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Port of Coos Bay - Chief Executive Officer

Posted: 6/20/2024
Location: Coos Bay, OR


Application Deadline: Open Until Closed


Job Summary

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is responsible for the daily operations of the Port including the overall administration of the Port's fiscal management and personnel management, development and maintenance of all Port facilities and properties and other tasks as assigned and under the general direction of the Port Commission, a five member body appointed by the Governor of Oregon. The CEO serves at the will of, reports directly to, and is responsible/accountable to the Port Commission.


The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional with a successful track record of developing and implementing major terminal development and other infrastructure projects, as well as demonstrating a proven expertise in negotiating maritime and/or railroad related projects, navigating local, state and federal government activities and conceptualizing, developing and launching new business opportunities.


The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator and collaborative leader who is adept at developing and realizing a vision for business growth while successfully managing all aspects of a diverse organization. The ideal candidate will have exceptional business acumen and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, preferably having reported previously to an elected or appointed board or commission.


Essential Job Functions, include but are not limited to:

  • Directly accountable to the Board of Commissioners for the overall management and daily operations of the Port, including the Charleston Marina Complex and the Coos Bay Rail Line, Inc.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the Port’s strategic plans, with short-, mid- and long-term goals to accomplish the mission, vision, and strategic goal initiatives. Regularly provide the Commission with current information regarding business trends, market conditions, and opportunities relevant to established goals.
  • Serve as the Port’s liaison with various public and private entities, stakeholders, and community organizations at the local, state, and federal level. 
  • Provide direct supervision, effective leadership and mentoring of the Port’s Senior Leadership Team.


Required Experience & Education

Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public administration, or a related field required. Master’s Degree preferred. Minimum of 7 years business experience with at least 5 years working for a port authority or other maritime organization in an executive level role.


Required Qualifications, include but are not limited to:

  • A thorough knowledge of and the ability to continue to learn the practices of general port operations and management, economic development, maritime and railroad commerce, personnel practices, operations of marine facilities and docks, railroad operations and infrastructure, public budget practices, property management, dredging and wetland management practices, commercial and recreational vessel operation, and project management.
  • Strong ability to think strategically, exercise judgment, balance priorities, and adapt to shifting deadlines, requirements, and commitments.
  • Experience with political advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels.  Community outreach oriented with experience representing an organization to a wide variety of audiences.


Application Process

Additional information, including the full job announcement, can be found at  To be considered for this opportunity, applicants should submit a cover letter and resume as instructed in the job announcement.