• Executive Director

    Newport Chamber of Commerce
    Job Description

    Position Open: Chamber of Commerce Executive Director:
    The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is seeking a vibrant, talented, and dedicated business professional to serve as its next Executive Director. We are seeking an energetic rock star to lead our Chamber staff and members into the next stage of our organization’s rich history.
    The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization comprised of business professionals who have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic and commercial progress of our wonderful and diverse coastal community. With a packed schedule of networking opportunities, events, and educational opportunities, the Chamber strives to serve as a constant support and resource for our regional business and non-profit organizations.
    The Executive Director role requires a uniquely qualified professional who is as comfortable being the “face” of our organization as they are completing financial analysis and strategic planning efforts to ensure the Chamber continues to be successful for years to come. Self-motivation and poise are a must, as are an ability to organize, plan, lead, motivate and manage at both a macro and micro levels.
    The Executive Director must also possess strong critical thinking and analytical skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to demonstrate the value of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce to current and potential members and sponsors, have good listening skills and be open to receiving constructive feedback, as well as have a passion for member engagement, networking, and collaboration.
    The position reports directly to the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
    Organization Mission and Strategy:  Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.

    • Enhancement of the Chamber’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations.

    • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance the Chamber’s Mission.

    • Grow and manage the Chamber’s membership base.

    • Develop, deliver, and continually enhance the benefits enjoyed and expected by our members.

    • Engage in fundraising and developing additional revenue sources.

    Organization Operations:  Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

    • Responsible for the hiring, supervision, training, and retention of staff.

    • Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.

    • Review and approve contracts for services.

    • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

    • Oversight on all existing programs.

    Financial Performance and Viability: Develop resources necessary to ensure the financial health of the organization.

    • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support the Chamber’s mission.

    • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the Chamber, including submission to the Board a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

    • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

    Board Governance: Works with the board to fulfill the organization’s mission.

    • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.

    • Responsible for leading the chamber in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.

    • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function property and to make informed decisions.

    Professional Qualifications Desired:

    • A bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, business, or related fields is preferred. Five years of comparable experience in business, community, and organizational leadership, may be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.

    • Financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.

    • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.  

    • Experience in event planning and management, fundraising, and marketing.

    • Knowledge of business operations and practices; ability to understand and interact with businesses of all sizes and industries.

    • Supervisory experience in leading, delegating, motivating and team building.

    • Proven leadership skills, diplomatic, self-motivated, analytical and has a clear understanding of the vital role the chamber plays in supporting and enhancing the business community.

    • Demonstrates excellence in public speaking, presentation, communication and writing abilities.

    • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.

    Salary: Based on education and experience and includes generous benefit package. Exempt position.

    How to Apply:
    Applicants must provide a cover letter, a resume to include three professional references, and business writing sample that describes the candidates’ thoughts about the future development and activities with which the Chamber should be involved (in PDF format).
    Application materials should be emailed to newportchamberdirectorapp@gmail.com No phone calls please. 

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