Vice President of Communications and Marketing

The Port, OH | Full-time


The Position

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port) is seeking a new Vice President of Communications and Marketing to plan, develop, integrate, and implement the organization’s overall marketing strategies, communication, branding, and public relations activities both internally and externally. As a dynamic leader and change agent, the Vice President’s goal will be to strengthen existing communication efforts and develop a marketing and communications plan that reflects The Port’s mission and goals, addresses target audiences and key stakeholders, and ensures alignment and consistency of communications throughout the organization.

The Vice President of Communications and Marketing is an integral member of The Port’s leadership team and reports directly to the President & CEO. As a strategic advisor, the Vice President serves as the primary communications and marketing resource for the President & CEO as well as The Port’s senior leadership. This position currently supervises a staff of two including a Marketing Manager and a Visual Communication Associate.

The Organization

Established in 2000 as the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, The Port is an economic development agency that initiates projects to improve property value and promote job creation throughout Hamilton County. The broad development-related powers granted under Ohio Revised Code 4582, as well as the extensive expertise of staff, allow The Port to take on complex projects that catalyze private investment.

Under Vision 2022, the organization is currently focusing on three key strategies – industrial revitalization, neighborhood revitalization, and public finance. In support of these initiatives, The Port offers partnerships, programs, and services to support the advancement of Hamilton County. The programs and services are available to small businesses, developers, homebuyers, and neighborhood advocates. Current programs and services include land banking, REACH Home Rehab Program, Impact Investing, Commercial Revolving Loan Fund, Down Payment Assistance, Third-Party Project Management, and the Foreign Trade Zone.

The Port is considered a “body corporate and politic” (Chapter 4582 of the Ohio Revised Code) and, for some purposes, a political subdivision. Port authorities are each governed by a board of directors appointed by elected officials and have the responsibilities of a governmental entity, including holding public meetings and making its records available for public inspection. The Port is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors that has authority over all aspects of The Port’s management. Half of the Board is appointed by the Cincinnati City Council, and the other half is appointed by the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board are appointed internally by the Board. All members of the Board serve staggered four-year terms.

The Port receives its funding from Hamilton County, the City of Cincinnati, and from charges for service. The Port’s operating budget for FY2018 was just over $8 million. The organization has 29 staff members and is led by the President and CEO, who reports to the Board of Directors.

The Ideal Candidate

The Port is seeking a Vice President of Communications and Marketing who is not only an effective communicator but someone who is self-motivated, bright, and highly creative. They thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic organization with a high level of independence. The successful candidate has fresh, innovative ideas, and provides informed and thoughtful recommendations to The Port’s senior leadership.

The Vice President has excellent communication skills and can present ideas concisely, both verbally and in writing. The ideal candidate is an excellent writer with proven success in composing and editing professional marketing copy. This person is analytical, with the ability to interpret information, news, data, and research quickly. This individual can distill the most important, relevant, and complex information into easy to understand concepts and creative ideas. This person is articulate, an excellent public speaker, and comfortable serving as The Port’s media spokesperson.

The successful candidate is proactive with strong time management skills and demonstrates meticulous attention to detail. With a proven ability to multi-task, this person can balance multiple organizational priorities, projects, deadlines, and expectations. The ideal candidate has experience developing marketing and communication strategies, working with the media, crisis management, special event planning, and improving brand awareness. The next Vice President is responsive, transparent, and remains resilient and calm in high-pressure situations.

The ideal candidate is a proven supervisor who can create an environment of trust. This person leads a team of accomplished professionals and is fully invested in their continued development and success. The Vice President provides staff support, direction, and feedback while challenging their team to think creatively.

The next Vice President is credible, personable, approachable, and a relationship builder. This person is diplomatic, tactful, and demonstrates cultural sensitivity. The ideal candidate works well with diverse groups of individuals, stakeholders, and organizations and is passionate about driving The Port’s marketing strategy forward.

Experience and Education

The minimum qualifications for this position are a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, advertising, or a closely related field; five (5) years of progressively responsible communications and marketing or related experience with at least two (2) years’ experience directly supervising or leading a team. The successful candidate must have experience developing and implementing comprehensive communication and marketing strategies and be familiar with the use of social media platforms.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, ten (10) years of communications and marketing experience, and five (5) or more years of supervisory experience. Experience in developing complex communication and marketing plans, brand development, community engagement and outreach, crisis communication, and working with executive leaders and boards/governing bodies is also preferred.

The Community

Hamilton County is in the southwestern corner of the state of Ohio and neighbors southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky. The County covers 414 square miles and is strikingly beautiful and bounded by rivers – the mighty Ohio, the Little Miami, and the Great Miami, whose valleys have created unparalleled vistas. The County is the third most populous county in the state and is part of the Greater Cincinnati Region.

Hamilton County includes 49 local jurisdictions, with Cincinnati serving as the County seat. There are 22 public school districts within the County. In addition, eight higher education institutions serve the Greater Cincinnati Region, including the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Miami University, Thomas More University, and Northern Kentucky University.

The County was ranked number nine on Forbes' list of "The Best Cities For Raising a Family" and offers world-class public libraries, parks, and one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals. The Greater Cincinnati Region boasts many attractions including major sports teams, museums, an aquarium, performing arts venues, cultural events, festivals, and special events. The County, in cooperation with the City of Cincinnati, operates the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County system with a main library and 41 branches.

For the outdoor lover, Hamilton County doesn’t disappoint. The region offers a wide array of outdoor recreational activities ranging from fishing, boating, and kayaking to hiking, biking, and camping. The Great Parks of Hamilton County park district resides within the County and maintains a series of preserves and educational facilities including 96 regional parks, 78 miles of trails, six golf courses, three campgrounds, two dog parks, aquatic complexes.


  • Population: 816,684

  • Median Household Income: $54,976

  • Median Home Value: $149,300

  • Median Age: 36.9 years 


The salary range is $115,000 - $130,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The application deadline has been extended to May 29, 2020.


Please direct questions to Jenn Reichelt at or 513-221-0500.

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