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​Executive Director Search

Port Commission seeks strategic and entrepreneurial leader who is committed to public service

​The Port of Seattle Commission officially opened its search for an Executive Director to applicants by posting a job description and announcing the results of an extensive outreach effort seeking input about the critical qualities and attributes for the next Port leader.

The public outreach included a web survey that received more than 500 responses, five employee forums attended by more than 200 employees, and interviews with more than 100 external community leaders and stakeholders, including customers, labor leaders, minority community leaders, environmental leaders, community business leaders, regional community leaders and elected officials. The outreach was carried out by Commissioners, port staff and the executive search firm, Herd Freed Hartz of Seattle.

In concert with the Commission’s leadership, the next Executive Director will form and maintain excellent relationships with internal and external stakeholders through transparency, authenticity, accountability, diversity, equity, inclusion, and effective community engagement. The highest priority is to ensure a cohesive, engaged workforce that is proud of its work to improve our community. In partnership with the Commission, the Executive Director serves as a bridge from this unique institution to the wider King County community and beyond.

Interested candidates can download the job specifications brochure or contact Herd Freed Hartz for more information. ​ 

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