The President & CEO is the chief executive officer and administrative officer for the Chamber. This position is expected to provide visionary leadership for the Chamber and the business community; responsible to the Board of Directors for the full range of activities needed to ensure the Chamber’s success in meeting its objectives outlined in its annual strategic plan; responsible for planning, interpretation of policy, organizational structure, budget and finances, volunteer development and membership growth, the employment, development and supervision of staff and the maintenance of the Chamber’s headquarters. The position also requires the ability, skills, and leadership necessary to conduct a comprehensive economic development effort which are consistent with the goals of the Growth Alliance and the Council Bluffs Industrial Foundation, the Chamber, and the City of Council Bluffs.
Annual Budget: $1,600,000
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is required; supplemented by a minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years of successful senior leadership experience in an organization of similar size and scope, either for profit or not-for profit. A Master's Degree is preferred. Chamber of Commerce management experience is preferred. Professional certifications are desirable. IOM or CCE and CEcD
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
Experience developing and executing annual work plans for a chamber membership Based and economic development organization.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the dynamics of a chamber of commerce and economic development organization.
History of creating programs and initiatives that focuses on increasing economic vitality and quality of life.
Successful experience forging productive alliances across private, public and governmental sectors and leading public/private partnerships.
Experience promoting an organization; track record of new membership growth and retention and increased value.
Demonstrated ability to manage financial affairs of an organization and communicate effectively with Board of Directors.
Professional experience with public relations, media relations and public speaking.
Experience in marketing and selling a community and region.
Knowledge of workforce training and development issues and implementing programs in collaboration with educational partners to address needs.
Strong background interacting and communicating with multiple audiences at the public, private and media level; strong public speaking abilities. Ability to effectively articulate goals, objectives and policy positions of the Chamber to the media and the community.
Excellent listener; outstanding written and oral communication skills; effective presentation skills to multiple audiences.
Experience bringing groups and individuals together around complex issues.
Experience with governance issues and Board of Director interactions.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce is an 800 plus member organization representing business in Council Bluffs and the surrounding areas. A 24-member Board of Directors forms the policy level of the organization. The President/CEO and a dedicated team of 6 full time employees currently manage the operations and daily work of the Chamber. Our members and volunteers represent a cross section... of all types and sizes of business in our community.
Council Bluffs, Iowa enjoys being a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of over 865,000. The vibrant and economically diverse region of Council Bluffs provides businesses with the ingredients necessary for success in today's highly competitive world economy.
Located at the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 29, the region offers global access from the heartland of America. Interstate 80 serves both coasts while Interstate 29 connects Canada and Mexico. A national airport and multiple rail options complete the picture.
The City of Council Bluffs, has been fortunate to have been served by the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce for over 100 years. In early 2013, the Chamber raised the bar for growth and development in the region. The Council Bluffs Chamber and Growth Alliance embarked on an aggressive course with the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership resulting in the great numbers in 2015 and 2016. Since 1916, the Council Bluffs Chamber has contributed to the betterment of Council Bluffs through a variety of programs, services, and community projects that have made a difference in the history of Council Bluffs.
Again, this year has again been one of progress and vision of what Council Bluffs can become. From the development of the riverfront to the new developments around the Mid-America Center and the continued growth of downtown and our industrial parks, Council Bluffs and the Chamber are working with strategic partners today, and for the next 100 years.