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Executive Director, Port Commission
Job Description:   Job#: JID1053643 

The Port Of Memphis


The Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Industrial Development Board of the City of Memphis and County of Shelby, TN

seeks qualified candidates for the position of

Executive Director, Port Commission

Title: Executive Director, Port Commission


Essential Job Functions: Reports to the President of EDGE and the seven member Board of Directors of the Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission.


The Executive Director is responsible for all areas of responsibility within the Port Commission jurisdiction. These areas of responsibility include personnel, budget, contracts, negotiations and operations within the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for planning, strategy and completion of projects within the jurisdiction of the Port Commission; conducts final review of projects to determine project objectives, time frame, and funding limitations. Negotiates consulting fees and reviews and approves contracts according to project scope and budget; reviews designs and submittals with consultants and Port Commission personnel to ensure sufficiency of design in meeting Port Commission needs and requirements; approves bid documents and bids received, and makes recommendation for bid selection; reviews and approves all pay requests for vendors, contractors and consultants.

Other Functions:


·         Coordinate and conduct monthly Board meeting with the seven member board of the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission. Complete all tasks as directed by the Board of Directors.


·         Provide a monthly update to the Public Works Committee of the City of Memphis City Council and appear before the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission representing any transaction related to land within the jurisdiction of the Port Commission.


·         Coordinate economic development efforts with EDGE to attract new businesses and enhance existing businesses within the Port jurisdiction.          


·         Work with the United States Coast Guard as Chairman of the Area Maritime Security Committee and help coordinate federally mandated security requirements within the Port of Memphis.


·         Prepare documentation for Federal Emergency Management Agency Port Grant applications and act as grant administrator on behalf of the Port Commission.  


·         Perform any and all other work related tasks as assigned by the Board of Directors.


Required Skills: 
Typical Physical Demands: The position is primarily office oriented but may require outside supervision/inspection in seasonally adverse weather conditions that could be physically strenuous. The position requires the use of a personal computer and an existing operational understanding of the Microsoft Office suite software. The position requires public communication on a regular basis with Board members and local government officials.

Typical Working Conditions: Work will be performed as necessary in both office and outdoor environments.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in business management area, or ten (10) years of progressively more responsible experience which was primarily involved in port management; or any combination of experience and training which enables one to perform the essential job functions.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience in administration of an inland river port facility

• A post graduate degree in a field that directly enhances the qualifications to perform the job functions.

• Experience in port related industrial and commercial real estate transactions varying in size from small to 800+ acres.

• Experience in project negotiations and contract review.

• Past or current leadership positions within national, regional and local groups within the inland river community.

• Previous experience with administration of Federal Emergency Management Agency Port Grant programs.

• Previous experience with Port Security issues related to Certain Dangerous Cargos as administered by the United States Coast Guard.

• Familiarity with provisions and applications of federal, state of Tennessee and local environmental regulations and requirements.

• A demonstrated understanding of dredging operations and the related funding issues within the inland river systems of the United States.

• Demonstrated experience in communicating and working with political leadership in Washington and the state and local level.
# of Openings: 1 Employment Type: Direct Hire
Start Date: N/A Pay Range: Confidential  
Overtime Pay: Not-Specified Visa Sponsorship: No
Amount of Travel: 1 to  10% Position Location: Memphis, Tennessee
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