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Posting Close Date:  N/A


Requisition Id:  8414





*Pay Grade:  

Salary Range: - $82,021.00

Fulltime/Parttime: Full Time 


Recruiter: SARV LONG 

Phone: 775 684-0114 




Position Description

This position is with the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Division of Tourism. This position can be located in Las Vegas or Carson City depending on the applicant pool.  The Destination Development Manager engages Nevada's rural communities with the goal of improving the quality of tourism-related infrastructure. Through partner relationships, this position works to enable communities to be more intentional about the way their visitor economies develop over time. They will manage projects related to Travel Nevada's destination development initiatives as outlined in the agency's Strategic Plan. The Destination Development Manager will be expected to provide leadership and direction for internal staff in evaluating and recommending projects related to long-range tourism-based initiatives that drive economic impact and development. The incumbent will be working closely with stakeholders across rural Nevada in six designated areas - Cowboy Country, Pony Express, Nevada Silver Trails, Reno-Tahoe, Las Vegs and Indian Territories - and in collaboration with federal and state agencies, city and town governments, individual businesses, and local residents. 

Job Responsibilites

Administers Destination Development grants

  • Provides support and guides industry partners throughout the grant application process.
  • Assesses all Destination Development grant requests submitted through the online grant system and communicates with grant applicants regarding the application process.
  • Verifies and ensures applications meet all submission requirements including non-profit eligibility and grant guideline compliances.
  • Evaluates and recommends grant applications that align with Travel Nevada’s brand pillars and that is equitable across the state’s rural areas.
  • Notifies applicants in writing regarding awards and denials.
  • Manages and maintains grant documents and data.
  • Prepares and presents grant reports to Nevada Commission on Tourism. Keeps Chief Industry Development Officer apprised of all grant matters, including number of grants submitted, grants recommended, dollar amounts requested, dollar amounts recommended, etc.
  • Provide administrative support for the Territory Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings which meets to review grant recommendations
  • Monitors and tracks all Destination Development projects that have been awarded grants through to completion.

Job Responsibilities

Administers Travel Nevada’s Destination Development program

  • Develops a dedicated grant application and guidelines to identify candidates for program.
  • Establishes metrics and reports results to measure program outcomes, with regular reporting of results to the Chief Industry Development Officer and Nevada Commission on Tourism.
  • Manages an annual budget to support program initiatives.
  • Initiates and completes Request for Proposals for any contracted Destination Development work.
  • Manages all companies contracted for Destination Development work.
  • Participates in all Destination Development workshops and related meetings


Job Responsibilities

In concert with key stakeholders, provides leadership and direction for initiatives to drive rural economic development through tourism, that supports the creation and promotion of high-quality tourism assets.

  • Manages effective communication with Travel Nevada and industry partners engaged in destination development and promotion including but not limited to Nevada Main Streets, Chambers of Commerce, DMOs and Territories.
  • Collaborates with state and federal agencies including but not limited to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation, Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, Nevada Museums Association, Nevada State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, US Department of Agriculture, and US Forest Service.
  • Meets regularly with Travel Nevada staff, particularly the Rural Programs Manager, regarding partner updates and known agency collaborations (ie Outdoor Recreation Coalition)
  • Maintains a database and manages outreach with stakeholders to build an understanding of Travel Nevada’s Destination Development Program.
  • Directs development and growth of rural Nevada tourism experiences through the Destination Development Program.
  • With the Rural Programs Manager, launches and maintains the Travel Nevada’s Ambassador program which certifies, engages, and incentivizes stakeholders through an online training platform

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four-year college degree in business, marketing, communications, or related subjects.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in tourism marketing, destination development or related field.
  • Experience in culture and heritage tourism, outdoor adventure, marketing, rural economic development, and community relations strongly preferred.

This recruitment may close at any time based on the number of applications received.  Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


*The salary range indicated in this announcement is based on the Employee/Employer retirement compensation schedule. An employer-only option is available at a reduced salary range.


The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.


Nearest Major Market: Las Vegas