The Director, Government Affairs assists the Vice President, Public Affairs in providing expert non-partisan government affairs services to the Chamber and its members. Working alongside the Vice President on all facets of government affairs, the Director specializes in state government work and is responsible for collaborating with all Chamber departments to develop and implement state legislative work plans in Illinois and Iowa that advance business interests, regional priorities and economic growth. The Director is responsible for ensuring Chamber leaders, staff and members are well informed on state issues and actively engaged in communicating Chamber positions with our legislators, governors and state agencies.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
*Essential Functions to be performed with or without a reasonable accommodation
Research, write, recommend and communicate a focused agenda of state issues that affect the business climate and well-being of the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities.
Participate in state organizations; one-on-one & small group meetings with lawmakers and officials; letters to the editor; phones calls and correspondence with elected officials and departments; and presentations to public bodies in order to influence legislation.
Actively engage Chamber members in “calls to action” and other advocacy efforts.
Track elected officials’ and candidates’ positions / votes, using Chamber website, newsletters, scorecards, candidate surveys and forums, and other mechanisms to educate and inform members.
Build and maintain working relationships with elected officials/staff representing the Quad Cities region. Provide Chamber communications staff with regular, up-to-date information to keep members engaged in government affairs efforts throughout the year.
Organize activities such as legislative lunches, advocacy trips to Des Moines and Springfield, and State of the State gubernatorial events for members to better understand state public policy, processes and decision makers.
Register (as needed) as a state lobbyist in Iowa and Illinois, file all required lobbying reports on a timely basis, and strictly adhere to all laws and regulations pertaining to gifts to elected officials, ethics, campaign finance disclosure and lobbying activity in Iowa and Illinois – whether or not a registered lobbyist.
With Vice President, Public Affairs, determine scope of work for state lobbyist(s) contracts and brief Chamber leaders on their activities on a regular basis.
Work closely with the Quad Cities Defense Alliance and related groups to ensure the Rock Island Arsenal and military policies are part of state advocacy efforts.
Maintain an electronic library of state position papers and backgrounders for use by the staff, BAC and the board. Manage state legislative operations within the ChamberMaster database, including but are not limited to, event registration, member information updating, invoicing, and member communication.
Identify and respond to issues at the city and county levels, especially those tied to state policy.
Participate annually in a minimum of two community events, continuing education activities or other initiatives to build relationships with diverse populations and strengthen cultural competency important to fulfilling the mission of the Chamber and Q2030.
Actively conduct outreach with people of color, young professionals and others underrepresented to ensure greater diversity in state advocacy, including on legislative trips, as speakers on Chamber issues, and so on.
Take initiative to ensure committees, public statements and materials reflect the racial, ethnic, gender and age diversity of the community whenever possible.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Note: The Director, Government Affairs is not involved in the work of the Chamber’s political action committees that focus on candidate recruitment and support. more info...
Ad Title: Executive Director - Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Location: Hinsdale, IL Post Date: 04/17/18 Contact: Jim Slonoff City: Hinsdale State: IL Zip: 60521 Email:email@example.com Website:visit our website... Description: The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, in Hinsdale, Illinois, is seeking candidates to apply for the role of Executive Director. The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce is seeking an outstanding and dynamic leader to serve as our next Executive Director. The HCC staff is comprised of the ED and 2 part-time employees. The chamber was formed in 1924 and currently has 253 active members. Hinsdale is a west suburban community located along the Burlington Northern railway approximately 22 miles west of Chicago. The village was incorporated in 1873 and is home to a central business district that is listed National Register of Historic Places. Hinsdale is home to many turn-of-the century homes and a large number of recently redeveloped homes as well. The two school districts consistently rank in the top of all school districts in Illinois and are nationally ranked as well. The ED is accountable to the board of directors to provide executive leadership to the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. The ED is also responsible to implement the policies, procedures, and objectives set by the board, and to oversee the day-to-day operations of the chamber, including management of programs, staffing, membership and marketing efforts. The ED is a full-time exempt employee with a salary of $55,250 and opportunities for bonuses based on growth in chamber membership. Directions for applying for the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director job can be found on the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce website at hinsdalechamber.com.
GENERAL FUNCTION: The Executive Director is hired by and is responsible to the Chamber's Board of Directors and is responsible for the day-to-day management of all Chamber functions and for carrying out policies and duties established by the Board through an annual program of action.
SPECIFIC DUTIES: In accordance with Chamber bylaws, policies, and annual performance goals established by the Board of Directors, and with appropriate delegation, the Executive Director shall: 1. Establish the organizational structure for the office and the related staffing structure; 2. Establish administrative policies and procedures for office functions; 3. Recruit, hire, and develop staff through direction, coaching, training, support and delegation of responsibilities. Administer an effective personnel program, which includes job descriptions, performance standards, performance appraisals, and salary administration; 4. Develop and supervise an effective program of membership growth and development and membership services; 5. Develop and maintain an effective communications program responsive to the needs of the membership; 6. Develop and conduct education programs to advance the professional, technical, and managerial skills of the membership; 7. Utilize partnerships with local agencies as appropriate; 8. Organize and conduct an annual meeting consistent with the objectives of the Chamber; 9. Provide all necessary information and materials to inform the Board, elected officials, partner agencies and membership on appropriate issues; 10. Maintain effective internal and external public relations; 11. Serve as spokesperson for the Chamber in conjunction with the Board Chairperson; 12. Manage the finances of the Chamber in collaboration with the Chamber Treasurer, including timely delivery of monthly financial reports to the board and the preparation of an annual budget and long- range forecasts of needs; approval of disbursements, signing or co-signing checks with one of the board’s officers and maintaining general control of expenditures. 13. Maintain the legal integrity of the Chamber; 14. Plan and coordinate meetings of the Board of Directors and others affiliated with the Chamber; 15. Provide board packet reports to the Board of Directors at least 5 business days prior to each board meeting that includes an Executive Director report; 16. Monitor and assist committees of the Board; 17. Identify critical issues that may impact the Chamber and its members. 18. Other duties as assigned
Ad Title: Executive Director - Niles Chamber of Commerce & Industry Location: Niles, IL Post Date: 03/12/18 City: NIles State: IL Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Description: Manage Team and Daily Operations · Leading a team of both employees and volunteers. Understand the challenges/advantages of motivating and engaging people to yield highly productive results. · Creating and implementing an annual budget to increase profitability, develop strong cash flow and maintain financial strength. · Negotiate contracts and agreements for office operations, event facilities and employment contracts. · Adopt a long-range plan for stability and growth.
Event planning · Annually organize major events which includes contract negotiations, securing sponsorships/advertising and working within a budget. · Create, organize and execute programs/events to keep them relevant and valuable including monthly networking events, multi-Chamber networking events, golf outing, business groups, new resident program, business and consumer expos amongst others.
Marketing and Public Relations · Design/edit print and electronic communications. · Work with local newspapers/social media to promote local businesses and the Chamber. · Annually sell advertising, develop design concept and obtain content for the Discover Niles Community Guide. Oversee design, editing, printing and mailing.
Economic Development and Community Outreach · Develop and maintain strong relationships with local businesses in all sectors: retail, corporate, industrial, manufacturing, health and services. · Work with and stay up-to-date with local/state elected officials on business related advocacy. · Represent the Niles Chamber of Commerce on various committees, task forces, & commissions (i.e. Niles Chamber Dollars for Scholars, Village of Niles and Education). more info...
Ad Title: Membership and Business Development Location: Chicago or Springfield Post Date: 02/26/18 Contact: Sandra Napoli-D’Arco Email:Sandra@snap-dmarketing.com Description: The Illinois Retail Merchant’s Association is looking to expand a focused membership effort. The ideal candidate is an energetic, enterprising and ambitious sales professional seeking to make an impact. Strong oral and written communication skills a must. This direct sales position will identify new members and build a strategy to enhance the association’s membership. This person will help take the organization to the next level.
The President is the CSCC Chamber’s chief staff person. The President reports to and supports the Board of Directors (BOD). This role is also the “face of the Chamber”, acting as a community leader and ambassador of business advocacy. The President must be a dynamic and energetic, self-starter who can build relationships and manage multiple projects simultaneously. The President will create a healthy Chamber membership with continued growth in membership and increased members satisfaction.
Areas of Responsibility
Program Development 1. Develops an annual schedule of activities, meetings, projects and events to reflect the purpose and membership needs of the Chamber. 2. Works to develop and coordinate the necessary Chamber leadership and other positions, including volunteers, to accomplish the work of the Chamber. 3. Makes recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning matters affecting the direction of the Chamber.
Finance 1. Work with the Executive Committee and members of the Finance Committee in preparation of the annual budget to reflect the financial needs and resources of the Chamber and to assure the organization is managed within these financial guidelines. 2. Develop and implement general plans for meeting the budget. 3. Work with the Treasurer to generate and review financial reports and provide monthly statements of income and expenses to the Board of Directors. 4. Responsible for the managing of all funds received, and for their proper disbursement with budget allocations.
Staffing 1. Establish and maintain a staff consistent with program needs and financial guidelines. Responsibilities include recruiting, hiring, supervision and evaluation. 2. Establish basic work functions and standards of performance for staff.
Committees 1. Assists committees in setting goals, project development, fundraising efforts and project implementation to support the strategic plan. 2. Maintain files of meeting minutes 3. Maintain contact with all Chamber committees and be aware of current status of all Chamber projects with relations to the original objective, the current position, and work to be done.
Advisory 1. Serve as advisor to the Board of Directors in matters including the recruitment of officers and committee chairs, proposed projects, activities and opportunities. 2. Review the Chamber By-Laws and recommend changes in Chamber policies and practices. 3. Performs other duties within the responsibilities, as requested by the Chairman of the Board. Facilitates Board meetings by preparing agenda, President’s report, taking minutes and attending.
Member and Public Relations 1. Direct, prepare and disseminate all communications to the membership and the general public. 2. Represent the Chamber at various meetings in the community. 3. Maintain close liaisons with community civic and service organizations.
Membership Maintenance 1. Oversee the direction of all membership efforts of the Chamber, work with the Chairperson of Membership toward the solicitation of new members, and the maintenance of current membership. 2. Keep accurate records of membership through the Chamber database. 3. Recommend necessary changes in the membership dues as needed. 4. Increase Chamber membership through effective solicitation of non-member businesses.
General Administrative 1. Conduct the official correspondence of the Chamber. 2. Preserve all legal and historical documents related to the Chamber and its activities, programs, property and positions. 3. Meet all necessary legal and financial reporting requirements of the Chamber. 4. Approve and co-sign checks on all Board approved budget expenditures. 5. Direct office maintenance including replacement of equipment and purchase of additional equipment. more info...
Ad Title: President - RiverBend Growth Association Location: Godfrey, IL Post Date: 01/26/18 Contact: August Wuellner City: Godfrey State: IL Zip: 62035 Description: PRESIDENT-RIVERBEND GROWTH ASSOCIATION (pop. 85,000) is seeking full-time proven leader to direct the actions of the regional chamber with 600 members serving 10 communities. The position is responsible for developing and monitoring plans and procedures to ensure an up-to-date effort in new and existing business development. Supervise distribution of demographic and economic data to new and indigenous businesses. First contact with potential businesses interested in the area, referring them to local developers and real estate brokers. Works with city governments to ensure strong relationships between them and the chamber.
The position oversees the local chamber office including a staff of four and a budget of $450,000. Conducts monthly board and executive committee meetings. Interacts with members to resolve business problems. Knowledge of Riverbend area is preferred. more info...