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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



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 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization following the Main Street Approach® to downtown revitalization since 2008.  Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association’s mission is to strengthen, promote and maintain our successful historic district.  The Executive Director will be accountable to the President of the Board of Directors and report monthly to the Board of Directors. 


  • Developing, in conjunction with the board, appropriate downtown revitalization strategies 
  • Developing and conducting, in conjunction with the board and committees, ongoing public awareness and education programs 
  • Supervising support staff, consultants, and volunteers 
  • Coordinating volunteers to accomplish activities of all committees (Design, Economic Vitality, Organization, Promotions and sub-committees as necessary) 
  • Managing administrative aspects of the program 
  • Assisting business and property owners with business and property improvement projects 
  • Encouraging a cooperative climate with other community organizations and with the business community 
  • Helping to build productive relationships with appropriate public entities 
  • Developing and maintaining a data system to track the progress of the local program 
  • Serving as an advocate for downtown issues at local and state level 
  • Attending and managing special events outside of regular business hours 
  • Coordinating, recruiting, and retaining an active volunteer force 
  • Writing grants and assisting board members and committee raising operational and event funds 


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university 
  • Three to five years relevant work experience 
  • Entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized, and capable of functioning effectively independently
  • Ability and willingness to develop a thorough understanding of the Main Street Approach® 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals and organizations, and to work toward building consensus among people of diverse backgrounds
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and database management 
  • Experience working with boards and commission


  • Experience with downtown revitalization programs 
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers 
  • Professional and/or academic economic development experience 
  • Marketing or advertising experience 
  • Historic preservation knowledge 


Salary determination to be based on qualifications. 


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