Executive Vice President
Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Chamber of Commerce is the umbrella organization for a network of affiliates that include two industrial development corporations, which are 501(c)6 organizations, as well as a downtown development corporation and a foundation, both of which are 501(c)3’s.
The Chamber is a business advocacy organization of more than 930 members. The mission of the Chamber is to help our members prosper and to enhance the quality of life in the Chambersburg area. The Chamber has a 22-member board of directors and an operating budget of just over $1 million.
Key Chamber programs and services: Business advocacy, economic development, business development networking, membership services, seminars and conferences (including Civil War seminars and tourism promotion), Chamber foundation and downtown Main Street Program.
Community background: Franklin County is largely agricultural, but Chambersburg and the communities that surround it are among the fastest-growing populations in the state. Chambersburg has a small-town atmosphere, but it is a progressive community. Residents benefit from affordable housing choices, excellent health care facilities, outdoor recreation opportunities, and shopping options at national retailers and unique local shops. Educational opportunities include public and private schools along with college and university environments. In addition to local events, Franklin County residents have access to cultural arts through the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University, Capitol Theatre, Chambersburg Community Theatre, the Cumberland Valley School of Music and Totem Pole Playhouse, one of the last summer stock theatres in the nation.
Chambersburg is rich in history, particularly Civil War history, and is the only town north of the Mason-Dixon Line burned during the war. It was invaded three times by Confederate soldiers during the war, more than any other town in the North.
Franklin County’s business environment is diverse, with Letterkenny Army Depot as the top employer. Other major employers include Summit Health, Chambersburg Area School District, Shippensburg University, Wilson College, Franklin County government, Manitowoc, Volvo Construction Equipment, Food Lion Inc. and Target Distribution Center. Agriculture and tourism/hospitality are key industries.
Franklin County, where Chambersburg is the county seat of government, is a dynamic business market, located along the busy Interstate 81 corridor. Chambersburg is among the fastest growing communities in Pennsylvania, and it is within a 100-mile radius of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Franklin County is within one day’s drive of more than half of the population of the United States and is among the micropolitan leaders in attracting new corporate facilities or expansions. Franklin County had eight projects of at least $1 million in 2012 that created at least 50 jobs or added 20,000 square feet of space. That put the county in the nation’s top 10 in micropolitan areas. The county is well situated for future development, with more than 1,500 acres of developable land available. Most sites are “shovel-ready.” In addition, there is a civilian labor force of 390,000 with 40 miles of the heart of Franklin County.
Procter and Gamble is building a super warehouse near Shippensburg, about 10 miles from Chambersburg. Logistics/transportation industries are growing in importance along the Interstate 81 corridor.
The Executive Vice President reports to the president of the Chamber. The president supervises a nine-member Chamber staff; other important interactions include: executives and employees of Chamber member organizations; state and national elected officials and their staffs; representatives of other public and private sector partnership organizations; education officials; and members of the media.
Responsibilities include executing the policies established by the Board providing a vision for Chamber growth and success and directing the development and allocation of programs and resources in support of the Chamber mission. The president provides overall leadership to the staff and volunteers in executing the Chamber’s mission and is responsible for the effective management of the Chamber, including program design and service delivery, human resource management, financial management and reporting, marketing and public relations, membership development and fundraising. The executive vice president will learn the president’s job and lead the Chamber’s accreditation effort in 2014/15.
Ideal candidate must have a proven track record of success and may come from a variety of backgrounds: service as the top executive of a progressive and effective comparably-sized Chamber of Commerce, or related significant business association or economic development-focused organization; experience as a “#2” or other senior-level executive at a larger like enterprise as noted above; or an executive from a complex private or public sector entity. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in business, law, public administration or related field is desirable. Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development through the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management and/or Certified Chamber Executive designation is preferred.
Salary Range: $90 -100K
Application Process: To be considered qualified candidates are required to submit both a resume and employment application. Applications are available at www.chambersburg.org . Completed applications and accompanying resumes are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Contact: Stephen C. Caldwell at email@example.com or 717-264-7101, Ext. 212.