President & C.E.O

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Burlington, ON
$90,000 - $125,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Feb 08, 2019
Job ID
The President & CEO acts as the chief officer for our Client . As such, the position holder is responsible and accountable to the Board of Directors for the leadership and day-to-day operations of BCC, for operating within Board-approved By-laws and policies, and for developing and implementing business, financial, communication, marketing, human resources, advocacy plans and budgets.

The President & CEO is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders including the City of Burlington, members of the federal, provincial and municipal governments, the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce, other local chambers, the media, local business leaders, suppliers, the business community, members and other stakeholders including volunteers and partners of BCC.

Key accountabilities:

1. Strategic Planning and Policies
  • Work with the Board of Directors, taking a lead role in developing and executing on our clients  strategic plan, annual budget and committee business plans.
  • Ensure full and complete compliance with our clients  by-laws, policies and government regulations and statutes.
  • Ensure the integrity and viability of our clients  finances, including control of operating expenditures, monthly financial reviews and recommendations to the Board of Directors.

2. Operations
  • Manage and ensure the achievement of our clients  objectives with respect to membership, revenues, expenses, programs and services, public relations, employee relations, stakeholder relations, and our clients  overall image and standing in the community.
  • Ensure proper stewardship of all chamber assets and facilities.
  • Provide feedback to Board on all committee and task force activities.
  • Secure corporate sponsorships and guide fundraising activities for our clients  events.
  • Represent our client  whenever possible, at official client events and functions.
Through the Vice President Operations:
  • Supervise and all committee and task force activities.
  • Provide guidance and direction to committee chairs in relation to programs, seminars, meetings, events and policy activities.
3. Human Resources
  • Hire, train, manage and, through the VP Operations, direct the activities and performance of all staff at BCC, in alignment with strategic objectives.
  • Determine appropriate level of personnel and other resources required to achieve chamber goals, and the applicable organizational structure, subject to budget approval by the Board.
  • Through and with the VP Operations, administer all Human Resources policies.
  • Encourage effective and positive working relationships amongst staff, open communications and teamwork, in order to optimize staff performance.  
4. Stakeholder & Public Relations and Communications
  • Build and cultivate relationships with all stakeholders including: City of Burlington, members of the federal, provincial and municipal governments, the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce, other local Chambers of Commerce, the media, volunteers, and the overall business community.
  • Represent our client on various community committees.
  • Maintain positive relationships within BCC, its members, volunteers, other clients and suppliers.
  • Ensure BCC has appropriate representation at any relevant business and public events, including representation by Chair, members of Board, and staff.
  • Oversee any and all communications from BCC on any matters, including but not limited to, media releases, electronic newsletters, publications, marketing materials, and social media.
5. Policy Advocacy
  • Develop and execute an annual policy advocacy plan, ensuring formal positions and submissions are well researched, including policy submissions for Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce.

Position requirements:
  • Post secondary education in business, public administration, political science, communications, commerce or a related discipline.
  • Minimum five to seven years in a senior leadership role in the not-for-profit or private sectors and/or with comparable business associations.
  • Solid business management skills with a strong working knowledge of a variety of business functions including finance, sales, marketing, communications, public relations and human resources.
  • Proven team leadership abilities.
  • Solid understanding of non-for-profit governance and working with volunteers.
  • Ability to build and cultivate productive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Superior interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills, including ease with public speaking.
  • Impartial political acumen and understanding of government and public policy.
  • Strong sense of and commitment to superior and ethical governance practices.
  • Working knowledge of information communications technology, including computer software such as MS Office, CRM systems, and social media