtown Development Authority

  • Coordinate activities within the DDA District as an integral foundation for economic development. He/she assists the DDA Board, committees and volunteers in the development, conduct, execution and documentation of DDA programs. The Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities and volunteers, as well as representing the community regionally as appropriate. In addition, the Director should help guide the organization as its objectives evolve. The DDA Director reports to the Village Manager.
  • Be familiar with all persons and groups directly and indirectly involved in the DDA District. Be mindful of the roles of various downtown interest groups, assist the DDA Board and committees in developing an annual action plan, promotion/marketing and organization/management.
  • Manage the administrative aspects of DDA programs including, but not limited to purchasing, record keeping, budget development, preparation of board and committee meeting packets, identifying and securing grant opportunities, preparing grant and progress reports.
  • Work with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce to develop strategies for business retention and attraction. Promote and advertise business opportunities; work with area realtors to encourage leases, sales and commercial inflow.
  • Assess the management capacity of the DDA Plan and encourage improvements in the District’s ability to carry out joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, appropriate store hours, special events, business assistance, parking, etc.
  • Encourage a cooperative climate among district interests and local public officials.
  • Ensure that the DDA abides by all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, while maintaining associated records and reporting procedures.


  • The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and education. The starting range is currently $40,000 – $45,000 annually.
  • Vacation time, sick leave, health benefits and retirement plans are provided by the Village and detailed in the Village Personnel Manual.

The Ideal Candidate Shall Possess the Following Attributes

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a combination of related DDA management or other management experience including, but not limited to successful project management or non-profit administration.
  • Shall have an entrepreneurial mind-set, be energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in an independent and often stressful environment. Excellent written and verbal skills are essential. Supervisory skills are necessary.
  • Experience with non-profit fundraising, including corporate membership campaigns, sponsor solicitations, institutional supporters and individual donors is preferred.
  • Shall have general computer skills and be proficient in the following applications: word processing, spreadsheets, data base management and PowerPoint. Basic publishing skills are desirable.
  • Shall have a working knowledge of the use of social media applications such as e-mail, list-serves, website maintenance, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr (digital photography, LinkedIn, blogs and others.
  • Shall possess a valid Michigan driver’s license.

The Process

The position is open until filled. Submit a letter of introduction, a current resume and four professional references to Special Projects Manager, Bill Cousins ( (questions concerning the position may also be sent to this address).

Interviews are expected to begin about December 7, 2021.