Executive Director

Job Description


The Discover Kodiak Board of Directors seeks an Executor Director to guide and lead its destination marketing efforts on behalf of the Kodiak Region.

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer for Discover Kodiak and is responsible for marketing strategy, budget development, management of the organization’s programs, staffing the visitor’s center, and supervising two full-time employees. The position serves as the public face of the organization and is responsible for maintaining relationships with members and other regional stakeholders.

To support and promote our member businesses by advocating for a thriving visitor industry in the Kodiak Region. Discover Kodiak encourages travel by the public to and throughout the Kodiak Island Borough and maintains a continuing interest in the well-being of visitors.

1. Plans, formulates, and recommends for the approval of the Board of Directors such policies,
activities, services, and programs that further the objectives and goals for the Discover Kodiak and assumes primary responsibility for implementing the same.
2. Advocates for Kodiak Region tourism at the local, state, and national levels of government.
3. Monitors trends in the visitor industry by staying active in the Alaska Tourism Industry Association.
4. Enhances Discover Kodiak’s role as a Destination Marketing and Management Organization
5. Annually meets with community stakeholders to align priorities and reports results to the Board. Makes annual plan adjustments, within budget categories, as needed.
6. Develops and presents an annual budget to the Board of Directors and administers the adopted
budget for support of Discover Kodiak activities; directs the preparation of all financial documents and records; and reviews all available grant programs and pursues programs beneficial to Discover Kodiak activities.
7. Maintains effective relationships through personal contact with other organizations, both public and private, whose interests have an impact on the convention and visitor industry and financing; and coordinates Discover Kodiak activities and functions with them.
8. Plans, supervises, and coordinates all newsletters, publications, and social media content.
9. Works with members and community stakeholders to ensure that the cruise ship schedule is
shared and kept up to date. Advocates for Kodiak to be a preferred port call with cruise lines as
10. Attends all meetings of the Board of Directors and, if requested, assists with facilitating the
11. Provides accurate and current information to the Board regarding the status of all organization activities and programs and those federal, state, and local matters that many influence Discover Kodiak activities and programs; and prepares necessary records and reports regarding administrative and managerial activities.
12. Hires, trains, and supervises a staff to carry out Discover Kodiak’s purpose and to provide for the organization’s day-to-day operation.
13. Directs the activities of fiscal services retained by the Discover Kodiak Board of Directors.
14. Plans, organizes, and executes events and fundraisers for Discover Kodiak, including the Annual Meeting of membership, Chocolate Lover’s Fling, and Adjust Your Altitude Hiking challenge.
15. Executes such contracts or commitments as may be authorized by the bylaws or the Board of
Directors and carries out any other duties as assigned.
16. Exercises discretionary powers as granted by the bylaws, the Board of Directors, and custom.

The Discover Kodiak Board of Directors seeks a forward-thinking, dedicated professional. The ideal candidate will exhibit exceptional skills in communication, relationship-building, team management, event coordination, ethics, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

• Experience in the Alaska visitor industry, tourism, marketing, management, and publication development.
• A track record of progressively responsible experience in the visitor/hospitality industry.
• A bachelor’s degree in tourism/hospitality, business, management, marketing, or a related field OR equivalent professional experience.
• Proficiency in core accounting principles, managing a budget, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Adobe Suite, and simple website design.
• Willingness to adapt to new technology systems.
• Ability to create and implement engaging social media and marketing content to promote Discover Kodiak, Discover Kodiak’s events, and Discover Kodiak’s members.
• Able to work with the Board of Directors, City and Borough officials, Discover Kodiak members, and business and community leaders.

Works independently with broad latitude to implement the goals of the Discover Kodiak. Reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for implementing policies established by the Board. Makes recommendations and develops policies for Board consideration and approval. Represents the organization to the media, general public and local elected officials.

Supervises all organization staff directly or indirectly.

Frequent contact with the public, government officials, Discover Kodiak members and other business owners and executives, requiring a well-developed sense of tact, courtesy and diplomacy.

General day-to-day activity in an office environment, with some activity required offsite in a variety of public settings.

Salary $75,000-85,000 DOE. Retirement benefits available after a satisfactory six-month review.

Email resume, cover letter, and three references to [email protected] Please apply before March 17th for initial review the week of March 20th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


100 E Marine Way, Kodiak, AK, 99615

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Listing Closing Date

03 / 31 / 2023


Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected] by March 17, 2023.