Executive Director of the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia: The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Posted July 11th, 2018 at 2:07 pm.

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (The Chamber) brings area businesses and civic leaders together to promote growth and create opportunity in our region.  We support our members with practical, inspiring programs, resources, and events.  All that we do serves one clear, bold goal: to make Greater Philadelphia a great place for good business.  The Chamber’s Councils support our mission by engaging new constituencies and addressing specific areas of growth for the region.

We are currently seeking an Executive Director of our Arts + Business Council (ABC).  ABC’s mission is to catalyze a creative advantage for the region by advancing a new framework to innovate and connecting business and creative communities in programs that foster immersive exchange.

ABC’s current program of work includes:

  • Targeted leadership development programs (Business on Board, Designing Leadership and Creative Xchange)
  • A thought leadership series (Defining Innovation Global Speaker Series)
  • A volunteer network providing pro bono legal and business services to the creative economy
  • An annual celebration of the creative economy in Greater Philadelphia

More information about the Arts + Business Council can be found at artsbusinessphl.org

ABC’s Executive Director reports to the Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer and is a member of the Chamber’s Management Team.

The Executive Director is responsible for the strategy, programs and administration of ABC.  Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position also manages an Advisory Board.  ABC is supported by shared services of the Chamber including programs and events, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, graphic design and office services.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

1. Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure ABC’s financial health, with an eye toward growing the organization’s impact.

Submits to the Chamber a proposed annual budget and is responsible for fiscal management ensuring that the business unit operates within the approved budget.

Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support ABC’s mission.  Revenues including corporate sponsorship, foundation support, government support, in-kind contributions and earned income from program fees and events tickets.  Develops a revenue generation strategy, and manages and leads outreach to donors and sponsors. Coordinates fundraising with Chamber management and utilizes ABC Advisory Board Members, staff and other volunteers to conduct in-person, telephonic and electronic outreach for revenue generation as appropriate.

2. Organization Mission, Strategy and Execution:  Works with the Chamber, the ABC Advisory Board, and ABC staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through high quality programs and events and community outreach.

Responsible for the development and implementation of ABC’s programs and events supported by the programs and events staff of the Chamber

Provides weekly updates to and works closely with the Chamber management team, seeking to align ABC’s work with that of the Chamber and to increase the overall visibility of ABC.

Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that ABC can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.

Serves as ABC’s primary spokesperson to constituents and the general public. Responsible for the enhancement of ABC’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with arts and culture and other civic organizations.

Oversees ABC’s marketing and other communications efforts.

Responsible for the recruiting, supervision and retention of competent, qualified staff.  Provides leadership to maintain a culture demonstrating fairness, respect, trust, inclusiveness and teamwork.

3. Board Engagement: Works with the Advisory Board comprised of investors and representatives of the creative economy to fulfill the organization’s mission.

Responsible for communicating effectively with the Advisory Board in a timely and accurate manner and engaging them and their organizations in ABC’s work.

4. Other duties as assigned.

Required experience and education

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Ten or more years senior nonprofit management experience, with a preference for experience in association management and/or arts and culture.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Outstanding communication skills with a demonstrated ability to convey orally and in writing a vision of ABC’s mission to staff, board, volunteers, sponsors and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations and the ability to interface and engage diverse sponsor and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff

Working at the Chamber:

The Chamber provides all the benefits of working for a mid-size business combined with the values and mission focus of a nonprofit. As part of a leading organization in the region’s business community, team members have access to a wide array of resources, connections and opportunities throughout their career with the Chamber. The Chamber offers its employees a dynamic, fast-paced environment with competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package.

Work Conditions/Physical Demands:

The Executive Director of the Arts + Business Council works in a typical office environment. On a standard workday, time is spent sitting at a desk or conference table, using the computer and interacting with colleagues in internal meetings. However, on a regular basis, this role will be required to attend events and outside meetings with prospective and current constituents. These meetings/events may take place outside of regular business hours and outside of center city Philadelphia.

Education Level:

Bachelor’s Degree
To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and the names/contact info of three professional references to upload with the application.  Applications that fail to fulfill this requirement will not be considered.

Apply to: http://chmbr.biz/qmfqwfmhyf

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