Executive Director

Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Job Description
Would you like to be a connector and convener in the Greater Galesburg Area? Do you have a vision for a region full of thriving businesses, vibrant communities and talented, connected people? The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce is searching for an innovative, decisive and enthusiastic leader for the role of Executive Director.
The Board of Directors of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recruitment and selection process for the Executive Director of its organization.
Interested candidates should submit a confidential cover letter, résumé and contact information for five work-related references to the search committee chair, Karrie Heartlein at galesburg.search@gmail.com, or by mail to:
Karrie Heartlein
Chamber Search Committee
2 E. South St. K-149
Galesburg, IL 61401
The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer.


The Executive Director provides executive leadership to the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and, in partnership with the Board of Directors, is responsible for its strategic direction and success. This position leads the organization in achieving its mission, including overseeing its financial stability, community and philanthropic relations, staffing, development, and operations, under the policies, directives, and guidelines established by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be a key leader committed to the economic vitality of the Knox County and Galesburg region. This individual will lead the chamber in helping businesses succeed and our communities thrive. 


Supervisory Responsibility
  • Chamber Staff & Volunteers


Essential Functions
  • Provides support and leadership to the Board of Directors as its executive officer, implements its policies, plans and directives, and reports to the Board on matters affecting the welfare of the Chamber.
  • Acts as a resource to the Board and its committees on policy development, planning and financial development, and helps Board members understand and appreciate their role and responsibilities.
  • Provides top leadership to the organization’s efforts, maximizing community partnerships, engaging volunteers, and cultivating and soliciting community leaders.
  • Oversees Chamber’s operations and programs. Works with the Board, staff, and volunteers to anticipate and address community needs. Fosters a climate of innovation to develop member-focused programs. Spearheads the development, communication and implementation of effective strategies and processes.
  • Directs staff and volunteers to carry out initiatives, assignments and programs under the approved strategic plan and annual budget.
  • Directs the development of the strategic plan and assures the accomplishment of organizational goals and objectives.
  • Communicates and collaborates with government, schools, other not-for-profits, corporations, and other organizations in the community. Interprets the work of the Chamber to the community, and ensures its mission, vision, values, and goals are understood.
  • Develops and maintains excellent relationships within the community as well as within the regional, state, and national business organizations.
  • Provides leadership in securing needed resources for current operations, capital improvement, community development and long range financial stability. Oversees the long-range development of the Chamber’s resources.
  • Recommends annual budget for Board approval. Ensures prudent fiscal management, reporting and controls. Oversees financial operations.
Education, Experience and Abilities
  • Candidates should possess a Bachelor's Degree in marketing, planning or business or public administration or related field,
  • Have two years of business experience
  • CAE, CCE, IOM or other management certification desired.
  • Understand how to leverage Board members and other community leaders to attract and retain members
  • Be comfortable serving as an effective "lobbyist" for the business community with the local, regional, state and national elected officials.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communications skills as well as be a good listener.
  • Must be an articulate spokesperson on behalf of the Chamber using various methods of communications including traditional media and social media.
  • Be able to form and enhance positive working relationships with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Be able to think in innovative and creative ways, challenging self and the organization to set high expectations.
  • Be comfortable with analytical detail while being focused on marketing, communication and relationship-building.
Leadership and Management Style
  • Be a person of integrity who displays openness and honesty in all interactions.
  • Be a leader who is approachable, visible, and available, both within the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce as well as with membership and the communities the Chamber serves.
  • Be able to work with and provide support to economic development agencies
  • Be a leader who is inclusive and shares information willingly and appropriately.
  • Be able to diplomatically question the status quo and to look at opportunities in new and creative ways.
  • Be able to champion constructive and positive change while respecting and valuing what has gone before.
  • Be able to develop communication rapport with others, readily sharing knowledge and information.
  • Demonstrate a sincere interest in the development and success of others.
  • Embrace the Knox County region and recognize the unique qualities of the region and its constituent communities.
The salary range for the position is $40,000 - $60,000. 

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