Executive Director
Job Description

OVERVIEW

Aligned with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director drives strategic goals, advocates for business growth, and enhances regional quality of life. This dynamic role demands a forward-thinking leader capable of guiding the Chamber, fostering collaborations, and ensuring operational excellence while upholding the organization’s mission and values.

The Executive Director plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration with key government, business leaders, and Oregon Frontier residents, showcasing robust organizational, management, financial, and communication skills. Responsible for overseeing the Chamber’s complete operations, this role provides executive leadership, steering strategic vision, and managing various facets including strategic planning, board administration, program delivery, financial management, community relations, fundraising, and contract management.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

The Executive Director is responsible for providing executive leadership, strategic direction, and vision for the development and fulfillment of the Chamber’s mission. Key functions and accountabilities include:

•     Strategic Planning: Develop strategic goals and objectives in partnership with the Chamber Board of Directors to achieve the organization’s vision, mission, and strategy.

•     Board Administration and Support: Provide oversight and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff, and supporting the Board’s roles and responsibilities.

•     Program, Product, and Service Delivery: Oversee design, marketing, promotion, delivery, and quality of programs, products, and services, ensuring they meet specific community needs.

•     Financial, Risk, and Facilities Management: Recommend yearly budget for Board approval and manage organization’s resources prudently within those guidelines. Additionally, responsible for adequate facility management.

•     Human Resource Management: Effectively manage the organization’s human resources according to authorized personnel policies and procedures conforming to current laws and regulations.

•     Community and Public Relations: Ensure a strong, positive image of the organization, its mission, programs, and services to relevant stakeholders. Solicit input from major stakeholders for strategic and program planning.

•     Fundraising & Contract Management: Lead fundraising planning and implementation; manage service contracts, identify resource requirements, research funding sources, and administrate fundraising records and documentation.

KEY PRIORITIES AND AREAS OF FOCUS

•     Business Growth: Assist local businesses’ adaptiveness and financial growth through effective promotions and business development opportunities.

•     Collaborative Advocacy: Advocate for a healthy economy by aligning local businesses and government, providing information, opportunities, and a voice for   Chamber members.

•     Positive Connections: Actively broker connections for members connecting them to customers, businesses, partners, mentors, and friends.

•     Community Engagement: Engage the community through meaningful programs and events that enhance the general quality of life in the region.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Leadership Skills

•     Thorough knowledge of finance, economics, planning, and management.

•     Understanding of good economic development principles.

•     Ability to cultivate and deliver value for membership.

•     Demonstrated dependability, reliability, and collaborative team-building.

Communication Skills

•     Excellent written and oral communication.

•     Effective communications with boards, civic leaders, stakeholders, and staff.

•     Proficiency in coalition building, relationship management, and negotiating

complex agreements.

•     Skilled in public speaking and contemporary communication strategies.

Professional Skills

•     Technology experience including Microsoft Suite, Google, Quickbooks, etc.

•     Strategic and visionary approach to organizational leadership.

•     Data analysis skills, budgeting, financial statements, and grant writing proficiency.

•     Strong creative, conceptual, problem-solving, and customer service orientation.

Position Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

•     High school diploma

•     Previous management experience in private business/corporation, trade association, economic development, or not-for-profit organization.

•     Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

•     Travel by car and air, including occasional overnight stays.

•     Reside within Gillam, Sherman, or Wheeler counties.

Preferred Qualifications:

•     Associate or bachelor’s degree in business administration, non-profit management, or a related field.

•     U.S. Chamber Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) completion.

•     Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy graduate.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The majority of the position is performed in person at the Chamber office. Occasional remote work is permissible as agreed upon. The position requires local and regional travel, including evening and weekend work. Physical demands include lifting up to 75 pounds occasionally.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is a full-time exempt position that often requires flexible hours. Starting annual salary ranges from $57,000-63,000 and is performance bonus eligible. Paid personal days are offered and subject to annual accrual. The Chamber provides unconventional benefits for a comfortable, energized, and flexible work environment.

TO APPLY

Position open until filled. To apply, send a cover letter and resume outlining your interest and qualifications by email to [email protected].

Applications will be reviewed beginning January 5 th, 2024. The position remains open until filled.