For nearly a century, the Southwest Indiana Chamber has been a trusted ally of the regional business community and has a mission to serve the region by promoting business and making the area a globally competitive place to work, live, and grow a business. The Chamber is one of the state’s largest and most impactful non-profit business organizations, made possible by the support of nearly 1,700 members, and one-third of which have invested in the Chamber for ten or more years. The success of the Chamber has not gone unnoticed. In recognition of its commitment to excellence and outstanding results, the Southwest Indiana Chamber was awarded 2015 Indiana Chamber of the Year by Indiana Chamber Executives Association along with 2016 National Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
The Chamber is the region's premier membership-driven business organization, focused on member engagement, advocacy and public policy, community development, workforce development and brand awareness. The organization is driven by more than 60-member Board of Directors and supported by hundreds of volunteer leaders and regional partners. The Chamber has 18 employees and an operating budget of $1.8M, generated from membership dues and non-dues revenues.
President and CEO
The President and CEO will provide the strategic leadership and vision for the Chamber and oversee the operations of the organization. Areas of responsibility include the following:
Sustains the vitality and involvement of the Board and membership at large.
Acts as a principal advocate and a key spokesperson for the Southwest Indiana Chamber.
Provides information, counsel and advice to the Board regarding policy and programs; oversees and actively develops the performance and professional growth of all employee.
Works closely with a wide-range of constituencies in both the public and private sector to build support and coalitions consistent with the Chamber’s overall mission.
Drives membership growth, non-dues revenue growth, financial condition and fiscal well-being of the organization.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the President and CEO is responsible for maintaining continuity and consistency in planning and programming. Based on research of community needs, the President and CEO must anticipate emerging and long-range problems and recommend Chamber and community programs to maximize opportunities and minimize risk.
Responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan and routinely reporting progress against specific, measurable goals that are approved annually.
Understands the dynamics of leading a Chamber or similar membership or private sector organization.
Demonstrates s/he can provide vision and generate respect, confidence, and support from a diverse constituency.
Provides strategic leadership that attracts new as well as retains existing business leader involvement in the work of the Chamber.
Strengthen and effectively articulate the “value proposition” the Chamber offers its members. As a key player in the economic development initiatives of the community, the President and CEO will provide leadership and direction to the efforts to attract new and diverse business to Southwest Indiana and retains existing business that not only will provide long-term economic stability to the community, but will enrich the quality of existing business.
The President and CEO will maximize and leverage strong board relationships and provide the strategic leadership necessary to encourage their full participation.
Works with appropriate regional governmental entities and other Chambers to build coalitions and maximize the collective investment in support of the Southwest Indiana Chamber’s mission.
Effectively, and in a bi-partisan manner, represents the business community in all government venues; regularly meets with elected and administrative officials on public policy matters affecting the business community; provides Chamber support/counsel to legislative and executive leaders on projects of mutual interest.
With the cooperation of the Chair, the Treasurer, and any Vice Chairs, the President and CEO prepares an operating budget, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, covering all Chamber activities.
Develops the Chamber's three-year strategic plan, which addresses critical issues in the strategic objectives of the Chamber Board and members. The plan will set out objectives for each strategic area of the department and outlines plans for achieving those objectives.
Develops and recommends an annual business plan for all departments. The plans will set out objectives, plans, and specific activities to be pursued in each area of responsibility. This plan will be developed in the context of the organization’s strategic and operating plans and will be directed at supporting the objectives established in those plans.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
The President and CEO must be a strong communicator, have excellent written, presentation, oral communications, and interpersonal skills, possess strong leadership skills, and be able to motivate and influence others.
Ability to think creatively and strategically, have excellent judgment and be able to work in a changing environment.
Demonstrated track record of developing effective partnerships among Chamber members, local and regional partners, elected officials, education, and business-related organizations.
Familiarity with the unique challenges of running a non-profit; understands the dynamics of a chamber of commerce or similar membership organization.
Track record of working with diverse communities and understanding the importance of a diverse Chamber membership.
Proven record of developing/managing strong organizations and management teams; progressive senior management experience in a comparably sized or situated organization.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Chamber members, elected and appointed officials, and the general public.
Prepare clear and comprehensive financial and administrative reports.
Communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Plan, assign and coordinate the work of senior staff.
Lead the development and implementation of a long-term vision that enhances the Chamber’s value proposition and relevance to current and future members.
Strong political and business acumen; politically balanced/bipartisan.
Willingness to pursue new ideas and challenge traditional thinking.
Motivational leader, who can attract, retain, develop and empower staff.
Focused yet balanced perspective - someone who can balance priorities.