President/CEO

Posted: 08/01/2022

About the job

PRESIDENT/CEO JOB DESCRIPTION

Applications accepted Aug. 1, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2022. It is the goal of the Search/Selection Committee to fill the position before the end of the year. The position offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

If interested in the position, please email resume and cover letter to:

Beth Journeay, Interim President/CEO 
Selection/Search Committee
Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
searchcommittee@1rockport.org.


Position & Organization: President/CEO – Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Please email resume and cover letter to: President/CEO search/selection Committee, Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway, Rockport, TX 78382
Attn: searchcommittee@1rockport.org Applications will be accepted beginning Aug. 1, 2022 and conclude around Sept. 30, 2022. It is the goal of the Search/Selection Committee to fill the position before the end of the year.

Mission Statement: The Rockport-Fulton Chamber’s mission is to work in partnership with businesses, individuals and governmental entities to promote commerce and tourism while maintaining the environment.

About the Chamber: The Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce (or the "Chamber") works to strengthen the local economy, advocate for its members and the community, advance community excellence, and deliver value to its members. It represents more than 700 businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Since 1952 it has been a catalyst for business growth; a convener of leaders and influencers; and a champion for a stronger community and has served as a unified voice of actively advocating for a strong economy. The Chamber is accredited by the US Chamber at the highest 5-Star level and has held that designation for more than 20 years.

Position Summary: The Chamber is seeking an experienced executive as its next President/CEO. The President/CEO reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the five-member Executive Committee of which the President/CEO is a member. The President/CEO supervises a staff of five to six employees, manages an annual budget of approximately $1 million, and serves as the Chamber’s strategic leader, public face, and spokesperson. The successful candidate will be strong in developing relationships, building consensus, and achieving goals. The position offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

 

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • leadership skills essential for leading a dynamic Chamber in the growing Texas Coastal Bend;
  • strong character, unquestioned integrity, emotional intelligence, and a sound reputation;
  • demonstrated success in directing a chamber of commerce;
  • experience in tourism promotion, convention and visitor services and keen knowledge of hotel
  • occupancy tax laws and operations;
  • critical partner for regional economic and tourism development and
  • the ability to plan and execute festivals and events.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes:

  • Demonstrated people skills with staff, members, and constituencies;
  • Ability to build trust and maintain relationships and partnerships with diverse constituencies;
  • Willingness to work the hours necessary to meet the job’s internal and external obligations;
  • Ability to maintain strong board relations, including keeping them informed of current political and community issues and implications;
  • Understanding of, and experience in, economic development;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in management, effective strategies in coalition building, conflict resolution and negotiation, and financial strategies;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including empathy and oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated skills as a visionary and adaptive thinker in changing work patterns and environment;
  • Understanding and experience with fundraising for a membership organization;
  • Political and policy awareness and an understanding of the Texas legislative process to achieve
  • desired outcomes and;
  • Understanding the use of technology and data systems for communications, problem solving, reporting, and to further the Chamber’s mission in an ever-changing environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees, directs and assumes responsibility for all the Chamber’s operations and for ensuring the Chamber is functioning ethically, efficiently, and effectively;
  • Establishes, interprets, and upholds the Chamber’s policies and procedures;
  • Leads the Chamber’s staff as the executive responsible for all employment/staffing, supervision, work assignments, workplace culture, professional development, evaluations, and staff compensation. Creates and promotes a harmonious team-based working environment that fosters collaboration and common goals and;
  • Carryout the duties of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber Foundation, a 501 c 3 nonprofit corporation.

 Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in an executive role within a public or private organization or at a state or regional chamber of commerce.
 

Economic Development: Partners closely with local and regional entities for business development and recruitment, retention, expansion and creation of jobs. Helps build consensus around economic and community development objectives and supports the implementation of those objectives. Leads opportunities to encourage local entrepreneurship and small business development.

Finance: Manages all aspects of the Chamber’s finances, budgeting, and financial reports. Leads the Chamber’s fundraising initiatives through cultivating strong relationships and participating in stewardship activities. Maintains and grows membership to provide for a continued strong financial footing.

Partnerships: Develops and maintains high-functioning, strategic partnerships with regional chambers of commerce and business organizations to coordinate lobbying and economic development.

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway St., Rockport, TX 78382 www.rockport-fulton.org.