Here at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority we offer fulfilling and sensational careers on a campus which includes one of the world’s largest domed structures, the Georgia Dome; the fourth largest convention center in the United States, the Georgia World Congress Center; and the site of the 1996 Olympic Games, Centennial Olympic Park and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Our mission is to promote and facilitate events and activities that generate economic benefits to the citizens of the State of Georgia and the City of Savannah as well as enhance the quality of life for every Georgian.
The Georgia World Congress Center is currently seeking a Director of Sales in Savannah to join our team. The Director of Sales reports to the General Manager of the Savannah Convention Center. This position plays a vital role in our organization by maximizing our aspirational business mix. Our ideal candidate will be a transformational leader who drives innovation. Successful employees at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority embody our four core values- to be one, to be honest, to be stewards, to be dynamic – and share our vision to be the #1 convention, sports, and entertainment destination in the world.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide general administrative supervision of sales, market research and communications functions of the Convention Center in Savannah and related facilities; coordinate activities with other facility departments and industry associates
Prepare, publish and maintain a comprehensive long-range Marketing Plan, updated annually. The Marketing Plan shall be coordinated with and address all segments of the SITCC/GIMTCA. Further, the Marketing Plan shall establish sales goals and objectives, proposed communications plan and market research activities. As applicable, these plans shall be coordinated with the business plans of Visit Savannah.
Maintain and update a departmental SOP
Promote and maintain liaison with the national and international meeting and industry associations (PCMA, IAEM, ASAE, MPI) as well as Visit Savannah and Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Hospitality and Trade Association, etc.
Provide sales/marketing reports as required by the GWCCA/GIMTCA
Prepare and maintain an annual budget. Forecast and manage all revenue and expense items for the department
Such other duties, functions, special projects and responsibilities as assigned by the Savannah General Manager
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES
Expert knowledge of sales and revenue management as it pertains to the hospitality industry—specifically in the convention center and hotel space
Convention center market knowledge- maintain and be current on our core competitive set’s features and benefits while maintaining a steady eye on emerging markets
Ability to prioritize tasks & to manage workload using own initiative
Ability to multi-task & work under pressure with limited resources
Ability to manage budgets and drive profitability
Ability to inspire confidence, lead by example and gain credibility with senior management and day to day team
High degree of integrity and compliance
Thoroughness in task approach, follow-up & completion;
Excellent computer skills
Assess, weigh and manage risk in the face of uncertainty
Research and interpret relevant information from a range of sources
Use appropriate technology to find and process information, while continuously looking for innovative ways to enhance our performance
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Bachelor degree with emphasis in marketing, sales, business or related fields
Must have a minimum of seven (7) years of overall sales experience within major convention, hospitality, multi-purpose facility in the tourism industry
Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience in an administrative or management capacity
Must be willing to travel up to 25%
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About Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Here at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority we offer fulfilling and sensational careers on a campus which includes one of the world’s largest domed structures, the Georgia Dome; the fourth largest convention center in the United States, the Georgia World Congress Center; and the site of the 1996 Olympic Games, Centennial Olympic Park. Every year the GWCCA campus accommodates over one mill...ion visitors for sporting events, concerts, and conventions and entertainment events hosted in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Our mission is to promote and facilitate events and activities that generate economic benefits to the citizens of the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta as well as enhance the quality of life for every Georgian.