President and Chief Executive Officer

Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Job Description


The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking a full-time President and Chief Executive Officer.  This is an outstanding opportunity for a Chamber of Commerce, economic development, non-profit or private sector executive to lead and grow a successful regional Chamber organization.
Located in the heart of Virginia, in a Blue Ridge Mountain community, is Charlottesville, voted as one of the top 100 places to live in 2018.  The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is an active part of this beautiful community, and has over 1,400 members and affiliates, and serves multi-counties and cities, including the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.  Our economy is diverse and includes manufacturing, financial and government services, higher education, tourism, and healthcare.  Our region is also home to a number of ground-breaking and fast-growing technology companies, and a growing number of wineries, cideries, and craft breweries.


The President and Chief Executive Officer works collaboratively with and under the leadership of a highly committed, energetic, and influential Board of Directors, with all staff-level employees, committees, and councils reporting to the President.  As a key representative and advocate for business owners and employers in our community, the President is expected to carry out the mission of the Chamber, achieve the vision of the Chamber, and model the values of the organization.



  • Required:  Bachelor’s Degree
  • Preferred:  Advanced degree in business, law, public administration or related field
  • Required:  8 – 10 years of executive experience 


In conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff, the President and Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the following essential functions.

  • Strategic and Operational Planning – Develop a strategic plan in partnership with the Board and annual business plan with measurable objectives for delivery of successful outcomes on Chamber events, projects, and programs; aligns objectives with annual budget revenues and expense projections. 
  • Budget and Finances – Develop an annual budget in conjunction with the Board of Directors, and manage revenues and expenses in accordance with established budget.  Develop fundraising strategies which further the mission and financial resources of the Chamber. 
  • Board Relations – Build and maintain strong relationships and communications with the Chair of the Board, Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors.  Plan and organize Board and Executive Committee meetings. 
  • Community Relations and Advocacy – Collaborate with the Board of Directors to identify and manage the Chamber’s relationships with, and advocacy efforts before, state and local governments.  Represent and promote the Chamber and its policies and objectives in a variety of public forums, including with state and local government elected leaders, partnering organizations, and individual businesses. 
  • Membership Relations, Development and Retention – Assist with recruiting and retaining new and existing members of the Chamber.  Analyze and interpret the need of members and make recommendations to increase membership, engagement, and financial support. 
  • Marketing and Communication – Maintain high visibility in the community to establish collaborative relationships, and to create awareness and increase perception of value of the programs and services and the influence of the Chamber. 
  • Organization Structure & Procedures – Continuously evaluate the Chamber’s organizational structure, policies, and procedures to ensure their effectiveness. 
  • Staff Administration – Oversee the management of the Chamber staff, including general supervision and HR functions such as hiring, firing, performance reviews, salary, and benefits administration. 
  • Committee Responsibilities – Provide staff support, including preparation of agendas, minutes, and performance of duties specifically related to the Chamber’s governing bodies and committees. 
  • Other Duties as Assigned – Perform various other assignments as directed by the Board of Directors, Board Chair, and Executive Committee that are congruent with the Chamber’s mission and bylaws. 


  • Collaboration/Teamwork
    • Highly developed interpersonal and public communications skills
    • Conflict resolution skills
    • Negotiation skills
    • Ability to build trust and positively influence actions
    • Effectively lead change 
  • Leadership
    • Possess a professional presence
    • Strategic vision
    • Ability to develop, motivate and maintain a positive workplace environment
    • Facilitate change, create a positive culture of innovation and energy 
  • Finance and Operations
    • Demonstrate expertise on economic development principles, the regional economy, political environment, marketing and branding concepts
    • Understand the opportunities and challenges to the growth and prosperity of large and small employers in the region
    • Execute independently 


A flexible and competitive compensation package is included.


Please submit your application and resume to


Applications are being received and reviewed now. 

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Our Mission

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.