City of Farmington
  • 10-Sep-2021 to Until Filled (MST)
  • Government Relations-PR-Marketing
  • Farmington, NM, USA
  • 24.2987 to 37.7599
  • Hourly
  • Temporary-Full Time



JOB POST #160: Economic Development Specialist/Grants & Downtown Coordinator


WORK LOCATION: Downtown HQ/Totah Theater

DEPT: Economic Development


HIRING RANGE: $24.2987 to $37.7599






Work under the supervision and direction of the Director of Economic Development.

Work collaboratively with the Director of Economic Development to communicate and implement strategic priorities. Will serve as the Farmington Main Street program director. Will oversee the writing and submittal of grants and funding opportunities for economic development, the Outdoor Recreation Industry Initiative (ORII) and Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

Grant Coordination Duties:

Works with Director of Economic Development and other Department Heads to identify, prepare write and submit grants for appropriate opportunities to benefit the citizens of Farmington.

Prepares proposals by determining concept, gathering information, writing drafts and obtaining approvals coordinating across departments as needed. Assures timeliness of submittals including the coordination of resolutions or necessary council action.

In coordination with city management, determines strategies and priorities for grant funding, researching requests for proposals or funding opportunities.

Develops proposal by assembling information including project nature, objectives/outcomes/deliverables, implementation, methods, timetable, staffing, budget, standards of performance and evaluation.

Writes, revises and seeks input and review from appropriate departments and prepares all submittal documents.

Coordinates with Finance for all necessary documentation

Be proficient in Federal ( and State grant submittal portals and platforms.

Responsible to coordinate with Grants Administrator position in Finance for the timely execution of reporting requirements and documentation on funded/successful applications.

Downtown Main Street Coordinator Duties:

Coordinate and provide oversight of all operations and activities of the Downtown and MainStreet Programs including acting as a liaison for the downtown business community to the Downtown Association and Main Street Program, building support for a vibrant and active Downtown/ Main Street Program, facilitating and assisting in membership development efforts in downtown and the larger community.

Must maintain New Mexico Main Street director accreditation on behalf of the organization (may require occasional travel both within and outside the state). Facilitates the requirements of maintaining the status of Downtown Farmington as a certified New Mexico Main Street participant.

Monitor the downtown businesses performance and general "health" to ensure they thrive and provide them with needed resources. Manage data using a CRM program to keep track of properties, businesses, volunteers, and other assets and resources.

Manage the day-to-day communications to the downtown merchants in coordination with the Administrative PIO and marketing team.

Represents the Downtown and MainStreet Programs (including Arts District) to other organizations, the media, elected officials and the public in conjunction with the Director of Economic Development and the Administrative PIO.

Establish a good rapport and communications with the Downtown Association Board of Directors (MRA Board) in coordination with the Director of Economic Development, as well as other professional organizations, committees, and media agencies (with input from the Administrative PIO) to achieve the mission of the organization. Wherever possible, the Downtown Coordinator will work to establish partnerships with other community organizations and public agencies/special events.

Assists the Director of Economic Development with preparing an annual budget, Work Plan, and reports. Files all reports required of the organization by local and state enforcement and licensing agencies. Coordinate and train volunteers.

Facilitate and assists the Board in identifying grant opportunities and projects in the downtown core.

Monitor the Associations progress in meeting annual budget requirements and management of grant reporting.

Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Using excellent customer service and customer focus skills, establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees, officials, and all members of the general public.

Attendance at work is an essential function of this position.

Attend occasional after-hours events and programming for the downtown core (comp-time will be allowed).


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


This position is subject to the City's Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Program which includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing.

Graduation from High School, or GED equivalent with three (3) years of related retail or marketing experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience working with volunteers desirable.

Experience with Grant writing desirable.

Proficiency in utilizing online grant portals (State,, Etc.).

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in administration and coordination of a comprehensive and strategically based communications and marketing program.

Ability to build strategic relationships and foster a positive engagement from community members and volunteers.

Experience in comprehensive downtown revitalization programs a plus.

Media production creation and management, including print, broadcast, electronic, and digital production; print and electronic publication production management desirable.

Demonstrated ability to design and implement customer-focused strategic marketing strategies utilizing a variety of marketing communications media.

Ability and experience in managing electronic marketing platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and twitter.

Ability to manage WYSIWYG website manager for downtown page (CivicPlus).

Ability to establish lines of communication among all levels of organization, from executive to downtown association members.

Experience in the strategic development of audience-based comprehensive communications and marketing plans for organizations or events a plus.

Ability to maintain and input information into a CRM (customer relationship manager).

Working knowledge of personal computers and software; specific knowledge of Microsoft Office and a preference for graphic design capability (Adobe Suite or other).

Valid driver's license with acceptable driving record for the past three years.

Ability to train and motivate volunteer staff.

Ability to accurately record and maintain records.

Ability to effectively meet and interact with the public on behalf of the City.

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

Ability to follow verbal and/or written instructions.

Ability to work under stress and handle stressful situations.

Ability to meet deadlines.

Extensive background checks required.


Personal computer, including Microsoft Word and Excel software; motor vehicle, calculator, copy machine, telephone, and fax machine.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit, talk, and hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed in an indoor office/outside setting. The noise level in the work environment is quiet/loud.


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