Executive Director

Orange County Government, Florida - Orlando, FL3.9


At Orange County Government, Florida we are proud to serve the public with integrity, honesty, fairness, and professionalism. We develop innovative policies and services that positively impact Central Florida and help shape the future of our community. We have been consistently recognized as a "Top 100 Family Friendly Company" that encourages and supports a healthy work-life balance for our employees.

Celebrating more than 36 years of success, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is the second largest convention facility in the United States, and is owned and operated by Orange County Government. Located in the heart of the tourism district the center serves as the perfect event destination, attracting more than 200 events to the Central Florida area each year. As a result, roughly 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $2.1 billion to the area's annual economy. Orange County Convention Center is known as the Center of Hospitality!

The position of Executive Director for the Center presents a unique and rewarding professional challenge and opportunity. The position is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and reports to the County Administrator. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall planning, marketing, operations, and activities of the Center and provides the leadership required to ensure that its short and long term goals and strategies are achieved. The successful candidate will join a team that is striving to achieve a level of exceptional customer service while seizing opportunities to increase the number of events, expand the use of available convention space, and maximize the demand for room nights in area hotels.

The salary range for the Executive Director is $180,000 to $250,000 per year. Candidates may be eligible for bonus compensation correlated to specific performance criteria. Details to be determined.


Preference will be granted to Assistant General Manager, Deputy CEO, and Deputy General Managerial level and above overseeing at least 700,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Experience in working with the hospitality industry and destination marketing organizations.
Specific knowledge of national and international trade shows, associations, and conventions.
Strong interpersonal, communication, customer service, and problem solving skills.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in Business, Public Administration, Hospitality Management, Marketing, or a closely related field and 5 years of senior level management experience in the operation of a large convention center facility, or equivalent managerial experience.
Master's degree may be substituted for 2 years of work experience.
Representative Duties

Directs the promotion, marketing, sales, operations, planning and public relations activities of the OCCC.
Develops, maintains, and implements long term plans for marketing strategy, capital improvements and operations management to ensure that OCCC positions itself as a leader in the industry.
Develops and monitors the OCCC budget to ensure consistency with County and Center objectives.
Directs and manages strategy for negotiations with clients, prospective clients and trade organizations for scheduling and booking of the facility.
Establishes productive and effective working relationships with area stakeholders and partners.
Resolves issues and advises the County Administrator, County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of operational activities and revenue projections through meetings, reports and memoranda.
Implements strategies for improving operational efficiency of the Convention Center.
Establishes and administers contract rates and terms, and executes lease agreements as the County’s representative.
Responsible for various personnel matters including: hiring, discipline, training and development, performance appraisals, and related activities.
Represent the County at convention industry forums and serves as liaison with officials of related industries.
Performs other duties of a comparable level as assigned.

Benefits Overview

10 holidays including 1 floating holiday annually
18 days personal time to start, more after 5 years. Rolls over each year starting with up to 432 hours the first year
Low cost medical, dental, vision, additional life insurance, disability
Free basic life, long term disability, and employee assistance for all family members effective on day one
Employee assistance program includes one on one sessions and online tools for legal advice, financial planning, personal life balance, etc.
Free access to selected fitness facilities
Free onsite coaching, including dietician and nurse
Earned service time toward student loan forgiveness
Tuition reimbursement
Participation with Florida Retirement System (www.myFRS.com) for either Pension or Investment plan, this includes FREE access to Ernst & Young financial planning
Optional deferred compensation through Vanguard
Free training and development courses and series

Application Deadline

Open: 3-22-2019 / Close: 4-12-2019 *Note: Subject to close prior to deadline without notice.

Veterans Preference

If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you are responsible for providing the required eligibility documentation by the close date of the posting. Please submit a cover letter and copies of documents, not originals, to Orange County Human Resources Division, PO Box 1393, Orlando, FL 32801-1393 or fax to (407) 836-0098 (only Veterans' Preference documentation will be accepted by fax). Your cover letter should include the position posting number you are applying for, the title of the position and the last 4 digits of your social security number.

Educational Requirements

If your education was obtained in the United States, the County recognizes degrees or diplomas which are accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If you have obtained education from a country other than the United States, your degree or diploma must be evaluated to determine the United States equivalency by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluations (AICE) at your expense.

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