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Closing December 14, 2018 - Director, Travel and Tourism Development - Sault Ste. Marie

27 Nov 2018 3:07 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation is currently seeking to fill the Director, Travel and Tourism Development position.

Nestled at the heart of the Great Lakes and surrounded by endless outdoor opportunities, Sault Ste. Marie is a four-season vacation destination.  The community was recently ranked by Expedia as one of the friendliest cities in Canada.  The Director, Travel and Tourism Development is responsible for bolstering and retaining this reputation by leading a staff team that attracts and supports major events, undertakes tourism product development initiatives, and promotes Sault Ste. Marie to strategic markets around the world.

In support of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation's operations related to the Tourism Sault Ste. Marie (TSSM) division and the organization's strategic plan, the Director, Travel and Tourism Development is a destination developer, tourism visionary and a respected leader.  The Director is responsible and accountable for the growth of travel and tourism inclusive of product development and execution of effective marketing and sales strategies, and the provision of strategic leadership and oversight of the organization in all aspects of its operations.  The Director develops long-range strategic business plan, serves as the designated spokesperson for the division, and establishes and maintains ongoing effective communications with committee members, government leaders, business and cultural and institutional leaders, convention and event planners, and the local and national tourism industry.  The Director is a flexible, responsive and politically astute and is comfortable with capably managing multiple programs and a dynamic team.  The Director reports to the Executive Director of the organization and is part of the Corporation's senior management team.  The Director manages various tourism related committees and is an advisor to the SSMEDC Board of Directors.

Summary of qualifications include:


  • 4 year degree in Business Administration or equivalent
  • 5 years of direct tourism experience
  • 5 years in a senior leadership management role
  • Natural leadership skills
  • Ability to budget and execute budgets
  • Ability to build partnerships and networks
  • Ability to generate and diversify revenues (partnerships, sponsorships, government funding, etc.)
  • Crisis management experience
  • Sales experience in hospitality related profession
  • Ability to build, motivate and supervise a team of professionals
  • Ability to speak in public and deliver presentations (including City Council)
  • Knowledge on local, regional, national and international tourism trends and legislation


  • Master's degree in an area of relevant study
  • Relevant industry-related certification
  • Destination development experience
  • Bilingual (French/English)

Full job description is available upon request.

Please email your resume and cover letter by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2018 to and include the following in the subject line: "Director, Travel and Tourism Development"

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors with Advisory Committees.  Its mission is to support the sustainable growth and the further development of a diversified local economy through activities and undertakings that facilitate creation and retention of wealth in the community, increased productivity and global competitiveness, inward investment and trade, and the marketing and promotion of business development and tourism.  Funded by all levels of government and the private sector, the corporation's three operating divisions are Business Development, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and Finance & Administration.  Together, they work to create and retain jobs, attract visitors, and increase the Municipal tax base.

We thank all individuals who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.  Accommodation is available in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.  All information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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