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President and CEO Job Description

Job details: President & CEO, Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce

Salary: Negotiable / Range will be discussed upon interview

Job Type: Full-time

Qualifications: Bachelor's (Required)

Benefits: Comprehensive Benefits package including single coverage health insurance (or stipend if not needed), 401(k), HAS, Paid time off


Full Job Description

General Function: The President/CEO (CEO) is responsible for management of the organization and its full range of activities. The CEO is hired by, and responsible to, the Carlisle Area Chamber (Chamber) and the Carlisle Area Chamber Foundation (Foundation) Board of Directors (BOD). The CEO is responsible for day-to-day management of the Foundation and the Chamber and carrying out policies established by the BOD.

The CEO supports our Mission to be a catalyst that will actively promote and support responsible economic growth in the Carlisle region, while continuing to provide enhanced benefits for our membership and a vibrant quality of life for our community.  The Foundation is organized exclusively for the purpose of carrying out and supporting the charitable and education purposes (within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding section of any future tax code) of the Chamber.


Four-year degree from an academic institution; marketing, economics or business major preferred

Several years of related experience

Knowledge of marketing, business theories, practices, and procedures

Knowledge of budget development and sound accounting principles and practices

Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills

Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to provide leadership

Experience in supervision with proven ability to recruit, train, and develop staff

Excellent computer and technology skills including strong Microsoft Applications


Personal Characteristics

The following are important characteristic sought in a successful candidate:

Energetic and enthusiastic; able to exude excitement about the Chamber and the Foundation’s services and programs; excellent in follow-through and commitment to results.

Must be a “doer”, as well as a delegator;

Be able to understand, communicate and work within complex political and economic issues within the community and the county.

Possess polished people skills; strong and articulate communication skills; and have the capacity to command respect and credibility.

Be team-oriented with a participative style and be capable of consistently thinking “outside the box” while maintaining sound business judgment.

Be entrepreneurial; exhilarated by growth and change; be able to reinvent ideas quickly; think effectively and quickly, and be adaptable, flexible and open-minded.

Possess proven leadership and management skills.


Duties & Responsibilities

Oversees all administrative, operating and marketing functions of the Chamber and the Foundation of Commerce including operational budget development and adherence.

Advises the Chairperson of the Board, the Board and such other committees as designated.

Guides the creation of financial reports and annual audit reports in accordance with procedures approved by the Chamber and the Foundation Board.

Develops and supervises the implementation of an annual operating and marketing plan, directs the preparation of the annual budget that supports these activities and presents it to the Board for approval.

Attends all meetings of the membership, the Board and other designated committees in an advisory, non-voting capacity.

Establishes and maintains ongoing effective communications with members, government leaders, business and cultural institution leaders, and the local tourism industry.

Develops and maintains effective organizational policies and ensures all Chamber and the Foundation activities are implemented within these established policies, guidelines, laws and ethical standards.

Selects, trains, supervises and evaluates assigned personnel; coordinates staff and volunteer training; establishes staff goals and assists staff in order to meet those goals.

Prepares and submits proposals for funding for the Chamber and the Foundation that support the missions of both organizations, in the form of sponsorships, grants and programs like EITC.

Professional Requirements

The candidate must possess a broad spectrum of skills and will have a breadth of management and marketing experience that will immediately inspire confidence among the Board of Directors, the business community, and community stakeholders. The following skills and experience are sought in the optimal candidate: team management, community leadership, marketing and outstanding written and verbal skills.


Professional Responsibilities

Administration of Chamber and the Foundation of Commerce

Directs and coordinates activities concerned with administration of the Chamber and the Foundation in accordance with Board of Directors standards and expectations.

Interprets and carries out Board policies.

Anticipates and analyzes major issues, outlines alternative courses of action, and makes recommendations to the Board based on sound information and legal and fiscal considerations.

Serves effectively as Secretary to the Board; prepares agenda for board meetings, carries out directives of the Board and confers regularly with the Board Chair regarding matters relating to the Chamber and the Foundation.


Member Leadership

Provides strong leadership to the Board, members and community.

Exercises leadership in the development, evaluation and improvement of the membership program.

Assures the effectiveness of membership recruitment and retention.

Finance and Business Administration

Works in conjunction with financial administrator to supervise and oversee all Chamber and the Foundation fiscal operations, financial record keeping, and budget development.

Identifies and articulates measurable objectives which support Board adopted annual goals and priorities.

Creates/establishes an Annual Business Plan/Plan of Work and executes the Plan effectively to achieve identified objectives.

Staff and Personnel Management

Understands and complies with all legal mandates and timelines relative to personnel.

Recruits, hires, trains, motivates and manages staff (both paid and volunteer personnel).

Relationship with the Board

Informs and advises the Board about the programs and practices of the Chamber and the Foundation. Keeps the Board informed of all Chamber and the Foundation activities.

Deals with individual Board member ideas, suggestions or directives in an open session, and takes action only when directed by the Board as an entity.

Monitors and assists committees of the Board.

Chamber and the Foundation Facilities and Equipment

Analyzes and recommends long-range Chamber and the Foundation facilities and equipment needs and requirements and establishes and implements plans to meet identified needs.

If you're interested, please submit your resume  or via mail to President & CEO, c/o Christina Spielbauer, Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, 801 S. Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA    17013.   The deadline to submit your application is May 25th, 2022

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