The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports destination. The Commission attracts, develops, and supports sporting events and activities to enhance economic impact, stimulate bed tax revenues, and maximize utilization of County facilities. The Sports Development Manager will play a vital role in achieving the objectives and goals of the Sports Commission.
The Manager of Sports Development works to implement strategies to identify, solicit, secure, and retain sporting events that will take place in Palm Beach County. This role will be responsible for executing plans to promote Palm Beach County as a sports destination and bring a variety of state, regional, national, and international sporting events to Palm Beach County’s private and public sports venues.
Create and enhance relationships with events rights holders through a variety of communications to become aware of event hosting opportunities, including regular communication with both prospective and existing clients that offer of event bidding or hosting opportunities
Develop/prepare bid proposals to be presented to events rights holders
Support the bid process, including contractual agreements, budget preparation, securing and presenting appropriate venues, procurement of necessary support services, coordination of housing accommodations, and other requirements as needed
Develop event layouts and execute event plans as needed
Build collaborative partnerships with stakeholders that are required to attract and host sporting events in Palm Beach County (facilities, hotels, parks & recreation, event equipment & service providers, chambers, municipalities, etc.)
Maintain an inventory of Palm Beach County sports facilities, both private and public
Responsibility for management of CRM Sports database, produce reports, as requested regarding sports metrics
Maintain very strong and up to speed knowledge of sports facilities, Convention Center, hotels, attractions, airport, policies and destination information to lead knowledge sharing with team.
Establish and maintain strong relationships with local, statewide, regional, and national sports organizations to maximize future event hosting opportunities
Promote and educate events rights holders about Palm Beach County and its sports assets and venues
Organize and assist with familiarization tours, site visits, or site reviews with event owners
Research event hosting opportunities by visiting industry websites for national and international sports organizations
Engage with rights holders, NGBs, and other prospective business partners at industry conferences, trade shows, and meetings, as needed.
Cultivate and secure new community partnerships for Sports Commission events
Act as a customer service agent to the portfolio of Palm Beach County supported sporting events
Assist with event management needs and requirements for event partners, as needed
Maintain relationships with facility operators, which represent the single most important stakeholder to attracting and hosting sporting events (private and public sports venues, County & municipal parks & recreation departments, colleges & universities, & PBC School District are examples of facility owners)
Develop and maintain a robust database of facilities capable of hosting sports events, including a list of private and public golf courses
Assist with the research and analysis of future facility-related projects in Palm Beach County
Minimum 2 years of equivalent experience
Ability to work well independently on several projects concurrently.
Possess excellent organizational skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrate high energy level and flexibility coupled with sound judgment
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point
About Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities.
The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Award program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches.