The Chamber brings area businesses and civic leaders together to promote growth and create opportunity in our region. We support our members with practical, inspiring programs, resources, and events. All that we do serves one clear, bold goal: to make Greater Philadelphia a great place for good business.
The Manager, City & County Affairs is primarily responsible for developing and leading a regional program of work through communications, engagement, and advocacy with local elected leaders and county economic development directors representing southeastern Pennsylvania. The position also serves in a supportive role to the organization’s regional promotion and business attraction work as well as the organization’s local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory activity.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Cultivate and strengthen relationships with county elected leaders and business leaders through participation in County Council and Board of Commissioners meetings, local gatherings and events, fundraisers, ribbon cuttings, etc.
- Develop a regional program of work that will identify and advance local economic development priorities by convening, preparing, presenting, and executing working meetings among county and city leaders
- Coordinate with the Chamber’s state and federal affairs leads to develop a regional, state, and federal advocacy agenda that will advance priorities of southeastern Pennsylvania through regional cooperation
- Organize gatherings, events, and communications to showcase the regional program of work, progress, and achievements to a broader audience
- Work closely with the Chamber’s Select Greater Philadelphia Council to engage county economic development staff in Select’s business attraction and regional promotion efforts, including quarterly meetings with county economic development staff on shared messaging, regional response to inbound projects, and support for expanding existing companies located within the region.
- Coordinate with the statewide “GrowPA” initiative, specifically as it relates to advancing an economic growth agenda in southeastern Pennsylvania.
- Work closely with the Vice President, Local Government Advocacy and Engagement to support the Chamber’s city affairs, including:
- Drafting testimony and correspondence to the Administration and City Council; communications and updates to the Chamber’s membership; and briefing materials and calls to action to business leaders;
- Participating in public meetings or small private meetings at City Hall; and
- Support programs, events, and gatherings featuring City government officials or subjects.
Internal Advocacy Operations
- Staff the Chamber Board’s Policy, Research, and Legislative Committee, including:
- Task management of Chairman’s agenda and briefing materials in coordination with local, state, and federal organization leads; and
- Executing meeting invitations, correspondence, summaries, issuing calls to action, and providing follow-up and updates from meetings.
- Engage and mobilize a broader group of government affairs professionals as necessary in coordination with organization leads, including:
- Scheduling, inviting, and executing policy ad hoc meetings covering local, state, and federal government issue areas
- Staff and prepare Chair of the meetings.
- Draft and issue calls to action, coordinate with marketing and communications team to increase issue awareness and grassroots activity
- Lead a cross-functional internal team of various business unit representatives to execute the operations of the Chamber’s advocacy work, including:
- Drafting meeting agendas, managing team tasks, and summarizing meeting outcomes and actions.
- Serving as central point of contact on behalf of Advocacy Business Unit to other business units, in particular Programs & Events and Membership Engagement Business Units, for sponsorship, membership upgrades, program and event content support, and communicating/relaying program of work
- Reviewing advocacy sponsorship proposals, develop sponsorship prospect lists, and support sponsorship solicitations.
- Bachelor’s degree with 5-7 years of relevant work experience; experience in association management, project management, and/or government affairs preferred
- Ability to spend significant percentage of work time traveling among and between five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area
- Exceptional interpersonal abilities with proven ability to develop strong relationships and manage a deep business network
- Detail-oriented, possessing the ability to manage multiple projects independently and prioritize responsibilities
- Ability to manage projects and teams in a productive and timely manner
- Professional written and verbal communication skills
- Strong research skills and knowledge of southeastern Pennsylvania economy preferred
- Computer proficiencies in Windows, MS Office - including Word, Access, Excel and Outlook
- Strong work ethic; approaches work with a sense of purpose and urgency
The Chamber provides all the benefits of working for a mid-size business combined with the values and mission focus of a nonprofit. As part of a leading organization in the region’s business community, team members have access to a wide array of resources, connections, and opportunities throughout their career with the Chamber. With 50+ employees, the Chamber is right-sized for new team members to have the support of their talented colleagues, opportunities to lead, and room for personal and professional growth. The Chamber offers its employees a dynamic, fast-paced environment with competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. Learn more about Chamber culture and benefits.
The Chamber is currently working 100% remotely. After Labor Day, we will return to the office and the Chamber will offer flexible working arrangements. On a standard work day, the majority of time is spent sitting at a desk, using the computer and speaking on the phone. However, at times, this role will be required to attend Chamber events or related outside meetings/events on behalf of the Chamber. These meetings/events may take place outside of regular business hours and outside of center city Philadelphia.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.
Apply to: http://chmbr.biz/hxrpgbxcbj
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.