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Visit Seattle is currently hiring for the following positions:
  • 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 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:
  • Public Relatons Internship
  • Special Events Internship

NATIONAL ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

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.

Physical Demands
The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to:

  • Stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Requires working alone on the computer, collaborating as part of a team and working closely with others by computer and over the phone.
  • Work involves frequent walking city site inspections conducted with customers and partners
  • Position will require occasional weekends and frequent early morning and evening hours based on customer’s schedule and needs.
  • Estimate approximately 15% travel depending on market.

Work Environment
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing most of the duties of this job, the employee may not be exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
 


PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN

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:   Spring/Summer 2015; (3- and 6-month internships)
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:  April 15, 2015
 



Special Events Intern - Summer 2015

Visit Seattle is seeking one Special Events intern from mid-May to mid-September 2015.  As a leader in the hospitality industry, we have the resources to provide a hospitality student the unique opportunity to learn from several of the top industry leaders in Seattle, within Visit Seattle and with our industry partners.

Hours: require 36- 40 hours per week
Timeline: Winter Term: Mid-May (May 13th possibly) – September 22, 2015, temporary
Compensation: $12.00 per hour plus a bus pass. No housing or per diem stipends. 
Work schedule:  Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm, variations on schedule may be available as mutually agreed upon.

Job Description

  • Work with Director of Special Events on the planning and coordination of Sales Trips, Tradeshows and Partnership Events
  • Coordinate Booth Details for Tradeshows
  • Write Resumes for each event
  • Create Name Badges for event attendees
  • Working with Marketing Team on creative for events
  • Work with the Convention Sales and Services Teams on tasks pertaining to their roles and responsibilities (1-2 days per week throughout internship)

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to coordinate tradeshow details of a variety of different styles and companies
  • Learn how to organize tasks based on importance and complete on time
  • Communication skills with internal team, vendors and Director
  • Learn how to coordinate an event from start to finish, be a part of the pre-planning meetings with the Director, Shadow during site tours and see how to manage multiple vendors.
  • Develop problem solving skills

Desired Skills:

  • Minimum of three years completed on a Four-Year degree from an academic institution and two years of customer service experience in the hospitality field
  • Understanding of the convention and tourism industries
  • Exceptional customer service skills, both on the phone and face-to-face
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Proven ability to work independently while effectively prioritizing and multi-tasking
  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative, and self-motivation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Able to identify and effectively deal with conflict

To apply:  Interested students should submit a letter of interest and resume to: resumes@visitseattle.org and specify interest in the Special Events Summer Internship

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

  • Background
  • Educational attainment to date, including cumulative GPA
  • Expected graduation date
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Hospitality experience to date
  • Previous work experience if any
  • Current anticipated career path
  • Statement of purpose - reason for wanting this experience.


Deadline to submit resume:  March 4th , 2015


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.