The Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves) is seeking an outstanding individual to serve as its Port Director.
The Galveston Wharves (“Port of Galveston”) was created by City Ordinance in 1940 as a separate utility of the City of Galveston to manage, maintain, operate and control all existing Port properties and all additions, improvements, or extension to such properties. The Galveston Wharves operates as an Enterprise Organization under the direction of a Board of Trustees appointed by the Galveston City Council.
The Galveston Wharves is an enterprise fund of the City of Galveston, Texas. An enterprise fund is used to account for activity in which the cost of providing goods and services are primarily recovered through the fees charged to the users of such goods and services. The Galveston Wharves Board is mission-empowered to carry out the responsibilities of managing the activities of the Galveston Wharves by way of an international, national, state, regional and local sales/marketing program directed toward attracting and convincing international and domestic importers, exporters, and ship lines to locate new offices and/or move cargoes through the Port of Galveston, Texas to produce operating revenues at Port-owned facilities; toward promoting the relocation of industries to the Galveston region to create jobs; toward developing new markets of regional cargoes shipped as cargoes; and toward retaining the current cargo base at the Port of Galveston. These activities are not only vital in scope to the mission of the Wharves, but are also essential as they impact the long-term viability and economic well-being of the City of Galveston and the Galveston region.
Situated on Galveston Island two miles off the Texas coast on the Gulf of Mexico, and approximately fifty miles south of Houston, Texas, the Port of Galveston is Texas’ oldest commercial enterprise. Galveston was used for shipping as long ago as 1820, and on October 17, 1825 became a provisional port and customs entry port by Act of Congress in Mexico.
The Port of Galveston is one of Texas’ major seaports. The Galveston Wharves’ facilities, located at the entrance to Galveston bay, constitute a large portion of the greater Port complex. The complex is situated on the north side of the island city with property and facilities also located on Pelican Island. The Port operates as a self-supporting enterprise not relying on any local tax dollars for operations. The Port generated over $33 million in revenues in 2015 with an annual estimated economic input to the State of Texas of $3.8 billion. A landlord port with facilities and property approximating 850 acres on Galveston Island and adjacent Pelican Island, the Port of Galveston facilitates the movement of a diverse mix of domestic and international cargoes. One of the top 50 ports in the nation and one of the busiest in Texas, the Port moved 5.6 million tons of cargo and had over 1.67 million cruise passenger movements in 2015. All Galveston Wharves properties are located within the City limits of Galveston, Texas. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway runs alongside the Port of Galveston. The 45-foot deep Galveston Channel provides access to the open Gulf and has a maximum width of 1,200 feet. Galveston port facilities are situated 9.3 miles from the open sea.
The Port Director serves as the chief executive and administrative officer of the Port. The position directs the activities of all employees of the Port in the Operations, both cruise and harbormaster, Facilities including construction and maintenance, Finance, Administration, Marketing, Public Relations and Security Departments. Currently, the Port employs 103 full-time and 7 part-time employees and has an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million. The mission of the Port of Galveston is to be an economic engine for the City of Galveston and the region. As such, it must generate well paid jobs with good employee benefits while contributing to the economic wellbeing of the City. In doing this it must generate sufficient positive cash flow and operating revenues to maintain, repair and renew the facilities used in operations such as to maintain current customers and attract new businesses desiring to conduct operations from the Port.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Port Director assures that the Port of Galveston is compliant with its enabling legislation and other governmental regulations and policies, including, but not limited to, the Policies Regulating Performance of Duties of the Board of Trustees and Port Director of the Galveston Wharves, current Port of Galveston Tariff, Human Resources Policy Manual, Purchasing Policy and Security Policy
Detailed duties include:
- Spearhead the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes.
- Develop Port’s Strategic Master Plan that examines trade and shipping trends while identifying the cost of capital improvements that can support current and new business demands. Plan will support best use of current Port property, both developed and undeveloped, and will consider expansion to non-Port properties that would support business growth for current and new customers. Identify and evaluate strategic alternatives and recommend an alternative for adoption by the Board of Trustees. The strategic alternatives must be evaluated in terms of their relative ability to generate well paid jobs with good benefits and their relative ability to maintain an excess of Port revenues over expenses.
- Prepare for submission to the Board of Trustees, the annual Operating, Renewal and Replacement, and Capital Budgets to appropriate funds for Port operations and the long-term Capital Expansion Program of the Port and administer these budgets after adoption by the Board.
- Identify sources of funding for Port projects. Be familiar with Federal, State and local funding opportunities as well as public private partnership investments that would contribute to the long-term development of Port assets and the retention of current customers and the attraction of new customers. Demonstrate an ability to work with these funding partners, both government and non-government, to access these funds.
- Identify improved methods, processes and procedures for achieving more efficient and secure operations of the physical facilities, both Port and tenant managed, at the Port of Galveston to maximize revenues and manage expenses.
- Monitor office functions and transactions in the Executive, Finance, Purchasing, Human Resources, Lease Management, Business Development and General Administration Departments to ensure they are conducted in accordance with Port policies and procedures. Seek staff input regarding management, staffing requirements and facility development concerns.
- Develop short and long-range capital improvement and maintenance needs to support cargo movement, port expansion and port security to ensure Galveston’s port facilities are among the best, most efficient and secure in the State of Texas and the United States.
- Work with local, regional, state and federal government agencies, related maritime and development agencies, community organizations, shippers and ship lines including cruise lines, related major transportation companies and associated Port community stakeholders to include, but not limited to, the U. S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and related Port associations (American Association of Port Authorities, Texas Ports Association, Gulf Ports Association and others). Maintain liaison with the officials of these organizations, governments and businesses on matters pertaining to the maritime industry to support, preserve and enhance the important contributions of the Port of Galveston to the economic vitality of the City of Galveston and the region.
- Work with City leadership and local community organizations to build public trust in the governance and activities of the Port while fostering a success-oriented, accountable and transparent environment with clearly defined and measurable results.