President

Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
Job Description
Role Summary
The role of President is to ensure the effective operation of the Chamber. The position is responsible for the coordination of all organizational activities of the Chamber, including programs, membership, employment, training and supervision of staff, long range planning and total fiscal responsibilities. All planning for implementing Chamber objectives is directed in accordance with Chamber policies. Specific duties within the limits of the bylaws of the Chamber and policies established by the Board of Directors, the President shall, with appropriate delegation:
  • Prepare the annual budget for Board approval and supervise all expenditures within the framework of the budget.
  • Recruit new members to join the Chamber in order to meet budget goals, with Board member involvement and staff assistance.
  • Develop an Annual Plan of Action, subject to Board approval.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and, when necessary, discharge employees of the Chamber. Responsible for establishing compensation rates and benefits for all Chamber staff, subject to Board approval. Annual performance reviews for staff members will be conducted.
  • Initiate projects and programs to serve the concerns and needs of the membership. The President actively participates in the planning, organizing, and implementing of the eff orts by staff and volunteer members.
  • Actively represent the Chamber in civic and community affairs throughout local, regional, state, and national organizations. The Chamber should “have a seat at the table.”
  • Maintain frequent communication with the membership through personal contacts and the monthly newsletter.
  • Supervise the maintenance and purchase of appropriate equipment and facilities for the effective operation of the Chamber.
  • Complete any and all tasks as designated by the Board of Directors.
  • Keep, or cause to be kept, the official records of the Chamber, and any and all such records which are legally required; ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations of a non-profit organization doing business in Wisconsin.
Reporting Relationship
The President shall report directly to the Board of Directors and is the chief executive and administrative officer of the Hudson Area Chamber & Tourism Bureau, responsible for the implementation of Board decisions and management related activities. Additionally, the President is liable for maintaining public presence for the organization and advising members on topics of interest. The President is responsible for Chamber staff and is the primary contact for the Chamber, as they are accountable for the development and implementation of an agenda that serves the regional business community.

Requirements
  • College degree or equivalent.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, computer skills and organizational skills; strong public speaker.
  • Proficient in a variety of current technologies.
  • Ability to motivate and manage staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and respond to organization needs in prompt and timely fashion.
  • Chamber of commerce or association executive experience preferred.
  • Possesses knowledge of and embraces the communities of the Hudson Area region and the chamber industry.
Other Requirements
  • This is an exempt, full-time position. It does require time outside an 8:00-5:00, Monday through Friday schedule.
  • Requires some travel both locally and out of town.
  • Ability to operate basic office equipment and standard business software.
  • Requires sufficient physical capacity to service indoor and outdoor events and activities including ability to lift 35 pounds.
Qualifications
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following leadership attributes:
  • Communication - Strong written and verbal skills; articulate with an ability to understand messaging, etc.
  • Credibility - Readily gains the trust and confidence of others.
  • Political astuteness - Shrewd in discerning the source of power and ways of dealing with them; nimble and savvy.
  • Self-disciplined - Self-starter, embraced as a leader.
  • Honesty - Sincere, acts with integrity.
The following characteristics will also be analyzed, but to a lesser degree: diligence, energetic, engaging, strong initiative, listening skills, poise, and resourcefulness.

Additionally, it is essential that the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau’s next President possess the following occupational skills:
  • Knowledge of the chamber of commerce industry or association fields.
  • Collaborative and strategic alliances - Being able to work with others.
  • Ethics - Strong business ethics are required for interactions with employees and other associations.
  • Interpersonal relationship building and team development - The ability to relate to your coworkers is essential, given the amount of time spent at work each day.
  • Economic development - An active stakeholder in the development of Hudson’s economic status, with the ability to promote the area and grow business.
  • Tourism - Able to leverage and enhance local tourism efforts and promote the region and its communities as great areas to visit and do business in.
  • Public policy expertise - Knowledgeable on issues at the local, state, and federal levels of government and is able to communicate effectively with legislators and constituents regarding issues affecting the business community.
The above describes the essential functions of the job and are not to be considered a detailed description of every duty of the job. The requirements of the job, and the text of this job description, are subject to change without notice and at the sole discretion of the Chamber.

How to Apply
Submit confidential cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements electronically to susie@hudsonwi.org. Direct any questions to Susie Halverson at susie@hudsonwi.org.
Application Deadline is July 31, 2018.

Confidentiality/Equality Statement
We fully respect the need for confidentiality of information supplied by interested parties and assure them that their background and interest will not be discussed with anyone outside the search committee without their prior consent, nor will reference checks be made until mutual interest has been established. The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau firmly represents the principles and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, creed, disability or national origin.

References and Background Information
It is the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau’s policy to complete an extensive 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, and a subordinate, when applicable. The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau will respect the issue of confidentiality and will conduct the reference checks accordingly. Candidates will be asked to sign an Authorization to Release Information for the purpose of background investigation, which may include verification of education, credit check, criminal and driving records. Should an offer be extended prior to the completion of these checks, the offer will be made contingent on the successful completion of the reference and background checks. The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau will keep candidates informed on the status of these inquiries.

About the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau - a not for profit business membership organization (501 (c) (6)) with more than 400 members - is the advocate of business and the unified voice of its members in the communities of Hudson, North Hudson, River Falls, Somerset, New Richmond, Lakeland, Afton, Stillwater, Woodbury and the St. Croix Valley as well as the Twin Cities metro area.

We have been building a better business community since 1953. Working under our mission and with the Board of Directors, the Chamber provides networking and marketing opportunities, educational programming, leadership development, public policy advocacy, and several committees and task forces for members to get involved in.

Our mission is simple: The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is the voice and representative of the Hudson Area Business Community and Tourism efforts.

About Hudson
Hudson, Wisconsin is set on the banks of the scenic St. Croix River. Vigorous economic growth supports an intriguing business climate and an exceptional downtown area that has become a shopping and dining destination. The Hudson population has grown three times faster than the rest of Wisconsin since 2010. The Chamber location borders Minnesota, and is 15 miles from St. Paul and 25 miles from Minneapolis.
 
Contact Information

Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
502 Second Street
Hudson, WI 54016

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Sunday, Noon - 3 p.m.

Phone: 715-386-8411
Fax: 715-386-8432
Email: info@hudsonwi.org

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