Nearly 20 apply for Port Authority position
by By Wayne Allen
PDT Staff Writer
The position of director of the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) has netted 17 applications of people seeking the position. The Daily Times obtained the names of the applicants via a public records request to Todd Book, Chairman of SOPA.
This is the second time SOPA has advertised the position.
When the position closed the first time on Sept. 6, nine people had applied.
In a released statement about the applicants Book said, “I have looked at the various resumes. I was excited to see such interest from such a well-qualified group of individuals. I am confident SOPA will be able to find an excellent executive director from the current applicants.”
A list of the applicants for the SOPA director position:
According to the Rules and Regulations SOPA’s April meeting, the executive director shall, “Submit plan and programs for the board economic development activities. Develop a program for promotion and public relations of the Southern Ohio Port Authority. Develop and carry out a program to promote and publicize the advantages of the Southern Ohio Port Authority to the rail, barge shippers, trucking companies, importers and exporters and other agencies using the shipping capabilities of Southern Ohio. Seek, obtain and supervise the administration of grants, loans and other financial assistance from Federal, State and local sources to enhance Southern Ohio Port Authority programs, facilities and services.”
Based on the official job description for the position, the candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, economics, finance, public administration or a related field. Experience with state, regional or local economic development is desired.
The candidate must have excellent communication and public relations skills with the ability to influence others in a positive manner.
According to the description, the salary is commensurate with qualification and job performance with a salary range from $45,000-$70,000.
When asked if the person filling the role of executive director for SOPA would take his role as interim Economic Development Director for Scioto county, Book said, “That’s correct. The county and most of the governmental entities in our community have an executive director-type person along with other duties. The commissioners realize they need this, to be effective, we (Scioto County) need someone who’s main purpose is economic development.”
For more information about SOPA visit them on Facebook.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or email@example.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.
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