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WHO WE ARE:

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is the voice of our business community. We are a membership-based, non-profit organization that fosters a healthy, engaged, and sustainable business environment and economy in Windsor and Essex County. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is the key connector and advocate for the long-term business success of our Members and our region.

THE OPPORTUNITY: Communications Specialist & Executive Assistant to the CEO

Description and Key Accountabilities

  • Marketing and Communications
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee Support
  • Administrative Support to the President
  • Office Management

 

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Develop and implement Marketing & Communication strategy for Mainstream and Social media
  • In collaboration with the membership and events department, develop, execute and evaluate strategic media relations and communications plans that are aligned with WERCC’s mission, vision and values.
  • Write, coordinate, proofread and edit the Chamber’s biweekly electronic and bimonthly printed newsletter.
  • Develop marketing material and collaterals, including content.
  • Oversee the timely printing and mailing out of the Business Briefs magazine.
  • Prepares Annual General Meeting Report.
  • Be the first line of contact for media.
  • Administer social media strategies.
  • Co-ordinate all media conferences, press briefings, and media interviews on behalf of the President/CEO.
  • Research, write and/or edit all news releases, advisories, talking points, articles, letters, newsletters (electronic & print) and media kits.
  • Manage media relations projects and/or campaigns in accordance with goals and priorities of the WERCC.
  • Provide regular and timely information and communication support to membership.
  • Manage website content making changes as requested by membership and events departments.
  • Prepare media tracking reports and analyses.
  • Assist in overseeing brand image program.
  • Monitor and respond on Social Media platforms as required.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SUPPORT

  • Prepares and distributes monthly Board and Executive Committee meeting agendas and minutes;
  • Produces monthly Board, and Executive Committee packages including notice of meeting with supporting documents and reports a minimum of five working days prior to each meeting;
  • Maintains the Chamber’s Policy, Procedures & Guidelines Manual, and Operational Manuals;
  • Leads the planning of the annual Board Breakfast and Board Christmas Party;
  • Supports the Board in administrative tasks as assigned;

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT TO THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

  • Screens all calls to the President’s office;
  • Responds, in writing, to requests for information/donations/support;
  • Drafts letters and memos for Chair/President signature;
  • Maintains electronic files;
  • Co-ordinates with the President the daily and weekly schedules;
  • Conducts research and creates presentations for the President;
  • Interview, hire, and oversee interns;
  • Coordinate all Gold Circle events including round tables, luncheons, and dinners;
  • Register President and Chair for events and secure travel arrangements;
  • Attend stakeholder meetings with the President as requested;
  • Other duties, as assigned.

 

OFFICE MANAGEMENT

  • Handle all maintenance/technology issues;
  • Order office supplies
  • Ensure proper housekeeping

 

Qualifications:

College or University training and/or work experience in public/media relations or marketing and/or communications, and/or journalism. Administration and computer skills are required. Experience working in a similar environment with a not-for-profit organization and volunteers would be a definite asset.

Excellent organizational skills to plan, manage and execute media projects with the ability to coordinate multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment. Ability to work well with all levels of staff. Website management, social media communication, and creative software experience is a must.

Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), graphic design, ability to work in a Membership/Contact Management environment, familiarity with CRM, MailChimp or similar program and WordPress.

Competencies:

  • Adaptability/Multitasking
  • Writing skills
  • Research & Analysis
  • Business Professionalism
  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork/Cooperation
  • Time management of tasks while being frequently interrupted
  • Ability to prioritize tasks
  • Problem-Solving Skills

 

Details:

Hours - 40 hours per week including evenings or weekends as required to support the President/CEO. Flexibility in working at odd hours is required. Regular office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Valid license and use of vehicle required.

Interested applicants may forward their cover letter and resume to Wendy Bretz at wbretz@windsoressexchamber.org.