Community Leadership, Convention/Visitors/Tourism, President/CEO
4 Year Degree
Mount Pleasant/Titus County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Council
The Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, business organization with approximately 500 members, including large corporations, small businesses, nonprofit agencies, and higher education institutions. The Chamber’s goal is to promote businesses and improve the quality of life and interaction of all citizens through economic and community programs.
The Chamber focuses on business development, networking, government affairs, advocacy, education, workforce development, leadership programs, community development and through a contract with the City of Mount Pleasant, manages the Mount Pleasant/Titus County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Chamber’s role as Visitor’s Council is to promote tourism in the City of Mount Pleasant and throughout Titus County. The Chamber operates with an annual budget of over $580,000. The Chamber received accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
More information about the Chamber may be found at www.mtpleasanttx.com
The President & Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) is the top paid administrative executive of the Chamber and is responsible for the full range of activities: coordination of the program of work; organizational structure and procedures; motivation of volunteers; income and expenditures; maintenance of membership; employment, training and supervision of staff; interpretation of policy; maintenance of quarters; long-range planning.
The CEO of the Chamber reports to the Chair of the Executive Committee of the 15-member Board of Directors. This executive will supervise the Chamber staff: Director-First Impressions and Events Director. The position is an outstanding opportunity for a chamber of commerce, association, or private/public sector executive to lead and expand a solid chamber organization in an attractive Northeast Texas community.
The successful candidate should be a take-charge individual with vision, someone who can manage, motivate, challenge, and delegate to others. The individual should possess integrity, be a forward thinker, have strong interpersonal skills, and value collaboration and teamwork. Candidates should be able to forge effective working relationships with key stakeholders and be visible and active in the community. Other key qualities include:
Good communication skills
Transparency and authenticity
Energy and creativity
Commitment to continuous improvement
Program of Work: the CEO is responsible for the identification of chamber and community needs and for the preparation of a program of work designed to meet these needs. This involves a constant evaluation of the program, with recommendations for changes as needed, and a system of measuring progress toward attainment of program and community goals.
Chamber Structure and Procedures: The CEO must be constantly attentive to the internal structure of the Chamber, to ensure that the organization functions with maximum efficiency in the anticipation, identification, and solution of chamber/community problems; recommend to the Board such changes in structure and procedures as are needed.
Motivation of Volunteers: Key to the effectiveness of the Chamber is the ability of the CEO to lead volunteers to creative and fruitful action.
Income and Expenses: Through the Budget and Finance Committee, the CEO is responsible for developing the Chamber’s combined chamber and tourism budget, relating budget to program goals. As approved by the Board, the CEO is responsible for all expenditures within the framework of the budget. The Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign has successfully grown each of the past three years. The CEO will ensure that financial records of the Chamber are reviewed annually and seek maximum staff efficiency in all financial procedures.
Long-range Planning: Under a constantly evolving Board of Directors and annual change in officers, is responsible for maintaining continuity and consistency in programming. Based on proper research of community needs, the CEO must anticipate emerging and long-range problems and recommend Chamber and community programs to meet such problems. The Chamber is currently in the last year of a 3-year strategic plan.
Membership: The Ambassadors, Directors, and CEO are responsible for maintaining the membership at a level that will ensure necessary income for the operation of the program. Membership currently stands at over 480 and has continued modest growth each of the past several years.
Staff: The CEO is responsible for the employment of all staff personnel, the assignment of their duties, the supervision of their work and the establishment, within the framework of the approved budget, of the terms of their employment. The CEO will develop and conduct continuing on-the-job training programs and will ensure participation in professional conferences, seminars, and institutes as are needed to develop and maintain operations at the peak of efficiency.
Interpretation of Policy: The CEO will ensure that Chamber policy, as established by the Board, is properly recorded in minutes and indexed in the Policy Manual. The CEO will assist the Board, committees, members, and the staff in interpretation of policy in relation to any given question of program. This executive will assist the Board Chair in preparation of statements of Chamber position on public issues.
External Relationships: Responsible for ongoing interaction and liaison with a wide constituency, including the Board of Directors, Chamber members, economic development, government officials, community members, education officials, and media.
Headquarters: As approved by the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for the location, design, and maintenance of headquarters which will provide for efficient operation and present on behalf of the community an attractive "front door" for the use of Chamber members, citizens of the community and visitors.
The ideal candidate for the position of President/CEO must have a proven track record of success and may come from a variety of backgrounds such as: serving as the top executive within a progressive and comparably-sized chamber of commerce, or related significant business association, or economic development-focused organization; experience as a “#2” or other senior-level executive at a larger like enterprise as noted above; or an executive from a complex private or public sector entity. At least five years of experience in a leadership role is required. This person should have demonstrated experience in managing staff and budgets as well as strong verbal and written communication skills that can be utilized with a variety of audiences (e.g., members, Board, staff, and community leaders). In addition, significant Board interaction and experience leading large numbers of volunteers is strongly desired.
A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in business, finance, law, public administration, or related field is desirable. If the candidate’s professional experience includes chamber or development industry background, then a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management, Certified Chamber Executive designation or Certified Economic Developer designation is desirable.
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