State Chamber Jobs Board

Below are open job listings for state chambers of commerce. If state chamber members would like to add a job listing, please email new listings to COSC. 

President & CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Frankfort, Kentucky is seeking a self-motivated, accomplished executive as its next President & Chief Executive Officer. The CEO will work with an engaged Board and committed staff to lead the Chamber as the major catalyst, consensus builder and advocate for a thriving economic climate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The CEO is charged with guiding the Kentucky Chamber in its mission to support a prosperous business climate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and advance Kentucky through advocacy, information, program development and management, and customer service in order to promote business retention and recruitment.

The new CEO will oversee and manage all aspects of the organization, with a particular focus on strengthening the state’s ability to attract, keep, and grow jobs; facilitating awareness around various infrastructure and growth needs to enable companies to flourish in Kentucky; and keeping up with top trends and policies that affect the bottom line and vitality of companies of all sizes and stages of development.

The selected candidate will function as the chief strategist, advocate, and collaborative team leader – especially in regard to advocacy and overall program development. This executive will lead a Chamber that is results oriented, deliberate, and entrepreneurial in providing visionary, action-oriented leadership dedicated to flexible thinking around business issues and non-partisan consensus building.

The President & Chief Executive Officer is based in the Chamber offices at 464 Chenault Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; telephone (502) 695-4700. The Chamber offices are currently over 17,000 sq.ft. and includes state-of-the-art technology. The organization is planning to expand the facility with an additional 5,000 sq.ft. of office space in 2019.

The President & Chief Executive Officer of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce reports to the Chair and works closely with the 14-member Executive Committee of the 60-member Board of Directors; the CEO is a member of the Executive Committee as well. The Executive Committee meets monthly and the Board meets quarterly. There are also 14 ex officio Board members, all of whom are executive leaders of other Kentucky-based chamber, economic development and educational organizations.

The CEO supervises the Senior Vice President-Administration, Senior Vice President-Public Affairs, Senior Vice President-Business Services, Senior Vice President-Membership & Marketing, Vice President of Finance and CFO, and Executive Assistant; a total staff of 40 people. Four staff members – including the President & CEO – are registered lobbyists.

Other important interactions include: executives and employees of member organizations; state and national elected officials and their staffs in Kentucky and in Washington D.C.; state agency heads and their representatives; representatives and executives of local chambers statewide; executives at other business-focused organizations and associations; professional associations including especially the Council of State Chambers (“COSC”); labor leaders; college, technical school and university leaders; and members of the media.

If you are aware of an outstanding chamber, economic development, association or business executive who meets these requirements and may be interested in learning more about this impactful position, please email or contact WAVERLY PARTNERS, the executive search firm retained by the Kentucky Chamber Board on this search and the “preferred provider” of executive search services of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

VP of Economic Development and Technology, Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Serve as the Chamber’s lobbyist on economic development and technology matters.  Work as a team with other Chamber lobbyists to establish, promote and maintain strong relationships by the Government Affairs staff with customers, legislators, regulators, corporate government affairs staff, trade association representations and other stake-holders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Day-to-day lobbying: Prepare and deliver testimony, legislator visits, interim study committees, grass roots activities, issues meetings, coalition development and execution and issue development planning.

  • Work with the General Assembly, Governor’s office and relevant state departments on issues of importance to the business community.

  • Work with other Chamber lobbyists to plan and allocate duties, responsibilities and resources.

  • Maintain high and current knowledge of economic development and technology issues, as well as general knowledge of all government affairs issue areas.

  • Build, maintain and utilize relationships with internal and external stakeholders to benefit Indiana’s business community. Serve as spokesperson of the Chamber, when needed.

  • Answer member inquiries based on economic development and technology issues.

  • Communications - write and/or provide information for: media interviews, speeches, articles/letters to editor, e-newsletters (Interim Updates and Legislative Report), session documents (Legislative Business Issues and Legislative Agenda) and post-session publications (Legislative Vote Analysis and Chamber ROI).

  • Network and build relationships with other lobbyists, local chambers, members, committee members and coalition partners.

  • Work with other lobbyists on government affairs division matters: budget development and review, performance reviews and expense control.

  • Staff economic development and technology committees.

  • Represent Chamber at fundraisers for members of the House and Senate as assigned.

  • When needed, represent the Chamber with other lobbyists, local chambers, members, media and the public.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public administration, technology or a related field, plus 10+ years experience in government affairs, business or public administration.

  • MBA, MPA, JD or other advanced degree in the economic development and technology policy field desirable.

  • Strong familiarity with legislative and regulatory processes.

  • Strong knowledge in assigned legislative fields with respect to their laws and regulations.

  • Training in local government, association management, business administration, legislative processes, government affairs, and written and oral communications.

  • High degree of proficiency in communication, relationship building, writing and speaking.  Strong organizational, leadership and team-building skills. Perseverance, patience and persistence with respect to legislative and regulatory pursuits.

  • Registered lobbyist

  • Flexible with varying work hours.  

Email all resumes to:

Michelle Kavanaugh, SPHR
Director, Human Resources
Indiana Chamber of Commerce