Seeking a new leadership opportunity in the sports tourism industry? Visit Mankato is offering an opportunity to take the helm of a fast growing Sports Commission.
The Mankato Sports Commission is a department within Visit Mankato. It serves as a clearinghouse and resource for all sporting and competitive event organizers interested in Mankato and proactively identifies, seeks out and attracts new sporting and competition opportunities that generate a positive economic impact for the Greater Mankato area. The Sports Commission takes a leadership role in growing and developing the local sports industry and works to develop a reputation as the “voice for sports tourism” in the area.
The Mankato Sports Commission has had dedicated staff for over 10 years including a director, event manager and marketing staff. Visit Mankato and its parent, Greater Mankato Growth Inc., are well respected within the region. The corporation boasts a fun, flexible and family friendly environment providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.
The Sports Commission Director focuses on raising the profile of Greater Mankato as a premier sports destination by aggressively promoting the destination’s existing resources and targeting events that will generate a positive economic impact for the community. This person leads an Advisory Committee (Commissioners), committees and task forces to drive economic development for Mankato through professional and amateur sporting/competitive events.
The Sports Commission Director must be a tenacious and goal oriented professional with a strong background in relationship development and customer service; sales and public relations and must be able to manage a small but growing staff and interns as well as be able to work through community processes to accomplish initiatives as necessary. The Sports Commission Director shall foster an environment that emphasizes a high degree of professionalism while utilizing exemplary organizational and communication skills in a multitasking environment.
Principal Accountabilities include:
Provide management to the Sports Commission operations and strategic plan.
Proactively identify and act on opportunities to grow or attract local, state and national sporting/competitive events that could generate economic impact.
Ensure support is provided as appropriate to grow and/or start events.
Ensure marketing and public relations support is provided to increase awareness of the Sports Commission’s services and impact, community sporting/competitive events and the community’s assets related to hosting events.
Manage, coach and support Sports Commission support staff and interns.
Miscellaneous duties as assigned by the President that advance the mission of the Sports Commission and Visit Mankato.
Full position description can be found here: https://www.visitgreatermankato.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Sports-Commission-Director-Job-Description-REV-4.2018.pdf
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references to Anna Thill at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: 12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 1645, Mankato, MN 56001. Candidates will be considered as soon as Monday, May 7th. The search process will remain open until filled with the right candidate.
graduation from post secondary institution with degree in business, sports management/administration, event management, or related field or have at least 5 years applicable work experience
demonstrated proven ability in sales
experience in fiscal planning and budget management
3+ years experience with successful management, supervision and leadership in Event Management or a similar field
knowledge of convention and visitor bureau industry
knowledge of the Greater Mankato sports landscape
knowledge of the travel industry, hospitality industry and sports in general is beneficial
ability to identify trends and opportunities that can be utilized to increase the volume of events/volume of event participants
knowledge of how to formulate and effectively execute innovative strategies
knowledge of how to research, compile, analyze and report on results of strategies
proficiency with office technology and software applications
Skills & Ability:
strong interpersonal skills
communication skills - written and verbal
demonstrated experience and expertise in public relations
able to handle multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously with accuracy and attention to detail
problem solver with the ability to deliver quality work in a deadline-driven, multi-faceted environment
flexibility and adaptability to changing work, program and service environment
exercise independent judgment and initiative
must be self-starter with ability to set and meet goals
ability to represent the organization, network and work effectively with multiple stakeholder groups, elected officials, civic bodies, business and industry leaders and the public
ability to lead cross-functional teams to address business opportunities, including creating business plans, conducting research and leading project plans and teams
must have the ability to be a coalition-builder and work with multiple entities on a single project
must be able to travel
must be able to work weekends/evenings as necessary to support key events associated with the Sports Commission
realization of the importance of maintaining confidentiality
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, HSA, 401K, short & long-term disability, and life insurance.
About Visit Mankato/Mankato Sports Commission
Visit Mankato (local convention and visitors bureau) drives the visitor economy of Greater Mankato through the attraction of conventions, sporting/competitive events and general leisure travel. The Sports Commission is a department within Visit Mankato and serves as a clearing house and resource for all sporting/competitive event organizers; proactively attracts new events to drive the sporting economy; and takes on a leadership role in serving as the "voice for sports tourism" in the area.