Administration, Business Development, Economic Development
4 Year Degree
About the Port of Mobile:
Dedicated in 1928, The Port of Mobile is the only deep-water port in Alabama. The Alabama State Port Authority owns and operates the public terminals at the Port of Mobile which handle containerized, bulk, breakbulk, roll-on/roll-off, and heavy lift cargoes. Listed as the 11th busiest U.S. port by volume, the Port of Mobile has the distinct advantage of being served by five Class 1 railroads and operates its own rail line. The Port owns over 4,000 acres, has 41 berths, 5M sq. ft. of warehouse space and open yards, and has a channel depth of up to 45 feet.
The Alabama State Port Authority is seeking an experienced, highly strategic maritime professional to join the team as Deputy Director. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Deputy Director will oversee both commercial and operational activities for the Port in collaboration with an experienced team of senior executives. General areas of overall responsibility may include cargo operations, bulk & rail operations, marketing, technical services, finance/accounting, human resources and trade development.
Serving as deputy to the CEO; Helping guide (through collaboration with the CEO) the Port’s strategic direction including capital improvement and new construction/expansion/improvement projects; Overall responsibility for the Port’s day-to-day operations; Managing executive staff & ensuring hiring, training, development & evaluation objectives are met; Directing commercial activities including interface with current and potential customers, negotiating volume contracts, lease and concession agreements and tariff changes; Overseeing terminal, rail and dock operations; Involvement in negotiation of collective bargaining agreements; Interface with Mobile Bar Pilots, USCG and other local, state and federal agencies; Leading safety, security and disaster preparedness efforts & recovery through appropriate staff; Managing the Port’s economic development efforts.
Compensation and Benefits:
The Deputy Director will enjoy a generous benefits package including: Competitive base salary; car allowance and annual port performance-based bonus incentive; employee and dependent health insurance; retirement, life insurance, death benefit and employee assistance program. Relocation assistance will be considered for the ideal candidate.
Experience and Qualifications:
At least 15 years’ experience in the maritime transportation industry with at least five at the executive level; Strong familiarity with U.S. ports, having worked for an authority or as a port customer/tenant/vendor; The preferred candidate will be a top-tier executive in their current organization and well poised for this high-profile role in experience and aptitude; A strong commercial background in the maritime industry with general knowledge of key customers and cargoes handled by the Alabama State Port Authority; Familiarity with public agencies including general knowledge of bond issuance, local, state and federal laws affecting trade, and accountabilities to a board of directors; Excellent political acumen and demonstrated involvement with local, state and federal legislators on matters relevant to the maritime industry; Exceptional customer service and high-level diplomacy skills; Experience with and an interest in developing relationships with trade, community and local business groups; Ability to travel both domestically and internationally; An excellent reputation in the maritime industry and an interest in advancing within the organization.
Please submit cover letter, resume and salary history to Susan Shey Dvonch, Shey-Harding Executive Search: firstname.lastname@example.org, (562) 252-8516, www.shey-harding.com. The initial close date for the search is Friday, March 15, 2019. The posting will remain open until the position is filled.
First round interviews will be conducted by the Selection Committee via teleconference the week of April 1, 2019. Finalist interviews will be held at the Port offices the week of April 15, 2019.
About Alabama State Port Authority
We do not discriminate against any person, employee or applicant for employment with regard to nationality, ethnic origin, race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual preference or orientation, disability, appearance, marital status, veteran status, or other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
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