Chemung County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO


  • Position: Chemung County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO
  • Application Deadline: July 16, 2021
  • Job Location: Elmira, NY

Job Description

President & CEO Job Description

The President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the full-time, salaried, chief operating officer in charge of administration and management of the Chamber and shall report to the Board. The President & CEO employs and may terminate the employment of the staff necessary to carry on the work of the Chamber in all of its operations. The President & CEO manages and directs all departments, divisions, and activities of the Chamber, and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board. The President & CEO is elected annually by the Board, subject to re-appointment with restrictions.

The President and CEO is responsible for the oversight and management of all aspects of Chamber business and activities in a manner that is consistent with the Chamber’s Mission Statement. The President & CEO serves as the visible leader of the Chamber, as communicator, facilitator, and interactive community planner, developing, implementing and assessing Chamber programs, projects and events.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Advice and Counsel to the Board of Directors: Provide information, advice, and counsel to the Chairman of the Board, Board of Directors, and Board Committees and Task Forces in the creation of policies, programs, marketing, initiatives, and overall strategic direction.
  • Advocate on Behalf of Business: Address, monitor, and lead advocacy issues which impact the business community and work with partner organizations like The U.S. Chamber, The Business Council of NYS, and others.
  • Communications and Reporting: Maintain regular communications with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Board committees, council, and task forces including attendance at meetings and coordination of projects. Provide regular and annual status reports to the Board of Directors.
  • Community Involvement: Serve on various boards, task forces, and committees to stay abreast of the needs of the business community.
  • Economic Development: Work in partnership with local, state, and federal non-profit organizations and government to address regional needs such as Infrastructure, Child Care, Education, Housing, Urban Revitalization, and other quality of life initiatives and concerns.
  • Implementation of Board Actions: Implement board decisions and initiatives.
  • Knowledge and Influence: Attend and/or participate in conferences and seminars on topics related to the needs of the members and the community; keep abreast of new and changing federal, state, and local policies, mandates, legislation, and programs that affect our service area.
  • Member Related Programming and Initiatives: Create, market, and administer programs intended to address Workforce, Advocacy, Tourism Promotion, Quality of Life, Business Retention, and Educational Enhancement for the regional business community.
  • Membership Recruitment and Retention: Actively engage with and monitor the membership and aggressively work towards membership recruitment and retention.
  • Operational Management: Provide leadership in planning and executing the day-to-day operations, including the annual operating budget, operational controls, building maintenance and enhancements, revenue source development, coordination and collaboration with community development partners, employee benefits, and working with and directing the staff to develop, implement, and achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  • Peer Relations: Build and maintain a strong relationship with local, state, regional, and federal stakeholders, institutions, and partners to represent the needs and concerns of the membership and the community.
  • Personnel Management: Manage the day-to-day operations of the Chamber team and cultivate an environment to promote collaboration, teamwork, and high employee morale.
  • Representation: Represent the organization in matters related to the membership locally and regionally, including governmental, educational, community and business-oriented programs, forums, activities, and media.


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree; degrees in Business Administration, Public Policy, Organizational Development, Communications or related field is valued.
  • At least five (5) years of upper level management in personnel, community relations, marketing, budgeting, operations, and/or government relations is desirable.
  • At least two (2) years in an administrative leadership position.
  • Chamber of Commerce certifications through the US Chamber of Commerce or American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) preferred but not required.

Professional Skills

  • General knowledge of business practices including ability to forecast/develop a yearly budget, ensure timely delivery of monthly financial reports to the Executive Committee and Board and maintain general control of expenditures;
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local legislative political processes and environments coupled with the ability to analyze, understand and act upon complex legislation;
  • A working understanding of social media and the role it plays in overall marketing and awareness;
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, including demonstrated ability to anticipate and plan for the future and realign priorities quickly when dealing with unanticipated events;
  • Proven ability to implement strategic plans and forecasts to identify and achieve business development objectives;
  • Ability to provide effective oversight of operations and administration and to effectively lead/manage staff;
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience with events, campaigns, and grant writing;
  • Communicate well both orally and in writing;
  • Polished presenter, comfortable presenting and using technology in front of large audiences;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; including ability to maintain effective relationships with the Board of Directors, chamber members and staff; effectively collaborate with business leaders of the community, as well as with government representatives, civic leaders and members of the public;
  • Exhibit independent judgement in the development, implementation, and evaluation of plans, procedures, and policies, and the ability to maintain professionalism;
  • Firm commitment to the mission and core values of the Chamber.


  • Base Pay Range is $65,000 – $80,000 annually; actual pay is commensurate based on skills and experience.
  • Benefits include: Medical Insurance, 401(k), Vacation/Personal Time Off, and more.
  • How to Apply: Email
  • Application Details: Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter with resume to Jeff Kenefick jkenefick@chemungcanal.com and Michael Printup mprintup@TheGlen.com. Applications will be accepted July 5-16, 2021.

Chemung County Chamber of Commerce
400 E. Church Street
Phone: 6077345137
Fax: Chemung County Chamber of Commerce