The ideal Executive Director candidate will be experienced in working directly with an elected board and governing body. References will describe him/her as a trusted advisor to publicly elected officials and as a person with demonstrated skill working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to energetically and effectively carry out the Port’s mission, plans, goals, and day-to-day operations. He/she will be highly responsive to the public, Port tenants, stakeholders, and Port staff.
Strong candidates must have strong leadership skills and a willingness to fully commit to the community, the Port and its goals. He/she will have a strong sense of public service, be committed to outstanding customer service and continuous improvement, and be results- driven. Candidates will have a proven track record of leading, selecting, coaching, motivating and recognizing high performance teams who enjoy their work and take pride in organizational accomplishments. They will create a positive and team-oriented working environment, be available to staff, community, and stakeholders and sincerely solicit and value others input, opinions, and suggestions. They will be persuasive while not always needing to be right.
This individual must demonstrate a caring customer service attitude, a strong commitment to operational excellence and be able to display behaviors and a commitment to the organization’s core values. We value an individual who also brings an impeccable work ethic, is honest and models a high level of integrity. The organization’s culture is built on the following values: Leadership, Stewardship, Integrity, Excellence, Accountability and Transparency. The Board seeks candidates who can align and model these values both internally and externally and understands what it means to carry out these values in their everyday work.
The ideal candidate has extensive economic and/or business development experience and a background in negotiating fair leases, contracts and real estate transactions. The candidate must be able to think both short and long term, and lead strategic planning efforts to increase value in the Port’s core maritime, aviation, manufacturing, timber and commercial real estate sectors. A demonstrated history of success in fostering economic activity and growth, through initiative, innovation and collaboration is an essential requirement.
If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit
A compelling cover letter
(electronically) by February 18,2021.
Minimum of six (6) years’ general management experience with three or more years in public sector is preferred. Port experience with marine, industrial, and economic development successes is also preferred. Applicants should have strong management and executive leadership experience. A bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, economic development, marketing, public policy or similar educational background is required.
The Port of Port Angeles fuels the North Olympic Peninsula’s economy by supporting job creation in industry and commerce through building critical infrastructure. The Port’s strategic position on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, its location on a deep-water harbor, the industrial facilities that support marine and air transportation, and access to natural resources all contribute to a unique and robust economic engine.