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Job Description Lowell Waterways Vitality Plan Project Director

Job Title: Project Director

Reports to: Co-Chairs and Steering Committee

Duties: Consulting and administrative position to assist Lowell Waterways Vitality Plan (LWVP) Steering Committee to (1) coordinate among partners, (2) advance cultural, events and development plans, and (3) assist with fundraising to meet goals.

Compensation: $40-$50,000 depending upon work schedule, experience and qualifications. This position is seen as a contracted or consulting position.

Summary: The mission of the Lowell Waterways Vitality Plan is to enhance the everyday experience of people in Lowell by making the city’s historic waterways more accessible, active and vibrant. In February 2017, a plan was introduced to design a lighting program, create events, enhance art and promote business development around key waterways. To do so, a Steering Committee and Working Committees were established to further promote and implement this plan. The Waterways Vitality Plan was initiated by the Lowell Heritage Partnership and has received the strong support of the City of Lowell and Lowell National Historical Park. The Project Director will perform various tasks related to organizational development and project management that support the implementation of the Lowell Waterways Vitality Plan. Initial projects will include but are not limited to: 1) Development of site and access plans for the Lower Locks area; 2) Planning and Implementation of property and waterways lighting projects. The intent is that this position will be a minimum two-year funded position commencing as a part-time consulting position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Director reports directly to the Co-Chairs and Steering Committee in the performance of their duties. In addition, the Project Director provides support to the Steering Committee, Working Committee(s) and involved partners.

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the Director will perform these essential duties:

  • Oversee and manage the activities of the LWVP.
  • Based on priorities of the plan, coordinate development of physical improvements, programs and activities with partners, consultants and stakeholders.
  • Assist in the preparation of fundraising strategies and overall goals; pursue related objectives and track accordingly.
  • Pursue contacts with possible funding sources such as foundations, corporations, community organizations, and civic groups interested in projects related to the LWVP and project that serve mutual goals.
  • Oversee evaluation process and submit required reports to the funding sources.
  • Work closely with the Co-Chairs, Steering Committee, Working Committee(s) and stakeholders to implement the outlined objectives.
  • Establish methods for regular communications including web site development, social media, public relations and publications to promote goals and enhance fundraising efforts.
  • Regularly solicit ideas, feedback and support from committee members, donors, partners, interest groups and the community in general.
  • Implement year to year work plans and create work plans for future years.
  • Provide progress reports to the Co-Chairs, Steering Committee and Working Committees and other interested parties/partners.
  • Draft or supervise preparation of technical scopes of work for project procurement.
  • Manage consultant contracts for architecture, engineering, or planning studies and related design and site plan development.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and direct relevant experience required.
  • Past success in managing community projects, including project development and fundraising.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including excellent writing and technical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse environment and interact with people of different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Proven ability to work efficiently and cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to work with public, nonprofit, business and community representatives.
  • Self-disciplined, well-organized and able to follow through quickly.
  • Familiarity with the City of Lowell, its history, institutions and diverse communities.
  • Familiarity with grant management and reporting requirements.
  • Proficient technology skills.
  • Proficient social media skills, including Facebook, Twitter and other such media.

Interested applicants may apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to LOWELL WATERWAYS VITALITY PLAN, c/o Mr. Fred Faust, Co-Chair, Waterways Vitality Plan, c/o, The Edge Group, Inc., 10 George Street, Lowell, MA 01852. Online submissions should be sent to: ffaust@edgegroupinc.com and jamesostis@gmail.com

The Lowell Waterways Vitality Plan and its Steering Committee are committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunity in employment.

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