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Templeton Chamber of Commerce seeks new executive director

Templeton chamber executive directorThe Templeton Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new, visionary leader to fulfill the role of executive director. Applications are currently being accepted. Candidate interviews are expected in November.

The position opened when Berdette Robison announced her resignation effective Oct. 10. Her last act was to plan and oversee the chamber’s business expo last week. Robison was the chamber’s first executive director. She served for one year.

Hiring of an executive director is important for the development of the organization which has grown to a membership of over 200 businesses and individuals, the chamber said in a statement. The executive director will be responsible for management of chamber operations and activities, as well as increasing membership and generating revenue for the Chamber. Candidates must be self‐starters, highly organized and possessing strong relationship building, social, communication and business skills.

The original Templeton Board of Trade was formed in 1902 to promote trade and commerce, for the promotion of work, and for advertising to encourage growth in the community. The organization was officially recognized by the State of California in 1913. In May of 1979, a town meeting was held to determine whether or not to revitalize the Board of Trade. It was overwhelmingly accepted and a new organization known as the Templeton Chamber of Commerce – Board of Trade was formed.

This was in keeping with the original historical name, but also realizing the need to be a member of a nationally recognized organization such as the Chamber of Commerce. The organization consists of local businesses, professionals and individual members who are committed to promoting economic vitality, quality of life, and encouraging cooperation within the Templeton community.

For more information, including a comprehensive Job Description and How to Apply, please visit the Chamber website at, or email at

Job description from the Templeton Chamber of Commerce

Brief Job Description:
The Templeton Chamber of Commerce is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader to fulfill the role of Executive Director. The position is initially part-time, with many of the required tasks being absorbed as the position evolves into a full time position. Preferred candidates will possess at least 2‐3 years of experience in a comparable leadership position and/or sales and marketing experience. A primary task of the ED will be to generate revenue for the operations and activities of the Chamber. Candidates must be self‐starters, highly organized and possess strong relationship building, social, communication and business skills.

Comprehensive Job Description:
The Templeton Chamber of Commerce is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader to manage and achieve the strategic goals determined by the Board of Directors to fulfill the Chamber mission statement: 1. To serve as a valuable resource to its members; 2. To work as an advocate for our business community, and 3. To be a strong partner in the enhancement of our economic, cultural and civic welfare.

This position is initially part time and expected to become full time, with commensurate compensation. An Administrative Assistant will help the Executive Director with management of the affairs of the Chamber. It is expected that the Executive Director will absorb the tasks outlined in this Description as he/she becomes familiar with the position and becomes a full time employee of the Chamber within a year of hiring.

A primary directive of the Executive Director will be to generate funds for the operation and activities of the Chamber. This will include expanding the membership base, increasing corporate sponsorships, pursuit of grants and other sources of revenue that may be available. The Executive Director will be involved in the development, recruitment, retention, and expansion of local business and provide tangible opportunities for businesses to network with one another and with government leaders within the community.

The Executive Director will implement the leadership and Board’s decisions to serve its members and related constituencies. The Executive Director will need to establish strong ties to current and new constituencies, and continue and expand outreach efforts to broaden The Chamber’s membership base, and continue to build the area’s economy.

Executive Competencies:
Candidates must be highly organized, time flexible, mature, a creative professional and a team player; have experience and training in developing/administering budgets and planning/coordinating a variety of events and programs; be proficient in use of Microsoft Office products; have excellent verbal and written communication skills including use of electronic social media, have time management skills; and a basic knowledge of accounting.

Key Executive Responsibilities:
Work closely with the Board to focus on Chamber goals and strategies in line with the mission statement.
Act as liaison between committees and Chamber staff to efficiently enforce any suggestions, subject to Board approval where necessary.
Prepare various correspondences as needed or as directed by Board.
Assist in coordination and attend Business Mixers, ribbon cutting, and fund‐raising events.
Prepare Board packets each month to include agenda, prior minutes, financials, prior month check listing, new/dropped member listing, and committee notes.

Education and Experience Preferred:
Bachelor’s degree or MBA or advanced degree preferred or possess at least 2‐3 years of experience in a comparable leadership position and/or sales and marketing. Experience in reporting to a Board of Directors and building consensus with diverse constituencies. The candidate should have familiarity with public relations and marketing campaigns; expertise in dealing with media.

Compensation and benefits:
The Board of Directors shall determine the hiring of and compensation for said position. The director must be able to work flexible hours. Some evenings and weekend work will be required. Compensation and benefits are competitive with market value and commensurate with experience.

Note: There is a three-month probationary period at which time the Board will evaluate the job performance of the Director. The information in this position description does not create contractual employment rights. An employee is considered to be an at-will employee for the purposes of employment.

How to Apply
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a one-page narrative of why you believe you will be a successful candidate for Executive Director of the Templeton Chamber of Commerce.
Mail this information to:
ED Search Committee
c/o Templeton Chamber of Commerce
P O Box 701
Templeton, CA 93465
Or Email to:

Please note that we will be reviewing all applications as they are received and it may take several weeks to complete this process.

All applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application. ONLY APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW will be contacted via telephone. Preliminary interviews will take place at the end of October and the top candidates will be referred to the Templeton Chamber of Commerce Search Committee. If you are selected for an additional interview, we will contact you as soon as possible for scheduling. All interviews will be held in Templeton, CA. The selected applicant must be available to start December 1, 2013, possibly sooner.

All documents submitted will be considered confidential and will be treated as such. For more information, you may contact us at

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