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Visit Seattle is currently hiring for the following position:
  • Director of Business Development
  • Marketing Manager
Office Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.
We offer a friendly, fun, team-oriented work environment in a downtown office tower connected to the Washington State Convention Center, a competitive benefits package which includes a Paid Time Off program with 15 days to start, 10 paid office holidays, employer-paid medical, dental and vision insurance, plus 401k with employer matching.

Visit Seattle is currently recruiting for the following Summer 2015 internships:
  • Partner Services Internship
  • Public Relations Internship
  • Seattle Sports Commission Internship


Visit Seattle is now hiring a Director of Business Development to join our team of dedicated, service-oriented professionals.  This position will be responsible for acquiring, retaining and managing Visit Seattle sponsorship revenue.  The ideal candidate will have a deep passion for travel and hospitality.  They possess the ability to make connections between the travel industry and Visit Seattle partners in all categories (cruise, hotel, restaurant, transportation, accommodations, arts & culture).  The candidate will have an understanding and command of the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) role in the travel sales and market place. 

List of Essential Job Functions:

  • Ability to develop strategic, proactive relationships with potential sponsors and corporate partners.
  • Identification of prospects, cultivation and solicitation strategies, and closing of deals.
  • Work across the organization to conceptualize and develop packages for sponsorship, and execute revenue generating opportunities to drive incremental revenue for the organization.
  • Using a consultative selling approach, work with prospects to gain a clear understanding of their needs, and develop customized sponsorship and proposal packages to win their business and acquire new sponsorship revenues.
  • Execute existing and new sponsorships agreements within the Visit Seattle standards.
  • Maintain accurate and updated records of all contacts and revenue projection pipeline of opportunities, documenting prospecting, research, networking, and outbound calls.
  • Work collaboratively with marketing staff and Visit Seattle team to create customized content, proposals and sponsorship presentations, in accordance with Visit Seattle’s branding, and other guidelines.
  • Provide timely responses to prospects, and existing sponsor and partner requests, and work in a consultative manner to deepen Visit Seattle relationship and create annuity revenue and renewal opportunities for Visit Seattle.
  • All other duties as assigned.
The Director of Business Development should have the following competencies:
  • Big picture strategist and outside of the box creativity.
  • Proactively take actions necessary to produce results.
  • Communicate clearly and articulate concepts and ideas.
  • Generate timely decisions and have sound judgment.
  • Set priorities wisely, multitask, and dynamically solve problems.
  • Build trust internally and externally, and project a professional image.
  • Dynamic public speaking and presentation skills as well as effective individual communication skills, including by phone and with high level executives.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills: ability to articulate Visit Seattle’s mission, program objectives, exposure opportunities and/or resource needs persuasively to sponsors and corporate partners.
  • Outstanding networking, teamwork, negotiation, and interpersonal/diplomatic skills with ability to work effectively with stakeholders to achieve a common goal.
  • Attend appropriate industry functions
  • Professionally represent Visit Seattle at all times
  • Perform other related duties and assignments as required
Education, prior work experience and specialized skills and knowledge: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or related work experience required
  • DMO and/or Hospitality industry experience preferred
  • Owns car and is able to travel throughout Puget Sound region
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook programs
  • Strong service approach with both internal and external customers
  • Consistently positive attitude and professional demeanor
  • Must be able to speak, read, write and understand the primary language, English, used in the workplace.
To apply send cover letter and resume to resumes@visitseattle.org or apply online HERE.


Visit Seattle is now hiring for a Marketing Manager to join our team of dedicated, service-oriented professionals.  This position works in collaboration with members of the Marketing department to effectively promote Seattle as a destination.

We are looking for a polished professional who has strong experience managing advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as experience working with creative agencies.  Must be organized and timeline driven who can be depended upon to meet deadlines and consistently delivers top-level service to both internal and external customers.   The main responsibilities of the Marketing Manager are to manage Visit Seattle’s creative agency partnership and to create innovative and effective marketing programs that build brand awareness and drive visitors to Visit Seattle message outlets.  The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate knowledge of marketing and communication as they relate to the hospitality industry and an understanding of the role of Visit Seattle as a destination marketing organization in the community. 

List of Essential Job Functions:

  • Work with creative agency to manage multi-channel leisure advertising campaign:
    • including media plans, creative, budget, reporting, etc.
    • track all campaign activities for reporting purposes
  • Act as marketing and creative liaison for special events such as Taste Washington, The New Vintage, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Seafair, etc.
  • Present campaign insights to internal and external stakeholders
  • Be an active member of the social media team:
  • Look for ways to integrate different channels of social media into all aspects of the business
  • Identify new opportunities to grow fans and followers
  • Be the voice of the city and Visit Seattle when appropriate
  • Be a brand steward, ensure continuity in our marketing message and voice
  • Act as liaison with hotel marketing directors on building promotional programs to grow occupancy during shoulder seasons.
  • Work with team members and partners to create strategic partnerships
  • Utilize research to provide perspective on market opportunity growth
  • Stay up-to-date on marketing, advertising and social media trends to ensure marketing department stays inspired and current
  • Research and stay current on competitive landscape – provide perspective on creating points of differentiation
Core Competencies:
  • Four-year degree from an academic institution required
  • Five+ years of related experience required
  • Experience managing advertising campaigns either from client-side or agency-side required
  • Experience using social media channels for business preferred
  • Experience in event marketing preferred
  • Knowledge of marketing and public relations as they relate to the hospitality industry desired.
  • Knowledge of the hospitality industry and its importance to the local economy; ability to understand the role of Visit Seattle in the community.
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, judgment, diplomacy and maintain confidentiality in a wide variety of internal and public situations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and communications skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook
To apply: Send cover letter and resume to resumes@visitseattle.org or apply online HERE.


Visit Seattle is seeking an intern for the summer to work in Partner Services.  As a leader in the hospitality industry, we have the resources to provide the student a unique opportunity to learn about marketing a destination from the perspective of a partner.  Business and organizations work with us to promote their businesses and services to meeting planners, visitors and tour operators.

Schedule:   20 hours a week for 14 weeks.
Timeline:    Flexible - June through September
Compensation:  $12/hour plus ORCA card for duration

Scope of work:

  • Attend networking and partner events
  • Partner event assistance
  • Database updates
  • Extranet follow up
  • Copy review for Visit Seattle publications
  • Aging
  • Website audit and updates
  • New partner processing
  • Invoicing/billing
  • Other projects as determined

Learning objectives:  Learn how Partner Services works with local and corporate businesses to promote their products/services to the lucrative visitor market, connects partners through events and acts as a liaison to the other departments at Visit Seattle.  

Desired Skills: 

  • Demonstrated interest in hospitality, sales and/or event planning
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable to a changing environment
  • Knowledge and ability to use general office machinery and procedures
  • Strong background in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and the internet
  • Strong customer services skills required
  • Able to speak and converse in a clear, professional manner for all business correspondence and in-person communication
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively in written word
  • Able to manage multiple projects and priorities under tight deadlines

To apply:  Interested students should submit a letter of interest and resume to: resumes@visitseattle.org. 

The letter of interest should give a brief overview of the student’s:

  • Educational attainment to date
  • Expected graduation date
  • Previous work experience if any
  • Anticipated career path
  • Statement of purpose - reason for wanting this experience.

Deadline to submit application:  March 13, 2015


Public Relations
The primary function of the Visit Seattle Relations/Communications department is to increase the economic impact of tourism in the city and county through coverage by the media.  The department also oversees organizational and tourism industry communications.

Job description:
The Public Relations/Communications Internship allows college students to become involved in, and learn about, both the tourism industry and professional public relations.

Hours:    20 hours per week
Timeline:   Summer 2015
Compensation:   $12/hr plus ORCA card for duration

Scope of work:

  • Intern will participate in a number of projects, including but not limited to:
  • Assisting visiting journalists: This may require fact checking of stories, coordinating photos, arranging interviews and working with local hotels, restaurants and attractions
  • Assisting with web site posting, editing and photo procurement
  • Writing, editing and researching for press releases, newsletters, reports, publications and other organizational documents
  • Photo library maintenance and development; storing and organizing new and existing photos
  • Developing media lists and editorial calendars
  • Responding to media requests for in-depth information
  • Assembling press kits, maintaining photo/video library and general office coordination and assistance.
  • Tracking media coverage through the department’s clipping service and compiling reports
  • Assisting with publications, website postings and other organizational communication projects such as annual reports, organizational newsletters and more
  • Assisting with social media posting, tracking and planning

Learning objectives:
This position is open to a Junior or Senior communications student interested in gaining real world experience working in an in-house PR and communications department.

Desired Skills:

  • The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:
  • Senior undergraduate standing (junior, graduate students and recent graduates considered)
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Social media understanding, experience preferred
  • Graphic design, HTML knowledge/experience/interest preferred 

To apply:  Submit cover letter and resume to PR@visitseattle.org.

Deadline to apply:  May 15, 2015


The Seattle Sports Commission is seeking two interns this summer to assist the Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission with a wide variety of projects.  Successful candidates will have strong administrative and communication skills with the ability to multi-task. 

Summer interns will have the opportunity to work with the SSC on the Subway Washington Games, as well as assist with planning Sports Star of the Year and bids for other events.

Schedule:   20-40 hours a week
Timeline:   Summer – 3 months
Hours:  Earned hour will go toward college credit; internship is unpaid; hours will vary depending on number of credits desired.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • General Office:  copy, fax, mail, ship and file materials as needed.  Assist with coordinating meetings (venues, RSVPs, catering, etc.) documenting and managing Board and Executive Committee meetings, manage SSC emails, responding to all emails and organizing appropriately.
  • Event Management:  The SSC organizes several events each year including Board meetings, receptions, networking functions, golf outings and parties.  The intern will assist in coordinating and organizing some of these events.
  • Database Maintenance:  Input, update, manage and organize information into SSC database.  This may include venues, Partners, contacts, etc.
  • Research:  Utilize the internet and other sources to research specific sports events, etc.
  • Organization:  The intern will assist with maintaining an effective organized filing system that is easily accessible.
Marketing & Sales
  • Website Development:  Ensure content in Sports Commission website (www.seattlesports.org) is correct and updated.  Gather and/or provide new events and information as needed and build out the web site.
    • The intern will become familiar with the SSC web site and make recommendations for change to the site.
    • Research sports clubs and organizations, communicate with appropriate contacts; create links on site for access to specific clubs and organizations.
    • General reports on web activity to determine what sections in our site visitors are linking to, check banner reports, etc.
    • Become familiar with Adobe Photoshop to make changes to web site.
    • Write press releases for SSC events and projects.
    • Manage SSC logo and image folder; update regularly.
    • Generate and update weather reports for events and projects.
  • Collateral Materials: Assist Creative Services and SSC staff with developing, creating, distributing and updating informational and sales/marketing collateral
  • Bid Coordination:  Assist in submitting bids for events.
Required Skills:
  • General Office:  Knowledge and ability to use general office machinery and procedures.  Strong computer and customer service skills required.  Ability to maintain manual filing and organizational systems.
  • Computer Skills:  Strong background with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher), Internet, MS Outlook.  Some desktop publishing skills preferred and some knowledge of HTML is helpful.
  • Communication Skills:  Ability to write and speak in a clear, professional manner for all business correspondence and presentation opportunities.
  • Organization:  Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities under tight deadlines.
To apply: Send cover letter and resume to resumes@visitseattle.org.

Deadline to apply:   April 15, 2014

For more information about Seattle Sports Commission, a department of Visit Seattle, visit www.seattlesports.org.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT Visit Seattle is an equal opportunity employer. It is Visit Seattle's policy that employees and prospective employees be treated with respect and without discrimination because of their age, marital status, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, or any other legally-protected status. It is our policy to conform to all applicable laws and regulations affecting all protected classes. It is Visit Seattle’s policy to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws prohibiting discrimination against applicants or employees with disabilities. Visit Seattle will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with known physical or mental disabilities in all the terms and conditions of employment, including the recruitment and hiring process.