Now Hiring – Golden Mile Alliance Executive Director

November 3, 2023 / / News

Job Title: Executive Director

Organization: Golden Mile Alliance (GMA)

Location: Frederick, Maryland


About Us:

Golden Mile Alliance (GMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the Golden Mile area in Frederick, MD, into a vibrant and thriving community. We’ve been working towards this mission since 2012, with a focus on making the Golden Mile an attractive destination for shopping, dining, living, recreation, and commerce.

Position Overview:

As the Executive Director (ED) of GMA, you will play a vital role in driving our mission forward. Reporting to the Board of Directors, you’ll lead a small team of dedicated volunteers and may oversee future employees. Your primary responsibility will be to build and maintain in-person partnerships and relationships within Frederick and surrounding communities.


Board Relations:

  • Collaborate closely with the Board of Directors to ensure GMA’s mission is fulfilled.
  • Support and engage a strong, volunteer-led Board of Directors.
  • Act as an ex-officio member of committees and involve the board in strategic decision-making.

Leadership and Management:

  • Lead, coach, and develop GMA’s volunteer teams and potential future staff.
  • Drive community awareness and program excellence.
  • Ensure effective program evaluation, financial management, fundraising, and communications.

Financial Management, Sustainability, and Development:

  • Work with the Finance Committee to develop the annual budget.
  • Identify revenue growth opportunities and cost-saving measures.
  • Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities.
  • Cultivate and steward donors.
  • Enhance the organization’s external presence and relationships.

Planning & New Business:

  • Design and implement programs to engage the Golden Mile community.
  • Develop partnerships in new markets and communicate program results.


Key Attributes:

  • Ability to work independently while leading a small team.
  • Dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles.
  • Commitment to quality programs and community development.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative mindset.
  • Passionate, collaborative, and mission-driven.

Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS degree with at least five (5) years of management experience or a graduate degree with at least three (3) years of management experience.
  • Experience in organizational management, budgeting, and fundraising.
  • Strong marketing and public relations skills.
  • Exceptional fundraising experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with non-profit Boards of Directors.
  • Track record of leading performance-oriented organizations.
  • Successful strategy development and implementation.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Ability to work evening and weekend required for community events when applicable.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary: $70,000 – $80,000 per year.

  • 401K matching plan.
  • Paid time off.
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Health care benefits (details to be discussed).

Application Process:

To be considered for this position, please submit your resume and a cover letter to Application instructions:

We strongly encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. A diverse team fosters innovation and better problem-solving.

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Change is coming to the Golden Mile

November 3, 2023 / / News

Initial plans for a bus, bike, and pedestrian project along Frederick’s Golden Mile are expected to be ready for public review by early next year.

The project would build a bus-only lane and a 10-foot shared-use path along the northern edge of the westbound lanes of West Patrick Street, stretching about 1.25 miles from just west of Baughman’s Lane to Waverley Drive.

The project reached 30% design a few months ago, and should reach 60% design early in 2024, said Shraddha Praharaj, a traffic engineer with the city of Frederick working on the project.

Once that point is reached, the city will begin working on public outreach for the project, she said.

Because U.S. 40, known as West Patrick Street, is a state-operated road, Maryland’s State Highway Administration will take the lead in the project’s construction, according to a page for the project on the city’s website.

Final design for the project is expected to cost $858,000 and the estimated cost of construction is $4.6 million, according to the website.

A media contact for the State Highway Administration referred questions Wednesday to the city.

The stretch of West Patrick Street from U.S. 15 to Waverley Drive is the busiest surface road in the city, used by more than 48,000 vehicles a day, according to the city website.

“Unfortunately, as it is currently designed, West Patrick Street in the Golden Mile is an unwelcoming place for anyone who is not in a car,” according to the website. “For people who are on foot or on a bike, it is a wide, noisy, and fast-moving road.”

Transit buses currently go in and out of each shopping center along the road, which is not an optimal use for them, Praharaj said.

Shantay DeMar, president of the Golden Mile Alliance, said Wednesday that the project would help people in the area get around.

The shared-use path would make it safer for walkers, which would also help businesses in the area, he said.

Anything else to help people move around the area would be a benefit, DeMar said.

The alliance, a combination of city officials, business owners, and residents from the area, is also working on a request for an elevated walkway to help people cross over busy West Patrick Street, he said.

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