Current Employment Opportunities


City of Portland, MI  (pop. 3,914)  a Nationally Registered Historic Downtown District. The Portland Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program is accepting applications for a full-time Director. The Director will be responsible for coordinating DDA and Main Street activities in the City of Portland, MI that are consistent with DDA priorities and using National & Michigan Main Street America Refresh/Transformation Strategic Plan with Four-Point Approach: Design, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Organization. 
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 3 years work experience is required in one or more of the following areas: commercial district management, economic and/or community development, public relations, land use planning, business administration, public administration, DDA management, Main Street experience, real estate development, volunteer or non-profit administration, small business development, or other related areas. Master's degree desired. A valid Michigan driver's license is required. National Main Street Certification is preferred. The applicant will be required to sign and adhere to the Conflict of Interest policy.
The director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, well-organized and capable of forming collaborative relationships in DDA District and Main Street area as well as throughout the community.  Excellent public speaking, verbal and written communication skills are required.  Salary range $45,000 to $55,000 per year depending upon experience, plus benefits.  Equal Opportunity Employer.  Complete application package must be received no later than 5:00 PM, Friday, March 3, 2017.  Submit resume, letter of interest, employment history and three references via email to: mindy@portland-michigan.org.  

Full Job Description


DDA/Main Street Director Recruitment Tentative Timeline


February 3 Position posted locally, statewide, nationally, online and with Michigan Main Street as well as with other designated sites.
March 3 Emailed application packet due by 5:00 P.M.
March 10 Selection Committee meets to review/evaluate application packets and choose candidates for 1st round of interviews.
March 16-17 1st Round Interviews conducted by Selection Committee. Narrow field of candidates down to 2-4. Begin reference and background checks. Select final two candidates for 2nd round interview.
March 23 Final candidates to attend afternoon Downtown gathering, hosted by DDA Board. This event is being held as part of National/Michigan Main Street America's two-day training process for DDA Board members on Refresh/Transformation Strategic Planning & Alignment. The process includes discussions and gathering of business/building owners, community leaders, Main Street committees and other volunteers, organizations, etc.
March 24 2nd Round Interviews starting at 11:00 A.M. Conducted by full DDA Board. Final Candidate Selected. Employment offer extended.
Week of April 3 Announcement of new DDA/Main Street Director


Ambulance Department - EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)

The Portland Ambulance Department is hiring part-time Emergency Medical Technicians offering flexible scheduling. Shifts are 12 hours in length from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. You choose your shifts. Part-time individuals are generally scheduled 24 hours per week with the possibility up to 36 hours per week. The Portland Ambulance Department also covers special events around Portland such as football games and the local rodeo.

EMT Requirements: High School diploma or equivalent, State of Michigan Emergency Medical Technician License in good standing, a current AHA Healthcare Provider card (CPR), a good driving record, a clean criminal history with no previous felony convictions, pass a pre-employment physical including drug screening. Local Medical Control authorizations must be completed within 30 days of employment.

Paramedic Requirements: All of the above with a State of Michigan Paramedic license. ACLS and PALS are also required but can be obtained following hiring if needed.

3-5 years of experience is preferred but not required. An I/C license is preferred but not required.

If you are interested and wish to apply contact Ambulance Director Phil Gensterblum at 517-647-2935 or via email at

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