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Executive Director

Posted: 12/15/2020

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated and experienced Executive Director to support the sustainable economic growth of our diverse, viable business community through support of our goals to enhance communication and awareness of chamber values, improving internal operations for efficiency and growing membership while maintaining financial viability.  A successful candidate will be hands-on and goal-oriented with strong interpersonal and external communication skills and experience working with a committed Board of Directors. While this position will initially be part-time due to the ongoing pandemic, it is expected that the position will grow to full-time as public health conditions improve and in-person events are again allowed.
Position: Executive Director

  • Provide leadership, general management and coordination of all Chamber activities in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
  • Develop, implement and maintain Chamber policies
  • Execute the strategic plan as developed by the Chamber Board of Directors
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the office with a focus on efficiency and the use of emerging technology to improve operations
  • Supervise staff and volunteers and engage in staff planning
  • Propose and maintain a budget and oversee financial records and controls
  • Serve as an Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, other ad hoc committees as they might arise and support Board involvement
Program and Revenue generation
  • Supervise and maintain membership management system including outreach to members and potential members, receivables and tracking and communication
  • Develop revenue generation activities through membership growth including special event and fundraising management
  • Direct all organization and program planning necessary to carry out Chamber activities including two events per month
Marketing and Communications
  • Establish and execute a plan to increase Chamber presence in the community focusing on Chamber value, the impact of Chamber activities within the business community and role for economic and community enhancement through communication and targeted marketing. On a monthly basis report the progress of these activities to the Board of Directors
  • Maintain close communication with Chamber members, businesses and industry leaders to stay ahead of upcoming trends
  • Collaborate with school leaders, government officials at the local, state and federal level and the general public on issues affecting the economic vitality and the local business environment.
Selection Criteria:
Skill set commensurate with the following criteria:
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a management capacity
  • Demonstrated management skill in a membership organization including working with a Board of Directors and managing personnel within established HR guidelines
  • Fiscal Management including budget management, reporting, audit, AP/AR oversight
  • Demonstrated success growing a membership organization
  • Resource development, fundraising and event management
  • Proven success in written and verbal communication and presentations
  • Ability to innovate and develop creative ideas when facing unforeseen circumstances
  • Strong computer skills including recent experience with Microsoft Office, social media, ZOOM (other technological platforms) and a membership database (Chamber Master a plus)
  • Experience with Government Advocacy, City/Community based business/economic development strategies and principles
  • Demonstrated marketing skill to develop and grow the Chamber presence and value within our community
  • Strong networking skills in dealing with the community, general public and the media, including social media, online content/website management
Salary: DOE
Benefits: Expense Account, Service Club Membership, Professional Development (TBD), Mileage Reimbursement
Chamber Membership: 200+
Chamber Budget: $150,000
Total Number of Staff including ED: 1 FTE
Population of Area Served:  100K+
Report and Supervision: Reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors and supervises 1-2 part-time staff or contractors
Deadline: January 15, 2021
To apply:  Submit a cover letter and resume to