• Chamber President Search

  • The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce is a 300-member organization representing the businesses and civic organizations of eleven towns including Amherst, Milford and Wilton. A 20-member Board of Directors forms the policy level of the organization.

    PRESIDENT/CEO The President & CEO is the chief executive officer and administrative officer for the Chamber. He/she is expected to provide visionary leadership for the Chamber and the business community and is responsible to the Board of Directors for the full range of activities needed to ensure the Chamber’s success in meeting its objectives. He/she is responsible for planning, interpretation of policy, organizational structure, budget and finances, volunteer development and membership growth, the employment, development and supervision of staff.


    ● Strategic & Operational Planning – In conjunction with the Board of Directors,

    and staff, develops and implements a strategic, long-range plan and annual Business Plan to advance the Chamber’s mission. Works with Chamber committees to identify issues and needs and develops plans to address them. Evaluates effectiveness and measures progress towards


    ● Board Relations – Builds and maintains strong relationships and communications with the Chair of the Board, Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Provides leadership necessary to garner maximum engagement of Board members. In conjunction with the Board Chair, plans and organizes Executive Committee and Board meetings.

    ● Community Relations - Identifies, establishes and maintains strategic linkages with political and governmental leaders, businesses and organizations whose influence, support and/or assistance could be of value to the organization. Participates in local, state and national organizations related to the organization’s Mission. Acts as the organization’s primary spokesperson.

    ● Policy Development, Implementation & Interpretation – Assists the Board in the development of policy, as needed, and is responsible for the execution of policies adopted by the Board. Responsible for the proper order of business as established in the Chamber’s bylaws.

    ● Organization Structure & Procedures – Continuously evaluates the Chamber’s organization structure, policies and procedures to ensure their effectiveness in identifying and addressing Chamber and community needs and issues. Recommends changes in structure, procedures and policies as needed.

    ● Advocacy & Public Policy – Collaborates with the Board, along with government action committee to identify and manage the Chamber’s relationships with and advocacy efforts before local, state and federal government bodies to achieve desired outcomes. Leverages and maximizes the Chamber’s influence through relationships with government officials, delivering testimony and building coalitions among those with similar views.

    ● Membership Relations, Development & Retention –Recruits and retains new and existing members of the Chamber and is responsible for maintaining the membership at a level

    needed to ensure the income needed to support the annual budget.

    ● Program & Services Development – Provides staff and committees with the tools, guidance and resources needed to develop new, creative, value-added programs, benefits and services for the membership. Reviews and evaluates program and benefit proposals to help ensure their effectiveness.

    ● Plans, coordinates and executes special events and fundraisers including an annual charity auction, health fair, annual awards and various workshops.

    ● Budget & Finances – Develops annual budget for presentation for approval by the Board of Directors. Manages revenues and expenses in accordance with approved budget and ensures the preparation of accurate and timely financial statements.

    ● Staff Administration – Builds and maintains a staff consistent with program needs and financial resources. Is responsible for the employment of all staff members, the assignment of their responsibilities and duties, the supervision of their work and the establishment – within the framework of the approved budget – of the terms of their employment.

    ● Committee Responsibilities – Provides staff support, including the monitoring of preparation of agendas, minutes and performance of duties specifically related to the following governing bodies and committees:

    Board of Directors

    Executive Committee

    Nominating Committee

    Ambassador Committee

    Membership Committee

    Education Committee

    Committees for special events

    Other committees and task forces as necessary


    ● Experience developing and executing annual work plans for a membership based organizations.

    ● Demonstrated knowledge with the unique challenges of running a non-profit operation; experience with the dynamics of a chamber of commerce or similar membership organization.

    ● History of creating programs and initiatives that focuses on increasing economic vitality and quality of life.

    ● Successful experience forging productive alliances across private, public and governmental sectors and leading public/private partnerships.

    ● Experience actively promoting an organization; track record of new membership growth and retention, increased value and appropriate expansion.

    ● Demonstrated ability to manage financial affairs of an organization and communicate effectively with Board of Directors.

    ● Professional experience with public relations, media relations and public speaking.

    ● Experience in marketing and selling a community and region. Skilled in desktop publishing, social media, writing press releases, constant contact.

    ● Strong background interacting and communicating with multiple audiences at the

    public, private and media level; strong public speaking abilities. Ability to effectively articulate goals, objectives and policy positions of the Chamber to the media and the community.

    ● Excellent listener; outstanding written and oral communication skills; effective presentation skills to multiple audiences.

    ● Experience bringing groups and individuals together around complex issues.

    ● Experience with governance issues and Board of Director interactions.


    Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is required; supplemented by a minimum of two (2) to five (5) successful senior leadership experience in an organization of similar size and scope, either for profit or not-for profit. Chamber of Commerce or non-profit management experience is preferred. Professional certification is desirable.


    Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


    Candidates for this position will be evaluated by a Chamber search committee. The

    most qualified individuals will be invited to participate in the next phase of the selection

    process. For consideration, please submit letter of interest and résumé.


    It is the Chamber’s policy to complete a background and reference check of candidates. Once strong mutual interest has been established, candidates are asked to provide a list of references that should include, but not be limited to, a supervisor, a peer, a development client and a subordinate, as applicable.


    Should an offer be extended, the offer will be made contingent on the successful completion of the reference and background checks.


    Interested Applicants

    Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to:

    SVCC Search Committee


    April 25 : Deadline for accepting materials

    **We are not accepting phone calls regarding this opening.**

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