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The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is seeking a self-motivated, experienced, strategic, and visionary executive business leader as its next President who will work closely with an engaged Board of Directors and dedicated staff to inspire innovation and execute the goals of the organization. The President will ensure that the organization continues to focus on our mission to advance the Vermont economy, applying the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion, while advocating, building community, and providing resources for businesses statewide. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President will be based at the organization’s offices in Berlin, Vermont and will have overall management responsibility for growing an impactful organization with an annual budget of $2 million and 13 employees.
The President must prove to be competent in setting the cultural tone of the organization to ensure it remains the most influential non-partisan business organization in the state as seen by members, staff, Board, press, policy makers, and partner organizations. The President maintains relationships with businesses, members, public agencies, elected officials, partner organizations, and with the public, all requiring judgment and tact to foster good community affairs. We are seeking a new President who will build on our work seeking common ground among all constituents while informing legislators and officials about issues critical to the business community and bringing a balanced, non-partisan approach to agenda setting and policy advocacy. The successful candidate will embrace core beliefs that economic growth, prosperity, affordability, and business success are the foundational pillars necessary for a thriving Vermont economy.
The Vermont Chamber enterprise includes the Vermont Chamber of Commerce 501(c)6 and the Vermont Chamber Foundation 501(c)3 dba The Vermont Futures Project, an initiative to create a data-informed Economic Action Plan for the state.
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, gender/sex, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to advancing the Vermont economy. Trusted by the businesses that make living, working, and thriving in Vermont possible, we prioritize collaboration and uphold the core values that define our state. As the preeminent not-for-profit business organization, we advocate, build community, and provide resources for businesses statewide.
- Sets the tone and direction for the Vermont Chamber to ensure it remains the most influential non-partisan business organization in the state as seen by members, staff, the Board, the press, policy makers, and partner organizations.
- Possesses a natural curiosity about member business operations and insight, using this information to evaluate existing programming and developing new ideas to achieve strategic goals and financial targets.
- Maintains a high level of communication among the Chamber officers, directors, staff, committees, and members as well as between the Chamber and the public.
- Oversees all staff activities of the Chamber including the hiring and termination of employees. Provides guidance and mentorship to staff, especially the leadership team. Promotes staff development and professional growth. The President currently has six direct reports.
- Informs the Board of Directors of the state of the economy, highlighting current and anticipated concerns and success stories impacting the business community.
- Informs the Board of Directors about issues affecting the Chamber organization and reputation on a timely basis (e.g. financial challenges, membership concerns, policy direction, etc.)
- Coordinates the activities of the Chamber committees and task forces with the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and provides necessary assistance.
- Commits to and encourages growth within the Chamber’s DEI work and belief statement.
- Demonstrates strong strategic thinking, planning and execution skills.
- Possesses strong interpersonal leadership skills.
- Provides visionary, thoughtful, empowering leadership that strengthens the Chamber’s mission through a business-focused legislative agenda
- Works to achieve expert status on the economy of the regions, the state, and the nation.
- Sets the Chamber’s policy tone and message with guidance from the Board and input from members, focusing on the Chamber’s mission.
- Cultivates good relationships with partner organizations, government appointees, elected officials, and their staff.
- Participates in setting the legislative agenda, participating in lobbying activities with state legislative and regulatory bodies and responsible for leading on key issues
- Prepares and implements an annual budget for the Chamber and coordinates expenditures consistent with the budget.
- Oversees the Chamber’s cashflow, forecasting, investments, and obligations to ensure the Chamber’s financial viability.
- Creates new programs with revenue generation a priority.
- Reports to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors the status of the membership and finances.
- Continuously assesses any new risks, opportunities, or threats to the financial stability of the organization and reacts proactively to protect cash flow and weather any hardships.
- Ensures that there is a strong membership recruitment and retention plan in place. This may be accomplished by directing and participating in a sales program and working with the membership team to ensure adequate membership services.
- Builds relationships with as many members as possible and gains familiarity with their business goals and problems, for the purpose of maintaining good membership relations, stimulating communications within the business community, identifying common goals and problems to which the Chamber should address itself, and identifying people who may contribute time and resources to Chamber programs.
- Participates in event planning and sponsor recruitment to meet budget targets.
- Ensures the marketing and advertising products are relevant and current for the tourism industry.
- Continues exploring new opportunities to further the work of the DEI Task Force
- Consistently strives to expand the Chamber’s network of constituents into less traditional and/or underrepresented segments of the business community.
- Considers and creates new programming or event delivery that is sensitive to how underrepresented groups may desire to network or gather.
- Oversees all Chamber messaging, setting the tone for the Chamber’s publications, websites, and social channels.
- Develops innovative revenue sources, using strong proven fundraising and entrepreneurial skills.
- Insight: Possesses a keen executive insight, leveraging analytical acumen and industry expertise to discern trends, formulate informed strategies, and drive innovative decision-making for sustainable organizational success.
- Networking: Demonstrates a proven ability in strategic networking both within and outside of the organization, cultivating and maintaining influential partnerships with key stakeholders, industry leaders, and partners to advance organizational goals and drive sustained business growth in an executive capacity.
- Leadership: Adept at inspiring and guiding cross-functional teams, driving organizational excellence, and navigating complex challenges to achieve strategic objectives in a dynamic executive role.
- Listening: Demonstrates exceptional listening acumen, adept at understanding nuanced communication cues, fostering strong interpersonal relationships, and leveraging active listening skills to comprehend and respond effectively to diverse perspectives within a dynamic executive environment. Proficient in synthesizing complex information through attentive and empathetic listening, contributing to strategic decision-making and fostering a collaborative leadership approach.
- Five (5) years or more of prior experience in association management, legislative affairs and/or fundraising management or a related field.
- Proven experience executing organizational growth. Leading a similar successful nonprofit and/or related entity with membership experience a plus.
- Experience and success in motivating, recruiting, developing, retaining, and mentoring high performance, mission-driven, and results-oriented teams.
- Expertise in policy and political strategy.
- Knowledge of state and federal business issues as well as the legislative environment and processes in Vermont and Congress.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, marketing, and databases.
- Flexibility to work extended hours as legislative session, travel, and events demand.
- Willingness and ability to work and attend meetings in-person when appropriate (this is not a fully remote position), often from the Berlin, Vermont office, Vermont State House, or member businesses.
- Strong preference will be given to candidates with meaningful connections with the Vermont business community and officials in state government, and those currently residing in or able to relocate to Vermont.
ADA-compliant office environments, State House environment. Ability to remain stationary, move, travel, communicate, and gather information. Individuals with physical or mental disabilities are encouraged to apply.
- Flexible work schedules
- Health, dental and vision insurances
- Paid time off and paid holidays
- 401K match
- Short-term disability/leave
- Life insurance
- Professional development opportunities including tuition reimbursement, executive coaching and diversity training
This is a non-exempt (salaried), full-time position. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.