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Paducah, KY (POP. 26,278) – The Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Board of Directors is seeking candidates with professional experience that are motivated to become the next Executive Director of the organization. Paducah's origins and prosperity can be attributed to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. Four of America's most important inland waterways (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Cumberland rivers) converge in western Kentucky making it America's geographical heart. Paducah is easily accessible by waterway and highway since it is located on Interstate 24 within close proximity to several major metropolitan areas.
Halfway between Nashville and St. Louis on I-24, central geographic location makes Paducah an ideal destination for travel by car. The Paducah area is a terrific community in which to live, work and play. It is a multi-faceted community that can boast of combining charm and education with a strong workforce and work ethic. All of these, along with its entertainment, recreation, lodging, and other visitor services, make for a vibrant tourism destination. Paducah’s fascinating history is reflected and preserved in architecture, engaging attractions and dynamic neighborhoods including HISTORIC DOWNTOWN, the LOWER TOWN ARTS DISTRICT, UPPERTOWN and MIDTOWN.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Paducah, a Creative City in November 2013 for the City’s important role in the connectivity of cultures through creativity. Paducah is one of nine UNESCO Creative Cities in the United States with over 300 cities worldwide. 
The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Paducah, Kentucky. The CVB exists to create new economic opportunities through destination marketing, management, and tourism development. There are seven board members which are appointed by the City of Paducah on staggered terms with each member representing different segments of the hospitality/tourism/business industry.
The executive director shall be the chief executive officer of the organization. It shall be the duty of the director to conduct the official correspondence, preserve all books, documents, and communications, keep books and accounts, and maintain accurate records of the Board of Directors and all committees. 
  • The successful candidate must possess strong leadership, managerial and marketing sales skills, along with a minimum of seven to ten years of senior level experience in the Convention and Visitors field, hotel and/or travel industry, downtown special district/commercial district management, economic development, urban planning, or any closely related field. 
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Business Administration, Public Administration, non-profit management, hospitality industry or another related field is required, and a master’s degree is preferred. 
  • Designation as a Certified Destination Marketing Executive (CDME) is strongly desired.
The compensation range for the position is $125,000 – $160,000 depending on qualifications with exceptional benefits including Health, Term Life, and Ky. Retirement System contributions. Apply online with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references. The deadline for application is April 12, 2024. Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Sarah McKee, Senior Vice- President, 847-380-3240 ext. 120. 
The Paducah Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity and inclusion are critical to their success. They seek to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool and strongly encourage all qualified candidates to apply. 

Application Deadline: April 12, 2024

Posted: 2024-03-28

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