Overview

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce seeks a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization into its successful next chapter. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible to the Board of Directors for executing the Chamber’s strategic priorities and providing contractual services to the City of Jenks. The ideal candidate will be an experienced economic development professional, with a passion for driving economic development, community vitality, and tourism. The Chamber is foundational to building a strong local economy and developing, strengthening, and protecting the business community. The Chamber’s strategic priorities include a diverse and growing membership base, quality programs and services, grassroots advocacy, organizational excellence, and a vibrant economy. The City of Jenks contracts with the Chamber to provide economic development services, as well as marketing and tourism services.

Job Description

Essential Job Functions:

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop the Chamber’s strategic priorities, lead execution of the strategic priorities, and measure progress toward their accomplishment.
  • Serve as the primary leader responsible to the City of Jenks for executing the economic development contract scope of work and marketing and tourism contract scope of work.
  • Serve as a community leader, collaborator, and alliance builder to ensure a vibrant economic environment and high quality of life.
  • Be the Chamber’s primary public spokesperson and advocate for the organization and its members.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with area elected officials at all levels of government and engage them on policies impacting the business community.
  • Expand new business growth, support development of existing businesses, and support efforts to attract a talented workforce to the region.
  • Ensure fiscal soundness, transparency, and a balanced budget.
  • Attract and retain highly competent staff and manage staff responsibilities and work culture to support the Chamber’s strategic priorities. 
  • Support Chamber membership retention and growth by ensuring the value of Chamber membership is consistently marketed, relevant, attractive, and evolving to meet member needs.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, public administration, or equivalent experience. Professional certifications and continuing education are highly desirable with preference to CCE or IOM credentials.
  • 5+ years’ experience as a successful leader demonstrating business acumen, fiscal responsibility, personnel management, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Board management and governance experience.
  • Experience planning, developing, and implementing operational and strategic plans.
  • Economic development experience working directly with businesses, site selectors, and developers preferred.
  • Fundraising and sponsorship development experience to support programs, capital needs, and special events preferred.
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks online, financial reconciling, and financial reporting preferred.

Desired skills and qualities:

  • Management: Familiarity with running a nonprofit and understand the dynamics of a chamber of commerce, or a similar membership organization, which advocates for members and engages in economic development. Ability to uphold 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 statuses for the Jenks Chamber of Commerce and Jenks Community Foundation.
  • Leadership: Have demonstrated leadership skills for setting goals, objectives, plan and track multiple projects, and to hold people accountable. Show leadership for embracing diversity and success in working with the community.
  • Executive: Demonstrate an executive mind, capable of looking at the big picture, absorbing information quickly, thinking broadly, analyzing thoroughly, and acting decisively. Show willingness to pursue new ideas and challenge traditional thinking.
  • Planning & Organizing: Demonstrated ability to plan work activities and handle multiple project priorities and work with time pressure.
  • Communication: Possess superior communication and presentation skills along with strong listening, written, and verbal skills. Experience establishing positive and proactive communication with Board, staff, membership, public sector, civic groups, and general members of the community. Proven experience with traditional and online media.
  • Public Policy: Demonstrated non-partisan and strategic public policy skills, and experience working with elected officials. Extensive knowledge of state and local government operations and legislative processes.

Collaboration: Proven record for engaging, partnering, and building alliances with a wide range of constituencies that includes business leaders, elected officials, and leaders from other organizations.

Interested candidates should email resume and cover letter to careers@jenkschamber.com