Reporting directly to the Executive Director and with regular interaction with Port executives, this position will provide leadership and direction to the Port of Seattle Maritime Division. The Managing Director, Maritime will serve on the executive leadership team and will direct the strategic and daily operations of the Cruise Operations, Fishing Operations (commercial and industrial), Grain, Marine Maintenance, Recreational Boating and Storm Water Utility. This position is considered at-will and will be appointed by the Executive Director.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
The Managing Director, Maritime will provide exemplary leadership and management to the organization.
Provide Port-wide leadership through active participation on the Port’s executive team, and by sponsoring and/or leading efforts to meet Port Century Agenda objectives and regional initiatives.
Partner with Port executives and division leaders to develop and implement strategies that will ensure optimal performance of all Maritime businesses. Assures Maritime deliverables are aligned with division strategies, business plan and budget goals, as well as the Port’s mission, strategies, and business plans.
Advance key internal initiatives that continually improve efficiencies including performance metrics and improvement processes. Continually monitor division performance and modify direction as business needs change.
Provide strategic direction at the executive and commission level to support well informed decision making.
Introduce and lead implementation of innovative strategies, structures and processes that engender excellent performance, collaboration, development and accountability.
Provide leadership, strategic direction and oversight in the management of the Maritime Division.
Provide management and leadership to staff. Effectively coach and mentor staff, communicate decisions and give direction within the division to champion Port values, goals, strategies and objectives.
Build the capability of the Maritime staff, providing performance evaluations, coaching, mentoring, and assessing talent.
Direct implementation of organizational labor strategies that achieve the Port’s goals and objectives.
Direct and oversee the development of innovative marketing strategies to promote the use of port-owned marinas and properties.
The Managing Director, Maritime will build and maintain effective partnerships throughout the region.
Serve as a Port representative with external organizations including executives, elected officials and staff from Port districts, local, state, national and federal agencies, and tribal communities on topics of common interest related to the Maritime industry and that benefit the Port of Seattle. Will foster these relationships to stay informed on all aspects of the maritime industry that affect the Port of Seattle.
Foster positive working relationships with Port tenants, labor groups, stakeholders and the community.
Represent the Port to external customers, stakeholders and key influencers in a manner that reflects the highest level of respect and integrity in the region and state.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
In-depth knowledge of the Maritime industry
Extensive knowledge of business and operations
Awareness of the maritime environment within the Puget Sound area and Washington State
In depth understanding of Maritime customers’ business needs and motivations.
Knowledge of labor relations
Demonstrated knowledge of community and public relations
Extensive knowledge and understanding of local, regional, state and federal government policies and administrative bodies, politics, and procedures, especially as related to maritime issues, environmental issues, and community issues
Effective leadership and management strategies, principles and behaviors.
Demonstrated management skills including direction, development and performance management
Appropriate presentation, negotiation, and persuasion skills
Demonstrated creative and innovative thinking
Demonstrated effective oral and written communication
Strong strategy development, planning and implementation skills
Business management skills, including budgeting and forecasting
Demonstrated strength in decision making and problem solving
Strong analytical skills
Engage and relate with all levels of the organization including executive leaders and elected officials.
Formulate strategies and engage people around them
Translate business principles and models into appropriate choices and actions
Synthesize complex information quickly and effectively
Set direction and inspire staff toward that direction
Establish and maintain relationships with others from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests
Act with a high degree of integrity, tact and diplomacy, and effectively influence outcomes
Understand different perspectives and goals, find common interests and capitalize on common interests to support efforts aimed at attaining port goals and strategies
Work effectively with Labor Relations and Human Resources
Deal with ambiguity and demonstrated adaptability to competing priorities
Look broadly at spheres of impact or influence and develop coalitions of relevant interests to advance goals
Implement negotiated collective bargaining agreements and work collaboratively with labor unions
QUALIFICATIONS: Combination of education and experience demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:
Bachelor’s degree in business, transportation, public administration or related field;
Ten years of increasingly responsible experience directing revenue generating, maritime-related organizations, such as cruise, fishing, recreational boating and maintenance operations, and managing industrial properties;
Seven years in a leadership role developing and implementing strategies, goals and objectives; and
Familiarity with working with represented workforces.
Master’s degree in business administration, public administration, transportation field, or related degree; and
Direct experience working with represented and non-represented workforces to achieve business goals.
The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade and travel to the Pacific Northwest. The Port provides maritime and airport operations for the greater Seattle area. Forty percent of the state of Washington’s economy is impacted in some way by the Port. The ports of Seattle and Tacoma are currently working to create the historically innovative Seaport Alliance, unifying the man...agement of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions to continue our leading role in international trade.
The Port of Seattle manages two cruise terminals that make Seattle the preferred choice for Alaska and Pacific Northwest cruises. Nearly 960,000 visitors are expected during this year’s cruise season with 203 ships calling on Seattle. The Port also manages Fisherman’s Terminal, the headquarters of the North Pacific Fishing fleet, as well as three recreational marinas and the Maritime Industrial Center.
The Port of Seattle operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) serving nearly 42.3 million passengers and more than 332,636 metric tons of air cargo in 2015. For the sixth straight year, Sea-Tac served a record number of passengers in 2015, one of the fastest growing large hub airports in the United States.