MASSENA - The advertisements have started running to find a new director for the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, and now members of the chambers Board of Directors have approved the job description for the position.
Board President Miriam S. Catapano said the job opening has been advertised in local media outlets, as well as the Seaway Help Wanted website.
We have two different ads. The Seaway Help Wanted ad is different than the Courier (Observer), she said.
Board members approved the job description for the director position during their meeting this week. The person is employed by and reports to the Board of Directors and will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for its programs and execution of its mission, according to the position description.
Board members are looking for someone who will be responsible for leadership and management, fundraising and communications and general tasks,.
Under leadership and management, they are seeking someone who can, among other things, promote, retain and recruit membership; engage and energize volunteers, board and chamber members, event committees, partnering organizations and sponsors; and ensure ongoing local program excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and system, as well as recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
For fundraising and communications, among the tasks facing the new director are expanding local revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs; visiting members to garner sponsorships; and deepening and refining all aspects of communications, from the chambers web presence to external relations.
The director will also be asked to visit members throughout the year, work with the Finance Committee to develop an annual budget, provide the Board of Directors with a weekly report and maintain a daily task list and weekly time sheet.
Board members are looking for an individual who has a high school diploma or GED; who has three to five years of marketing, public relations, business or experience in a related field; who holds a drivers license and has access to a private vehicle for day-to-day job performance; and who can work evenings and weekends as needed in addition to the standard work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The salary has yet to be determined.
Chamber Associate Director Penny Pullmain said they already have five individuals who are interested and waiting for a copy of the job description.
Now that they have a job description in place, Ms. Catapano said they can begin reviewing resumes and decide who to interview for the position, which has been vacant since the firing of former Executive Director Michael J. Gleason in July. Mr. Gleason had served as executive director since Oct. 15, 2007.
Ms. Catapano had said previously that they hope to have a new director on board for the start of 2014.