Chief Executive Officer

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
Job Description
The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce seeks a dynamic individual for Chief Executive Officer.  The CEO will lead business development in a scenic region that stretches from the Columbia River to the Cascade Mountains, with access to interstate highways and rail lines. Just 60 miles from the greater Seattle area, Kittitas County is home to a premier regional university, large agricultural commodity producers, a world-class resort, and vibrant small businesses in historic communities. This position will work closely with public and private organizations and public policymakers. The ideal candidate must have a proven track record of business-development and community relations success, with experience serving a regional marketplace and effective board management. Review starts May 7, 2018; open until filled.

Salary: $70,000 - $90,000 commensurate with experience
Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred
Membership Services
Supervise Membership Services staff and lead efforts that include:
  • Membership events
  • Chamber e-bulletin and newsletters
  • Database, web sites and social media
  • Promoting membership to new and existing businesses throughout the County 
  • Membership Services Committee
Supervise Tourism staff and lead efforts that include:
  • Administration of 3 tourism promotion contracts
  • Management of 3 visitor centers
  • Tourism events
  • Tourism Committee(s)
Economic Development
Supervise Economic Development staff and lead efforts that include:
  • Administration of 2 economic development contracts
  • Business retention and expansion
  • Business counseling, record keeping and report filing
Other Responsibilities
  • Supervise and develop staff (3 FTE / 6 PT) 
  • Collaborate on a strategic plan for county-wide member prosperity
  • Collaborate with key business stakeholders
  • Cultivate positive relations with elected officials and city/county staff
  • Management of two co-working spaces
  • Conduct the Kittitas County Leadership Program
  • Ensure accountable and transparent use of Chamber funds and other resources
  • With Bookkeeper, prepare and monitor annual budget and monthly Board reports
  • Support the Board of Directors with communication and strategic planning
Preferred Qualifications
  • Chamber of Commerce management experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/ Marketing/ Public Relations or similar field
  • Strong leadership, communication, relationship skills
  • Experience in business, program implementation, public outreach, membership expansion and retention, tourism, and government affairs
  • Experience in the strategic planning
  • Experience as an effective advocate with elected officials, the news media, regulatory agencies, etc.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills and fluent in the use of Microsoft Office and social media platforms
  • Experience in the development and ongoing engagement of a board of directors
To apply, please mail or email a cover letter and resume to:
     Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
     Attn: Tippy Cooper
     609 N Main St
     Ellensburg, WA 98926

Review starts May 7, 2018; open until filled.

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