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Job: Executive Director - Port of Benton (Richland, WA)

Port of Benton
Richland, Washington
Salary:  $140,000 – $170,000

Located among the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake Rivers in southeastern Washington, the Port of Benton promotes economic development within the Port of Benton, Benton County, Richland, Prosser, Benton City and the region. The Port’s administration offices are in Richland, which, along with its sister cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland, make up the Tri-Cities (population 289,960). The area is in the heart of wine country and averages 300 days of sunshine a year, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, including water sports, golf, wine touring and outdoor theater.

Established in 1958, the Port of Benton is a local municipal corporation of the State of Washington whose primary mission is economic development. The Port has a three-member Port Commission serving as the board of directors.  The Port of Benton is unique among Washington Public Ports, as it owns and operates two airports. The Port also manages Crow Butte Park, owns a railroad, and manages over 200 leases. The Port holds over $89 million of total assets within its district, located among 13 site areas. Overall, the Port manages 2,756 acres, 52 buildings, two airports, and rail and barge terminal facilities. Port properties support over 3,290 direct jobs with an approximate payroll of $200 million. The Port has a staff of 22 FTEs that manage and maintain approximately $100 million in taxpayer assets on a $12-15 million annual budget.

Under the direction of the Port Commissioners, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations and ongoing management of the Port’s enterprises and facilities. The Executive Director is responsible for leading all Port departments, and directing the development of goals, objectives, business plans, budgets and programs for all business units and departments. The Executive Director also develops and maintains positive relationships with tenants, customers, and community groups, oversees the Port’s operating budget, and supports and directs staff.

A bachelor’s degree in business management, finance, accounting, political science, or similar educational background or relevant work experience in a related field is required, with an MBA or graduate level degree in a closely related field preferred. A minimum of ten years of experience in economic development, marketing, business development, managing a successful business, or any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position are required. Applicants should have strong leadership and management experience in an economic development field, and at least 3-5 years in a senior or executive level leadership role.

For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. To apply, click on “Apply Online” and follow the directions provided. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The Port of Benton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: September 8, 2019 (open until filled).