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Executive Director

South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce
1014 Bay Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366
$28.85 - $33.65 an hour - Full-time


1014 Bay Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Full job description

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader to make a significant impact in our organization. If you are passionate about driving positive change in our community through effective leadership and strategic planning, we encourage you to apply for this position. Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications for consideration.

About us:

The South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce is a collection of local businesses and civic-minded individuals cooperating to encourage the local economy and promote the well-being of the entire South Kitsap community. Our goal is to make South Kitsap a great place to Live, Work and Play.

Our mission is simple:

“The mission of the Chamber of Commerce is to promote, enhance and inform our membership, and be a catalyst for economic vitality throughout our South Kitsap Community”

Job Description:

Chamber General Management:

· Operate the Chamber in accordance with the Bylaws, existing procedures, Washington state laws, and Federal laws as proper 501c6 organizations.

· Responsible for the employment of all staff personnel, the assignment of their duties, and the supervision of their work, within the framework of the approved budget and terms of employment.

· Conduct regular staff meetings, ensuring all employees are participating.

· Ensure smooth staff communication about all things related to the organization, events, and operations. Utilize tools to help streamline communications processes.

· Devise and implement a strategic plan and annual program of work to advance the Chamber’s mission.

o Work with staff to create event goals and dates, membership targets, an overall communications and advertising calendar, and an annual budget.

o Utilize bylaws, precedence, and evaluations as planning and implementation tools.

· Ensure that the Chamber policies, as established by the Board, are properly kept up to date and implemented.

· Formulate the annual budget, along with the bookkeeper, staff, and Board Treasurer. Set realistic goals with growth in mind.

· Work with CPA and bookkeeper to ensure timely preparation of the tax return.

· Work with staff and committee chairs to ensure all committee meetings are scheduled, reminders are sent, agendas are complete, and necessary materials are sent to members in a timely manner.

Development and Funding:

· Seek out new and expand existing opportunities for membership, sponsorships, and partnerships.

· Find and apply for grants as a source of funding.

· Meet with current and new sponsors in a timely manner to ensure renewal/new funding is during their appropriate budget cycle.

Board Relations:

· Build and maintain strong relationships and communications with the Board of Directors.

· Provide necessary leadership to garner full engagement of board members.

· Work with the Board President to plan and organize board meetings, as well as coordinate plans and agendas for these meetings.

· Ensure timely selection of new board members and officers.

· Track board terms for each boardmember.

· Work with the Board President to ensure all board members are following through on their commitments.

Membership Relations:

· Oversee Sales & Marketing on the development and retention of current and future membership prospects.

· Keep consistent, strong lines of communication open between all parties, with a special emphasis on member input and feedback, congenial and timely visitor interactions, and community and tourism-related groups and individuals.

· Facilitate, oversee, and implement annual membership campaigns, member visits, and new member welcomes as necessary.

· Work effectively with memberships and the businesses that they represent throughout the Greater Sout Kitsap area.

· Analyze and interpret the needs of members and recommend revisions to increase membership value, engagement, and financial support.


· The Executive Director will present event opportunities to the Board of Directors and will oversee the Sales & Marketing in all event preparation, utilizing both staff and volunteers to carry out event objectives.

· Work to garner community support as well as sponsorship for events as needed.

· Ensure that each new and existing event has a budget and receives approval from the Board of Directors.

· Work with staff to ensure events follow budgetary guidelines to meet the goals of each event.

· Seek out sponsorships for events, ensuring each event has enough funding to be financially viable.

External Relationships:

· As much as possible, attend meetings of groups of organizations that share common priorities including, but not limited to:

o City of Port Orchard council meetings

o City of Port Orchard planning commission

o South Kitsap Commissioner meetings

o Meetings with neighboring Chambers of Commerce




o Other businesses and organizations that impact the South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce

Public Policy/Advocacy:

· The Executive Director must stay informed on local, state, and federal issues and actions by agencies that may affect the membership or community.

· The Executive Director is responsible for making recommendations to the Public Policy Committee and/or Board of Directors on possible action on these issues.

· Advocacy shall be the centerpiece of the Executive Director role, creating a business- friendly climate through which all businesses can thrive and strive toward

· The Executive Director is also responsible for maintaining a strong partnership with neighboring Chambers of Commerce.

· Must be responsive to member requests for advocacy action.

· Write letters or make public comments on issues affecting members of the business community, as approved by the public policy committee and/or board.

Public Relations:

· The Executive Director is responsible for the reputation of the Chamber of Commerce and must hold staff accountable for conduct reflecting on the organization.

· The Executive Director is the primary contact for the media. All media relations materials must be approved by the Executive Director before distribution.


· Maintain the necessary legal requirements of the South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce.

· Ensure that the financial contributions are protected and kept within the 501c3 as required by law.

· Administrative fees and other legally allowed crossovers must be double-checked to ensure proper maintenance of charitable funds to preserve tax-exempt status for the organization.

· All charitable and educational programming shall be conducted under the umbrella of the chamber of commerce.


· Ensure a strong digital presence, utilizing the website, email marketing, and social media for the visibility of the Chamber and the membership. Oversee staff producing these materials to ensure that they are consistent with organizational brand and messaging.

· Update marketing plans to incorporate new strategies.

· Stay up to date on new marketing trends and channels. Add in channels to help stay relevant in the community where feasible and appropriate.

· Ensure proper maintenance of the website, social media channels, and email marketing tools.

Reports to:

· Board of Directors


· All staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

· Bachelor’s degree in business administration, non-profit management, marketing or a related field preferred. Substantial relevant experience may be considered in lieu of the preferred education.

· Senior management experience. Management in the non-profit sector and/or Chambers of Commerce is highly preferred.

· Fundraising experience including sponsorship development and grant writing preferred.

· Demonstrated experience working with Boards of Directors, committees, municipalities, and the public preferred.

· Broad business skills including strategy implementation, financial planning/projections, and operational including knowledge of and ability to use standard office software such as Microsoft Office and QuickBooks.

· Strong oral and written communication and people skills.

· Detail-oriented, comfortable with varied organizational processes.

· Independent, self-sufficient, and strong work ethic.

· Relationship builder with strong persuasion skills.

· Management skills.

· Strong organizational and multitasking skills.

· Knowledge of local community issues and or ability to quickly integrate into the community.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $28.85 - $33.65 per hour

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Work Location: In person