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Visit Seattle is now hiring service-minded professionals for the following positions:
  • Director of Public Relations
  • National Account Director
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, 10 paid office holidays, employer-paid medical, dental and vision, plus 401k with employer matching.


DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS


 This position is primarily responsible for creating and maximizing positive editorial media coverage for the destination, partners and the Visit Seattle organization.  The Director of Public Relations will take the lead in editorial media outreach and contribute to the creation of the strategic communications plan.  This position is also heavily involved in supporting STIA partners in driving incremental destination and occupancy.  We are looking for a polished professional with an exceptional writing ability who is also able to foster relationships and work with a wide variety of people.  The ideal candidate will also have a solid background in the Seattle hospitality industry and a strong service approach with all whom they interact.

Essential Job Functions:

Destination/Organizational Publicity:

  • Manages department’s editorial/pitch calendar across all segments (national leisure, trade, local and industry), working closely with the V.P., Communications to evaluate success and maximize opportunities.
  • Implements proactive media pitches throughout the year.
  • Builds and maintains excellent local, regional and national editorial media relationships.
  • Prepares press releases and other media communications, manages distribution schedule, works with other team members to create/maintain/update essential media databases
  • Conducts publicity efforts for consumer and trade campaigns.
  • Conducts outbound media calls in key markets; up to 15 percent of time may involve travel.
  • Conducts social media outreach to consumer and trade media audiences.
  • Serves as organizational media spokesperson.
  • Develops and implements local media communications strategies and tactics.
  • Proactively contact and respond to reporters, editors and related media associates. 
  • Develop creative story ideas and angles that generate positive exposure for the organization and destination.
  • Oversees creation and maintenance of media materials, miscellaneous copy and releases according to departmental deadlines/editorial calendar.
  • Maintains close relationships with destination PR team, including Visit Seattle members and partners around the city and state.

Communications:

  • Assists with ad hoc Visit Seattle communications projects as assigned, working with the departmental team, other departments and Visit Seattle president; projects may include Visit Seattle annual report, communications campaigns, crisis communications, advertorial development and others.
  • Performs ad hoc copy writing and editing, as needed.
  • Craft talking points and other communications counseling to members of the leadership team on an as-needed basis. Serve as organization’s spokesperson as appropriate and/or necessary.
  • Performs other related duties and assignments as required.

Education, prior work experience and specialized skills and knowledge: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, journalism or marketing preferred, or equivalent relevant work experience
  • Strong media relations background, experience and orientation required
  • Must possess excellent writing ability across multiple disciplines and a wide range of topics
  • Hospitality industry experience preferred
  • Familiarity with the Seattle area preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Ability to foster relationships, multi-task, adapt without direction, handle unexpected events, solve problems and manage projects
  • Demonstrated tact and judgment in dealing with many different types of people
  • Strong service approach with both internal and external customers
  • Excellent writing skills including a command of grammar, usage and vocabulary
  • Consistently positive attitude and professional demeanor
  • Ability to independently organize, prioritize and oversee incoming information and requests
  • Strong attention to detail

To apply:  Send resume and cover letter to resumes@visitseattle.org or apply on our Career portal by clicking HERE.   


NATIONAL ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

The National Account Director is responsible for promoting and selling Seattle and the region as a convention and meeting destination for associations and corporations.    We are looking for a polished professional with strong hotel sales experience who has demonstrated the ability to manage a sales territory and large account base.  Must have exceptional customer service skills, be able to foster relationships and work with a wide variety of people.  The ideal candidate will also have comprehensive knowledge of the Seattle area, have a strong service approach with all whom they interact and be a creative problem solver with endless energy and enthusiasm for promoting Seattle and our partners. 

Summary of duties and responsibilities:  Promotes and sells Seattle and region as a convention and meeting destination for associations and corporations; achieves specific room night sales goals as assigned and reviewed annually. 80% focus on Convention Center bookings; 20% focus on hotel self-contained business.

Essential job functions: 
  • Generates convention center and hotel bookings from an assigned market segment(s), which may be revised annually.
  • Generates and manages sales leads; prepares space rate proposals and competitive, creative bids to win business for Seattle. Client presentations of the bids are often required. 
  • Creates and maintains client base in the assigned market; assigned an annual room night goal, to be achieved from definite bookings within this market. Analyzes total spend of group in order to effectively yield manage prospective business bidding and securing the best business for the city.
  • Actively prospects for new business in assigned market, using the value added/ROI approach so that Visit Seattle leads do not duplicate partner hotel and national/global sales efforts.
  • Attends tradeshows, sales missions, client events, networking meetings and local meetings to solicit convention business; responsible for pre-planning, target marketing, pre- and post-event related work and some booth arrangements, as applicable.
  • Coordinates and conducts city site inspections for meeting planners, showcasing facilities, attractions and partners in the city.
  • Assists meeting planners with referrals to services manager or other service providers, and national sales managers in determining sales opportunities that benefit the community.
  • During convention/meeting, maintain contact with meeting planner; including appropriate contacts with individual(s) responsible for rebooking.
  • Maintain research on competition regarding marketing and sales strategies.
  • Ability to establish quick and efficient relationships with clients from beginning to end to effectively sell and close the business opportunities.
  • Represent Visit Seattle professionally at company and client sponsored events.
  • Performs other related duties, special projects and assignments as required.
 The successful candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:
  • Four-year degree preferred.
  • Five years minimum hotel industry sales experience required.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a sales territory and large account base.
  • Ability to initiate and write marketing plans.
  • Demonstrates high initiative and self-motivation, as well as creativity.
  • Consistent positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • Strong service approach with both internal and external customers.
  • Able to work efficiently and accurately while managing a schedule with minimal supervision.
  • Strong and consistent ability to prioritize activities within specific time guideline and to handle multiple responsibilities within specific time frames and deadlines.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Willing and able to work evenings, weekends and holidays based on client and office demands.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Simpleview and other relational sales management and space management databases. 
  • Ability to operate computer, fax, Outlook, PDA and general office equipment including laptop computers, often from remote locations.
Schedule:  Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.  Additional hours as required. (*Office hours may flex based on client geographical location)
Compensation:  Competitive

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to resumes@visitseattle.org or apply online HERE.


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.