Executive Director

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  • Post Date: September 20, 2021
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Job Overview

The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking a full-time Executive Director.

Position Type:

Full-time, six (6) month contract with opportunity for an extension

Salary Range:

$18 – $19.52 Hourly

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

35 hours based on a negotiated weekly schedule

Office Location:

177 Alexander Street, Pembroke, Ontario

Anticipated Start Date:

October 12, 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the new direction for the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce (UOVCC).

The UOVCC is a non-profit, membership-driven organization that is the coordinating body providing a cooperative environment to support member businesses in the quest for growth and economic success by providing leadership, education, advocacy, communication, interaction opportunities and tangible financial benefits for over 65 years.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the lead staff person for the organization, responsible for building strong relationships within our membership and the business community in the upper Ottawa Valley and developing and maintaining the operations of the Chamber Office. The Executive Director is an intentional business leader who demonstrates vision along with an ability to creatively design, plan for and implement programs and services that reflect the mission/vision of the Chamber and meets the needs of the membership and larger business community. The Executive Director is enthusiastic, creative, well organized, and is an excellent communicator capable of functioning well in an independent environment. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Stakeholder Relationships, Advocacy & Communications

        Builds strong relationships within our membership comprised of small and medium-sized enterprises and the business community locally; Plans and implements meaningful business education opportunities for members; Provides members with access to business, community, and government information

        Provides information to members via phone, email, social media or in-person; Actively recruits new Chamber members by providing comprehensive information packages and/or contact with business owners/management

        Establishes and maintains relationships with appropriate government officials, business leaders, other business organizations, and media

        Attends meetings as a representative of the Chamber to obtain information, provide the Chamber’s views and develop the Chamber’s profile within the business community and government agencies

        Organizes and coordinates membership events including Annual General Meeting, Annual Business Excellence Awards, regular networking events and workshop

        Manages the social media activities of the Chamber to include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn

        Advocates on behalf of the Chamber and its membership at local, regional and provincial government levels and assist Board members in the preparation and communication of Chamber positions on public issues

Board Support & Leadership

        Attends all Executive and Board of Directors meetings to provide information, resources, take minutes and subsequent execution of all orders and resolutions

        Prepares and distributes the agenda, minutes and all relevant documents for Board of Directors meetings

        Analyzes and interprets the strategic direction of the organization, applying a clear and firm understanding of the vision, mission, values, and objectives of the Chamber; Analyzes the internal and external environment to identify current and future opportunities, challenges, and risks

Operational Effectiveness

        Develops and maintains the day-to-day operations and activities of the Chamber Office

        Maintains efficient management of all Chamber-related documentation including correspondence, records, files, etc.

        Maintain an accurate roster of Chamber membership and status including the Chamber website

        Develops and manages budgets; Ensures that all Chamber expenditures are processed promptly and within the guidelines of the approved Chamber budget

        Assist the Treasurer with the financial and accounting aspects of the Chamber, consistent with normal accounting practices

        Generates funds through applicable grant applications, partnership development and sponsorship



        Preferred post-secondary diploma or degree in business administration and management or related field

        Office Management experience is considered an asset

        Previous experience working in a non-profit environment and reporting to a Board of Directors considered an asset

        Previous sales experience, specifically memberships considered an asset

Personal Characteristics, Experience & Skills

Ideally, the Executive Director will have a unique combination of personal and professional qualifications. This includes, but is not limited to:

        Familiarity with the unique challenges of running a non-profit in a rural community; someone who understands the dynamics of a chamber of commerce or similar membership organization and who is genuinely interested in working collaboratively

        Leadership that can generate respect and support from a wide range of constituents including large and small businesses, non-profits, community groups, elected leaders and staff at the local, regional and provincial level

        Demonstrate a sincere interest in the community and businesses of the Upper Ottawa Valley and surrounding areas

        Strong computer skills are essential including proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

        Experienced user of social media platforms to include Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

        Exceptional organization and time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments at one time

        Develop and manage budgets

        Strong analytical, administration and reporting skills

        Eager self-starter with a professional appearance, phone manner, and presentation skills

        Strong verbal and written communications; comfort with copywriting, research, public presentation skills are considered an asset

        Ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments, conditions, and situations including a flexible work schedule

        Must have/maintain a dependable vehicle with proof of full G licence and insurance

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