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The following opportunities are available (updated 11/15/18).

CEO, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Charlotte Regional Partnership Combined Organization (name yet to be announced)

Effective January 1, 2019, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Charlotte Regional Partnership will become one, combined organization charged with building a bold, vibrant and forward-thinking approach to economic development that benefits all residents of the 16-county region. Details of the new organization’s volunteer leadership structure and branding will be unveiled to the public November 27, 2018 at the Chamber and Partnership’s Annual Meeting. For more information on the history of how the merger came to be, click here.

The new CEO of this transformational organization will be a creative, collaborative, inclusive, innovative and strategic leader with a passion for having significant impact on the future economic growth of this already very successful region.

A description of the areas of focus for this CEO follows:

Strategy

We are seeking a visionary leader with the ability to develop a comprehensive strategy and drive execution while collaborating with stakeholders across the region. This strategy should include:

  1. One bold vision for the region.
  2. The creation of a coalition of recruitment partners with a clear and compelling strategy to produce a win-win impact throughout the region.
  3. A marketing strategy for a new way of promoting regional assets.
  4. A plan to address gaps in regional assets.
  5. An approach that balances disparities in economic prosperity.
  6. An innovative refresh of current activities of the merging organizations to determine the best programs to support retention and growth of member companies, a robust talent pipeline, and an effective ecosystem for entrepreneurs.
  7. An inclusive focus that leverages the rich diversity of the region and is inclusive of emerging leaders, Latinx, Asian and African American business leaders.

This plan will be designed to support economic opportunity for all residents in the 16-county region and provide transparency and accountability to all stakeholders.

Economic Development

The CEO will lead an internal economic development team and support the efforts of economic development professionals working across the region. As a key promoter for the Charlotte region to attract new business investment and job creation, the CEO will be expected to understand the assets of the region and influence key decision makers to make the region their home. This work will also include:

  1. Creating a new financial model to support regionalism and provide a clear ROI to investors.
  2. Understanding regional assets and the nuances of the benefits offered in each county.
  3. Aligning strategies that support retention and job growth for current businesses in the region.
  4. Incorporating an equity lens that creates upward mobility for all through jobs that provide opportunity for workers of all skill levels.
  5. Leveraging the international nature of the Charlotte region.
  6. Providing a transparent and easily navigated process for businesses considering relocation.

Relationship Building

Leading a newly merged organization and compelling former competitors to become collaborators requires a special leader and that is a key requirement for the new CEO. 

In addition, the ability to work effectively with the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and authentically relate to business leaders of smaller enterprises is essential for success. A genuine passion for inclusion and engaging with all members of the region’s diverse business leaders is expected. This aspect of the position also requires:

  1. Passion for the community, effective trust building across the region and ability to influence stakeholders to support the new approach to economic development for the region.
  2. Establishing a meaningful presence with all counties and their elected officials and giving them a voice.
  3. Experience leading transformation in an organization and a community.
  4. Excellent communication skills, at the podium and in smaller settings.
  5. Ability to relate to many different types of people and successfully sell the region to prospects.
  6. Strategically leveraging new and existing relationships to drive outcomes that benefit the region.

Organizational Leadership

As a team builder and effective leader of talent who values diversity and inclusion, the new CEO must have experience leading significant organizational change and building outstanding teams. Other elements of this area of work are:

  1. Designing a new financial model that supports the strategy and growth of the organization and demonstrates outstanding financial stewardship of donor resources and regional assets.
  2. Building a senior team that can execute the new vision.
  3. Developing and leveraging the board to elevate the organization’s influence and success in the region and beyond.
  4. Assessing the current programs for effectiveness, determining the ROI for investors and managing changes that are needed to improve their impact.
  5. Establishing metrics and milestones to measure success and communicate progress to all stakeholders.
  6. Providing economic research and data for the region.

Revenue Generation

The new vision and strategy should be designed to excite current members and community leaders and generate the funding necessary to grow the organization and accomplish the stated goals. The new CEO needs to create and implement a fundraising strategy that:

  1. Aligns with the organization’s strategic plan.
  2. Provides a compelling ROI for investors.
  3. Increases organizational capacity to do more and achieve the aspirational goals the community expects.

Government Relations

The region includes counties in North and South Carolina, so the new CEO must be adept at working with elected officials in both states as well as at the county and city levels. Public policy positions will also be impacted by the diversity in the region, with a need to support and navigate the needs of both rural and urban areas. This work will include:

  1. Developing relationships with multiple and diverse bodies of elected officials within the two-state region.
  2. Creating a regional public policy strategy that includes issues related to transportation, water, and the airport, with clear benefits to all counties in the region.
  3. Building consensus, operating as an “honest broker,” working as a unifier and focusing on finding “win-win” solutions.

Requirements

Candidates for this position may have gained the experience needed to be successful in this role from a variety of professional paths. We are seeking a compelling and inspiring leader who understands business, is passionate about this work, and knows how to bring people together around a bold and exciting vision. Elinvar has been retained to conduct the search for the CEO of the new organization. For more information and to express confidential interest in the position, please contact Patti Gillenwater at 919-622-5141 or patti@elinvar.com.


Director Campaign

Reports to: Chief Revenue Officer

Interfaces with: Senior leadership, campaign teams, volunteers, members and all chamber staff.

Objective: Manage and operate all aspects of the Charlotte Chamber Campaign. Campaign corporate volunteers secure financial support for the chamber mission through a 12-week effort. Members can lead their own company or industry team, or volunteer on an existing team to sell memberships, advertising and sponsorships. This opportunity also allows volunteers to network and develop strong relationships with nearly 80 business professionals who volunteer. Campaign is a great way to make a difference, build relationships and have fun, with a focus on the coordination of volunteers, process improvements in the administration of the program and in finding ways to increase revenue goals annually.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee administration of all planning and execution phases of all operations of the Charlotte Chamber 12-week campaign, including kick off, reward sessions and special events.
  • Provide direct/indirect support of all volunteer activities that correlate to campaign, including, but not limited to, team recruitment, volunteer training, goal setting, target identification, theme, etc.
  • Coordinate and communicate with Campaign Manager and Chief Revenue Officer on campaign teams to ensure overall goals are met.
  • Provide supervision of and communication to staff, including key players that influence campaign direction and future.
  • Manage 50+ corporate volunteers.
  • Manage 100+ corporate investor accounts and implement renewal strategy.
  • Develop strategies to generate new revenue including new teams, vendor partnerships or other scalable opportunities.
  • Work with CRM partner Accrisoft to improve necessary reporting.
  • Work with chamber staff to find new ways and products to bring value to members and increase financial support.
  • Oversee campaign website design and update online resources timely.
  • Work with CRO to provide monthly reports during campaign season to the chamber’s executive committee, board of directors, campaign co-chairs and chamber chair.
  • Collect all campaign intents within chamber guidelines.
  • Other duties assigned by Chief Revenue Officer or President.

Evaluation of Job Performance:
Yearly review with Chief Revenue Officer

Compensation:
Established by Chief Revenue Officer following Annual Review

Please download and complete this application. Forward the application, cover letter and resume to Kris Kellogg at kkellogg@charlottechamber.com.


  • All Final Candidates are required to pass a pre-employment drug screening test.
  • The hiring rate is negotiable based on the selected candidate's qualifications.
  • Year Round - applications/resumes placed in active status for future vacancies for six months.
  • Note: Equivalent Combination of Experience & Training is considered for all positions.

    Applicants should respond by email to: krunyon@charlottechamber.com.