The Port of Vancouver USA is a multi-purpose port authority located in Vancouver, Wash. along the banks of the Columbia River. The port has handled a variety of bulk and break bulk cargos since 1912.
The Port of Vancouver USA is a hub for more than 7 million tons of cargo moving from as far away as the Midwest to the Middle East, making its way on barges, rail, ships, or trucks –all converging on port docks. The bulk of cargo at the port includes wheat, minerals, autos, large project cargo, and liquids.
The port is in a period of transition to triple our cargo tonnage in the coming years. We are a versatile, hard-working port on a mission to create jobs and trade for the region. Our $275 million rail project supports growing wheat, corn, and soy exports, while attracting new customers and other commodities. This is an exciting, highly visible time, requiring outreach and dialog with our community and stakeholders.
The port is also home to over 50 industrial tenants that vary from panel manufacturing to electronics recycling and small-batch beer malt distributing. We have recently added more than 50 acres of ready-to-build industrial property and are set to grow.
Sound interesting? Read on.
We seek a professional, knowledgeable, Director of Communications for a full-time regular position. The essential responsibilities for the Director of Communications may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Actively support the port’s mission and vision and demonstrate values consistently.
Work effectively as a team player with all port employees.
Supervise and support the Marketing Communications Manager, Community Relations Specialist, and Communications and Digital Media Specialist.
Serve as the chief communications officer and spokesperson for the port, and when appropriate, prepare port leadership and staff for communications with the media.
Develop and maintain relationships with necessary local and national media contacts.
Create written content for multiple audiences including news releases, news features, key messages, speeches, newsletters, marketing and other communications needs as they arise.
Stay informed of industry news as it relates to the Port of Vancouver. Share industry-related news with port staff and leadership.
Oversee and participate in the development of port communications, public relations and media strategies.
Work closely with internal teams to develop messaging within the areas of communications, media relations and public relations for internal and external audiences.
Develop good working relationships with other departments by attending their team meetings. Use information gathered to generate content for external audiences.
Provide strategic communications advice, issue management, training and media relations support to port staff and leadership.
Develop and maintain an excellent working knowledge of port activities and establish solid working relationships with relevant industry partners.
Set the standard for port communications with demonstrated and effective verbal and written skills.
Participate in strategic planning processes and assist with executing Strategic plan.
Serve as the External Affairs team lead in executing Strategic Plan department goals and initiatives.
Other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or Affairs, Journalism, or applicable liberal arts degree.
Experience: 10+ years’ experience in communications, public relations, community outreach, marketing and digital media. Current and relevant knowledge of media contacts and public/private sector experience preferred.
Supervisory Skills: Ability to clearly assign responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitor process, progress and results and designs feedback loops into work. Lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner; maintains two-way dialog with direct reports on work and results; brings out the best in people; is a clear communicator. Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback when needed.
Project Management Skills: Ability to plan, organize and manage resources to achieve specific goals. This includes the ability to motivate fellow team members to find the very best solution possible while honoring constraints such as scope, schedule, quality and budget.
Analytical skills: Ability to gather relevant data from appropriate sources; identify all relevant factors or restrictions; apply logical reasoning to determine relationship of variables; develop results-oriented conclusions; test assumptions, observe results, and incorporate revisions or corrections.
Communication Skills: College-level written and verbal communications skills. Must be able to clearly and succinctly communicate across the entire organization. Adaptable, polished social skills for effective interaction with a wide variety of stakeholders. The ability to develop and deliver formal presentations in a variety of settings. (e.g. one-on-one, small or large groups). Proficiency in marketing, digital media, and community engagement. Experience with social-media messaging, management and strategy.
Organization skills: Ability to prioritize and organize numerous tasks and meet deadlines. Must have the capacity to balance both short- and long-term issues effectively and handle many simultaneous, and often conflicting and changing priorities.
Problem-solving skills: Logically think through and solve problems while remaining objective in gathering information and investigating issues.
Computer Skills: Advanced / Expert level skills with Windows-based software, primarily MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Intermediate understanding of social media, primarily Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
If you are interested in this position, please use link below to apply.
The Port of Vancouver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Port of Vancouver complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
Internal Number: 1070
About Port of Vancouver USA
The Port of Vancouver USA is a multi-purpose port authority on the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington. Established in 1912 to ensure public ownership of trade docks, the port has served as an engine for economic growth in our community for more than 100 years.
The port handles more than 6 million tons of cargo each year. Products such as wheat, grains, mineral and liquid bulks, automobiles and project cargoes make their way to and from Vancouver by ship, train, truck or barge from points as far away as Asia, South America and the Middle East.
The port is home to more than 50 industrial tenants that vary from wood panel manufacturing to electronics recycling and small-batch beer malt distributing.