Would you like to be a connector and convener in the Greater Galesburg Area? Do you have a vision for a region full of thriving businesses, vibrant communities and talented, connected people? The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce is searching for an innovative, decisive and enthusiastic leader for the role of Executive Director.
The Board of Directors of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recruitment and selection process for the Executive Director of its organization.
Interested candidates should submit a confidential cover letter, résumé and contact information for five work-related references to the search committee chair, Karrie Heartlein at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to:
Chamber Search Committee
2 E. South St. K-149
Galesburg, IL 61401
The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer.
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S POSITION
The Executive Director provides executive leadership to the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and, in partnership with the Board of Directors, is responsible for its strategic direction and success. This position leads the organization in achieving its mission, including overseeing its financial stability, community and philanthropic relations, staffing, development, and operations, under the policies, directives, and guidelines established by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be a key leader committed to the economic vitality of the Knox County and Galesburg region. This individual will lead the chamber in helping businesses succeed and our communities thrive.
Chamber Staff & Volunteers
Provides support and leadership to the Board of Directors as its executive officer, implements its policies, plans and directives, and reports to the Board on matters affecting the welfare of the
Acts as a resource to the Board and its committees on policy development, planning and financial development, and helps Board members understand and appreciate their role and
Provides top leadership to the organization’s efforts, maximizing community partnerships, engaging volunteers, and cultivating and soliciting community
Oversees Chamber’s operations and programs. Works with the Board, staff, and volunteers to anticipate and address community Fosters a climate of innovation to develop member-focused programs. Spearheads the development, communication and implementation of effective strategies and processes.
Directs staff and volunteers to carry out initiatives, assignments and programs under the approved strategic plan and annual
Directs the development of the strategic plan and assures the accomplishment of organizational goals and
Communicates and collaborates with government, schools, other not-for-profits, corporations, and other organizations in the Interprets the work of the Chamber to the community, and ensures its mission, vision, values, and goals are understood.
Develops and maintains excellent relationships within the community as well as within the regional, state, and national business
Provides leadership in securing needed resources for current operations, capital improvement, community development and long-range financial stability. Oversees the long-range development of the Chamber’s resources.
Recommends annual budget for Board approval. Ensures prudent fiscal management, reporting and controls. Oversees financial operations.
Candidates should possess a Bachelor's Degree in marketing, planning or business or public administration or related field,
Have two years of business experience
CAE, CCE, IOM or other management certification desired.
Understand how to leverage Board members and other community leaders to attract and retain members
Be comfortable serving as an effective "lobbyist" for the business community with the local, regional, state and national elected
Possess excellent written and oral communications skills as well as be a good
Must be an articulate spokesperson on behalf of the Chamber using various methods of communications including traditional media and social media.
Be able to form and enhance positive working relationships with a wide range of
Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
Be able to think in innovative and creative ways, challenging self and the organization to set high
Be comfortable with analytical detail while being focused on marketing, communication and relationship-building.
Leadership and Management Style
Be a person of integrity who displays openness and honesty in all
Be a leader who is approachable, visible, and available, both within the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce as well as with membership and the communities the Chamber
Be able to work with and provide support to economic development agencies
Be a leader who is inclusive and shares information willingly and
Be able to diplomatically question the status quo and to look at opportunities in new and creative
Be able to champion constructive and positive change while respecting and valuing what has gone
Be able to develop communication rapport with others, readily sharing knowledge and
Demonstrate a sincere interest in the development and success of
Embrace the Knox County region and recognize the unique qualities of the region and its constituent
About Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce
The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce supports the economic vitality and development of the region by promoting the health and growth of business. The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization of citizens who invest time and money into a community development program - working together to improve the economic, civic, and cultural well-being of the area.
At the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce we are focused on working for our members and our region. To ensure we are helping businesses succeed we are focused on the following priorities: 1) Catalyst for regional and business growth: Promoting the growth of the entire region for the betterment of the business and the entire community. 2) Connector and convener: Provide well-structured opportunities for members to connect with each other and robust resources. 3) Champion for the stronger communities: Advocate on behalf of our members and tourism assets at the local, regional, and state level. 4) Captivator of talent and leaders: Assist in recruiting, developing, and retaining the next generation of business leaders. 5) Committed to excellent internal operations: Focus on organizational excellence in... order to best serve our members, tourism partners, and the region
We are helping businesses succeed and communities thrive.