The cities of Kelso and Longview are located in southwest Washington along the scenic Columbia River, about 50 miles north of Portland, Oregon, and 125 miles south of Seattle. There is a unique blend of traditional architecture and new construction, combined with plenty of green spaces, providing a comfortable, rural lifestyle with very affordable homes, moderate living costs and easy access to larger city amenities. Kelso’s population is 15,000 and Longview’s is over 35,000. Each city has an established downtown core that provides a quaint setting for smaller specialty shops, restaurants, and other shopping centers. Active industrial areas have room for future growth and both cities are ready for the future. Kelso and Longview offer abundant outdoor activities such as 400 acres of public parks with walking, jogging and bicycle paths, picnic areas and playgrounds, and the area offers other activities, including fishing, windsurfing, swimming and boating. The neighboring Cascade Mountains and surrounding foothills cater to skiers, hikers and hunters, and the Mount St. Helens National Volcano Monument is close by.
The Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1999 when the Kelso and Longview chambers combined their experience and expertise to better represent the local business interests and work together to build a healthy economy. The Chamber operates with three full-time and one part-time employees, and has 500+ members, serving a population of just over 50,000. The Chamber is a volunteer organization of business and professional people working to advance local, commercial, industrial, and civic development in the Kelso-Longview area. Core benefits of membership include networking opportunities to build quality business contacts; government advocacy to protect and promote free enterprise; becoming part of the vision and strategies of the chamber; participating in offered seminars and workshops on sales, marketing, and customer service; marketing opportunities through chamber publications, events and website. Chamber programs and services include Community Information and Business Resource Guide; membership mixers and networking opportunities; business promotion opportunities; community events; and political forums and advocacy at the state capital.
The CEO provides leadership and general management for the Chamber, working under the guidelines of the Board of Directors.
A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience is required, including direct experience in revenue growth, marketing, budgeting and financial management, staff development, and community and government relations. Strong MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills, and social media experience desired.
For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/ and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. The Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: March 10, 2024 (open until filled).