Sage Hospitality Resources Convention Services Specialist in Portland, Oregon

Req # 6322BR

Job Title Convention Services Specialist

Position Type Full Time - Regular

Location Name The Nines Hotel

City Portland

State OR

Why Us the Nines, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland is seeking a Convention Services Specialist to join their renowned team. The perfect candidate is passionate about service and creating indigenous experiences for each guest! Poised in the heart of the city center, within the walls of the stately Meier & Frank Building one of Portland's most beloved landmarks, The Nines honors the structure’s storied past, both in its striking decor and impeccable service. Individualistic design traits celebrate the surroundings of one of finest LEED Silver-certified hotels in Portland, providing the opportunity to truly experience the region's unique character. As part of Sage Hospitality’s Premier and Lifestyle division, we passionately strive to be the best and create excellence in everything we do. We are known amongst our staff, our owners, our guests and our communities as leaders in our field who are authentic, humble, innovative and flexible operators driven to anticipate needs and exceed expectations.

the Nines Hotel is certified Gold for Sustainability at Work in addition to being recognized in 2016 as Top Workplaces in Oregon. As one of Oregon’s Healthiest Employers, The Nines offers perks that are comparable to progressive employers. We offer Medical, Dental, Vision and more to all full-time associates. Save on your parking and public transportation costs by using our pre-tax savings account. Our location is right next to the center of all for MAX lines and close to the Portland Streetcar, a prime location for driving, taking public transportation, biking, or even walking to work.

Bold. Bright. Caring. Energetic. Driven. Strategic. Daring. To deliver the type of outstanding experience we aim to provide our guests, we need remarkable individuals who are passionate and committed to making a difference. If this sounds like you, then explore the career positions at Sage Hospitality that await you.

Posting Overview

Plan, organize and manage the in house details for small group and convention booking (e.g. Guest rooms, menus, set-up, etc.) Participate in negotiating meetings/functions, rooms, rates and all related requirements. Ensure maximization of room and meeting space, revenues, and profits while delivering a quality product. Focus on execution of all aspects of event planning including coordination from the signing of a group contract forward, VIP needs, amenities, group resumes, and rooming lists.

Requirements

Strategic Skills

Proficient in position required job skills and knowledge. Intelligent in grasping and integrating new information. Is an active learner with a strong sense of curiosity. Has natural instincts and insight for finding the best solution to unclear situations, issues and problems. Considers multiples resources and methods for analyzing problems. Makes great decisions.

Operating Skills

Is effective in prioritizing work; consistently manages time and processes to create maximum efficiency with minimum disruption or redundancy. Is time sensitive, understands how work and processes fit in with other departmental or business priorities and objectives. Is able to adjust work to accommodate expected and unexpected changes. Is able to gauge progress with respect to overall impact and results.

Courage

Can think and act independently with confidence. Has personal fortitude and integrity when faced with challenges.

Energy & Drive

Energetic and takes initiative. Is pro-active and persistent in pursuing and completing tasks. Strives to exceed expectations and goals.

Personal & Interpersonal Skills

Welcoming and warm personality. Able to engage easily and actively connect with others. Is genuinely caring and compassionate; visibly demonstrates desire to understand others. Creates confidence and trust with others, is socially aware of self and others and is known for communicating the right message at the right time. Utilizes a variety of approaches and communication techniques tailored to each situation. Is comfortable in conversing with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and at all organizational levels. Is direct yet tactful and considerate of audience. Positively accepts and provides feedback.

Knowledge/Skills

Requires a working knowledge of banquet/catering food and beverage services, policies or operations.

Requires knowledge of computer equipment.

Requires compiling facts and figures in accordance with established procedures.

Supervisory skills needed.

Communication skills required to provide information and associated services to hotel management and guests.

Excellent hearing necessary for verbal interaction with guests and associates.

Excellent vision necessary to view set-ups.

Excellent speech communication skills required for verbal interaction with guests and associates.

Excellent literacy necessary to read BEO’s, process gratuities and payroll, etc.

Abilities

Lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying tables, chairs, boxes (50 lb. maximum) occasionally.

Bending/kneeling required for taping down cords, skirting tables, picking up floor after function occasionally.

Mobility - ability to service clients on a moment notice, variable distances.

Continuous standing required for function observation, client site inspections (one hour minimum to four hours maximum).

Climbing stairs of approximately 55 steps 3-5% of 10 hours daily.

Education/Formal Training

More than two years of post high school education.

Experience

One to two full years of employment in a related position with this company or other organization(s).

Material/Equipment Used

Basic office equipment and materials

Environment

Inside 95% of 9 hour day. Outside 5% of 9 hour day.

EEO Statement

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/Disabled/Veterans. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.