The Port of Port Townsend is a publicly owned and operated, special purpose district. The Port’s facilities and activities provide a substantial base of economic activity and employment within Port Townsend and the rest of Jefferson County. The Port is located on the northeast corner of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, one of the nation’s top maritime destinations.
The Mission of the Port of Port Townsend is to serve the citizens of Jefferson County by responsibly maintaining and developing property and facilities to promote sustainable economic growth, to provide community access to Port facilities and services, and to protect and maintain our community resources and maritime heritage.
Throughout Jefferson County the Port owns, operates and maintains about 550 acres of property supporting a diverse range of uses – from marinas, boat & shipyards, commercial manufacturing, shoreline public access areas and an international airport.
Featuring a heavy haul-out facility, the Port Townsend Boat Yard has a regional reputation for quality and economy and is a destination of choice for vessel maintenance, refits and new construction of all types. It supports over 450 people working in approximately 100 marine trades businesses. The full-service Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina provides permanent and transient moorage year-round. It is home to 475 commercial and recreational vessels and each year provides more than 6,000 overnight guest moorage accommodations by visiting vessels.
Point Hudson Marina and RV Park is adjacent to the Northwest Maritime Center who hosts the annual Wooden Boat Festival. The 4-acre marina has 44 slips and 700 feet of linear docks dedicated to transient guest moorage. The site is also home to a recreational RV park with 48 spots as well as several marine trades businesses. Jefferson County International Airport is the county’s only general aviation airport, located four miles southwest of Port Townsend. The Port has more than doubled the initial landholding to 316 acres and constructed a single 3,000-foot paved runway.
On the west shore of Quilcene Bay, the Port owns about 50 acres of waterfront and uplands. The major tenant is a large shellfish hatchery and processing facility. A mix of transient, permanent and commercial moorage is provided at Herb Beck Marina. Numerous other boat ramps are also maintained throughout the County.
The Executive Director is responsible for leadership, implementation and management of the Port’s operations. Under the direction and guidance of the Commission, the Executive Director oversees the implementation of goals, objectives, business plans, budgets and programs for all business units and departments. In addition, the Executive Director develops and maintains positive relationships with tenants, customers, tribes, businesses, labor unions and community groups. The Executive Director oversees a $6 million operating budget and 30 full time employees.
The Executive Director reports to a three-member Commission that establishes the strategy, policies and objectives of the Port.
The Ideal Candidate
For this important role the Port of Port Townsend seeks a seasoned leader who is deeply committed to the success of the Port and is a strategic big-picture thinker. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished professional who exhibits a high level of transparency, diplomacy, professionalism and integrity.
The Executive Director must be a creative, innovative team player who can comfortably facilitate discussion of Port projects and issues in the community. The Executive Director should bring an entrepreneurial spirit and be committed to supporting the best interests of the region. This is a visible public position with significant fiscal oversight. Honesty and integrity are critical.
The ideal candidate must be politically savvy, comfortable seeking and receiving input from the community and adept at working with the media. Collaborative planning and marketing are keys to the continued success and expansion of the Port’s operations. The new Executive Director must be skilled at evaluating realities, generating leads, balancing potential benefits with risks and costs, identifying and pursuing opportunities that are in alignment with the Port’s mission.
The new Executive Director must understand financial management and be able to balance the financial goals of the Port with the diverse needs of the community.
The ideal candidate will develop and maintain a highly productive team and foster a work environment that promotes and enhances cooperation, empowerment and respect.
The Executive Director must be committed to promoting environmentally sustainable policies and practices and to restore and protect the existing natural environment with a proactive program of prevention, remediation and education.
A bachelor’s degree and ten years or more of progressively responsible management experience directing operational activities, public policy, engineering, research or marketing, economic development, finance and/or other activities relevant to municipal or Port operations. An advanced degree is a plus. Experience working with a board, council or commission is desirable.
Persons interested in this position must submit a cover letter and a current resume.
If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360-956-1336. The position will remain open until filled; however, the screening process will move quickly. Please submit your application materials at www.karrasconsulting.net as soon as possible but no later than November 11th, 2019.
Total compensation is competitive and will be dependent on experience and abilities. The Port offers an excellent benefits package. This includes medical, vision and dental, with no out of pocket employee premiums and full coverage for employee, spouse and dependent children. In addition, the Port offers vacation leave, paid holidays, sick leave, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and participation in the Washington State Retirement System.
The Port of Port Townsend is an equal opportunity employer, values workplace diversity and seeks to create an environment and culture that embraces employee differences. All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status or any other legally protected status. We will provide assistance in the recruitment, application and selection process to applicants with disabilities who request such assistance.
About the Community
With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is a dynamic destination that caters to a wide range of interests. Located on the eastern edge of the Olympic National Park, Port Townsend and Jefferson County provide a rare combination of marine access and mountain pursuits. Port Townsend is a national historic Victorian Seaport. The area’s rich maritime tradition is celebrated throughout the year, but particularly each September at the famous Wooden Boat Festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors to the area an is now in its 43rd year.