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FRAMINGHAM – Downtown Framingham Inc is advertising for an executive director, again.

In early 2021, Anthony Lucivero was hired to replace Courtney Thraen.

Less than 2 years on the job, Lucivero has given his notice to the organization.

Downtown Framingham, Inc (DFI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to building business, community, and culture through the Main Street America model with its four tenets of economic vitality, organizational partnerships, urban design and placemaking.

The Downtown Framingham Inc. Board of Directors is advertising for a “self-motivated, entrepreneurial and passionate Executive Director to help guide downtown Framingham toward a vibrant and prosperous future. The Executive Director will continue DFI’s work to implement best practices in economic and community development, delivering successful growth of our diverse central business district.”

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“The Executive Director must be able to think critically and innovatively about the future of Downtown Framingham. The Executive Director will also serve as a conduit to City Government for the many stakeholders in downtown,” noted the job posting. “The Executive Director will be responsible for the implementation of new and existing programs within the following core areas: administration, fundraising, community engagement, and program development & implementation.”

The salary range is up to $75,000. A large portion of the salary comes through Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) funding through the City of Framingham.

the deadline to apply is Friday, December 2.

The Board has set an “expected start date” as “early January 2023.”

Applicants should resident in “Framingham or neighboring MetroWest towns strongly preferred. Ability to work in downtown Framingham full-time required; occasional remote work available on a limited basis.”

Applicants should have a “Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years work experience required, preferably within business/non-profit administration, urban planning, economic development or government. Master’s degree preferred.”

Applicants should have a “demonstrated experience in decision-making, leadership, and budget management.1-2 years experience in grassroots organizing, nonprofit resource development, grant writing experience, and/or fundraising/sales preferred.”

Applicants should have “experience managing staff members, event planning, and collaborating with municipal government preferred.”

Bilingual applicants are preferred with Spanish or Portuguese the preferred language.

Applicants need the ability to “create, read, and update budgets in QuickBooks and manage resources according to the budget.” Applicants should also have “Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite. Skills in web design (Squarespace) and graphic design (Adobe Creative Suite).”

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Executive Director Duties and Responsibilities include:


  • Partner with the Board of Directors for strategic planning, financial planning and program development.
  • Manage and hire staff and interns.
  • Ensure meeting minutes are recorded, state/federal taxes and required state reports are filed, and all programs are adequately tracked. Ensure books are kept, contracts are billed and reported, and financial reports are given to the board.


  • Oversee fundraising, including managing existing grants, researching new funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting grant proposals and seeking local support.
  • Maintain a well-administered and financially sound organization by keeping accurate records.

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Community Engagement

  • Partner with the City of Framingham, community leaders and local organizations to engage the public in downtown decision-making. Attend relevant community and government meetings/events (some evenings and occasional weekends) to represent DFI and network with other organizations.
  • Work with downtown business owners to help them grow and succeed through the sharing of best practices, technical assistance and local policy support.
  • Maintain and build partnerships with community groups, residents, community leaders, funders, elected officials, developers and city staff to achieve organizational goals.
  • Create and execute the organization’s communications strategy.
  • Maintain and grow DFI’s volunteer program.

Program Development & Implementation

  • Develop programs in line with the Main Street America model with clear goals, plans and outcomes using input from the DFI Board of Directors, local leaders and the business community.
  • Plan events that promote downtown and drive visitation to the area.
  • Survey and represent downtown businesses to identify, track, and overcome barriers to investment and job creation.
  • Track and report on measurable outcomes


By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.