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Position Description: President & CEO

Reports To: Board of Directors


The President & CEO of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce (IGLACC) directs all planning to carry out chamber objectives and implement chamber policy, as established by the Board of Directors. The executive position is accountable for the effective and efficient operation of all organizational activities of the chamber, including but not limited to: program initiatives; membership recruitment, development and retention; hiring; training and supervision of staff; total fiscal responsibilities within agreed upon financial resources; and developing and maintaining a collaborative working relationship between the IGLACC and business and public policy/governmental organizations, other regional chambers and other organizations to foster a strong business environment for the members.


1. Overall

  • Working with the Board of Directors, develops strategies and goals for the IGLACC’s continued growth, influence, and leadership in the community and region.
  • Serves as the organization’s primary liaison with the public sector, other local chambers, local employers, and professional organizations. Acts as the primary spokesperson for the organization and represents the officers, Board and membership in this capacity. This includes, but is not limited to, membership on the Iowa Great Lakes Industrial Board.
  • Responsible for planning and directing the organization’s strategic and long-range goals. Works with the Board of Directors to develop a plan of operation, annual budget, and fund development.
  • Responsible for volunteer-related work as required from time to time by the Board of Directors.

2. Program Management

  • Create strategic public/private partnerships, including building alliances with a wide range of constituencies and influencers that include business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, elected officials and the media to assist in the development of new and existing tourism-related and retail businesses in the Iowa Great Lakes area.
  • Develop annual membership plan to ensure retention and growth of IGLACC membership.
  • Survey and address member needs; identify community program needs.
  • Facilitate and provide leadership to IGLACC-sponsored events, both annual and special events.This includes all fundraising and budgeting for these events and may include working on holidaysand weekends from time to time.
  • Provide leadership and assistance to organizations or committees that fall under the IGLACC,including but not limited to the Iowa Great Lakes Industrial Board, Okoboji Tourism Committeeand the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce.
  • Work with the Tourism Director to facilitate local community cooperation to promote tourism.This also includes working with the State of Iowa and Western Iowa Tourism Region incoordinating marketing efforts.
  • Represent the Iowa Great Lakes in professional organizations related to chambers of commerceon a statewide, regional, and national level.
  • Attend various community meetings that impact the IGLACC membership (i.e., City Council,County Board of Supervisors, and Planning and Zoning, etc.).

3. Human Resources

  • Shall engage, discharge and have supervision over all employees of the organization to include but not limited to: performance evaluations, approval of time cards, disciplinary matters, scheduling, and other duties as may be required in managing a professional office setting.
  • Recruit, train, and retain quality volunteers—both program and policy. Develop and maintain an active volunteer list.
  • Work with committees of the Board of Directors.

4. Budget

  • Working with the Tourism Director, responsible for the financial and information technology management of the organization to include: development of the annual operating budget, monthly financial reporting to the Board of Directors, completion of the annual financial audit, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and bank reconciliation in a manner that ensure the financial integrity of the organization. Obtain necessary IT resources to ensure efficient functioning and security of the organization’s work and information.
  • Oversee and manage overhead costs within the approved budget.

5. Program Promotion

  • Implement marketing program for al IGLACC programs, including distribution of materials in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Develop a way to communicate with chamber members, and potential chamber members and share opportunities, benefits, and strategies.
  • Identify trends of programs and identify ways of maximum participation.

6. Fund Development

  • Orchestrate all fundraising and budgeting for events.
  • Contribute grant research and writing for various opportunities for the IGLACC.
  • Work with community on development of sustaining gifts to the IGLACC.

7. Economic Development

  • Work with local government, business, and other organizations to encourage economic development. Enhance the recruitment of new business.
  • Disseminate information on available land, buildings and development opportunities. Assist property owners and Realtors in the marketing of vacant commercial properties.


The President & CEO should have an undergraduate degree and/or relevant, proven and significant experience in the areas of non-profit leadership, community development, fundraising, volunteer management, retailing, marketing, and/or small business development. The President & CEO will be professional, enthusiastic, well organized, ability to multi-task, collaborate and work well in independent situations. Strong communication, administrative, and volunteer management skills are crucial. Institute of Organization Management certification within the last 15 years is preferred.


To apply, please send resume and cover letter by April 21st to…

Erin Davelaar, Board Chair