The Oregon State Fair is the official state fair of the State of Oregon. The Fair takes place every August–September at the 185-acre Oregon State Fairgrounds located in north Salem, the state capital, as it has almost every year since 1862. Salem has a population of approximately 155,000 and is the capital of the State of Oregon, and the county seat of Marion County. The City of Salem is centrally... located within the state and is only one hour away from the Oregon Coast and the Cascade Mountains. It is located in the center of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River, which runs north through the city. The river forms the boundary between Marion and Polk Counties. The metropolitan population is approximately 396,103, the state's second largest. Salem was founded in 1842, became the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1851, and was incorporated in 1857.
The State of Oregon is the largest public employer in the city, and Salem Health is the largest private employer. Transportation includes public transit from Salem-Keizer Transit, Amtrak service, and the Portland International Airport which is one hour north of Salem. Major roads include Interstate 5, Oregon Route 99E, and Oregon Route 22.
The Oregon State Fair Council has announced their search for the position of Chief Executive Officer, to manage the Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center, including the annual State Fair, year round events and community getherings at the state farigrounds in Salem, Oregon.
The State Fair Council is a governmental entity performing governmental funcations and exercising governmental powers but, is not a unit of local or municipal government or a state agency. The Council is charged with creating a new, sustainable business model for the Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center, and Council members will have the authority to execute a nimble business strategy that can capitalize on sponshorships, rapidly changing market conditions, and steamlined contracting and employment practices.
The annual oprating budget is approx. $7.7 million ($3.8 million at Fair time), 5 full time staff and an additional 600 seasonal employees. Current fair dates are August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair Attendance was 240,000 people in 2013, with additional other events of 250,000 annually.
To learn more about the Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center visit www.oregonstatexpo.org.
Qualified candidates should have a college degree and a minimum of 7 years experience in an executive management position with a fair, festival or major event hosting more than 100,000 people in attendance. The ideal candidate will also have working experience with an appointed board of directors with preference shown for work with a not-for-profit, non-profit or governmental entity.
Additional Salary Information: including Bonus with an excellent benefit package.
Internal Number: 14-062
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