Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Port of Everett Seeks to Fill 2 Executive Positions

The Port of Everett, is seeking to fill two top-level executive positions – one existing and one newly-created -- as it prepares to expand its Puget Sound operations.

The existing position is Chief Financial Officer. The port’s current CFO, Karen Clements, is retiring in September after 18 years on the job. The port says it hopes to pick a replacement by August.

The Chief Financial Officer is the port’s No. 3 ranking administrator, reports directly to the Executive Director and is a key member of the senior management team. The CFO directs the financial management and information systems of the port, and currently serves by Commission appointment as Auditor and Treasurer.

The position has a starting salary range of $125,000 to $135,000, depending on experience.

The newly-created job is Chief of Economic Development. The person chosen to fill the position would have primary responsibility in leading the port’s efforts in identifying and developing economic growth opportunities and partnerships between the port and the region’s economic stakeholders.

The position has a starting salary range of $108,000 to $128,000, depending on experience, according to the port.

The hires are being made as the port is gearing up for an expansion of its Marina District and shipping lines. The plan for the 45-acre Marina District is to develop it as a both a light industrial and residential area, including manufacturing, hotels, condominiums and parkland. Environmental cleanup is expected to begin this summer, according to the port.

Everett is also looking to further develop its 80-acre Riverside Industrial Park and is looking at buying a 66-acre site that formerly housed a waterfront paper mill and is known to have dangerous levels of contaminants in the soil.

The mill, which closed in April 2012, was operated by tissue manufacturer Kimberly-Clark. The facility is considered attractive to the port for many reasons, among them being that it’s located on a large, industrial tract that has access to a deep-water channel on Puget Sound, as well as a railroad and a dedicated water supply pipeline.

More about the open executive positions can be found on the port’s website: portofeverett.com.