Director of External Affairs An employment opportunity with the Port of Longview


Port of Longview, circa 1942

As one of the first ports in the state of Washington, the Port of Longview has long prided itself on its hard working labor force and deep roots in the state's blue-collar industries.

The Port works for the community as an economic driver for a variety of industries and businesses within Longview and the surrounding area.

The Port of Longview creates jobs, supports local programs and contributes revenue back to the community to continually improve the quality of life for its residents.

On a larger scale, the Port works for national and worldwide commerce. Serving as the connection point between Washington's exports and the rest of the world, the Port of Longview makes international trade possible, whereby supporting the global economy as well as our national infrastructure.

We are Washington's Working Port.


The Port of Longview, Washington, is the first full-service port on the deep-draft Columbia River shipping channel. With more than 800 acres of property equipped for marine services, storage and industrial use, Longview is an efficient link in supply chains stretching between Asia, Europe and the Americas.

In operation since 1921, the Port of Longview has a proud history of service as the connection between raw materials and the industrial customers who create finished goods around the globe.

At just 66 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River at the Pacific Ocean, Longview offers direct inter-modal connections to both the BNSF and UPRR lines and swift connections to highways, including Interstate 5 north or south, and Interstates 84 and 90 for east and west bound cargo heading to or from the Port.

Additionally, the Port of Longview is the only bulk/breakbulk port on the Columbia River able to utilize the full deep-draft navigation channel on a single tide, eliminating additional wait time for the next high tide. Superior transportation connections make Longview ideal for bulk, breakbulk and project shipments via the Pacific Northwest.


At the meeting point of three rivers with a backdrop of green forests and white mountains, the Port is nestled in the scenic corner of Southwest Washington. Just a short drive to the Pacific Ocean and renowned Mt. St. Helens, outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, skiing and exploring are available year-round.

The local community places strong value on education, quality of life and business development, while the comfortable, rural lifestyle and small town charm offers a unique mix of elegant residential areas and an active riverfront industry.


The Director of External Affairs provides leadership and strategic direction in the planning, development, management and implementation of the Port’s External Affairs program, which includes Government Relations, Maritime and Industrial Marketing Communications and Community Relations. This position will oversee the overall direction and management of communications and public affairs functions at the Port.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree in communications, business administration, political science, or public administration or similar area of study plus ten (10) years of professional experience working directly with elected officials at various levels of government.


The ideal candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills and be a self-motivated individual and able to work both independently and also as part of an integrated team. The selected candidate will possess demonstrated experience creating and implementing communication program strategies and have experience functioning successfully as a communications strategist and spokesperson in a politically-charged environment.

The ideal candidate needs to have knowledge and experience working with local, state and federal governments to develop and execute the Port’s overall legislative strategy and a thorough understanding and knowledge of press/media relations, advertising and promotion, marketing communications and the port-maritime business.

The Director of External Affairs must be able to establish and maintain relationships with others from diverse backgrounds and interests.

The preferred Director of External Affairs candidate must possess excellent written and oral communications skills with the ability to develop and deliver presentations in a variety of settings.


  • Manage the Port’s communications program and support leadership with communication strategies as needed.
  • Implement and manage the Port’s Government Relations plan.
  • Identify and develop the Port’s legislative priorities and strategies for engaging in State and Federal advocacy on matters affecting the Port, maritime industry and customers.
  • Support Commission and staff involvement on policy boards and technical committees
  • Serve as liaison to local, state, and federal elected officials, state and federal agency representatives and port associations to positively influence policy related to Port-specific issues of political interest.
  • Serve as primary media contact and spokesperson for Port-wide projects/initiatives, development projects, issues and matters of public interest.
  • Manage and delegate Port-wide External Affairs projects and tools.
  • Lead and manage direct reports.


$96,795 - $120,994 (DOE)


  • Medical, Dental & Vision (100% coverage for individuals and eligible family)
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Medical Savings Account - HRA VEBA
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS)

All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and completed Port of Longview Employment Application.


Port of Longview