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Executive Director, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce seeks a strategic and entrepreneurial leader to work with the Board of Directors to implement our mission to create and support a thriving business environment, contributing to a vibrant Edgewater community. The Executive Director reports to the ten-member Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

Essential Duties + Responsibilities

We are seeking an executive to provide leadership, vision, and day-to-day oversight of the organization.

Management and Administration

  • Manage and support a team of full-time, part-time, contract, and seasonal employees

  • Support the Chamber Board of Directors, the Edgewater Economic Development and Planning Committee, and SSA #26 Commission

  • Maintain contracts for the Chamber, Edgewater Development Corporation and SSA #26, ensuring regulatory and legal compliance

  • Develop annual work plan and budget for the Chamber, Edgewater Development Corporation, and SSA #26


  • See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and important factors influencing it

  • Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs, and goals

  • Foster solid working relationships with community leaders, elected officials, and organizations to further the Chamber’s goals

  • Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public

  • Promote the neighborhood and the small business community

  • Serve as organizational spokesperson and positively represent the organization and the Edgewater small business community

Small Business Support + Advocacy

  • Serve as the voice of local, small businesses and advocate for their best

  • interests

  • Provide relevant and timely information and resources to businesses

  • Support existing businesses and attract new businesses to Edgewater

  • Maintain productive relationships with commercial property owners Finance

  • Identify and seek diverse funding sources to ensure the ability of the Chamber to carry out its mission

  • Develop the annual budget for the Chamber, Edgewater Development Corporation, and SSA #26

  • Manage the day-to-day finances of the organization

  • Produce events throughout the year

  • Manage the programs of the Chamber, Edgewater Development Corporation, and SSA #26

  • Recruit members and support existing members


  • Strong commitment to the Edgewater small business community

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 5+ years of relevant experience, including 3+ years of experience supervising staff and managing a board or committee

  • Demonstrated experience in community and economic development

  • Proven track record of building consensus among diverse stakeholders and constituencies


  • Non-profit management

  • Fundraising

  • Strategic Planning

  • Event Production

  • Ability to manage diverse interests

  • Ability to manage multiple projects, timelines, and priorities effectively

  • Effective communication in a variety of mediums to convey information to

  • influence stakeholders

Work Environment + Benefits

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce provides a supportive and flexible work environment. The position receives a salary, three (3) weeks’ vacation, 10 paid holidays, a health insurance stipend, and 3% IRA matching contributions.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, a resume, three (3) professional references, and a one-page writing sample that describes your vision for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce under your leadership with the subject line “Edgewater ED Position” to No calls, please.

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is an equal-opportunity employer.

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