The County of Volusia is seeking an experienced Deputy Director for the County of Volusia's Convention/Ocean Center located in Daytona Beach Florida. The Deputy Director will be responsible for assisting the Ocean Center Director with overseeing the day-to-day operational management of the county's 500,000-square-foot meeting, convention and event complex and its parking facilities. This position will be highly responsible for administrative and technical management work for the Ocean Center Director, exercising line authority over the Convention/Ocean Center to carry out the functions and activities necessary for the facility's effective and efficient operation. In addition, the Deputy Director will be responsible for capital management projects and, in conjunction with the Director, will assist with finance, budgeting, planning, promoting, marketing, directing and coordinating activities within the Convention/Ocean Center.
**Note: Travel is required for this position. **
**NOTE:This position is posted on a continuous basis and may close without notice.
Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Administration, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications or a related field, and five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in finance and budgeting, as well as the administration, marketing and promotional management of a 100,000 square foot or larger civic/convention center. Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver's license at the time of hire. The preferred candidate(having met the minimum requirements), will have an additional two (2) years (total of seven (7) years) of proven work experience in managing the operations of a 100,000 square foot or larger civic/convention center, including direct experience with the financials and budget.
NOTE: You may require to provide a copy of your degree/transcript upon request.
More than 500,000 people call Volusia County home. Situated on the east coast of Central Florida, our 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches are a world-class playground, with beachfront cities including Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach.
Water sports are plentiful, but Volusia's oceanfront communities are most famous for land sports. Early automotive pioneers such as Louis Chevrolet a...nd Henry Ford enjoyed their leisure time in the sun and found that the hard-packed sand, gentle slope and wide expanse of Volusia's beach was the perfect proving ground for early auto racing. Ormond Beach, in fact, is known as the "Birthplace of Speed."
The racing tradition continues today at Daytona International Speedway, one of the world's finest racing facilities and the home of the world-famous Daytona 500, an event larger than the Super Bowl.
Jackie Robinson Ballpark, located a mile from the beach, features a museum, a minor league baseball team, and a lot of history. It was the first place in Florida to allow Jackie Robinson to play in a game during 1946 Spring Training, a year before Jackie broke the color barrier in Major League baseball. The stadium changed it's name to honor the event in 1989 and is currently the home to the Daytona Tortugas.
The scenic St. Johns River, famed for its bass fishing, links magnificent parks with wildlife preserves along the county's western border. True southern charm can be found in DeLand, the county seat. This unique city features an award-winning downtown filled with antique shops and quaint restaurants, surrounded by stately historic homes and buildings.
Volusia-based companies include Hawaiian Tropic sun care products and Boston Whaler boats. Our institutions of higher learning -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College and the University of Central Florida -- have a national reputation for excellence.
Volusia County also is the headquarters of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the summer home of the London Symphony Orchestra, and the winter refuge of the endangered Florida manatee.
Volusia County is about an hour's drive north of Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. It's also within a few hours' drive of other major Florida communities, such as Tampa (139 miles), Miami (253 miles), or Jacksonville (89 miles).
Volusia County consists of 1,207 square miles. Elevation begins at sea level and rises to a high elevation of 110 feet.
What's in a name? Origins of Volusia
Volusia County is named after the community of Volusia, which today is a tiny, unincorporated community on the east bank of the St. Johns River where State Road 40 crosses. However, when Volusia County was carved from Orange County by the Florida legislature in 1854, the community was a prosperous steamboat landing and the largest town in the County. Keep in mind that the entire population of Volusia County barely exceeded 600 people!
The community of Volusia began as a trading post sometime in the first or second decade of the 1800s. It was located where an Indian trail intersected with the St. Johns River. This location was later developed as an important supply depot for the military during the Second Seminole War from 1834 to 1835. When commercial steamships started to travel up and down the St. Johns, the community grew and was listed as one of four post offices in the county. With the introduction of regional railroad systems in the 1880s, the community of Volusia was bypassed, and thus, its era of prosperity ended.
The origins of of the word "Volusia" is of some debate. Despite serious effort by amateur and professional historians, no one has ever discovered a historic document which has provided the definitive answer.
There are three theories:
The name derives from a word meaning "Land of the Euchee." When the Timucuan Indian cultures died out in the early 1700s, the land in the area was uninhabited until some of the Indian tribes to the north began to migrate into the area (much like the people that have become known as Seminoles). The Euchee Indians were a tribe originally from an area in South Carolina.
The name was taken from the name of a British plantation that was located on the St. Johns River in the late 1700s. However, no one has explained where the plantation owner came up with the name.
The name is derived from the last name of one of the employees at the trading post. He is described as being well-liked and of Belgian or French descent. The story goes that his name was something like "Veluche," which was pronounced "Va-loo-shay." The post became known as "Veluche's Place," hence the eventual creation of "Volusia."
- Tom Scofield, Volusia County Historical Planner
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