RE: Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Announce Job Opening for Pres./CEO
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is actively recruiting for its new President/CEO. Interested parties should submit a cover letter outlining their interest and qualifications for the position as well as a resume to CEOSearch@SeattleSouthsideChamber.com. The Search/Transition team will review materials as they are submitted. Interested parties should submit their materials on or before May 31st for priority consideration. Position open until filled.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel. The responsibilities may also change over time. The position description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.
CEO Job Description:
Our Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) is a dynamic, self-starter and Chamber leader who will work closely with employees to deliver programs and services to its members and local communities.
This position will coordinate the growth and development of the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce, as well as, the implementation of programs necessary to achieve the mission of the Chamber. He/she will be responsible for providing highly visible leadership and building upon the Chamber’s strong reputation in all issues related to the regional economy and community vitality.
The CEO has overall responsibility for the management of operations; administration; budget; finance/accounting; building and facility; Chamber development and marketing programs; long-term strategic planning; oversight of all Board-directed initiatives and staff leadership. He/she also has direct responsibility for the government affairs efforts of the Chamber and provides oversight, guidance, and support for all areas under Chamber management.
The CEO is also responsible for the administration of organization performance which would include the review and evaluation of program activities, overseeing the compliance of any contractual obligations, and managing the allocation of resources for the provision of effectiveness and efficiency. He/she is also responsible for the development of organizational and administrative policy and program objectives, as outlined by the Board of Directors.
He/she is the chief supervisor of all assigned staff and is responsible for personnel activity including the interviewing, recommendation for hiring, employee training, the planning and assigning and directing of all employment activity, work performance evaluations, conduct appraisal and rewards as well as the administration of discipline and the answering of all workplace complaints and resolution of problems.
Individuals eligible for a CEO position must demonstrate the ability to perform these duties through a combination of past work experience and education. A bachelor’s degree in business, management, economics, political science, communications, public administration, or other related field is required, with an advanced degree desired. Successful Chamber management experience or similar position of management in membership, non-profit, business, or government operations is desirable. Strong communication and presentation skills are required. More details are below.
Reporting Structure - the CEO reports to the Board of Directors.
- Identify Chamber/Community needs.
- Provide guidance to the Board of Directors when determining business and program strategies, missions, and plans of action.
- Implement these programs.
- Evaluate and recommend changes as needed.
- Establish a system of measuring the progress of the program and goal attainment.
- Effectively manage and mentor Chamber personnel.
- Effectively manage the business finances and operational needs.
- The CEO is responsible for periodic reporting to the Board of Directors about the development, implementation, and accomplishments of all activities conducted by the Chamber of Commerce, as per the programs and goals set by the Board of Directors.
Operations, Staffing, and Personnel
The CEO will be responsible for the functional structure and efficient operation of the Chamber.
- Develop operations policy which includes maximizing revenues of the Chamber associated with workshops and training programs offered in our businesses.
- Manage Chamber facility and all aspects of its operations and maintenance.
- Hire, train, coach, and supervise staff.
- Schedule staff to maintain coverage of phones and programs/events during hours of operation.
- Adhere to all federal, state, and local employment laws.
- Develop the highest professionalism in staff through policies, training, and continuing education.
- Develop an annual budget, with the Board Treasurer and Chamber bookkeeping staff, to be presented to the Board of Directors for approval during the fourth quarter of each year for the upcoming year.
- Forecast long-range needs.
- Approve all payments and expenditures within the approved annual budget or with the Board’s approval on expenses exceeding budget.
- Work within the guidelines of the Chamber’s policies and procedures manual.
New Member Recruitment and Outreach
The CEO will lead the membership efforts of the Chamber to develop programs and events to attract new members consistent with established Chamber policy.
- Establish a personal rapport with potential members through regular contact with various businesses representing a number of key industry sectors.
- Conduct or oversee a needs assessment of non-members and recommend solutions within the scope of the Chamber.
- Set goals for acquiring new members and retaining existing members with the Membership Coordinator/Director. Immediate need to replace the membership director vacancy.
- Conduct/assist new member orientation programs.
- Meet and establish rapport with primary funders to explain Chamber direction, priorities, and programs and support sponsorship growth.
- Develop programs to educate and acclimate new and existing members.
- Coordinate and develop an annual membership contact schedule with the membership coordinator.
- Identify SW King County’s interests or concerns/needs within the membership community and recommend possible solutions/resolutions.
- Work in a cooperative and professional manner with the state and local economic development agencies to encourage new commerce and growth for the Seattle Southside area.
- Actively recruit and develop relationships with prospective businesses.
- Work with the communities on local business expansion whenever such opportunities arise.
- Conduct all economic development activities using discretion regarding confidential or proprietary information.
- Act as an advocate for the business community that may require an official position statement from the Chamber of Commerce.
- Keep informed of projects and legislation that might impact the business community and report to the Board of Directors those issues that may have short or long-term implications.
- Meet and establish rapport with elected officials at the local, regional, state, and federal level and take the lead in the Chamber’s government affairs outreach efforts.
- Provide leadership assistance in the coordination of committees and/or events, working in conjunction with our Director of Events.
- Coordinate committees and/or programs to serve member needs as they arise.
- Recruit, motivate, and provide recognition for volunteer leaders to serve on Chamber committees and Board of Directors.
- Foster an environment that encourages involvement by all members.
Experience, Education, Skills, and Abilities
The following qualifications are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this job. We desire:
- Bachelor's Degree in business, management, economics, political science, communications, public administration, or another related field with an advanced degree is preferred, but not required.
- Successful Chamber management experience or similar position of management in membership, non-profit, business, or government operations is desirable.
- Experience bringing groups and individuals together around complex issues and finding and implementing solutions
- Solid financial acumen, with experience in developing and managing budgets.
- Proven ability to attract, retain, and develop excellent staff while allowing individuals to express their creative talents as Chamber professionals.
- Understanding of government affairs, economic development, convention and visitors industry, and community improvement.
- Experience with public relations, media relations, and public speaking desired.
- Capable of looking at the “big picture,” absorbing information quickly, thinking broadly, analyzing thoroughly, and acting decisively.
- Superior communication and presentation skills.
- Proven ability for setting goals and objectives, plan and tracking multiple projects, interpreting data, and holding people accountable for results.
- Willing to play a highly visible role. The ideal candidate must participate broadly across the leadership structure of the community and the state.
- Leadership skills are sufficient to gain the trust and confidence of Chamber stakeholders.
- A motivator who creates a sense of mission and service, who values initiative and innovation, and who fosters effective communication and collaboration among people at all levels.
- Ability to be a self-starter and create own motivation.
- Proficient knowledge of computer office technology, including a working familiarity with database software.
- Possess professional presence and strong interpersonal skills.
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