Position and Job Title
Job Title: Director, Membership Development
Hours: Full time, permanent
Reports to: President
Salary Range: $55/70,000
Location: 700 Kerr. St. suite 200, Oakville, Ontario
The award-winning Oakville Chamber of Commerce representative of 1,100 member businesses of all sizes and sectors is seeking a dynamic, high energy and self-motivated Director, Membership Development to join our team. Responsibilities include new member sales, up sells and membership retention as directed by the President. The successful candidate will be a strong communicator and have demonstrated sales experience in a member based organization. This position works collaboratively with the Chamber Team to best meet the needs of new and existing members.
Sales & Retention
- Identify prospective Chamber members and implement a monthly sales plan;
- Develop metrics with the President: sales, member visits, calls, and member conversions;
- Develop a thorough understanding of the various Chamber membership levels and the benefits each provides a business;
- Develop a retention strategy and work with Chamber Staff to strengthen membership renewal;
- Develop a strong working knowledge of the Chamber and its various programs and promote to the membership;
- Secure advertising revenue as per the Chamber’s approved sales target;
- Participate in various Chamber meetings, events and activities;
- Represent the Chamber at community events to enhance the Chamber brand within the community;
- Always represent the Chamber professionally and positively.
Preferred Background, Experience & Qualifications
- Assist with events as required;
- Database maintenance;
- Support Chamber advocacy work;
- Other duties as assigned by the President.
- Minimum three years outside sales experience;
- Membership sales and membership based organization experience preferred;
- Excellent presentation skills;
- Experienced with Microsoft Office, Excel, Constant Contact, Database Programs and Social Media Channels;
- Excellent organizational and follow up skills.
- Highly motivated with B2B sales experience;
- Excellence in relationship building and relationship sales;
- Thorough knowledge of Oakville business community and Chamber;
- Ability to set and meet goals;
- Excellent selling and closing skills;
- Strong sales and prioritizing focus;
- Excellent follow up skills;
- Excellent networking skills.
New Ontario Chamber of Commerce report urges action into alignment of skills, education and career opportunities
Today the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, released a comprehensive report, Talent in Transition: Addressing the Skills Mismatch in Ontario, which identifies ten recommendations that will better align the skills acquired by Ontarians with those required by employers.
The report, which was developed in partnership with leading officials in the private and educational sectors, as well as with representatives from across Ontario, includes exclusive, new research of both Ontario Chamber Network members as well as the general population on sentiment toward skills development.
Of the six in ten businesses who attempted to recruit staff in 2016, 82 per cent experienced a challenge in hiring someone with the proper qualifications.
“Ontario employers are finding it more and more challenging to recruit properly qualified talent. If improvements are not made, we will find ourselves in a situation where there are ‘people without jobs and jobs without people” said Richard Koroscil, interim-President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Our latest report identifies opportunities to improve alignment of skills, education, career opportunities.”
It is not just employers who are concerned with the growing skills mismatch. Of the general population, half of Ontarians are concerned their skills and expertise will no longer be useful or will become less valuable in the next decade.
Over the last decade, the skills mismatch has been a major concern for the future growth of Ontario’s economy. The report states that as Ontarians move into the knowledge-based economy, with rapidly changing technological advancement, it is essential to leverage our greatest asset, human capital.
The Ontario Chamber’s report outlines a strategy that unites government and industry to work collaboratively to ensure that all regions across Ontario have access to the skilled workforce required to compete in the global economy. In working together on the recommendations presented in this report, Government and industry can:
“We hear from employers in Oakville who are experiencing challenges to find qualified employees all the time,” said John Sawyer, President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “If we align government, employers and educators to find solutions to the skills mismatch, we can strengthen our economy and ensure there are meaningful career opportunities here in Oakville.”
- Improve the transition from school to the workplace (through the expansion of experiential learning opportunities).
- Improve the labour market outcomes (achieved through Employment Ontario programs).
- Develop a modernized apprenticeship system (reflective of the current business climate and focused on the integration of young people into the trades).
Ontario’s Chamber Network has been active on the skills issue since 2012. This report is part of larger advocacy work to ensure all regions across Ontario have access to the skilled workforce that they require to compete in the global knowledge economy.