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UPDATE: This position has been filled. Find out more here.

Sadly our long time Executive Director Vickie Chambers is retiring. We hate to see her go, but are excited she will be enjoying more time with her family. Of course, because she’s a true blue community member, we’re sure she’ll be involved somehow with community efforts, and out and about in town like always.

As a certified Washington Main Street Organization within the Washington Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation this job has a heavy focus in our state designated “catchment area” which encompasses the several blocks flanking the historic waterfront of Coupeville and Penn Cove. You’ll be working in one of the most beautiful places on Whidbey and in our state as Executive Director of CHWA.

As a Main Street organization the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 and governed by a Board of Directors. The chosen candidate will work closely with our Board, our Membership and community partners.

We’re sad to see Vickie retire but excited for an opportunity to have another person devoted to our community take on this job as our Executive Director.

Peruse the Job Opening text, download the document, and please do share this with anyone you think may fit the needs of this position.

Download the Job Opening Document


JOB OPENING ED edit 6-22-2021


The Executive Director coordinates the creation and delivery of activities of Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, a Main Street program utilizing historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development. The Executive Director encourages public awareness of and engagement with program activities and acts as a liaison to all committees and partner organizations. The Executive Director will serve as an advocate for the downtown and as an authority and source for information, resources and activities related to the revitalization initiative.


Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association (CHWA) is a 501(c)3 non- profit organization following the Main Street Approach® to downtown revitalization since 2008. Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is a membership organization including business and residential members.

CHWA MISSION: To to strengthen, promote and maintain our successful historic district.

OVER-SITE: The Executive Director works under the President of the Board of Directors and reports monthly to the entire Board.


  • Supervises support staff, consultants, and volunteers
  • Bolsters membership
  • With the Board and its committees, helps sustain and or develop public awareness, educational programs and appropriate downtown revitalization strategies benefiting members and community
  • Marketing and or advertising CHWA events and programs at local, regional and state levels.
  • Recruiting and coordinating with volunteers to accomplish activities of board committees
  • Assists business and property owners with business and property improvement projects
  • Promotes cooperative partnerships between local businesses and fellow community organizations
  • Serves as an advocate for CHWA membership, and event and program issues at local and state level
  • Maintains data system tracking progress of CHWA programs
  • Attends and manages special events outside of regular business hours, including Washington Main Street conferences.
  • Grant writing
  • Assist board members and committees raising operational and event funding


  • Three to five years management experience
  • Experience working with boards and committees
  • Willingness to develop a thorough understanding of the Main Street Approach®
  • Self starter with an entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, and well organized spirit.
  • Capable of effective independent functioning
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals and organizations building consensus among people of diverse skills and backgrounds
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and database management

COMPENSATION Salary determination to be based on qualifications.

HOW TO APPLY Please submit cover letter, resume and three references to Kathy Baxter, CHWA Board President
at president@coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com with subject line “CHWA ED Application”. Application must be received by June 23, 2021

There’s so much that’s wonderful about working at the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association. You’ll be part of a dynamic business and residential community and participating is countless improvements and events along the historic waterfront. This job is for the community lover. A person who enjoys working hard for their members and extended community.