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CMSC Webinar

7 Steps to Successfully Hire a Main Street Executive
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Webinar Summary

Hiring a Main Street Executive – whether for the first time or as you bring on a new leader – is an exciting time. It’s a great opportunity for the organization to reposition itself and infuse it with new life. However, without strong leadership, hiring a new Main Street Executive can be delayed or worse, the wrong person might be hired.

In this webinar, you’ll learn the steps to follow to ensure a successful search and learn about Connecticut Main Street Center’s new action kit Hiring a Main Street Executive.

Presentation Highlights

The 7 Steps of hiring an Executive Director

An organization transitioning to new leadership has an opportunity to deepen relationships with the community and strengthen the organization’s internal workings. Hiring a new Main Street Executive allows an organization to reposition itself and infuse it with new life. However, without strong Board leadership, the organization may flounder, leading to time delays in hiring the new Main Street Executive or worse, choosing the wrong person for the job.

CMSC has broken down the process of hiring a Main Street Executive into seven steps:

  1. Assemble a Search Committee
  2. Send an Exit Survey
  3. Understand the Role
  4. Write the Job Description
  5. Advertise the Position
  6. Interviewing
  7. Orientation and Onboarding
About the Action Kit

To assist in achieving the best outcome, Connecticut Main Street Center developed an action kit to support organizations in hiring a new leader. This action kit includes a workbook and editable templates and checklists. It will guide you step-by-step through the hiring process and provide you with estimated timeframes you can use throughout the entire process.

Included in the Hiring Your Main Street Executive Action Kit:

  • Step-by-Step guide available as an online course or PDF
  • Action Kit Overview Checklist
  • Outgoing Executive Director Exit Survey Template
  • Community Survey Template
  • Community Focus Group Presentation Template
  • Job Description Template
  • Connecticut Job Marketing Resources
  • First Round Interview Scorecard Template
  • Second Round Interview Scorecard Template
  • Reference Check Template
  • Onboarding Checklist
  • “A Day in the Life of a Main Street Executive” Video

View the Recording

About Kristen Lopez

Kristen M. Lopez is Connecticut Main Street Center’s Education & Training Director. With over 11 years of experience in economic development from various roles and industries across the United States, she has always worked with adults to achieve their goals through education. Kristen is an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer alum, a StartingBloc Fellow, and Next City Vanguard Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Messiah University.

Get the Action Kit!

To get your Hiring Your Main Street Executive Action Kit, email: Judith@ctmainstreet.or

  • $17 for CMSC Members
  • $47 for non-members


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