Executive Director

Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce
Job Description
Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce
200 E. Court St., Suite 710

Kankakee, IL 60901

The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership organization whose primary role is to unite businesses, professional individuals, and firms throughout the region, thus creating a central agency that lends itself to improving business and building a better community.  Serving as “The Voice of Business” since 2011, the Chamber represents over 400 members ranging from entrepreneurs and small business owners to Fortune 500 companies.  
The Chamber leads public policy and business growth initiatives, and creates meaningful events and programs to inform, engage and connect members to each other and the community.
  • Member Value:  The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce strives to provide value to its members.  In an organization of over 400 members, value comes in a variety of forms, from networking and educational opportunities, to business advocacy. 
  • Business Growth Initiatives: The Chamber is a strategic partner with the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County and the Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Together the three organizations develop programs and provide resources to area businesses that aid in recruitment and retention efforts throughout Kankakee County. 
  • Events & Programs: The Kankakee County Chamber facilitates over 70 events and programs each year. From signature events like the Annual Awards Dinner, TasteFest, and Golf Outing, to more intimate events like Women in Networking, Black Business Council, lunch and learns, to help meet the needs of businesses of all sizes.
The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce employs 2 full time people and is governed by a volunteer board comprised of approximately 22 members.  Additional information can be found at
Position Summary
The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director provides the organization with its general strategic and operational leadership, along with the support and direction of the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director will articulate and advance the Chamber’s value proposition and strategic goals.  The Executive Director is the organization’s primary spokesperson and is responsible for building relationships and collaborating with the business and public and private sectors.
Key Relationships
Reports to:                             Chairman of the Board Executive Committees
Direct reports:                       TBD
Other key relationships:     Chamber members
Business community-at-large
Elected officials at City, County, State and Federal levels Media
Other related business organizations
Major Responsibilities
The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing the Chamber in an effective and efficient manner. Working with the Board and key stakeholders, he/she will:
  • Further engage the Board of Directors and Chamber member companies and their employees, creating an agenda and programming that provides value to its membership.
  • Act as the key spokesperson, developing relationships and building credibility with members and prospective members, as well as other major constituency groups.
  • Grow membership.
  • Create and manage a fiscally sound and transparent operating structure.

Ideal Experience
The successful background should include most, if not all, of the following:
  • Minimum of 3 years of management (operations) and leadership experience in an organization of similar size and scope.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 
  • Demonstrated success communicating and promoting an organization’s message and/or agenda. 
  • Experience working with volunteer leaders. Experience serving on or with not-for-profit boards is a plus.
  • Sufficient community stature to represent the Chamber on and before panels and key business and civic boards.
  • Sales Experience
Critical Competencies for Success
  • Leadership: The new Executive Director will be an innovative and collaborative individual who will advance a broad, pro-business agenda aimed at growing the local and regional economy.
  • Technology Skills: In a small office environment it is important that the Executive Director know how to navigate an IT system, database, and graphic design applications.  Marketing and communications in today’s competitive market requires tech savviness and the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director needs to be highly skilled in this area. 
  • Public Awareness and Advocacy: The Executive Director must work to build coalitions; educate and engage business leaders, their companies and their employees; and create widespread awareness of policies and legislation that impact business, jobs and the economy as needed.
The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all people and to hire and promote individuals solely based on their qualifications for the job.
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