President and CEO

Background:

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (BCC) is the largest and fastest-growing Chamber of Commerce in New York. It was named 2017 Chamber of the Year by The Business Council of New York State. With its mission, “To promote a healthy and robust business environment throughout Brooklyn”, the BCC fosters economic development across the borough and serves as an advocate for its member businesses. In addition, the Brooklyn Alliance (founded in 1967), is the not-for-profit, economic development arm of the BCC. Branded under the Chamber banner, the Alliance’s programs are designed to leverage the Chamber’s resources in order to promote economic, community, business and workforce development. In addition, there is also a new initiative, Brooklyn Alliance Capital, a CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) with a dedicated fund focusing on financing for minority- and immigrant-owned small businesses. 

Position:
The BCC is seeking a new President and CEO who will continue the tenure of dynamic leadership and passionate advocacy on behalf of the organization. Reporting directly to the Board Chair and, by extension, the Executive Committee and full Board of Directors, the President and CEO is charged with carrying out the mission and operations of the BCC and its affiliate companies. S/he should possess a thorough understanding of the BCC, its mission, history, operations, membership and customer service orientation, services and programs, culture and environment;  as well as its base of public and private financial support, and the overall funding requirements of the related companies both short- and long-term.

The President and CEO must be a proven leader and consensus builder who is able to promote cooperation, collaboration and partnerships while advancing the core goals of the organization. S/he should have substantial experience working for or with elected and appointed officials, local, regional and national business leaders, and must demonstrate significant accomplishments and past successes. The successful candidate will be politically astute, a hands-on manager, a strategic thinker and planner, a problem solver and able to respond to crises quickly and effectively. An ability to promote an open, inclusive environment with the staff that emphasizes cooperation and teamwork with a minimum of ego is critical.

Two key priorities of the new President and CEO will be to ensure the success of BCC’s continued Centennial celebration and advocating within the public sector for the implementation of the BCC’s 100 Year Plan for Brooklyn, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Responsibilities:
Leadership and External Relations

  • Articulate a clear, compelling case for broad support of the BCC; act as its primary spokesperson and advocate.
  • Serve as an effective, visible spokesperson with media, government, public and membership.
  • Enhance the organizational brand to increase visibility and awareness, sector recognition.
  • Identify ways to highlight the successes and challenges of member businesses.
  • Provide leadership to the 5-Borough Chamber Alliance, and represent the organization on the Chamber Alliance of New York State (CANYS), and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
  • Manage communications across the organization.
  • Provide ongoing assessment of staff structure, roles and activities to determine best practices.
  • Represent and serve as a spokesperson for the BCC in local, regional and national conferences and events.

Membership

  • Assume a proactive role in the identification and cultivation of new members.
  • Focus on membership expansion, growth and retention.
  • Engage and advocate on behalf of members, encourage cohesion, develop organizational Committees.
  • Develop and facilitate partnerships and working relationships between members, elected officials, peer organizations and local and regional chambers.

Board Relations

  • Assist in clarifying the role and expectations of the Board as it moves forward.
  • Provide regular briefings on organizational status, relevant governance issues.
  • Increase Board participation in strategic planning, enhanced visibility, resource generation and overall engagement.
  • Work with the Board to identify and recruit new members; assist in the cultivation of new Board leadership as appropriate.

General Management, Finance and Program

  • Work closely with the Chief Financial Officer and Board Treasurer to develop annual budgets and oversee the audit process.
  • Oversee all financial operations, including the budget process, financial reporting to the Board, expenses, projected levels of funding and cash flow for the three related corporations.
  • Establish professional relationships with major member and non-member funders.
  • Explore innovative ways of broadening and diversifying revenue streams; cultivate new  relationships with corporate, foundation and government funders.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in field related to business, finance or law preferred.
  • Ten years of senior-level experience in management, including staff supervision and team leadership, finance, negotiation and fundraising.
  • Experience identifying, hiring and cultivating talented team members, ideally in an environment of similar scale to the BCC.
  • Knowledge of public finance and its intersection with private market transactions.
  • Knowledge of New York City and State government, experience in developing relationships with key government agencies and individuals. Experience navigating government processes and operating within a complex multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Demonstrated record of leadership and success in strategic planning, organizational development, business development and problem solving; excellent managerial skills.
  • Impeccable ethical standards with a history of maintaining the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.

Salaray commensurate with experience. For further information about the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce or the Brooklyn Alliance, visit http://www.ibrooklyn.com/about-us.

To Apply:  The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Jack Lusk, Partner and Managing Director

Harris Rand Lusk

122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 3605

New York, NY  10168

Email cover letter and resume to: groose@harrisrand.com

Please include “President and CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce” in the subject line of the email.