The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest and most diverse business associations in the Pacific Northwest region. An independent organization representing 2,600 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 750,000, the Chamber has a 138-year history serving as a major stakeholder and influencer on issues impacting the Seattle business environment and the entire metropolitan area. As a business advocacy organization, the Chamber’s mission is to help members thrive in an equitable and inclusive regional economy, with a vision to seek an economically vibrant and globally competitive region where businesses of all sizes flourish and prosperity is shared. The Chamber serves the city of Seattle, one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, and a regional market that includes King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties and approximately 4 million people.
The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber seeks a dynamic leader to become its next President & Chief Executive Officer. The new CEO will work with an engaged Board and creative, committed staff to drive the organization’s mission forward. This executive will be joining the Chamber at a critical juncture as the country continues to navigate the global pandemic and national issues related to racial equity. For more information, visit the Chamber’s website: www.seattlechamber.com.
The President & CEO is the chief voice of the Chamber and operates with a focus that includes public/member relations, advocacy activities and strategic planning for the organization to elevate the metro and region. The CEO will serve as the chief strategist, innovative thinker and collaborative leader among the Chamber’s many and varied constituents, from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations. The CEO must be a dynamic leader with the ability to build relationships and work collaboratively within the Seattle regional community to achieve the Chamber’s strategic objectives in rapidly changing times.
This executive reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors and works closely with an Executive Committee. The CEO will directly supervise the Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President-Operations, Contract Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Events & Programs, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications, Executive Assistant, total staff of 20+; operating budget of $4MM.
Other important interactions include: executives and employees of Chamber member organizations; staff and Board representatives of Chamber affiliates; owners/executives of businesses with operations in Seattle, King County and the broader region; elected/appointed officials and their staffs at the city, county, state and federal level; executives at other public-and private-sector partnership organizations, other regional and ethnic chambers; leaders of other business and academic organizations in the region; business incubator and others involved in entrepreneurial activities in the community; members of the media; and the public at large.
The ideal candidate may come from a variety of professional backgrounds. This could include currently serving as the top executive of a comparable chamber of commerce, significant business association or membership-focused organization. Alternative experience includes serving as a “#2” or senior executive at a larger like enterprise as noted above, or as an executive from a complex private sector or public sector entity. This executive should have a successful track record of progressively responsible career growth and significant experience leading a complex operation with multiple constituencies. In addition, experience working with both the public and private sector is important, along with proficiency advocating on behalf of the business sector. This executive should demonstrate expertise in strategic thinking and planning, public policy, business advocacy, member engagement, non-profit governance, public speaking in both formal and extemporaneous settings.
About Seattle Metropolitan Chamber c/o Waverly Partners
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