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Tourism Authority Executive Director

Date Posted: 12/19/2022
Department: Tourism
Compensation: Based on Education and Experience
Hours: Full-time

Deadline: Open until filled

Position Objectives


The Executive Director performs professional and administrative work in the management of the McDowell County Tourism Development Authority.  The director crafts, implements and oversees the budget and mission of the department which is to market and sell the county and its communities, as tourism destinations generating positive economic growth.  The position reports directly to the organization’s Board of Directors.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Director creates, implements, and develops tourism-related programs, advertising, and operations including managing a visitor center, and researches the tourism industry for best practices and industry trends.  

Minimum Requirements

Valid NC driver's license and the ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds.

Desirable Training and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Graphic Design, Hospitality Management, or a closely related field.

Five (5) years of experience creating, implementing, and managing an annual budget in excess of $1 million.  Proven ability to follow local and state auditing requirements while ensuring fiscal compliance following the state tourism legislative bill.

Five (5) years of professional experience in the tourism or hospitality industry or with an ad agency.

Candidates with combined related experience will be considered.


Benefited after 90 days

Medical, dental, and life insurance
Sick, vacation, and holiday pay
Membership in the Local Government Retirement System

Supplemental retirement 401k/457

How to Apply



APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by the McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


McDowell County participates in E-Verify.


Applications are available:


  • on our website:

     under “Job Opportunities”

  • McDowell County Administration Building(s):

              60 East Court St Marion, NC 28752 ​

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752


Applications can be submitted:

              60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • or by Mail to:

               McDowell County Human Resources

               60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752

  • or by email to: 


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