Communications Manager

Ohio Travel Association

Organization Overview

The Ohio Travel Association (OTA) is the umbrella trade association for all sectors of the tourism industry, including museums, attractions, convention & visitors bureaus, hotels, restaurants, ferryboats, industry suppliers and more. It’s a fun industry, and we are passionate about tourism, its businesses and the people who put smiles on the faces of our guests every day. A nonprofit organization, OTA is governed by a 25-member industry board and has a small staff. That means, most of us do a little bit of everything. It keeps the environment fast-paced and always changing. OTA is the advocate for the tourism industry, so we are the voice when it comes to industry legislative interests at the local, state and federal level. We equip our industry with the skills and information they need, so we coordinate the state tourism conference, various workshops and learning labs, and explore new ways to provide professional development. Through one-on-one consultations, as well as connecting industry members to resources, OTA strengthens the authenticity, relevancy and excitement of Ohio travel experiences. The organization also produces Heartland Travel Showcase, a 12-state marketplace where tour operators meet with attractions, museums, cities and others to book group travel business.

Overall Purpose of Position

Further the brand of the Ohio Travel Association as an industry-led organization that works to strengthen, equip and develop Ohio’s tourism industry.

General Summary of Duties


Manage and influence print, digital and social media communications strategy

Influence and coordinate content creation strategy

Direct database management and strategy

Liaison and secure group tour operators (similar to meeting planners) for Heartland Travel Showcase

Represent the organization, and thereby the industry, at various meetings and events

Serve as a project leader and committee liaison for the public relations/marketing board committee

Support other staff project leaders with communications and marketing skills and advice

Qualifications and Education Requirements

This is an entry-level position. Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Preferred Skills

Exceptional writing, editing and verbal communication abilities. Tech-savvy. Strong sales skills. Creative and strategic thinking. Independent worker, yet also a good team player. Willingness and eagerness to learn. Focused, even in an environment where priorities may change frequently. Experience in Canva is a plus.

To apply: 

Please send cover letter, resume and writing samples/portfolio to Janet Johnson at

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