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Asst. Director Business and Commercial Development

Job ID: 35819
Department: Port
Location: 4 World Trade Center


Port Department Vision and Mission

The Port Department is one of the five-line department businesses of the PANYNJ.  It is responsible for managing the largest port complex on the East Coast and the third largest in the nation.  It operates a highly competitive and dynamic business in a very complex political environment.  The Port has become an economic engine that provides over 400,000 jobs in the region and nearly $100 billion in economic activity.  

For the past 15 years, the Port has been preparing itself for the growing demand for increased trade resulting in more cargo and for the rapid migration to larger vessels carrying that cargo.  To date, the Port Authority has invested nearly $6 billion in new infrastructure and plans another $1.2 billion investment in the next several years.  Port tenants have also been investing to improve their ability to expand with nearly $2 billion of private investment to date and another $1 billion underway.

As a landlord Port, the Port Authority leases property to tenants that operate Port facilities.  Since we do not directly handle cargo, we must influence the efficiency and productivity of the port in more strategic ways.  Today, the challenges in this area continue to grow.  Improving Port productivity requires a more collaborative approach.  The Port Department has taken a strong leadership role in making the changes necessary to keep the Port of New York and New Jersey highly competitive.

We must also be mindful that the Port must grow in a sustainable way.  Port Security and the safety of those who use the Port must remain paramount.  If the Port is to grow, it must do so by reducing its environmental footprint.  And finally, greater attention must be paid to improved resiliency.   

The Port Authority is a unique government body serving both the States of New York and New Jersey and because of the mandate to be financially self-sufficient, increasing revenues while remaining competitive is a major challenge of the Port Department.

Functional Oversight

Reporting to the Port Department Deputy Director, the Assistant Director, Port Commercial Development provides strategic leadership and ensures the effective coordination and deployment of staff activities in support of Port Leasing and Property Development, Business Development and Industry Relations (Port Marketing) and Intermodal Rail marketing and development.  This position is responsible for developing business strategy and for providing guidance to the Director/Deputy Director on the department’s overall business and financial performance.

  • Provides input and guidance for the department’s long-range strategic business planning efforts.
  • Provides guidance and recommendations to the Deputy Director on major policy issues for revenue generation and maximization in support of, industrial real estate initiatives, tenant leasing initiatives, and cargo growth strategies.
  • Ensures lease and property management of all facilities is in conformance with business and financial objectives of the Port Authority.
  • Reviews present and future needs of the facilities and/or agreement structures based on market and industry trends, cargo handling advancements, and organizational priorities.
  • Provides oversight of external maritime relations and communications, and customer service and outreach programs.
  • Provides guidance to staff responsible for developing leases, managing relations with port partners, promoting the Port to existing and potential customers and coordinating efficient and effective services from port partners (i.e. road, rail and ocean carriers, terminal operators etc.)
  • Establishes and implements procedures to protect existing revenue and generate new revenue sources and obtain maximum productivity/facility capacity from expenditures ensuring that the department generates the maximum net contribution to the Agency.
  • Maintains contact with key industry personnel, tenants, public officials (i.e. Federal agencies) and other stakeholders essential to the future of the Port of New York and New Jersey. 
  • Ensures staff compliance with agency policies, procedures and management initiatives.
  • Supports the Director in engaging the Board and Board subcommittees around issues, trends, and changes in both the strategic and financial matters of the Port Commerce Department.
  • The Assistant Director represents the Director and Deputy Director and may act on his/her behalf in their absence.
  • Works collaboratively with Port Authority Stakeholders, including Finance, LAW, and Government Relations in support of commercial initiatives.
  • Utilizes and builds upon recommendations from the 2050 Port Master Plan to inform strategy and decision making.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in maritime, transportation, business administration, public administration, finance or other related field.  Advanced degree is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible senior level management experience, preferably for an organization comparable to the complexity and size of the PANYNJ.
  • Superior leadership abilities acquired through demonstrated record of increasingly responsible jobs. 
  • Ability to communicate complex business, technical, financial, legal and political issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing all aspects of a large, complex organization including leasing, financial, strategic analysis, industry relations, and personnel management.
  • Extensive knowledge of port/cargo industry
  • Demonstrated experience in managing, leading and developing a large diverse professional staff, with a proven record of effective team building.
  • Demonstrated experience interacting and navigating in a complex organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict, build consensus, and facilitate problem solving and collaboration among various stakeholders.
  • Strong transactional, analytical and decision-making skills.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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