Tauck

Tour Director Manager

Job Description

Responsible for hiring and management of 70-80 US, Canadian and International Tauck Directors working remotely worldwide to ensure Tour Directors meet or exceed performance and guest satisfaction targets through performance feedback. Includes recruiting, training, development, scheduling, payroll, financial reporting and guest communication.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists in the recruiting process to screen, interview and hire new staff.
  • Ensures Tour Directors are fully trained to execute their role and exceed expectations in key performance categories.
  • Continually monitor and provide feedback regarding performance levels.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and corrective action steps when needed. Includes yearly performance review process and termination process as needed.
  • Ensures coverage worldwide through performance based scheduling process. Includes compliance with immigration regulations, cost analysis for positioning, and multi-tiered plan for TD selection/assignments.
  • Manages guest communication in regards to TD performance metrics – direct follow up with guests as needed.
  • Leads staff development plans including on-site training, in house training and direct observation.
  • Communicates critical information on a timely basis through reports, summaries and presentations. Examples include:
    o Helping drive the strategic direction through team meetings, document creation, and the implementation of new initiatives
    o Creating and editing documents pertaining to best practices per brand for a global staff of Tour Directors
    o Presenting material relating to scheduling, best practices, and teamwork to the TDs at Seminar and during virtual TD conferences
    o Generate and present ideas to further the mission of building teamwork and trust
  • Ensures accurate financial reporting in payroll and business expense planning and reconciliation.
  • Identifies opportunities to collaborate cross departmentally to achieve greater efficiencies and expense/cost management.
  • Partners with Finance to facilitate TD expense reconciliation inquiries and communication.
  • Serves as liaison between staff of TDs and internal departments including Guest Relations, Finance, Information Technology, Reservations, Sales and General Management.
  • Supports efforts through cross-depart collaboration to meet overall organization guest satisfaction metrics as it relates to product delivery.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Previous Tour Director or Cruise Director experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 3+ years of successful management or supervision of personnel in a service related business
  • Prior work experience with remote team management
  • Proven abilities to successfully manage external supplier networks effectively
  • Demonstrated proficiencies in identifying skill set needs and workflow parameters for a business that has fluctuating workforce requirements throughout the year
  • Proven computer competencies in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills to communicate the Tauck brand

About Us

Tauck is recognized as a world leader in deluxe escorted vacation tours; a fast growing company in a thriving industry. We offer more than 150 intriguing, all-inclusive vacations to the most popular worldwide destinations. These creative itineraries, with spectacular sightseeing and premium accommodations, are carefully choreographed to create enriching experiences and enlighten travelers interested in high quality, cultural vacations.

Visit Tauck website for more information about the company.

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