Executive Director, Tourism & Cultural Affairs

Clackamas County - Oregon City, OR3.7

Full-time
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ARE YOU:
An innovative tourism leader looking for new challenges?
Committed to being a strategic partner for Clackamas County’s diverse tourism offerings?
Achievement-oriented with a track record of success?
Able to navigate and represent the county to the public, media, and tourism industry?
A creative leader who can inspire and motivate staff?
A collaborative decision maker who can effectively implement direction of multiple boards, elected officials and county administration?

THE OPPORTUNITY

Clackamas County is seeking an experienced, highly skilled, dynamic, and creative tourism professional with excellent management, organizational and interpersonal skills to serve as the next Executive Director for our Department of Tourism & Cultural Affairs (TCA). Our Executive Director is responsible for planning, managing, directing and integrating programs and operations of comprehensive, County-wide tourism, recreation, heritage, arts, culture and economic development programs and projects, and the acquisition, development and maintenance of County Tourism facilities.

The Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs works with a wide variety of agritourism, recreation, cultural and heritage groups and partners to develop and promote tourism assets, attractions, events and facilities in Clackamas County. TCA provides programs and services to County visitors, communities, residents, businesses, stakeholders, other government partners at the local, state, and federal levels though the administration of the County's Transient Room Tax (TRT). The TRT is dedicated to the promotion and development of Tourism in the County. The Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs also coordinates related arts, cultural and heritage programs and assets, and administers the Hood/Gorge Regional Cooperative Tourism Program (RCTP) under Travel Oregon, and works in partnership with the Willamette Valley Visitor Association on the Willamette Valley RCTP, and with Travel Portland and Washington County on the Portland Region RCTP.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced tourism and/or destination management manager/director who has a history of excellent judgment under pressure. To lead TCA, the Executive Director must understand the risks, cost factors and opportunities in strategic tourism planning and programming, marketing, communications, public engagement, partner and industry relations, public and legislative relations, board development and management, and leading a high performance team of professionals.

The position reports to the County Administrator and receives direction from the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council as guided by the approved Tourism Master Plan, five-year Strategic Plan, and the annual Business Plan.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

At least 5 years of experience managing destination development and management and/or tourism marketing and promotion
Experience applying the principles, methods, and techniques of business/public administration and personnel management
Experience with budget development and administration
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, and patience
Strong analytical skills
Ability to travel to domestic and international destinations via commercial airlines
Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed
Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Learn more about the County's driving policy
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

Experience working with a board
Experience with public sector budgeting
Experience working within a government entity in the field of tourism
Experience in Oregon Travel Trade and Industry
Experience in Clackamas County Tourism products and programs
Contract preparation, negotiation and administration
Grant program administration
  • For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.
PAY INFORMATION

The salary range is $ 112,062 - $ 151,283 annually (plus 6.27% deferred compensation and 6% retirement contribution). The actual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is employed "at will" under employment contract with the County Administrator.
This position is included in the county’s alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off).
Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package including competitive wages, annual cost-of-living adjustments, annual merit increases (for eligible positions), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status positions.
We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering a variety of gym memberships discounts, onsite fitness classes, onsite Farmers Market with fresh produce available for purchase, annual wellness fairs and alternative care benefits so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.
Attractive benefits package and incentives for full-time employees in non-represented GROUP 2 positions are detailed below.

Generous paid time off package, including:
16 hours per month of vacation accrual
9 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year
8 hours per month sick leave accrual (no limit maximum)
Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution
Executive level employees receive county-paid contribution of 6.27% of base salary into deferred compensation (457)
A choice of Medical Plans with Vision and Prescription Drug Coverage from Kaiser or Providence
A choice of Dental Plans from Moda
Chiropractic Coverage and Alternative Care Benefit
Robust wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered through Cascade Centers
Longevity pay starting at 5 years of service
A variety of other optional benefits that can found on our benefits pages (Long Term Care Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, etc.)
Non-Represented Group 1 Full Time Benefits
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RESPONSIBILITIES & QUALIFICATIONS

The Executive Director of Tourism and Cultural Affairs is responsible for planning, managing, directing and integrating programs and operations of comprehensive, County-wide tourism, recreation, heritage, arts, culture and economic development programs and projects, and the acquisition, development and maintenance of County Tourism facilities.

The selected candidate will develop strategic plans and partnerships to provide a high quality integrated tourism marketing and destination development program, assist staff in developing policies and procedures to meet TCA program goals, coordinates related arts, cultural and heritage programs and assets, and administers the Hood/Gorge Regional Cooperative Program under Travel Oregon. The Executive Director hires and manages TCA’s staff of 15 FTE and manages the Advertising Agency and Public Relations contracts, as well as other contractual services.

The county needs a Tourism Executive Director who understands the businesses of destination management and tourism and can effectively support the overall operations of TCA. We seek a person who is responsive and approachable and who can lead the process to develop and implement tourism programming that optimizes and leverages the county’s Transient Room Taxes to attract visitors, while retaining and enhancing the quality of life for residents and businesses.

This position demands the ability to operate and enjoy working in a political environment. The Executive Director hires, trains and manages Tourism staff; recruits and trains the Tourism Development Council in their efforts to lead and direct the strategic planning, development and implementation of the Ordinance-mandated Tourism Master Plan. This is done by establishing the priorities, direction and budget to guide tourism marketing and asset development. The implementation of such programs throughout the county includes cities, unincorporated areas and state and federal lands.

The TCA Executive Director participates in local, regional, state, and national organizations, commissions and task forces to promote and coordinate tourism programs within Clackamas County. This is done by meeting with citizens, governments, community organizations and business/industry representatives to discuss specific issues, concerns, problems, programs, projects or investments of TCA. The Executive Director will prepare and deliver oral presentations to the TDC, the Board of County Commissioners, the Oregon Legislature, advisory boards, local government bodies and civic groups regarding TCA programs and projects.

The selected candidate must be able to work effectively and successfully with the County Administrator, the five-member elected Board of County Commissioners, the TDC, other elected officials, department directors, State and local officials, and members of the tourism industry and the public at large. The Executive Director represents Clackamas County through participation in national, regional, state and municipal organizations.

The skills important to this position include researching, developing, recommending and implementing short and long range marketing plans for appropriate segments of the visitor industry. The Executive Director develops, implements and evaluates the advertising and promotional programs designed to promote the County and its attractions. We are looking for someone with excellent marketing, advertising and public relations, economic and business development, and strategic planning in the tourism industry, as well as the ability to work effectively with community partners and businesses to enhance and promote Clackamas County’s tourism offerings.

The chosen candidate will direct and edit content for a wide range of print, web-based, video or visual publications for visitors, the general public, international audiences, community and business groups and government partners. This includes directing, guiding, and overseeing ongoing social media efforts and programs and other digital media and strategies. TCA also implements a robust tourism public relations program. The Executive Director advises local partners on such strategies.

Our next Executive Director will research, create, and manage destination development programs; coordinate private and public sector tourism activities; oversee the development of County-supported tourism attractions; develop educational programs for tourism industry employees and partners. The Executive Director also evaluates, oversees and facilitates Tourism grant programs including Community Partnership Program Grants, Development Grants, and Heritage Capital Improvement grants and related projects. In addition, the individual directs, evaluates, and manages Visitor Information Centers and kiosks, and tourism-related construction and facility improvements.

The selected candidate works with a wide variety of agritourism, recreation, cultural and heritage groups and partners to develop and promote tourism assets, attractions, events and facilities in Clackamas County.

All these traits contribute to a competitive candidate for this challenging and exciting opportunity.

WORKING CONDITIONS

This position involves travel to domestic and international destinations via commercial airlines.

WORK SCHEDULE

This position is included in the County’s alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off). Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.

WORK SCHEDULE

This position is included in the County’s alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off) with occasional work hours during evenings and weekends as needed. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.

EXPLORE CLACKAMAS COUNTY

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Clackamas County is on the southern edge of the City of Portland, OR, and extends east to the top of Mt. Hood. The county seat is Oregon City, which is situated in a lush valley between the Willamette and Clackamas rivers. The County covers 1879 square miles and offers amazing scenery, wonderful recreational opportunities and a quality of life that is hard to match. It is routinely recognized for its livability and inviting economic climate.

The County offers many amenities including quality restaurants, farmers’ markets, historical sites, and concerts in the park. For those who enjoy a big city, Portland is less than 30 minutes to the north and offers many excellent restaurants (regularly written about in national publications), sports venues, and cultural opportunities.

If you prefer the outdoors, it is hard to find a better place than Clackamas County. On a clear day, Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens can be seen from many parts of the County – including the County’s Public and Development Services Buildings. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, opportunities abound. Hiking and biking trails are plentiful and camping and bird watching is popular. Water sports include white-water rafting, kayaking, and, of course, fishing. Trout and sturgeon are found in abundance, fly-fishing is world class, and during the salmon run, it is common to see 200 to 300 sport fishing boats below Willamette Falls (the second largest waterfall, by volume, in the nation).

Mount Hood offers wonderful skiing and is, in fact, the only year-round ski resort in the United States (outside of Alaska). It is also the site of the world renowned Timberline Lodge. And that is just within the county’s boundaries. The Pacific Ocean is less than two hours west and in the other direction are the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascade Mountains and the Central Oregon desert. If you like to travel, Portland’s international airport provides direct connections to major hubs throughout the United States and non-stop flights to Canada, Japan, Mexico, London, and the Netherlands.

Of course, when you work here, you will want to live here. Housing prices are reasonable. The median home costs about $319,000 and an exceptional home can be purchased for less than $600,000. The County is also a great place to raise a family: the schools are among the best in the state, people are friendly and helpful, and crime is low. Its residents embrace the area’s past, while having a sense of urgency about moving into the future.

It is an exciting time to be in Clackamas County!

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ABOUT TOURISM & CULTURAL AFFAIRS

Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs (TCA) is the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Clackamas County and is funded by the Transient Room Tax, a 6% tax charged on all overnight stays in the county, including hotels & motels, campgrounds, retreat centers, RV parks, bed & breakfasts, and vacation rentals.

These tax dollars are collected under the authority of the County’s Transient Room Tax Ordinance, to be used for the promotion and development of tourism and visitor programs for Clackamas County. The amount of tax dollars available for any given period, typically $5M annually, varies with the lodging occupancy rate.

The CCTCA is responsible to develop and promote tourism for the County. By increasing the number of new and repeat visitors to the County, we increase the amount of money visitors spend in our area, and thus contribute to economic development and local vitality. The CCTCA is overseen by the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council (CCTDC) which consists of nine members appointed by the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. The Council oversees and directs the programs and operations of the CCTCA staff.

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APPLICATION PROCESS

In your cover letter, limited to three pages, please address:
Your interest in the position of Executive Director for Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs
What makes you qualified for the position, including your management experience
Highlight specific areas of professional experience with tourism development and destination management
Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us. Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).

HOW TO CLAIM VETERAN'S PREFERENCE

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VISA SPONSORSHIP

Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.