Established in 1982, as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation, Visit Baltimore is the official destination marketing organization for Baltimore. We are the marketing arm for the Baltimore Convention Center as well as for Visit Baltimore member businesses within the hospitality community. Visit Baltimore brings together the interests of the private sector, government, trade and civic associations and the Visit Baltimore members, in continuing to build the successful convention and leisure travel industry in the Baltimore area.
Mission: Visit Baltimore generates economic benefits for Baltimore City through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors, and works to provide a positive experience for all guests.
Values: Our day-to-day behaviors are the foundation of our workplace culture. Because of this, all our actions must come from a place of respect for ourselves, our colleagues, our customers, our community and our stakeholders. Grounded in a foundation of respect, we embrace the following values as the principal pillars of our culture:
Responsible for public policy and external affairs inclusive of community relations. As an extension of Visit Baltimore’s community engagement strategy, serves as the Executive Director of the Visit Baltimore Foundation and is charged with providing direction and leadership toward the achievement of the Foundation’s philosophy, mission and annual goals and objectives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Director, Government and Community Affairs
Develop and implement an annual public affairs plan that incorporates goals and objectives that support and advance the strategic plan for Visit Baltimore, including strategies and programs for advocacy (legislative, city government and community/business stakeholder outreach) and community engagement;
Serve as the staff liaison and point of contact at Visit Baltimore for the Mayor’s staff, City Council, Baltimore legislators, Governor’s office and business community; and maintain and develop relationships with appropriate government, business and hospitality leaders as well as industry partners to support the organization’s advocacy strategy;
Source approvals for formal communications from, as well as manage special event requests and associated briefing protocols with, the Mayor’s Office and Governor’s Office on behalf of Visit Baltimore and/or customers and clients;
Draft tourism-related legislation, prepare written/oral testimony in support of tourism-related legislation and monitor legislative items that impact Visit Baltimore, the tourism industry and our membership community for appropriate response at the City and State level, calling on grassroots systems as applicable and working with Visit Baltimore colleagues to engage and communicate items of interest with members and the hospitality community at large;
Serve as the staff contact for any legislative or advocacy contracts or professional services, including any lobbyist services;
Research and facilitate opportunities for the President and CEO to speak at hospitality and community events to raise awareness of the impact of tourism within Baltimore business and resident communities, supporting Communications in identifying the most relevant messaging for said presentations based on the audience(s) in question;
Serve as a staff liaison for Board’s Advocacy & Engagement committee;
Develop content to highlight Public Affairs and Community Engagement achievements and opportunities, as well as creating bespoke communications for elected officials in keeping with advocacy plans and working with Marketing and Communications to publish such content on appropriate channels;
Organize tourism-related events and activities that drive home the impact of tourism with key stakeholder groups including but not limited to a Baltimore City’s participation in National Tourism Week and Baltimore’s participation in Tourism Day in Annapolis;
Provide legislative support for the operations of the Baltimore Tourism Improvement District;
Develop and manage the Public Affairs budget and staff;
Any other duties as assigned by the President & CEO.
Special Duties - Executive Director, Visit Baltimore Foundation
Set and manage the Foundation budget, working with Finance and accountants to comply with all state and federal reporting and charity requirements;
Manage the Foundation Board to fulfill its governance function by: working with the Board Chair and Vice Chair (a Director also serving as the President & CEO of Visit Baltimore, Inc.) to plan quarterly Board meetings; nominate and train new Board and non-Board committee members; and, provide frequent updates on programming, development and governance issues;
Serve as a public advocate for the Foundation locally and in the industry, this includes serving as the principal spokesperson for the Foundation and collaborating with others in the community to enhance the Foundation's visibility and operations, including educational, civic, non-profit and other partner institutions in the tourism industry;
Develop and support Foundation Board and staff in the achievement of a comprehensive, broad-based fundraising plan that draws from a variety of sources including grants, sponsorship, individual contributions and special fundraising events;
Develop and support Board and staff in the achievement of programs that fulfill the Foundation’s mission and maximize intersections with Visit Baltimore Community Engagement goals;
Guide and approve all aspects of the Foundation’s communications, ensuring the Foundation and its mission and programs are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to all relevant stakeholders.
Bachelor’s degree in political science, nonprofit management or related field, and a minimum of five years’ experience of legislative affairs work at the city, state or federal level and/or community advocacy with a strong understanding of local and state politics. Foundation best practices and hospitality experience a plus.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
Ability to present information effectively and develop successful working relationships with staff, board members, members, city and state officials and the community;
Attention to detail with strong organizational and project management skills;
Ability to solve practical problems and provide timely and effective solutions;
Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite;
Ability to work independently and as part of team;
Positive attitude, dependability and professionalism is a must.
Interested candidates should forward their cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Visit Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Visit Baltimore
Visit Baltimore generates economic benefits for Baltimore City through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors, and works to provide a positive experience for all guests.
Visit Baltimore is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Baltimore. Established in 1982, we are a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation.