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West Virginia Tourism Office

Tourism Program Manager 3

Exempt Position

Salary Range

$4,024.92 - $7,446.08 Monthly

$48,299.00 - $89,353.00 Annually

NATURE OF WORK:

Performs highly complex administrative work as the Executive Director of the Parks and Recreation Section of the Division of Natural Resources. Directs the state parks system and daily operations which includes revenue management, operation, maintenance, management, capital improvements, construction, and programming at 35 state parks, 9 state forests and 3 rail trails. Directs the appropriation and administration of the state parks budget including revenue optimization and expenditure analysis; responsible for public relations and legislative liaison on parks and recreation issues. Directs and supervises the work of subordinate managers, performs highly complex administration work as the Executive Director of the Parks and Recreation Section. Special project creation and administration as directed by the Director of the Division of Natural Resources. Performs related work as required.

HOURS REQUIRED:

  • Normal week-day business hours, however, evenings, weekends, and holidays may be required based on the business needs.
  • Extensive travel is required.
  • The position will be based at South Charleston Headquarters.

EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Directs the operation of the Parks and Recreation Section which includes more than 160,000 acres of land, 1,500 buildings, 1,686 campsites, 176 picnic shelters, and 559 playground units in 35 state parks, 9 state forests and 3 rail trails.
  • Directs preparation of budget requests covering personal services, operations, and equipment requirements, allocates funds to organizational units, and approves expenditures.
  • Must be able to develop, implement and utilize analytical and strategic hospitality management system and property management to maximize revenue and yield strategies and rate structure supporting multiple parks and recreation facilities.
  • Work with Tourism Office and the Parks and Recreation management staff to set and manage appropriate yield controls to maximize park lodge, cabin, cottage, golf course, spa, and retail revenue from all distribution channels, including Website, third-party channels and social media.
  • Develops, evaluates, and manages software customer reservation systems, point of sale systems and tracking procedures for revenue management.
  • Plans, organizes, implements, monitors, controls and evaluates activities of staff through subordinate managers, work accomplishment, and methodology.
  • Works with Tourism Office and their associated marketing partners Communication to advertise and promote state parks and recreation section.
  • Develops, implements, monitors and controls sales strategies to ensure the proper mix of group/transient guests while maximizing occupancy and facility revenue.
  • Testifies at legislative, judicial, or public hearings on agency position or as a subject-matter expert.
  • Represents agency as state representative on multi-state board, advisory groups, etc.
  • Works with statewide state parks foundation and numerous state park and rail trail foundations.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the tourism industry and public park management with preference given for experience in hotel/motel restaurant management.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management including planning, budgeting, staffing, training, controlling, property management software, and hospitality managementsoftware reporting.
  • Skill in oral and written communications and public speaking.
  • Ability to plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the work of employees.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions exercise sound judgement, work under limited supervision, and exercise independent judgement.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state and local officials, the general public, supervisor, co-workers and staff.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement, delegate authority and evaluate the results of work performed.
  • Ability to keep accurate records; write reports in a clear, concise form; and present factual material and ideas effectively.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Training: Master's degree in parks and recreation, hospitality management, business management or related field.

Substitution: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree related to the area of assignment and one year of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience as described below may be substituted for the master's degree.

Experience: Six years of full-time paid experience in the area of resort management, four years of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

Deadline: January 20, 2020

To Apply: Send Division of Personnel Application to:

Andrea Fout Tinsley

Building 74, Room 118

324 4th Avenue

South Charleston, WV 25303

West Virginia Tourism Office

The West Virginia Tourism Office is seeking a Social Media Coordinator to work with the Marketing & Public Relations team. The Social Media Coordinator will be responsible for aligning the Tourism Office’s organic social media strategy with paid mediums and web content.

Sample duties include:

  • Oversee the organic social media strategy across all Tourism Office social accounts
  • Daily posting and engagement with user-generated content on social media channels
  • Responsible for actively monitoring the success of each post and making timely adjustments based on performance
  • Ability to critically analyze post performance and compile metrics to help drive future content and engagement across social channels and WVtourism.com
  • Plan and executive creative social media campaigns designed to accomplish specific goals, examples include National Plan for Vacation Day, West Virginia’s Birthday, etc.
  • Assistance with the social-specific components of the Tourism Office’s cooperative advertising program, including paid partner ads and added value posts
  • Responsible for the overall strategy behind blog content on WVtourism.com, most importantly, how that content can be transformed into actionable social posts

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in social media marketing and demonstrate strong writing and organizational skills. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in advertising, public relations, journalism, marketing, communications, or a related field is required.

The position will report to the Director of Marketing & Public Relations. The job is located at the capitol in Charleston and works full-time, regular business hours. Competitive pay and benefits. Some travel required.

Please email a cover letter, resume and sample one-week social media content plan for the West Virginia Tourism Office to Kara Gillenwater, Assistant to the Commissioner– Kara.M.Gillenwater@wv.gov.  Cover letters may be addressed to Commissioner Chelsea Ruby.

West Virginia Tourism Office

The West Virginia Tourism Office is seeking an Economic Development Manager to recruit, nurture, assist, and promote tourism development projects around the state. This position will report directly to the Tourism Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner and work in coordination with the West Virginia Development Office.

Sample Duties

  • Cultivate relationships with new and existing tourism businesses
  • Work with businesses to prepare Tourism Development Act sales tax credit applications
  • Make site visits to tourism businesses to assist with business growth and retention
  • Identify gaps in the industry and recruit businesses or events as appropriate
  • Gaining an intimate knowledge of all state assistance programs available to businesses including but not limited to site selection, workforce development, tax credits and incentives, and infrastructure development

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to evaluate projects, create action items, and execute plans for tangible outcomes
  • Ability to take ownership over projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively with different teams and independently
  • Organized, detail oriented and excellent time management skills
  • Flexible with changing priorities
  • Demonstrated interest in the hospitality/tourism industry
  • Ability to travel regularly around the state during work hours and occasionally on longer trips for conferences and seminars
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Proficient in in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

The position is based at the state capitol in Charleston and requires travel throughout the state as well as occasional out-of-state travel. A bachelor’s is required, and professional experience in a relevant position is preferred.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Kara M. Gillenwater, Administrative Assistant, at Kara.M.Gillenwater@wv.gov. Cover letters may be addressed to Commissioner Chelsea Ruby.

 

West Virginia Tourism Office

The West Virginia Tourism Office seeks a Research Analyst to support its marketing and industry development efforts.

This position will be responsible for monitoring, tracking, and reporting key performance metrics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Hotel occupancy
  • Vacation rental occupancy
  • Annual economic impact of state tourism industry
  • Travel and Tourism employment data
  • Overnight visitor surveys
  • Image and advertising effectiveness surveys
  • Performance of specific industries, i.e. whitewater rafting, ski
  • Regional, national, and international travel trends
  • State park visitation
  • Other key performance indicators as identified

The successful candidate will also be expected to identify additional metrics, devise methods of tracking those metrics, and synthesize and contextualize them in reports.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • Experience in market research or research/data analysis in a relevant industry desired
  • Proficient in data processing, analysis and reporting strongly preferred. This includes building and maintaining databases, graphing data, creating slides and narrative documents that clearly communicate the insights and marketing recommendations.
  • Experience and/or interest in learning new data tools and software.
  • Proficient in in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills. Able to translate findings into digestible, insightful key findings for top-line reports and verbal explanations for ad hoc assignments.
  • Ability to take ownership over projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with different teams and independently.
  • Organized, detail oriented and excellent time management skills.
  • Flexible with changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated interest in the hospitality/tourism industry.
  • Ability to travel on occasion to local training or seminars.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in market research and analysis as well as database management experience. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required, and a master’s degree is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with direct experience in the travel and tourism industry.

This position will report to the Director of Partner Program and work closely with the Visitor Services team, Marketing and Public Relations team, and Executive Team. The job is located at the State Capitol in Charleston and works full-time, regular business hours. Competitive pay and benefits. Some travel required.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Christina.A.Fowler@wv.gov. Cover letters may be addressed to Commissioner Chelsea Ruby.