JOB OVERVIEW: The President of the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce provides executive leadership to fulfill the mission and vision of the Chamber. The President develops strategies to insure the success and financial stability of the Chamber through the promotion of a strong business community, collaborative working relationships with key business and public policy organizations, area chambers of commerce, and other organizations. The President plans, organizes, directs and controls the Chamber’s services, products, economic development and public policy activities, and responds to the needs of its members within available and agreed upon financial resources. The President works to create a culture of inclusion and integration throughout the Magnolia community and surrounding area in support of the Chamber’s goals for business and membership growth.
Direct development of short and long-range objectives, policies, budgets, and operating plans for the organization and oversee their consistent interpretation, implementation, and achievement.
Oversee the development of policies, systems, and processes for the proper, consistent, and efficient execution of financial and operational activities, in compliance with all relevant internal, local, state, and federal guidelines.
Work with committees to develop and enact plans to address strategic and operational goals.
Assure that organization priorities are responsive to member needs and advance the Magnolia area’s economic welfare.
Manage member and public perceptions of the Chamber.
Develop leadership of the officers and Board of Directors.
Duties and Responsibilities
Work with the Chair to develop meeting agendas for the Board of Directors.
Ensure successful implementation of the Chamber’s strategic plan.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Chamber, including program management and marketing efforts.
Serve as the principal spokesperson and ambassador for the Chamber, including representing the Chamber at business and community events, meetings, etc.
Develop and maintain effective communications and relations with business and community leaders, other organizations, and elected officials.
Maintain an open line of communication with the Board of Directors, providing objective and factual input regarding relevant strategic, operational, and financial activities to facilitate informed decision-making.
Build partnerships with other organizations.
Hire, manage, develop, and evaluate direct reporting staff, including establishing and enforcing accountability guidelines, directing and supervising staff day-to-day activities, training, and recruiting in line with the Chamber’s goals and guidelines.
Ensure activities meet with Chamber requirements for quality management, health and safety, legal stipulations, environmental policies, and general duty of care.
Financial Responsibility and Authority
Advise the Board of Directors of the Chamber’s financial activities, including cash flow, expenditures, billing and event budgeting.
Expend funds within policy and budget parameters and consistent with good business practice.
Execute contracts on behalf of the Chamber as directed by the Board.
Conduct all business in an ethical and professional manner.
Keep abreast of new developments in the community, legislation, Board of Directors, membership base, and any other area that could affect the Chamber’s well-being.
Know and understand the federal, state, and local laws governing the Chamber’s activities.
Attend training or conferences as requested by the Board of Directors, or as required by regulatory bodies.
Education and Experience:
A. or B.S. from an accredited college
Significant experience in leading business or non-profit organizations to success, strong marketing, public relations, and communications experience.
Experience with a chamber of commerce or similar non-profit a plus
Skills and Competencies:
Excellent verbal and written communication and public speaking skills; good listening skills; ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals at many levels within a community
Management skills, including people, projects, financial, and events
Demonstrated success in client or membership development
Ability to work tactfully with different opinions, interests, and backgrounds
Excellent organizational skills
Problem-solving skills; ability to apply common sense understanding to complex situations
Ability to track and organize numerous and varied time sensitive tasks, while also dealing with frequent urgent situations requiring immediate decision and action
Physical Demands and Characteristics
Physical activity that includes working on a computer and telephone
Extensive local travel, driving, and exposure to weather conditions
High levels of energy, varied and long hours, including weekends