President & Chief Executive Officer
Posted on: December 4, 2018
The President & Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") is the chief executive and administrative officer of the organization responsible for leadership, strategic planning and management functions of the Chamber of Lawrence, Kansas. This includes, but is not limited to: Leadership/Strategic Planning/Vision. Facilitating the formulation and leading the execution of the vision and strategic direction of the organization. In coordination with the Chamber's Board of Directors, creating the process and developing strategic priorities for the next three to five years along with an action plan to fulfill those priorities. Providing a clear vision of the future that embraces our community traditions, connects its history and positions the community to achieve further success. Community Engagement. Recognizing in this "collaborative community leadership position," that strong community support of the Chamber's mission/vision is best achieved through continual engagement that seeks consensus with our community's strategic partners. Articulating the Chamber vision in a compelling manner and being a visible community leader as evidenced by attending community events, volunteering on not for profit Boards, presenting when needed at state and local governmental functions, etc. Serving as the key spokesperson for the Chamber, and making public speaking engagement opportunities that advance the goals and objectives of the Chamber a priority. Extending Chamber leadership to the community through personal involvement and membership in key civic clubs and organizations. Building meaningful and effective connections with key leaders in Douglas County, including City Manager and County Administrator, KU, Haskell, Baker, the Lawrence Journal World, and local state legislative representatives, and other key leaders to collaborate on work to improve the economic vitality in Lawrence and Douglas County. Serving as the public face for the Chamber through participation in all key community events. Leading Chamber staff in community engagement and involvement. Economic Growth/Economic Development. Working closely with Economic Development partners, namely, Chamber Members, Economic Development Corporation ("EDC") Board and Investors, the City, the County, the University of Kansas ("KU)", USD 497, Haskell Indian Nation University, Baker University, LMH Health, Bioscience and Technology Business Center ("BTBC"), and other public or private entities that provide an opportunity for growth and betterment of the community. Serving as an excellent ambassador for these relationships and growth efforts. Attending meetings with critical strategic partners (i.e. BTBC, EDC, Chamber members, KCADC, Peaslee Tech, etc.) as calendar permits. Developing strategies for achieving established economic development performance measures, and communicate economic development happenings to funding partners, investors, and the Chamber Board on at least a quarterly basis Serving as the leader and providing oversight for Economic Development Capital campaigns, soliciting funding from our community economic development investors and then providing meaningful oversight over the use of the funds and results reporting to investors. Advocacy. Working with the Board of Directors to ensure the involvement of Chamber members as 'Chief Advocate' on behalf of specific issues that improve the business environment and economic vitality of Lawrence and Douglas County. Consistently demonstrating passion and optimism, which in turn inspires trust and respect. At all times representing the Chamber with integrity, respect, professional courtesy, honesty and other values central to building positive professional relationships and maintaining the credibility of the organization. Membership. Oversee activities related to maintaining effective member relations and work with staff and volunteers to expand membership base and member satisfaction. Helping to connect member businesses to allow them to grow and expand in our community. In cooperation with Board leadership, ensuring that the Board is strong, deep, diverse, and reflective of the best talent in the community. Chamber Staff Development. Utilizing leadership skills to provide executive guidance, mentorship, feedback and development for the Chamber leadership team and staff. Retaining and recruiting excellent staff members for the Chamber will be vital Fiscal Management. Operating a fiscally sound organization, which balances revenue and expenditures as appropriate per the budget and projected cash flow. Preparing and presenting accurate and timely financial statements is paramount, as is adherence to generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and solid corporate fiscal governance. Responsibilities: Develop, coordinate, and execute strategic and operating plans in conjunction with the Chamber Board; develop and provide ongoing information on key performance indicators for the success of the Chamber. Proactively lead and oversee the economic development efforts of Lawrence and Douglas County. Promote recruitment, growth, retention and expansion of member businesses. Develop and maintain positive relationships with Chamber members, elected officials (State, City, County, and USD 497), KU, BTBC, KU Alumni and Endowment Associations, the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center, Haskell Indian Nations University & Baker University officials and other key leaders. Engage effectively with key economic partners beyond the aforementioned, including the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Research Nexus, METL and other identified parties. Fulfill the Chamber's fiduciary responsibilities and contract obligations with all parties. Provide effective financial stewardship, by ensuring the financial strength of the Chamber through effective management of the annual budget and all funding sources, including the implementation of a strategy to build reserves equal to four months of operating expenses. Develop and maintain on-going communication with key stakeholders through on-site visits, conversations, emails, social media, publications, Chamber website, and any other appropriate media conducive to achieving success. Partner with the Board Chair and Executive Committee to ensure the active engagement of a well-informed Board. Develop a results-driven culture within the Chamber and attract and retain the best people. Set expectations for each employee with performance measures that align with stated mission and established priorities, and train and equip Chamber employees for success. Conduct employee reviews, which reports progress toward performance objectives on an annual basis. Possess and/or build broad knowledge about best practices and successful innovation in Chamber operations and functions. Use this information to provide appropriate education on Chamber issues and opportunities, through seminars and speakers, to staff, Board members and strategic partners as appropriate. Represent the Chamber at events and meetings that are strategically important to the Chamber and/or the community at large. Lead the Chamber's efforts as the chief advocate and lobbyist for the organization and its members with local, state, and federal governmental bodies. Demonstrate effective problem-solving, motivational, communications, organizational, planning, negotiation, and leadership skills, as well as a firm understanding of non-profit budgeting and financials. Serve as a principal spokesperson for the Chamber in all venues, proactively and responsively with a goal to enhance the Chamber's overall image. Build consensus within a broad range of organizations, associations and groups in the community. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated track record in managing and leading a non-profit organization Excellent organization and problem solving skills. Proven coalition-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office. Certification from IOM, ACC preferred but not required
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