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President & CEO

Company Description

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber (Regional Chamber) is a private, non-profit organization that provides leadership and business services to promote the growth of our nearly 2,400 members—representing more than 125,000 employees in the Valley. We offer our membership access to a range of benefits, from discounts on healthcare and workers’ compensation to networking opportunities at more than 100 events annually that comprise educational programs, business recognition, advocacy for our community and more. Furthermore, as the lead economic development organization representing Ohio’s Mahoning and Trumbull counties, the Regional Chamber is the single point of contact for all business-related services, coordinating local development efforts among the many organizations working to serve the business community.

The organization’s mission is to provide economic development, advocacy and business services to promote the growth of our members and Valley, while its vision is to be a catalyst for economic success, creating a prosperous Valley that is the preferred community in which to live, learn, work and play.

In addition to offering and extensive portfolio of products and services for members and managing numerous development projects across two counties—the Economic Development division currently has $2 billion worth of projects in its two-year pipeline—the Regional Chamber has created and led several initiatives that have had significant impact on our Valley’s growth and success, including JobsNow, the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission, 422 Corridor redevelopment and more.

The organization also houses the Regional Chamber Foundation, a charitable 501(c)3 organization that raised nearly half a million dollars in 2019 to help support the Chamber's work in economic development and continue the efforts for the initiatives named above.

With a 19-member staff and 30-member Board of Directors, plus a budget of $2.8 million, the Regional Chamber is the third largest metro chamber in the State of Ohio by membership size and has a strong reputation both regionally and statewide. The Chamber is part of Ohio’s Metro Chambers group and has solid relationships with the nine largest chambers in the state.



Responsibilities

The President & Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the complete operation of the organization as it relates to organizational goals, interpretation of policy, planning, operations, staff and finances. Consistent with the Chamber's mission statement, the president is responsible for the implementation of an aggressive economic development and marketing program that will enable the region to develop a balanced economy, increased employment, a diversified tax base and a better quality of life.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Organizational goals: Through the proper committees, the President is responsible for identifying Chamber and community needs and for developing organizational goals designed to meet these needs.
  • Economic Development: Recruit business, industry and retail to the region and serve as the region's official representative in dealings with prospective clients. The President must market the Chamber and region, communicating its message nationally and internationally.
  • Chamber Structure and Procedures: The President must be attentive to the internal structure of the Chamber, to ensure that the organization is effectively geared to function with maximum efficiency in the anticipation, identification and solution of Chamber and community needs.
  • Income and Expenses: The President is responsible for developing, in conjunction with the Treasurer, the Chamber budget and relating the budget to program goals. As approved by the Board, the President is responsible for all expenditures within the framework of the budget. The President will ensure that financial records of the Chamber are audited annually and seek maximum staff efficiency in all financial procedures.
  • Membership: Through the Board of Directors and the appropriate department manager, the President is responsible for maintaining the membership at a level which will ensure necessary income for program operation. The President must analyze and interpret the needs of members and recommend revision in the organizational goals accordingly so as to render increasingly improved service and assistance that will make Chamber membership more valuable.
  • Staff: The President is responsible for the employment of all personnel, assignment of their duties, supervision of their work and the establishment, within the framework of the approved budget, of the terms of employment. The President will develop and conduct continuing on-the-job training programs and ensure participation in professional conferences, seminars and institutes as are needed to develop and maintain operations at peak efficiency. The President must create working conditions which will maximize performance and employee morale.
  • Interpretation of Policy: The President will assist the Board, committees, members and staff in the interpretation of policy for any given question or program.
  • Headquarters: As approved by the Board of Directors, the President is responsible for the location, design and maintenance of headquarters which will provide for an efficient operation and present, on behalf of the community, an attractive "front door" for the use of Chamber members, visitors and the public.
  • Long-Range Planning: Under a constantly evolving Board of Directors and annual change in officers, the President is responsible for maintaining continuity and consistency in programming. Based on proper research of community needs, the President must anticipate emerging and long-range issues and recommend the Chamber and community programs to address these.
  • Board of Directors: The President must earn and maintain the respect and confidence of the Board, individually and collectively. The President is responsible for the preparation of agenda, maintenance of minutes and records, carrying out the plans and programs of the Board in accordance with established properties. The President will serve as representative of the Board for all contacts with the Chamber staff, initiate programs for consideration by the Board and advise the Board on all matters under consideration.
  • Community: Through personal contacts with key community leaders, the President is called on frequently to relate the Chamber to all other groups in its contributions to improvement of the commercial, industrial and civic life of the community. The President represents the Chamber in meetings of local, state, national and international organizations. The President must strive constantly to develop a better public understanding of the purpose and functions of the organization.
  • Fundraising: The President must work to increase investment levels in the Chamber Foundation and raise funds as special needs require to support the economic development initiatives of the Regional Chamber. The President must cultivate new donors, maintain current donors, develop and implement a fundraising plan, conduct any necessary research to identify and secure available grants.
  • Mediation: The President must be able to assist member companies in their negotiations with labor and state representatives to arrive at mutually agreed upon resolutions.
  • Perform various other assignments as directed by the Board of Directors, Chair and other appropriate members that are congruent with the Chamber's mission and by-laws.



Qualifications

This is an outstanding opportunity for a chamber of commerce, association, economic development or public- or private-sector executive to lead and expand an organization committed to the success of the Youngstown-Warren region. The Regional Chamber plays a key role in retaining existing businesses in our community, assisting companies with their expansions and working to attract new businesses to our market. The Chamber enjoys solid member relations and an excellent reputation with key organizations in the area, region and state, along with strong fiscal results. The President & CEO will inherit an enthusiastic and dedicated Chamber staff and a committed Board of Directors. This position represents a leadership opportunity to bring the organization to “the next level,” along with an exciting role in defining the Valley for years to come.

The ideal candidate for this position is currently serving as the top executive of an economic development-focused organization, comparable chamber of commerce or related significant business association. Alternative experience includes serving as a senior executive at a larger-like enterprise as noted above, or as an executive from a complex private- or public- sector entity. A Bachelor’s degree is required in the humanities, political science, business, public administration, economics or other related concentration. Advanced degrees are preferred.


Apply /Contact

Those who are interested in applying for the position of President & CEO should send a cover letter and resume to Tom Humphries at tom@regionalchamber.com. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 16, 2020. Please contact Tom with any questions at the email above or call 330-307-6525.