The Port of Galveston is one of Texas' major seaports. The Port operates as a self-supporting enterprise not relying on any local tax dollars for operations and generated over $33 million in revenues in 2015 with an annual estimated economic input to the State of Texas of $3.8 billion. A landlord port with facilities and property approximating 850 acres on Galveston Island and adjacent Pelican Island, the Port of Galveston facilitates the movement of a diverse mix of domestic and international cargoes. One of the top 50 ports in the nation and one of the busiest in Texas, the Port moved 5.6 million tons of cargo and had over 1.67 million cruise passenger movements in 2015.
The Port Director serves as the chief executive and administrative officer of the Port. The position directs the activities of all employees of the Port in the Operations, both cruise and harbormaster, Facilities including construction and maintenance, Finance, Administration, Marketing, Public Relations and Security Departments. Currently, the Port employs 103 full-time and 7 part-time employees and has an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million. The mission of the Port of Galveston is to be an economic engine for the City of Galveston and the region. As such, it must generate well paid jobs with good employee benefits while contributing to the economic wellbeing of the City. In doing this it must generate sufficient positive cash flow and operating revenues to maintain, repair and renew the facilities used in operations such as to maintain current customers and attract new businesses desiring to conduct operations from the Port.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Port Director assures that the Port of Galveston is compliant with its enabling legislation and other governmental regulations and policies, including, but not limited to, the Policies Regulating Performance of Duties of the Board of Trustees and Port Director of the Galveston Wharves, current Port of Galveston Tariff, Human Resources Policy Manual, Purchasing Policy and Security Policy. (Full job description available upon request.)
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The Port of Galveston is seeking a highly-respected individual with at least ten years of executive level management experience, preferably in ports or other maritime related positions. The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in business, transportation, engineering or a related field.
Candidates should also be innovative problem solvers and excellent communicators adept in delivering superior customer service and able to execute detailed plans in a constantly changing environment. Contract negotiation and project management skills are a plus, as well as public speaking, business writing and community relations experience.
The candidate must also have a valid driver's license and a good driving record and be able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
AAPA Professional Port Management (PPM) Certification desired, but not required.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is an excellent career opportunity for an individual to assume a leadership role at one of the top 50 ports in the United States (tonnage), one of the top cruise ports in the world (passengers) and the leading cruise port on the Gulf coast. This position provides competitive compensation and benefits. The salary range for this position: $190,000 - $230,000. The Port of Galveston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and recent salary information to Susan Shey Dvonch, Partner, Shey-Harding Executive Search, firstname.lastname@example.org. Office number: (562) 252-8516. The initial close date for this search is Friday, October 27, 2017.
Founded in 1990, Shey-Harding Executive Search specializes in maritime industry placements throughout the United States. Clients include some of the nation's largest seaports, container shipping companies, terminal operators and exporters.