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Job Opening: Development Programs Manager

October 28, 2019 at 2:43 PM

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is hiring! Please read the information below to learn more about the position and feel free to share this position.



The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1936 and is currently nearly 800 members strong.  Serving Johnson County, with a population of over 130,000, our mission is to actively foster a better business environment.  Recently recognized as one of the Top 25 Coolest Places to Work by our regional business journal, our team of seven is proud to have a work environment that is collaborative, respectful, fun and funny.  We are looking for an additional team member who has a passion for this community, customer service mindset, collaborative work-style, continuous improvement drive, and a sense of humor!   
  1. Plan and manage logistics for the Community Leadership Program  
  1. Plan and manage logistics for informational/educational programming on relevant business topics 
  1. Plan and manage logistics for targeted affinity networks and member-led working committees  
  1. Coordinate administration of scholarship programs   
  1. Provide leadership, management, and accountability  
  1. Live the organization’s values 
Plan and manage logistics for the Community Leadership Program (CLP) 
CLP is the Chamber’s longstanding flagship program, running year-long with 30 participants per class.  Specific duties include:   
  • Coordinate selection process 
  • Run orientation for the new class  
  • Respond to class member inquiries  
  • Send agendas and pre-work to class  
  • Coordinate Programming Committee meetings  
  • Manage logistics for each session (food order, parking, travel, etc.)  
  • Work with Marketing to improve branding and marketing of program  
  • Coordinate milestone celebrations of the program  
  • Design and coordinate programming for alumni   
Plan and manage logistics for informational/educational programming on relevant business topics 
The Chamber would like to increase its programming to support informing/educating members on relevant business topics. Specific duties include:  
  • Continuously collect feedback from members on topics of interest  
  • Develop in-person programming (e.g., workshops, seminars, conferences)  
  • Develop digital resources such as blogs, podcasts, videos/webinars, online resource sharing group, and on-demand learning  
  • Create a library of resources available to members on-demand 
  • Develop partnerships with educational content providers such as the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community Collegeassociation partners (Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, Greater Iowa City Home Builders AssociationIowa Restaurant Association) and members with expertise in certain areas 
Plan and manage logistics for targeted affinity networks and member-led working committees 
The Chamber would like to develop programming to support certain demographics (e.g., growing/emerging industries, minority-owned businesses, young professionals, etc.). Specific duties include:  
  • Develop program design and infrastructure  
  • Identify targets  
  • Recruit committee members and identify and onboard committee chairs  
  • Jump-start programs, meetings and agendas 
  • Track results and manage support of networks/committees as needed 
Coordinate administration of scholarship programs   
The Chamber currently provides an Ag-Bio Scholarship to two high school students and would like to grow the number of scholarships to include other targeted areas. Specific duties for the Ag-Bio Scholarship program include:  
  • Email application form to school districts  
  • Schedule interviews with selection committee  
  • Disburse scholarship funds   
Provide leadership, management, and accountability  
  • Independently lead improvement initiatives within function   
  • Hire/manage vendors, contractors, interns, etc. when necessary to get the work done  
  • Track and report on weekly and quarterly goals  
  • Manage budget  
  • Represent the Chamber at various functions and meet with current and perspective members 
  • Participate in shaping the future direction of the organization  
Live the organization’s values 
  • Demonstrate passion for the community by engaging on boards and activities in the community 
  • Demonstrate customer-focused mindset by putting members first and having an attitude of “we would not be here if it weren’t for our members”   
  • Demonstrate collaborative workstyle by keeping fellow team members informed, asking for help, giving help, extending trustrespecting differencesand working together towards a common goal  
  • Demonstrate drive for continuous improvement by continuously improving work results and actively seeking professional development opportunities  
  • Demonstrate sense of humor by not taking self too seriously and having fun at work 
Education & Experience: 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related experience 
  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in work that involves designing and managing programs  
  • Applicants with experience from all sectors (public, private, non-profit) are welcome 
  • Experience with people management (staff or volunteers) 
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  
  • Knowledge of program management best practices   
  • Highly organized  
  • Strong planning capability (advance plan and stick with timeline)  
  • Strong attention to detail  
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills   
  • Ability to think outside of the box and develop new and innovative programming  
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities at once  
  • Ability to continuously improve program and come up with new ideas  
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours at times 
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits.   
Click here to apply! 
- The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer-