Tuesday 20, Dec 2022

Job position Chief Executive Officer

Are you our next CEO?

The Geelong Chamber of Commerce is recruiting now for a new Chief Executive Officer to commence in March 2023. The Chamber board is looking for someone who is committed, proactive and versatile leader who enjoys managing a small team, working within a fast-moving environment and making things happen!

For all enquiries, please contact Lauren Hogan from Fruition Recruitment on lhogan@fruitionrecruitment.com.au or 0439 351 629

Click here to view the Position Description

Click here to read Ben Flynn’s resignation announcement


Position Objectives

  • To drive business growth through membership, corporate partnership, innovative events, programs and services
  • To lead and coordinate staff activities, assign staff responsibilities and delegate the authority needed to carry out those responsibilities
  • To provide overall leadership and direction to the Chamber’s marketing and business development, customer service, financial and internal control operations
  • To ensure the financial viability of the Chamber
  • To work with the Chamber Board, the Chamber’s Board Committees and deliver the Chambers strategic plan based on sustainable growth through service to members, stakeholders and partners
  • To advocate on behalf of members on issues and ideas that will help businesses prosper
  • To represent the Chamber as required
  • To act as the Company Secretary for the purposes of complying with the reporting responsibilities on ASIC

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain an engaged, authoritative and inspiring voice as a public advocate for business in Geelong, with a focus on the organisation’s partnerships
  • Attend all Board meetings and other external meetings where the Chamber is represented or is a member
  • Be an Ambassador for the Chamber at all times
  • Develop and execute the Chamber’s strategic plan
  • Stay abreast of current issues (both internal and external and both political and non-political) impacting on the Chamber, and on Geelong, informing and providing leadership to the Board
  • Assist the Chamber with policy and procedure development, implementation and review
  • Coordinate preparation of audited financial statements and annual report
  • Provide support and advice to the Board Chair in carrying out their responsibilities, as required
  • Provide a detailed Chief Executive Officer report to the Board on a monthly basis and preparation of all other reports as directed by the Board

Strategic Planning & Implementation

  • Work with the Chamber board to develop and implement the strategic plan and annual priorities with particular focus on increasing membership, ensuring long term and sustainable financial growth and good governance
  • Provide high quality strategic advice to the Board on growing the Chamber’s brand, advocacy, membership base, profitability and services
  • Maintain awareness of the landscape relevant to the Chamber, specifically for industry developments, regional issues and expansion opportunities
  • In consultation with the Board, take responsibility for the development and implementation of business plans and policies to ensure financial and operational performance objectives are met
  • Support and lead Chamber’s financial growth and sustainability by identifying and implementing new strategic initiatives and funding opportunities
  • Embed and monitor the culture of the organisation to ensure the high performance of a cohesive team that is both innovative and accountable, building a high level of credibility in the sector and beyond

Marketing and Events

  • Organise, coordinate, promote, attend and speak at Chamber events
  • Attend and represent Chamber at other relevant industry events, networking groups, functions and related activity (including, when required, outside normal business hours)
  • Welcome new members, sponsors to the Chamber
  • Provide direction in preparation of regular Chamber newsletters for distribution and publication
  • Handle enquiries from individuals and organisations and manage relationships with the media on behalf of the Chamber
  • Develop innovative ideas for new events and service offerings to enhance membership value
  • Oversee coordination of all functions and events


  • Oversee the planning and execution of the annual Geelong Business Excellence Awards
  • Develop and grow Member Services


  • Ensure continued excellence in the delivery of in-person, online and hybrid events, including member events
  • Actively grow the membership base through exploring and expanding package options, business development initiatives, networking and other growth initiatives
  • Seek diversified sources of funding to support the Chamber and to build the financial resources of the Chamber
  • Complete an annual membership and marketing plan to grow and retain members
  • Provide the board with reports on membership retention and turnover ensuring that the membership database is kept up to date and accurate

Public Relations and Stakeholder Relationships

  • Promote policy and thought leadership and position the Chamber as an influential voice on local and national issues
  • Develop and foster strong strategic relationships in business, including liaising regularly with relevant government and non-government organisations to ensure the Chamber is kept informed about new initiatives, developments, programs, funding and strategic directions
  • Actively communicate with all relevant stakeholders, including members, funders, sponsors, partners and government
  • Act as a liaison between the Chamber and the member base, government and business and build relationships with relevant peer organisations
  • Develop and implement the Chamber’s Strategic Communication Plan
  • Prepare for press releases and media statements acting as spokesperson for the Chamber in consultation with the Chamber President
  • Interact and promote the Chamber’s interests with all tiers of government, regional stakeholders and businesses as required

Financial Management

  • Prepare a full set of monthly financial reports, including profit and loss and events acquittal to the Board and provide advice as to the general financial position of the Chamber as requested
  • Prepare annual budgets in conjunction with the Chamber President and relevant Board sub-committees
  • Monitor income and expenses to ensure the Chamber is managed within budget as approved by the Board
  • Seek approval for any expenditure outside budget constraints
  • Ensure that all insurances are current and appropriate to the needs of the Chamber
  • Pursue and promote appropriate sponsorship/government grants or other revenue opportunities to support Chamber activities and strategic objectives
  • Oversee issuing of timely invoices for membership subscriptions, ensuring minimal delinquencies
  • Ensure accurate financial records are maintained in order to meet all statutory and audit requirements as well as to facilitate sound financial management and planning of the Chamber


  • Recruit, dismiss, manage, supervise, direct and performance manage all Chamber staff
  • Implement and maintain administrative and staff procedures and systems that ensure transparent and efficient operation of the Chamber
  • Ensure that Chamber office premises and equipment are maintained so that as far as reasonable the Chamber provides a safe environment for staff, Chamber Directors, volunteers and visitors
  • Ensure that the Chamber website is updated and maintained with current information
  • Implement and maintain compliance with WorkCover requirements for the Chamber office and events
  • Prepare all submissions for grants and funding as well as submissions to government and other key stakeholders in relation to the Chamber’s position on issues

Risk and Occupations Health & Safety

  • Ensure compliance with all Geelong Chamber of Commerce OHS & Risk Management policies and practices
  • Maintain and update the Risk Register and ensure regular Board review
  • Consider risks when undertaking any activity carried out as part of this position, or activity undertaken on behalf of the Chamber
  • Take all necessary steps to control and minimise risk to self, other employees, contractors, customers, and the general public, as well as to personal, Chamber, public and private property, when undertaking any Chamber employment-related functions.
  • Report any illness, injury, hazard, near miss, incidents, losses or any other risk factor as soon as they are detected