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Senior Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion

 

SUMMARY

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is seeking a Senior Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion to champion the diversity and inclusion efforts at the Chamber, overseeing the execution and delivery of diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives both internally and externally. 

The Chamber’s strategic plan prioritizes expanding on the work of the Chamber through its programs and services to strengthen cultural competence, internal expertise and build on external diversity and inclusion programs. By doing so, the Chamber can be the organization that leverages its reach to offer support to existing minority owned businesses and promote diversity and inclusion programs statewide.

The Senior Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion is the Chamber’s resident expert, bringing insight into diversity and inclusion best practices for members, business leaders, industry partners, staff and other stakeholders. Reporting to the President, the Senior Director partners with the Chamber’s leadership team, staff across the Chamber, and outside business leaders to design, develop and implement programs, strategies and metrics. 

STRATEGIC GOAL

The Minnesota Chamber’s Board of Directors and the Minnesota Chamber Foundation have expanded the work of the Chamber to meet the growing need to solve equity and diversity in opportunity for all Minnesotans. Consistent with the strategic goal of the Chamber – to create economic opportunity for all Minnesotans – this initiative is designed to get at the heart of the challenges and bring practical solutions to address racial inequities, implicit biases and structural obstacles that stand in the way of our state’s business community to meet this goal of opportunity for all Minnesotans. 

By building on the work already underway at the Chamber, we want to expand our reach to become the clearinghouse of expertise, techniques and proven methods to engage in meaningful diversity and inclusion programs across the Chamber’s vast and diverse membership. To do so, we will gather the input, support and guidance from member companies that have built successful programs. We want to learn from them, gather “best practices,” design a system and multiply exponentially the number of companies, large and small, to engage in similar efforts. Only through a comprehensive, purposeful and persistent program will we be able to address this need for equity across business sectors and around the state.

These resources will provide the “business case” for designing and implementing diversity and inclusion programs within businesses. The Chamber Foundation’s recent report – Minnesota: 2030 – outlines the economic imperative for businesses across Minnesota to conduct such programs. Some already see this as a priority and simply need a nudge to start. Others, however, will see obstacles to engagement and will need more guidance to understand the necessity. Offering these resources as proven techniques will help demonstrate that without expanding opportunities for all Minnesotans business and the state stands less of a chance for long-term prosperity. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the development and implementation of the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion strategies.
  • Manage programs, services and outreach for the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion initiatives by designing and providing outreach services to meet the needs of Chamber members and partnering organizations.  
  • Oversee all aspects associated with the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion initiative. Work closely with research, marketing, communications, policy development, membership, events and Chamber Federation teams. 
  • Integrate diversity and inclusion into the Chamber Foundation’s Center for Workforce Solutions and establish the business case for diversity and inclusion as an essential element to addressing the state’s workforce challenges. Ensure a coordinated approach to statewide initiatives to develop, retain, and attract a diverse workforce.  
  • Work with senior level managers to develop and align department strategies and performance management goals to diversity and inclusion efforts; develop the overall learning strategies for the organization; develop yearly plan for leaders and employees and ensure timely implementation and facilitates as needed.
  • Collaborate with other Chamber departments to enhance the Minnesota Chamber’s engagement in, and reputation as a leader for, diversity and inclusion statewide.
  • Develop metrics for measuring the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion initiatives implemented and prepare quarterly reports on the progress and effectiveness of the initiatives.
  • Develop strong, collaborative partnerships with Chamber members and business leaders.
  • Develop ongoing protocols and partnerships to build diversity and inclusion inventory of best practices and establishment of Chamber-led toolkit to support statewide business community programs.
  • Serve as staff lead and management of the Chamber’s newly-created Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. The Committee will serve as the representative body of Chamber members to support the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion activities.
  • Serve as an advisor and subject matter expert to business leaders, organization leaders and other partners on diversity and inclusion.
  • Represent the organization with external organizations and the broader business community to advance workforce and diversity and inclusion programs.
  • Partner with Chamber staff on the development of survey instruments to measure satisfaction of initiatives.
  • Through these responsibilities, this position will seek to ensure business and racial equality are designed collaboratively with staff, leaders and stakeholders across the Chamber to include and amplify the voices of the diverse communities we serve.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor or advanced degree preferred.
  • Areas of experience that would complement this position include business management, Human Resources, or sales and marketing.
  • Experience implementing and leading diversity and inclusion efforts with strategy development, partnership engagement and leadership development.
  • Ability to articulate the business case for diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to connect the diversity and inclusion agenda both internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle executive-level presentations, including verbal and written.
  • Proven record of accomplishment to influence leaders and develop accountability.
  • Experience in leading change within complex and diverse organizations.
  • Advanced understanding of talent management practices including talent acquisition and diversity sourcing that yield positive results.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and be detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and work proactively.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Klein (kklein@mnchamber.com).

 


Energy Efficiency Specialist

SUMMARY

The Minnesota Chamber is a statewide organization representing more than 6,300 businesses of all types and sizes – and more than half a million employees – throughout Minnesota. The Chamber works tirelessly for its members; providing one-on-one business services, opportunities to grow their networks and knowledge base, and cultivating an economic environment where businesses stay and grow in our state. A business climate that allows for innovation and forward-thinking leadership will help grow the strength of Minnesota’s economy for generations to come.

Waste Wise and Energy Smart are programs of the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation a 501(c)3 and an affiliate of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to promote environmentally sustainable practices to help businesses in waste reduction, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. Waste Wise and Energy Smart provide the resources necessary to assist businesses with environmental sustainability programs and initiatives.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Energy Smart Program Energy Efficiency Specialist is responsible for coordinating and conducting new business outreach and research, conducting on-site energy consultations, maintaining program database, providing Energy Star building benchmarking services and assisting other program staff as needed. This position is also responsible for providing targeted program services to members of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Engage Minnesota Chamber members and the broader Minnesota business community through in person and other direct contact networking
  • In conjunction with the Energy Smart Program Manager, research and identify outreach targets
  • Coordinate outreach communication with business groups and associations
  • Schedule site visits for the Energy Smart program through phone calls, e-mails, and on-site door-knocking
  • Conduct on-site energy consultations to identify and encourage implementation of energy efficiency and conservation opportunities
  • Know and effectively communicate the details of commercial electric and natural gas utility programs
  • Conduct ongoing follow-up in order to drive businesses to complete energy project
  • Maintain accurate records of business participation and update database with program results
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Senior Energy Efficiency Specialist and the Program Director

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1-3 years’ experience in business energy efficiency consulting and business development
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a field related to environmental protection, sustainability, science, planning or public/business administration
  • Comprehensive knowledge of energy efficiency opportunities and equipment technology
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with employees, owners of small to large businesses, utility representatives and others
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptionally strong data management, research, organization skills
  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe desktop publishing software
  • Able to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously
  • Able to think outside of the box and create opportunities out of challenges
  • Vehicle required for travel, will be reimbursed for mileage

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Katie Klein, kklein@mnchamber.com, by October 15.

 


Waste Wise Program - Sustainability Specialist 

ABOUT US

The Minnesota Chamber is a statewide organization representing more than 6,300 businesses of all types and sizes – and more than half a million employees – throughout Minnesota. The Chamber works tirelessly for its members; providing one-on-one business services, opportunities to grow their networks and knowledge base, and cultivating an economic environment where businesses stay and grow in our state. A business climate that allows for innovation and forward-thinking leadership will help grow the strength of Minnesota’s economy for generations to come.

Waste Wise and Energy Smart are programs of the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation a 501(c)3 and an affiliate of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to promote environmentally sustainable practices to help businesses in waste reduction, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. Waste Wise and Energy Smart provide the resources necessary to assist businesses with environmental sustainability programs and initiatives.

SUMMARY

The Waste Wise Program is seeking a Sustainability Specialist to help multifamily properties reduce waste by providing technical assistance and educational resources. The Sustainability Specialist will educate property managers and residents and motivate them to implement recycling, reuse, and composting programs to divert waste from disposal. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct outreach via phone calls, e-mails, and on-site door knocking to property managers to schedule site visits for the Waste Wise program.
  • Perform on-site consultations to identify and encourage implementation of waste reduction, recycling, and organics diversion opportunities.
  • Conduct follow-up in order to drive program participants to complete waste reduction/recycling projects.
  • Maintain accurate records of program participation and promptly update database with program results.
  • Conduct waste reduction, reuse, and recycling research as needed.
  • Deliver educational presentations to multifamily residents.
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Waste Wise Program Manager and Program Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1 to 3 years recent experience working in field related to environmental sustainability. Experience implementing waste diversion projects preferred. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of waste reduction and environmental sustainability issues.
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with employees, property managers, waste hauler representatives, and others.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to connect with diverse audiences.
  • Bilingual a plus!
  • Experience in cross-cultural engagement also a plus.
  • Exceptionally strong data management, research, and organizational skills.
  • Able to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Able to work independently and with minimal supervision as well as work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Able to think outside of the box and create opportunities out of challenges.
  • Vehicle required for travel, will be reimbursed for mileage at the federal rate.

This is a full-time position with benefits and involves travel within Minnesota. The position reports to the Program Manager for Minnesota Waste Wise at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Klein (kklein@mnchamber.com) by October 22.

 

 


Membership Account Executive

 

SUMMARY

The Minnesota Chamber is a statewide organization representing more than 6,300 businesses of all types and sizes – and more than half a million employees – throughout Minnesota. The Chamber works tirelessly for its members; providing one-on-one business services, opportunities to grow their networks and knowledge base, and cultivating an economic environment where businesses stay and grow in our state. A business climate that allows for innovation and forward-thinking leadership will help grow the strength of Minnesota’s economy for generations to come.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Sell Minnesota Chamber memberships to achieve quarterly and annual goals.
  • Set up sales appointments and calls to obtain quarterly and annual sales goals.
  • Create plan to build relationships with prospective members.
  • Document activities and all contacts with new, current and prospective members in the Minnesota Chamber’s database.
  • Attend all weekly sales meetings and provide update on activities.
  • Attend networking events to increase centers of influence and new member opportunities.
  • Assist in outside functions of the Minnesota Chamber as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in B2B sales, business development, managing customer relations and/or companies.
  • Understanding of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s mission and vision and the needs of a statewide, diverse, member-driven organization.  
  • Professional ability to relate, communicate and sell high level executive and/or business owners.
  • Ability to not only source new member opportunities to sell, but also to close those opportunities within a short period of time.
  • Proficient with technology including Microsoft Office Suite and video meeting services. Must have ability to learn the Chamber’s database software and other technologies for sales presentation and database usage.
  • Highly effective communication skills – oral and written.
  • Demonstrated persuasion and negotiation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build rapport with prospective and existing members.
  • Must be responsive to current and prospective members’ needs and follow through on all aspects of request, both written and verbal. 
  • Ability to work as a positive team player in all Chamber activities.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and work independently.
  • Must exhibit a friendly, positive attitude and be a team player. 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Klein (kklein@mnchamber.com) by October 22.

 

 


Administrative Assistant/Receptionist (Part-Time)

SUMMARY

This position provides administrative support to the Chamber team by assisting with various projects and tasks, including meeting preparation, database management/data entry, mailings, conference room management/set up, and other duties as assigned. Responsible for front desk management including greeting visitors and answering phone calls, as well as providing excellent customer service to members and guests. Helps maintain all common areas to ensure the office is in proper order. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Answer and direct phone calls in a prompt and polite manner.
  • Welcome and assist visitors in a friendly manner.
  • Ensure reception area and all common areas are clean and tidy at all times; ensure conference rooms are properly organized and scheduled.
  • Receive deliveries; sort and distribute incoming mail.
  • Take inventory of supplies and restock as needed. Stock beverages and order coffee.
  • Act as the main point of contact for conference room set up for groups without administrative support (beverages, snacks, supplies, tables, projector, etc.)
  • Depending on daily schedule, help open and close the office, including turning on/off main phone recording, cleaning the office kitchen, etc.
  • Provide general support to the VP of Programs and the VP of Membership/Events (scheduling, filing, etc.)
  • Assist with special projects such as mailings, nametags, and meeting material preparation.
  • Assist with database management, including updating member contact information.
  • Process credit cards and assist with invoicing/monthly renewal mailings.
  • Process certificate of origin documents via an online portal.
  • Operate standard office equipment on a regular basis including computer, copy machine, and postage machine.
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word and Excel; database experience.
  • Must be professional, reliable, and a team player.
  • Must have strong attention to detail and excellent customer service skills.
  • Able to work with minimum supervision and multi-task effectively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application materials should include a current resume and cover letter outlining relevant experience. Please send to Katie Klein at kklein@mnchamber.com by October 15.