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President & CEO


Tucson Metro Chamber
President & CEO
Job Summary

 Overview
The President & CEO is a key representative and advocate for business owners and employers in Tucson and Southern Arizona working to promote and strengthen communities by building prosperity through a healthy economy and strong business sector.

This position provides an outstanding opportunity for a strategic, energetic, team building, community-focused, passionate senior-level executive to lead the organization’s continued growth, community influence, and advocacy to champion an environment where business thrives and the community prospers.

The over-arching responsibilities of position are to lead the Chamber by successfully implementing its strategic initiatives; growing revenues and membership; developing a strong team and cultivating a world class work culture; working closely and productively with prominent business leaders; fostering positive relationships and advocacy with elected and appointed local, county, state, and federal governmental officials; serving as the Chamber spokesperson to the media; collaborating with public and private sector partnership organizations in the Tucson region; and developing and implementing member programming that includes education, resources, and events to support business success.

 

Leadership:
Possesses the self-confidence and savvy necessary to maneuver through complex situations productively, effectively, and efficiently.

  • Have a clear vision to achieve Chamber goals and inspire others to enthusiastically support it.
  • Take accountability for Chamber outcomes and lead by example.
  • Attract, hire, develop, and retain outstanding employees.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and a working environment that values teamwork and ensures performance excellence and the highest levels of customer service.
  • In partnership with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, develop and successfully implement both operational and strategic plans.
  • Act as the chief spokesperson for the Chamber to effectively educate and communicate the organization’s position on community, business, and political issues to the media, community organizations, elected and appointed officials, Chamber members, and to the public-at-large using multiple communication channels, including letters to the editor, news releases, speaking engagements, media interviews, and other communication methods and channels necessary to reinforce the Chamber’s role as the voice of business and further its position as a leader in the Tucson region.
  • Earn and maintain the respect and confidence of the Chamber Board.
  • Through personal contact and relationship-building with key community leaders and organizations, take a leadership role in local and regional issues, campaigns, and projects to ensure the Chamber is accomplishing its mission.

 

Growth and Engagement:
Strong revenue growth/fundraising, business planning (both short-term and long-term), resource (time, people, money) deployment, expense control, budgeting, cashflow, revenue, and profit forecasting.

  • Enhance name/brand recognition, respect, and perceived value among current and prospective members.
  • Expand the Chamber member and investor base and secure a strong member and investor retention record by providing Chamber programs and services that meet the needs of members and investors.
  • Personally call current and potential major Chamber members and investors to determine their needs, acknowledge their importance, and increase their involvement and support.
  • Initiate formal and informal introductions and connections with the Chamber’s investors through in-person gatherings and meetings to develop strong and trusting relationships with key constituencies.
  • Maintain outstanding and on-going communication with members and investors through on-site visits, publications, social media activities, and earned media opportunities.
  • Work to maintain and/or initiate effective working relationships with aligned organizations within the region and on a state and national basis.

 

Advocacy:

  • Develop meaningful relationships and communication with elected and appointed officials and their staff to provide information and advocacy on behalf of the Chamber’s investors, members, and mission.
  • Work with the board and the Chamber’s Political Action Committee on PAC funding and the development of issue and candidate support and endorsements.
  • Influence local elections and initiatives that support Chamber goals.
  • In conjunction with business, education, and governmental partners, implement comprehensive workforce attraction, business retention, and business development programs to address the needs and realities of the Tucson regional economy.
  • Build and maintain favorable and productive relationships with key community leaders, businesses, elected and/or government officials, and organizations.
  • Continue to foster strong relationships with representatives of higher education institutions and leaders of local school districts to support innovative education-industry partnerships, including a system of high-quality career and technical education aligned to the needs of the business community.
  • Promote community-wide support for the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the 162nd Air National Guard and the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance (“SADA”).

Qualifications:
Experience as a highly successful CEO or senior-level executive in either a Chamber of Commerce, business, government agency, and/or nonprofit. Leading a team of a dozen or more people in a complex/multi-faceted organization, leading a board of directors, growing revenues, advocating with diverse constituencies, managing the financial performance of an organization, and working with the media are expected. A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in public administration, law, MBA, or another related field is desirable.

 

Why Apply?

 Compensation

  • The CEO will earn an attractive/competitive compensation and benefits package. Relocation assistance may be available.

Opportunity

  • Opportunity to play a key role as a catalyst for business success in Greater Tucson and Southern AZ
  • The Chamber has an influential and engaged volunteer board of directors, staff, members, and investors committed to helping businesses thrive.

Budget

  • Financially sound: cash-flow positive and profitable with a solid balance sheet. The approximately $2 million budget is funded by members, investors, and special events.

Reporting Relationships

  • The CEO of the Chamber reports to the Chair of the Board. The Board consists of 27 members – who are a well vetted collection of diverse leaders in business, entrepreneurship, academia, and nonprofits. The CEO is an ex officio member of the Executive Committee.
  • The CEO supervises approximately twelve employees including Vice Presidents and Directors of Government Affairs, Operations, Finance, Communications, and Investor Services.

 

About the Chamber

We are a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, located in downtown Tucson, that is committed to being the Connector of leaders and influencers, Catalyst for business growth, and Champion for a stronger community.

The Chamber is a membership/investor-based business advocacy and economic expansion organization that represents more than 1,500 businesses which employ more than 150,000 employees in Tucson and Pima County, serving a total population over 1 million. Small businesses make up more than 60% of the Chamber’s investors, in addition to large corporations, nonprofit agencies, colleges and universities. Much of Pima County’s employment centers on service, education, healthcare, retail, travel and tourism, manufacturing, defense, and public-sector industries.

The Chamber has a dedicated, influential, and engaged volunteer board of directors. Chamber members, investors, board, and staff are proud of the organization’s 125-year impact, growth, and success – and recognize there is an outstanding opportunity to continue to elevate our influence in our community.

We are honored to be in the top 1% of the 7,000+ chambers in the nation to have been awarded a 5-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce, based on our sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the Tucson community.

 

Mission
Champion an environment where your business thrives, and our community prospers.

Vision
Tucson is THE destination for business success.

Values
Excellence, Teamwork, Integrity, Adaptability, Reliability, and Initiative

 

DEI
The Tucson Metro Chamber, in alignment with our Core Fundamental, is dedicated to:

Community First: Committed to supporting and promoting DEI initiatives throughout Southern AZ because it creates a stronger Community that is more inclusive for ALL of us.

Influential: Work to be a catalyst to create initiatives that will reduce racism, prejudice, harassment, and intolerance in all its forms. This starts with setting an example as an organization by adopting intentional and actionable policies and programs that nurture a culture of belonging and encourage our members and teams to thrive as their most authentic selves.

Visionary: Support Tucson’s growth and evolution in all ways, including the development of inclusive initiatives. Represent and actively include the rich diversity of the city in which we live, work, and play, now and in its future state.

Innovative: Dedicated to learning, listening, and innovating. Think creatively and apply the lens of DEI as we innovate our programming, resources, and strategic initiatives.

Collaborative: Continue and expand our outreach to develop collaborative strategic partnerships with a diverse variety of community organizations with the goal of raising more voices, breaking down barriers, and aligning initiatives to help businesses facilitate acceptance and diminish misconceptions and biases that fuel discrimination.

To apply: Submit resume to kelle.maslyn@asu.edu by 5 pm on December 8, 2021.

About Tucson Chamber Careers

The Tucson Metro Chamber maintains a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to all employees and applicants for employment. No aspect of employment at the Chamber will be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status or past, present, or future application for or membership in a Uniformed Service or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. All decisions made with respect to recruiting, hiring and promotions for all job classifications will be made solely on the basis of individual qualifications related to the requirements of the position and the needs of the Chamber. The Tucson Metro Chamber is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in order to maintain safe, healthy, and efficient operations, and to protect the safety and security of the employees, facilities and property of the Chamber. As such, the results of a pre-employment drug test may weigh on being hired or retained as an employee of the Tucson Metro Chamber.