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Vice President, External Relations

Mar 13, 2018
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Seattle, WA

About the Chamber:

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the largest independent business and employer association in the region. The Chamber engages the innovation and entrepreneurship of its members to create a strong economy, advocate for a vital business environment, and build sustainable and healthy communities in the Seattle region.

Position Summary:

This position leads the Chamber’s government relations and public affairs efforts. This position is a member of the Chamber’s management team and oversees the External Relations department.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Oversee government relations strategy development and implementation, public affairs coalition building, and advocacy campaigns.
  • Provide direction to External Relations staff, the Chamber’s contract state government lobbyist and other consultants as assigned.
  • Work closely with the Chamber’s Board, Executive Committee, and Policy Leadership Group to examine key public policy issues.
  • Build productive relationships with key business associations, local chambers, and trade associations to advance Chamber government relations and communications objectives.
  • Manage coalition partnerships on key strategic initiatives and policy issues.
  • Serve as a key liaison to elected officials about the Chamber, its programs, its policy positions, and the needs of the business community.
  • Work with the Events and Programs department to plan policy-related events, help develop agendas, generate sponsorships, and recruit key participants (e.g. elected officials) for signature programs.
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications department on communicating the Chamber’s political and policy positions to the media, members, and the broader community.
  • Ensure prompt and effective responses to member communications and provide support for Chamber Board members as they engage on key Chamber efforts.
  • Represent the Chamber on key committees, task forces and community efforts, and stand-in for the President & CEO when conflicts prevent her attendance at certain commitments, appearances and meetings in the community.
  • This position also works with other Chamber departments to address member and community needs and performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

A great candidate:

  • Has a record of success in strategic planning, branding and message development, and reputation management.
  • Has a strong understanding of local, regional, and statewide politics and policy issues.
  • Has experience in media relations, including public relations campaigns and crisis communications.
  • Is strong team leader who is interested in developing staff.
  • Has experience working with diverse stakeholders on complex topics. Membership organization experience is a plus.
  • Has excellent organizational, analytical, verbal, and written communication abilities.
  • Likes working in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment.
  • Is great at follow-through and anticipating challenges.
  • Is committed to building sustainable, inclusive, healthy communities

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