• Director – Chamber of Commerce

    Posted: 03/28/2021

    March 31, 2021


    Director – Chamber of Commerce

    The Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development (IVAC) is looking for its next Director.  Located in Peru, Illinois, IVAC is a leading regional organization dedicated to growing the area economy.  Founded in 1913, we make a difference through active support of local businesses, partnerships with area organizations and community officials, workforce development efforts, and new business opportunities.  For more information on IVAC, see www.ivaced.org.
    IVAC seeks an exceptional candidate who will unleash their dynamic leadership experience for our member driven organization. Our goal is to hire an innovative leader who can explore, develop, and execute a ground-breaking plan that can lead to new opportunities.   

    As Director, your responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to):
    • Refresh IVAC’s vision, direction and standard operating procedures, including how the organization will restart public activities as community COVID-19 precautions are lifted.
    • Oversee all functions of the IVAC office and staff, in accordance with the organization’s bylaws.
    • Develop and execute an annual business plan in support of strategic and tactical goals.
    • Prepare and manage Chamber activities against an approved annual budget.
    • Manage membership recruitment and retention.
    • Establish positive relationships with local and regional officials and community leaders in support of the organization’s goals.
    • Maintain close association with local businesses and assist with problems, maintain retention, and support business growth.
    • Lead Economic Development efforts, including attracting new businesses to the area.  Maintain contact and cooperate with other economic development organizations in the area.
    • Promote the public image of IVAC and be present on its behalf at functions.
    • Work with Chamber staff, Board Members, Ambassadors, and members to maintain a healthy and productive committee structure.  Participate in all committees.
    This full-time position reports to IVAC’s Board of Directors.  Hours are flexible, but some evening and weekend commitments are part of the position.
    Preparation & Qualifications:
    A Bachelor’s Degree and management experience is required. Public speaking skills and the ability to collaborate and create beneficial partnerships on behalf of the Chamber are critical.  Previous Chamber experience and local community knowledge is a plus. 

    Salary & Benefits:
    Regionally competitive and negotiated with the final candidate.
    Application Deadline:
    Friday April 30, 2021
    To Apply:
    Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Mr. Jeff Borelli at jborelli@cpointcc.com. In the cover letter, candidates are expected to describe a proposed vision for IVAC and strategic approach to restart chamber activities as community COVID-19 precautions are lifted.