City of Tampa

Convention Ctr & Tourism Director (#906900) MM

$54.10-$84.88 Hourly / $9,377.33-$14,712.53 Monthly / $112,528.00-$176,550.40 Yearly


This is highly responsible administrative and public contact work to promote the City of Tampa and to oversee the management of the municipally owned and operated Convention Center.

Nature Of Work

The employee in this class of work is responsible for the marketing and promotion of the City of Tampa in all aspects of tourism, public events and in the administration of the Convention Center, which provides a venue for national, international and regional conventions, tradeshows, conferences and related events. The employee in this position works under administrative direction of the Economic Development Director. The Convention Center Director reports to this position. Work is of unusual difficulty requiring the exercise of extensive initiative and independent judgement. Participates in the Mayor’s Executive Staff meetings. Work is reviewed through periodic conferences, reports submitted and results achieved. Appointed position; employee serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.

Examples of Duties

Participates in professional associations and maintains liaison with various boards, businesses, civic groups and organizations, in order to promote tourism and Convention Center business opportunities; city support of festival events such as Gasparilla, Outback Bowl, Superbowl, Guavaween; collaborates with the mayor and City Council, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, chamber of Commerce officials, and other organizations for the purpose of developing public events and Convention Center business; identifies and coordinates special projects and other events at the Convention Center and other venues throughout the City.

Provides overall direction in the administration of the Convention Center, including planning, developing and directing a variety of promotional activities designed to stimulate marketing of the Convention Center on a local, national and international basis; conducts high level negotiations for major conventions, conferences and trade shows.

Engages in public relations activities to promote the Convention Center and the City of Tampa as a tourist destination; establishes and maintains liaison with major association, businesses and governmental agencies, manufacturers’ associations, science and technology associations, major political parties, governmental jurisdictions, medical associations, insurance groups, health care providers and related organizations.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of: the needs of large organizations in selecting convention destinations; local destination resources, accommodations, transportation and entertainment components.

Extensive knowledge of: public relations strategies, promotional campaigns for destinations, and industry benchmarks.

Ability to: identify and establish communications with potential users of convention facilities; establish business relationships with users of convention facilities; plan, develop and effectively present marketing strategies to a variety of target customers; establish performance goals and objectives at the organizational level; establish and maintain effective working relationships with government officials, media representatives and other significant parties, to mold the administration’s goals and objectives into the convention and tourism business plan.

Skill in: negotiating complex comprehensive contracts involving the use of convention facilities, destination resources and service providers.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid drivers license may be required.

Suggested Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in public or business administration, public relations or related field and five (5) years progressively responsible experience as the chief executive of a major business or public assembly facility; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 906900; EST: 8/9/2013; REV: ;