Director of Real Estate

November 10, 2023
Burlington, WA
Job Type


Director of Real Estate

Port of Skagit

Burlington, Washington

Salary: $130,361 - $160,000

The Port of Skagit is located in Skagit County, Washington, halfway between Seattle, and Vancouver, Canada. The region stands out as cost-competitive, with lower tax rates, industrial land and building costs, and median home prices compared to the nearby major metropolitan areas, and benefits from convenient access by highway, rail, air, and sea, including proximity to three international airports and seaports. Skagit County has a population of approximately 127,000 people, and the region is known as being one of the fastest growing counties in the state. With the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and the Skagit County farmlands in the region's backyard, there is plenty of natural beauty to explore, and seasonal events include the famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Agriculture is one of the largest industries in Skagit County. Other significant industries include aerospace and marine manufacturing, construction, and health care, as well as retail and services.

Governed by a board of three commissioners, the Port of Skagit was created to serve the economic needs of Skagit County by helping to create jobs in the natural resource fields of agriculture, wood products, fisheries and mineral extraction, as well as diversifying the economy by introducing manufacturing industries to the community. The Port's focus has broadened over time, and today the Port aims to contribute to the economic vitality of Skagit County through the development of facilities and infrastructure that support local commerce, trade and tourism. The Port of Skagit operates on a 2023 budget of $12 million with approximately 36 FTEs, and owns and operates five key facilities: the Skagit Regional Airport, the Bayview Business Park, Watershed Business Park, SWIFT Center and the La Conner Marina. Combined, the facilities are home to more than 100 tenants and provide nearly 1,550 full-time jobs.

The Real Estate Department is responsible for developing and implementing real estate programs that drive economic growth and improve the Port's financial performance, while seeking the highest and best use of port properties. The Director is expected to have an extensive background in all real estate documents, business planning, lease policies, and setting lease rates. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Real Estate has primary staff responsibility for managing the Port's Real Estate Line of Business, and is responsible for property leasing, acquisition and sales, tenant relations and implementing real estate programs that drive economic growth and improve the Port's financial performance, while seeking the highest and best use of port properties.

A bachelor's degree or equivalent in real estate, business, finance, or a related field, and a minimum of ten years of experience in the real estate and/or business management fields is required. A familiarity with economic and business development, value added agriculture, facilities, marinas, airports, and financial bottom lines is a plus.

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. The Port of Skagit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: December 3, 2023 (open until filled).

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