Galion Port Authority Executive Director

Feb 26, 2021 | Jobs

Position Title: Galion Port Authority Executive Director

Reports to: Galion Port Authority Board of Directors


The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Galion Port Authority (GPA) and is authorized to execute a broad range of economic development programs, The Executive Director is responsible for implementing goals, policies, and budgets, and providing leadership and strategic tactical direction for staff and resources toward the accomplishment of the GPA’s mission. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of all Galion Port Authority activities.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Port Board of Directors; guided by state statutory requirements, approved Port policies and strategic objectives, and authorized budgets and programs.



  1. Works with the Galion Port Authority Board to retain and recruit businesses and jobs in Galion within the parameters of the “Executive Directors Managing Authority Resolution” reviewed and approved each year by the GPA Board. The Executive Director is charged with carrying out the mission of the Galion Port Authority at the direction of and in conjunction with the Board.
  2. Lead new project development, including research of potential projects that fit with the organization’s mission, financial viability, resource development, obtain Board approval for action, and develop and implement the plan.
  3. Maintain an awareness of governmental, management, industry trends, and other developments that would be helpful to the Galion Port Authority Board and current/future projects through publications, attendance at appropriate seminaries, contact with federal/state/local officials and participation in relevant conferences and meetings.
  4. Coordinate and be responsible for communications with and assignment of work to legal counsel of the Galion Port Authority Board, including preparation of agreements or contracts between the organization and third parties.
  5. Establish harmonious working relations and communications with community, economic, and industrial development allies, and stimulates regional cooperation.
  6. Coordinates the identification, assessment, and development of competitive industrial sites.
  7. Oversees data collection, research, and analysis to include a database of existing and available sites.
  8. Coordinates the sale and/or lease of land(s) controlled by the Authority to meet the requirements of new and existing business and industry.
  9. Coordinates prospective inquiries from new business or industry with key partners to provide current, tailored information to meet operational requirements.
  10. Provide oversight of a formalized business retention and expansion program including a database of existing industry statistics and trends.
  11. Develop and maintain proper liaison with the County and the municipal Corporations and Townships therein and other appropriate governmental agencies, and other interested organizations, (i.e. regional economic development organizations, city councils, townships, chamber, Crawford Partnership, etc.).
  12. Provide the Galion Port Authority with key information/updates (i.e., status of obligations under contract, operating budget, policy recommendations, etc.)
    via Executive Director’s reports and ad hoc communication.
  13. Apply for available grants and execute grant documents as authorized by the Galion Port Authority Board. Grant writing experience helpful.
  14. Serve as key public relations representative with the media.
  15. Maintain a thorough understanding of Port Authority approved “Port Policies.” Recommend changes to existing policies and/or the adoption of new policies when needed. Maintain a complete listing of Port policies on the Port’s website to promote transparency with the public.
  16. Implements construction projects, alterations, improvements, and maintenance of Port properties.
  17. Reviews annually property and liability insurance requirements for the Port. Recommends insurance coverages and deductibles to the Port Authority. Manages all Port insurance claims.
  18. Regularly informs Port Authority on pertinent matter affecting the Port through oral and written communications.
  19. Other reasonable related duties as assigned by the Galion Port Authority.



Education Requirements: Minimum of bachelor’s degree in a related field, and 3 – 5 years professional experience in economic development (and/or business administration, government relations, or real estate development). Experience in executive leadership and management, marketing, construction management, contracts and contracting, environmental/hazardous material regulations and remediation, customer relation strategies, strategic planning, creative problem resolution, economic development, federal and state grant and program management, non-profit or public sector experience, knowledge of financial instruments and capital markets, and commitment to ethical conduct and principles.

  1. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business, Finance, Engineering, or (equivalent) related field.
  2. Experience: Two to five years of industry experience, with experience at the director, manager, or administrator level of a public entity or equivalent is preferred. Two (2) years of additional comparable work experience may be substituted for each year of higher education in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
  3. Certifications and Licenses: None.
  4. Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, technique, and standards in the areas of port operations.
  5. Thorough knowledge and understanding of real estate, marketing, and property management activities.
  6. This person must be bonded or be able to become bonded.
  7. Grant writing experience helpful.



  • Maintain “Return on Investment” worksheets for all Port owned properties. When presenting new lease agreements and/or lease renewals be able to articulate the return of investment to Port Authority.



  • In collaboration with Port staff, prepare agendas and all supporting documentations, including staff memos for all regular and special Authority meetings.
  • Arrange when necessary, third party presentations at Port Authority meetings.
  • Is well organized at Port Authority meetings with relevant information, data, and analysis on issues before the Port Authority. Has the ability to effectively articulate both sides of an issue.
  • Schedule Committee Meeting on a regular and as-needed basis.
  • Compile accurate written minutes of meetings of the Authority. Ensure all Authority meeting are recorded and posted on the Port’s website in a timely manner.
  • Principal staff member responsible for Port Compliance with the Ohio Sunshine Laws. Provide regular notices to media/public for all regular and special meetings. Provide notices to the media/public when Port Authority is attending regional meetings and/or traveling to trade association meetings.
  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations governing Executive Sessions. In collaboration with Port Legal Counsel, provide guidance to Port Authority. Ensure Port Authority meeting agendas clearly indicate the purpose of the Executive Sessions.
  • Understands and respects the policy making role of the Port Authority. Effectively carries out and supports (both internally and externally) Port Authority policy decisions.
  • In collaboration with Port staff, maintain and update Schedule of Events.


Please send resumes to Rod Staiger at by March 22, 2021.


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