With 'aggressive' timeline, Mattapan Square Main Streets hopes to have executive director in place by end of Feb.
Nancy Rachel Rousseau, president of the group’s board, said she hoped to fill the position as soon as the end of February.
Formed in 2010, the group in the past has struggled to organize and create a place for itself in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood. But in the past sixth months, it has seen a resurgence of activity and is moving towards its goal of providing support to area businesses and residents.
The Mattapan Square Main Streets is part of a citywide program that works to revitalize commercial districts through a combination of technical, financial, and design support. It is the city’s 20th Main Streets District.
The group has been making progress in leaps and bounds as of late, receiving non-profit status in October and raising the necessary funds to receive matching money from the city in December, which will help support the new executive director’s salary.
Now, as the group works to make the hire, it must restart its search.
“The executive director will really symbolize the change that is taking place in Mattapan,” said Rousseau. “[The hire] is going to motivate more people to get involved and will draw attention to the group.”
The new director, in addition to providing support for the group, will also provide the community with a paid full-time person dedicated to supporting area businesses and the group’s mission.
“It’s a really exciting opportunity to bring a new executive director in and have that dedicated staff that has a physical and community presence,” said Steve Rumpler, senior project manager for the city's Office of Business Management and liaison for the Mattapan Square Main Streets.
At the group’s recent board meeting, Jan. 7, Rousseau said that Brain McPherson, the chair of the group’s executive director search committee, will soon be releasing a timeline for the hire. Rousseau called the timeline “aggressive” and said a new executive director could be in place by Feb. 25.