Overview

Main Street Highland Park seeks an individual who is passionate about supporting local businesses, improving the physical conditions of our downtown, and engaging the public through our events and committee initiatives. This is a perfect part-time job for a prospective/incoming/current grad student during all semesters. Time commitment is two to three days a week. Hybrid work schedule. Some projects require in-person presence (mostly events), and some can be done remotely. Required traits and qualities:

  • Background in city planning, public policy, public administration, nonprofit management, economic development, community development, or small business retail/management.
  • Motivated, reliable, and highly organized, showing great attention to detail.
  • Selt-starter. Willing to not only identify issues but attend to them and find solutions.
  • Able to lift up to 35 lbs for fieldwork items such as (but not limited to): pop-up canopies, tables, furniture, etc.
  • Computer literate and able to use and troubleshoot Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Customer service skills.
  • Able to multitask and handle multiple projects at a time.
  • Capable writing skills. Able to professionally communicate and produce content for the general public.
  • In-person availability for event dates, including the Friday Farmers Market.
  • Exceptional and responsive email habits.

Preferred traits and qualities (these are a plus but not required):

  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Experience in grant writing and reporting.
  • Experience with QuickBooks software.
  • Experience in Event Management.
  • Any experience in architecture or landscape architecture. This is mostly applied to occasional streetscape projects.
  • Some experience with photography.
  • Knowledge of QGIS.

Initial projects and items a hire will be exposed to (note: this list is not exhaustive):

  • Tactical Urbanism: Main Street Highland Park was recently awarded a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to build parklets over parallel parking spaces. The applicant will be involved in budgeting, engaging participating local businesses, searching for quotes, and organizing volunteers and experts to build the structures.
  • Highland Park Farmers’ Market: The hiree will co-manage the Highland Park Farmers Market. Every Friday we turn a parking lot into a town square and it doubly serves as a business incubator. The hiree will be exposed to market management, overseeing various programs that address food insecurity, and executing local community contests.
  • Arts Programs: Assist staff in executing Arts in the Park, our annual arts streetfair. Assist volunteers in executing the Window Arts Walk, where artists display art in small business storefronts to generate community interest and public street life.
  • Information and Data Management of Business Improvement District: Develop and update databases that will be used to track everything from contact info to property values.
  • Office Management: Assist staff in keeping the office supplied and in working order.

To apply please send your resume and a brief cover letter to mainstreethighlandpark@gmail.com.

Equity Note: Research suggests that women and Black, Indigenous, and other persons of color are less likely than men and white job seekers to apply for positions unless they are confident they meet 100 % of the listed qualifications. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply and allow us to evaluate the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you demonstrate, using an intentional equity lens.

To apply for this job email your details to mainstreethighlandpark@gmail.com

About Main Street Highland Park

Main Street Highland Park serves Highland Park’s Business Improvement District (BID). Working with local businesses, property owners, and several community partners we improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Highland Park’s BID. Main Street Highland Park is a not-for-profit corporation, established in 2003.