Created by Pierce County, Washington, citizens in 1918, the Port of Tacoma plays a major role in international trade and in the economic development of Pierce County and the State of Washington. Today, the Port of Tacoma is one of the leading seaports in North America, offering strong trade ties with Alaska, Asia and the rest of the world.
The Port of Tacoma is an independent municipal corporation that operates under state-enabling legislation. The Port is a separate entity from the City of Tacoma, Pierce County and the State of Washington. Although each of these are separate entities, they often work collaboratively on economic development and transportation projects in order to create more jobs and business opportunities.
In the spirit of working together to improve the economies of Puget Sound and the significant changes in international container trade, the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle created the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) in 2015 with the objectives of improved competitiveness, effective capital utilization and becoming the fourth largest container gateway in North America.
Appointed by the Port of Tacoma Commissioners, and serving at the discretion of the Port of Tacoma Commission, the Executive Director is responsible for developing and implementing new business and partnership opportunities for lines of business specific to the Port of Tacoma (not licensed to the NWSA).
The Executive Director will proactively cooperate with the NWSA CEO and Port of Tacoma Commission to ensure successful long-term financial performance and sustainability.
Key accountabilities include identifying and implementing economic development opportunities, effectively managing and creating opportunities for real estate holdings (both developed and undeveloped), identifying projects for brownfield sites, helping manage and improve transportation corridors within the Port complex, and working with Port, community, local and regional government to ensure and promote environmental stewardship and sustainable growth.
Responsibilities will not include directly managing staff, however, the Executive Director will have access to staff and resources under the Port of Tacoma and contractual agreements with the NWSA.
Ensures the long-term financial and competitive stability of the Port through smart business and investment decisions, long-range strategic planning, effective goal-setting and extensive interface with NWSA. Stays actively informed on critical activities and communicates to ensure that the Port consistently achieves its financial and organizational goals and objectives.
Identifies and implements economic development opportunities that provide benefit for the Port of Tacoma and its local and regional business partners and citizens.
Ensures complete monthly and annual financials, budget, tax, CPI, debt and bond management and other financial measures are regularly reported to the Commission.
Develops and implements a strategic plan specific to the Port of Tacoma (distinctive from the NWSA while recognizing the importance of NWSA activities to Port of Tacoma revenues) to advance the Port’s vision, mission and goals and effectively communicates and executes that strategic direction internally and externally.
Collaborates effectively with NWSA CEO in managing and executing Port of Tacoma priorities.
Identifies opportunities and delivers new business ventures and revenue producing services and is ultimately responsible for the success of those projects.
Will represent the Port of Tacoma externally by fostering productive and mutually beneficial relationships with local, regional, national and international constituents with particular attention to customers, employees, labor, community and other organizations in support of the Port’s vision, mission and goals.
Ensures and annually documents compliance to all Port policies as well as Federal, State, and Local regulations.
Creates and fosters a culture with honest, open communication and ensures transparency in decision making.
Maintains proactive information sharing with Commissioners and other executives while adhering to public meeting processes.
Ensures and promotes the Port of Tacoma’s environmental and community stewardship.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: The following are considered ideal qualifications and attributes for the Port of Tacoma’s Executive Director.
Bachelor’s Degree is required, and an advanced degree is strongly preferred.
Ten years management experience in the port or maritime industry is preferred with at least five at the senior executive level. Specific background related to maritime real estate and economic development is preferred with proven success related to projects involving land use, permitting and zoning. Familiarity with building and environmental laws and regulations is preferred.
Strong financial acuity (experience managing P&L and balance sheet, annual budget and CPI) is required and familiarity with bond issuance and debt management is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated negotiation skills, political acuity, excellent client/customer relations skills and exceptional public speaking and presentation skills are required.
Requires experience in a senior level (executive) role in a successful commercial enterprise with public accountabilities.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with Boards of Directors, elected and appointed leaders of other Ports, federal and state officials, leaders of regulatory agencies and citizen groups.
Demonstrated ability to influence public policy outcomes consistent with the Port’s mission.
PROCESS: The Port of Tacoma Commission will conduct two rounds of interviews. Only finalist candidates (those invited to participate in second round interviews) will be subject to public disclosure of their candidacy and a comprehensive background check process.
TO APPLY: Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Sue Dvonch, Shey-Harding Executive Search, firstname.lastname@example.org, (562) 252-8516, www.shey-harding.com. Complete job description is available upon request.
DEADLINE: The initial close date for the search is Wednesday, February 27, 2019, but the posting will remain open until filled.
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