The Port of Port Townsend is currently accepting applications for a new position: Director of Operations & Business Development. We are looking for an innovative leader to guide the Port’s business efforts.


  • Education: BA or BS degree in business administration, public administration, marketing, engineering, economics, or related area is required.
  • Experience: Minimum of five years of senior management of industrial operations, marine facilities, property management and development, and business development required. Excellent negotiating skills and able to work in a team environment. Experience and familiarity with public sector management comparable to the Port’s business, operations, and maintenance functions.


The complete job description, job requirements and application can be viewed online at or obtained at the Port of Port Townsend Administration Office, 2701 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. First review of applications will occur on Friday, September 2, 2016.

The Director of Operations & Business Development functions as a member of the Port’s Executive Team.  The position is responsible for the Port’s business operations, property management, and business development.  As an Executive Team member, the Director provides input and analysis for strategic planning and implementation.  The position attends Commission meetings and workshops, is responsible for carrying out policies set forth by the Executive Director and the Commission, and acts on behalf of the Executive Director when directed.

With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is a dynamic destination that caters to a wide range of interests. Located on the eastern edge of Olympic National Park, Port Townsend and Jefferson County provide a rare combination of marine access, and mountain pursuits.  Port Townsend is a national historic Victorian Seaport. The area’s rich maritime tradition is celebrated throughout the year, but particularly each September at the famous Wooden Boat Festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors to the area.

The Port is a publicly owned and operated, special purpose district authorized by state law to plan, construct, operate, and maintain physical improvements. The Port’s facilities and activities provide a substantial base of economic activity and employment within the City of Port Townsend and Jefferson County.

Featuring a heavy boat haul-out facility, the Port Townsend Boat Yard has a regional reputation for quality and economy and is a destination of choice for vessel maintenance, refits and new construction of all types. It supports over 450 people working in approximately 100 marine trades businesses. The full-service Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina provides permanent and transient moorage year-round. It is home to 475 commercial and recreational vessels and each year provides more than 6,000 overnight guest moorage accommodations for visiting vessels.

Point Hudson Marina and RV Park is home to the Northwest Maritime Center and the annual Wooden Boat Festival. The 4-acre marina has 44 slips and 700 feet of linear docks dedicated to transient guest moorage. The site is also home to a recreational RV park with 48 spots as well as several marine trades businesses. Jefferson County International Airport is the county’s only general aviation airport, located four miles southwest of Port Townsend. The Port has more than doubled the initial landholding to 316 acres and constructed a single 3,000-foot paved runway.

On the west shore of Quilcene Bay, the Port owns about 50 acres of waterfront and uplands. The major tenant is a large shellfish hatchery and processing facility. A mix of transient, permanent and commercial moorage is provided at Herb Beck Marina. Numerous other boat ramps are also maintained throughout the County.