Principal Planner, Tourism Program Director, Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability

Tompkins County, NY is centrally located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York which has a culturally, economically and civically engaged population of over 100,000 residents. Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca sits at the southern tip of beautiful Cayuga Lake, in an area surrounded by dramatic gorges and waterfalls. It has a small-town atmosphere while showcasing the qualities of a larger city through an incredibly diverse and active arts and culture scene. The city is surrounded by a rolling landscape of forests and farms with remarkable views, several vibrant, picturesque villages, and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

The Principal Planner / Tourism Program Director is responsible for the Tompkins County Tourism Program which includes diverse marketing and product development programs, strategic planning activities, and room-tax funded grant programs which distribute more than $700,000 annually to local and regional partners. The next Director will have an opportunity to lead a well-respected, successful program with a $2.8 million annual budget and help create a model for sustainable, community-based tourism in a place that values innovation, collaboration, and forward-thinking planning.

Strategic investments in tourism have contributed to a 6% plus annual growth in room tax revenues for the past decade. The program benefits from an engaged tourism board, highly qualified and collaborative partners, and entrepreneurial grantees. Exciting new initiatives are underway, including exploration of a new downtown conference center, creation of a water trail for Cayuga Lake, community wayfinding signage, expansion of a new public art grant program, and implementation of strategic plans for agriculinary, heritage and outdoor recreation tourism. We are looking for a qualified planner with a background in community and economic development, and a passion for the power of sustainable tourism to promote economic development while enhancing local quality of life.

Applications accepted through January 8, 2018. A full description of the position and required minimum qualifications and application for employment may be found online. Please visit: To learn more about the Tourism Program, visit

Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), as such, we strive to cultivate an inclusive and diverse workplace; individuals who can contribute to the diversity and inclusivity of our organization and the communities we serve, are particularly of interest and are encouraged to apply.