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Allevity Recruiting & Staffing has been engaged to conduct this high priority search for a President & CEO for the Chico Chamber of Commerce. We are seeking a dynamic, passionate, and exceptional leader to join this amazing organization. The President & CEO is a highly visible leadership position responsible for providing vision, guidance, and strategic direction for the programs and staff of the Chico Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has an enthusiastic and hardworking staff, a committed board of directors, a proactive group of volunteers, and represents over 600 Members and Community Impact Partners who invest in the mission and vision. This role will have a significant influence on the continued thoughtful growth and development of the Chico area and broader North State.

President & CEO – Chico Chamber of Commerce

Status:  Full-time, Exempt
Annual Budget:  $400,000
Total Number of Staff: 3
Board Members:  30
Salary: $85,000-$100,000
Chamber Membership: 600
Reports to: 9-member Executive Board
Population of Area Served: 100,000

Primary Role of the President & CEO

  • This position will provide high profile leadership, vision, guidance and strategic direction for the programs and personnel of the Chico Chamber of Commerce
  • This executive will facilitate and lead staff and Board efforts to achieve the mission and goals of the Chamber as approved by the Board of Directors 
  • The CEO has full P&L responsibility and will demonstrate knowledge and expertise on economic development principles, the regional economy, political environment, marketing and branding concepts, membership sales, and the opportunities and challenges to the growth and prosperity of large and small employers in the region
  • The CEO must also demonstrate openness to ideas from a variety of sources and focus on achieving high performance outcomes

Position Requirements

  • Has proven leadership skills, is dynamic, self-motivated, analytical, passionate and understands the vital role that the Chamber plays in supporting and enhancing its business community
  • Possesses a strong executive presence and confidence to interact and achieve high visibility with city, county and state elected officials
  • Has the ability to develop strong relationships with other associations, industry, government, media, and public service groups
  • Has direct experience working with boards and/or multiple stakeholder groups and is able  to inspire and accomplish work through a volunteer leadership organization
  • Is the main point of contact with established leaders within the community (business and otherwise)
  • Understands and is involved in the political process, has knowledge of local government operations and working knowledge of economic development and can effectively advocate for businesses at local, state and regional government levels
  • Can successfully solicit, fundraise and secure sponsorships and membership dollars from both private and public sector
  • Has direct experience in revenue growth, budgeting & financial management, bookkeeping, staff development, oversight & management
  • Proven ability to appropriately protect confidential information related to staff, chamber members and business partners
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Law, Public Administration, or a related field
  • Strong MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • The ideal candidate must have at least 10 years of experience and a proven track record of success.  This experience may come from a variety of backgrounds such as: the top executive within a progressive and effective comparably-sized chamber of commerce, economic development organization, or related significant business association or other nonprofit organization; an executive with a strong record of community involvement from a complex private or public-sector entity

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Business, Law, Public Administration or a related field
  • A graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management, Western Association of Chamber Executives’ Academy, Certified Chamber Executive designation, or Certified Economic Developer designation

Chamber Overview
The Chico Chamber of Commerce was founded in the early 1900s and is a 501(c)(6) organization, representing over 600 Members and Community Impact Partners who invest in the mission and vision. The Chamber is one of the largest business advocacy organizations in the North State and is dedicated to strengthening our economy and quality of life through local and regional advocacy, economic development, sector strategies, and business development and retention.   The level of collaboration between the private sector and public sector is exceptionally strong.  As the go-to business organization in the region, the Chamber consistently takes the lead in community and business development conversations and efforts.

Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Retirement, Professional Development, Mileage Reimbursement, Cell Phone

About Chico
Chico is the cultural, economic, and educational center of the northern Sacramento Valley and home to both California State University Chico, and Bidwell Park – the country’s 26th largest municipal park.  Originally inhabited by the Mechoopda Maidu Indians, Chico was founded in 1860 by early California pioneer General John Bidwell.  Chico is a community that offers reasonably-priced housing, a safe environment, good schools, charming neighborhoods, and a place to play with plenty of outdoor recreation options.  For additional information about Chico:  More about Chico

To Apply
Please upload your resume to submit your application via online at: and attach your cover letter.  Resumes should include beginning and ending dates and locations of all professional positions held (month & year).  Applicants may email the managing recruiter for other application options.  Questions about the position may also be emailed to the managing recruiter: 

Chris Mullins, Recruiting Manager

Review of applications and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made.

The Chico Chamber of Commerce has retained the services of Allevity Recruiting & Staffing to assist in conducting this important search.  Allevity Recruiting & Staffing is a leading Northern California recruiting firm located in Chico, CA.  Please respect our client’s hiring process and do not inquire or directly apply with the organization.  

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Bachelor's