The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership-based chamber and economic development organization focused on expanding the economy and improving the quality of life in the bi-state Quad Cities region of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The Chamber serves the cities of East Moline, Moline and Rock Island, the town of Milan and counties of Henry, Mercer and Rock Island in Illinois; cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, towns of Eldridge and LeClaire and Scott County in Iowa with a population of 400,000+. The Chamber has 1,800 members, 30 staff, annual budget of $6MM. The Chamber’s economic development marketing arm, Quad Cities First, is a separate 501(c)(4) public-private partnership and is partially funded through a Regional Opportunities Council (“ROC”), comprised of 100 leading area businesses. The Chamber organizes and leads a variety of programs and services under its umbrella organization, including downtown partnerships, government/legislative and military affairs, Q2030 regional visioning plan, young professionals and myriad of member services including 70+ events.
The Quad Cities Chamber was formed in 2010 when the Illinois Quad City Chamber and the Iowa Quad Cities Chamber combined into a single entity, thus providing a unified voice of business in the region. The Chamber’s former President & Chief Executive Officer successfully led the merged organization through its important transition period. The Board is now embarking on a national search to identify a new CEO who can take the reins of this unique regional organization and lead it to new levels of success. More information about the Chamber: www.quadcitieschamber.com
The Quad Cities is in an ideal location along the Mississippi River and at the intersection of Interstates 74, 80 and 88, thereby forming a regional hub for employment, services, industry, retail, finance, healthcare, education, culture and the arts. Major industries include food processing/packaging, advanced manufacturing, logistics/transportation, financial services and information technology. The region supports a diverse mix of business and industry, ranging from small entrepreneurial enterprises to corporate headquarters for several international businesses including Deere & Company. Quad Cities is also home to the Rock Island Arsenal, a major manufacturing facility of the U.S. Defense Department. A network of over 40 colleges and universities within a 90-mile radius provides companies with a pool of highly skilled and educated workers. The region offers an outstanding quality of life including safe neighborhoods, affordable cost of living and short commute times, along with museums, historical sites, unique shopping and dining options. Outdoor recreational and scenic spaces include parks and hundreds of miles for hiking, biking and walking. www.visitquadcities.com
President & Chief Executive Officer reports to the Chair of a 30-member Board of Directors and is a member of the 6-person Executive Committee of the Board. The CEO will also work closely with a 17-member Quad Cities First Board. Important interactions include: executives and employees of Chamber member organizations; municipal and county elected and appointed officials along with state and Federal elected officials and their staffs in both Illinois and Iowa; representatives of other public and private sector partnership organizations; education officials; and the media. The CEO is the chief paid executive and administrative officer and responsible for all administrative and management functions and executing the mission of the organization to achieve the stated goals and objectives. The CEO is expected to communicate and implement all policies and provide leadership and direction that creates a high level of enthusiasm, expectancy and momentum among the membership, Chamber staff and the regional business community and civic community.
Outstanding opportunity for an established executive to lead and grow a successful chamber/economic development organization in a dynamic, bi-state community with two distinct political and economic environments. The new CEO will inherit a strong staff who bring significant experience and enthusiasm to their roles and enjoy working with a committed and influential volunteer Board of Directors. The new CEO will be a dynamic leader who can embrace and marshal the areas unique and vast resources to elevate the Chamber to even higher levels of influence and success in the years to come.
Ideal candidate may come from a variety of backgrounds such as: currently serving as the top executive within a progressive and effective comparably-sized chamber of commerce and/or economic development organization, or related significant business association; 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. Significant Board interaction and experience recruiting and leading large numbers of volunteers is strongly desired. A Bachelors degree is required; an advanced degree is desirable. A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience along with a minimum of 5 years of direct management experience. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate a consistent and measurable track record of achieving goals and objectives in leadership positions.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation commensurate with experience.
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