Job Posting: Director of Business Development, Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

Position Available at the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

Direct: Online Job Posting Link


Position Type: Full-Time, Exempt

Reports To: President & CEO

Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Excellent benefits include medical, dental, retirement program, vacation & holidays, professional development opportunities, etc.

Target Start Date: November 30

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber has an opening for a Director of Business Development. This is a new position made possible by Advantage Coastal Alabama, our five-year strategic plan for business development in Coastal Alabama.

The successful candidate for this position should have substantial experience in an investor-supported,existing industry-focused business development environment, preferably with a chamber of commerce or an economic development organization.

We are a respected and growing organization, recently recognized by ACCE as 2015 Chamber of the Year.  We are on a rapid trajectory of success as the result of strong membership programs, quality events, and a five-year strategic plan that is currently being funded by a capital campaign. We offer an exciting and challenging work environment and we pride ourselves on teamwork and a professional and friendly work family.   The Chamber offers great benefits and opportunities for both professional development and career growth.


Development and implementation of Advantage Coastal Alabama programs.  While this five-year plan has been developed through a 10-month consensus-building initiative, the Director of Business Development will be in a unique position to actually build the programs from the ground-up.   He or she will be working under the close supervision and direction from the Chamber President and will be responsible for both new and existing business development programs.

The latest draft of the 5-year Strategic Plan is available at and the current 1-year Tactical Plan is available at

Duties will include but will not be limited to:

  • Assisting the President in successful implementation of all Business Development activities.

  • Assisting the President and future staff with public policy initiatives that benefit chamber members and provide a nurturing business environment in the Coastal Alabama region.  This includes but is not limited to developing and maintaining a grassroots program.

  • Providing state and local government interactions and assistance for businesses.

  • Working with our government partners to assist in their business development and recruitment efforts when needed.

  • Collaborating with area and regional economic development organizations on strategic regional initiatives that benefit Coastal Alabama.  This includes but is not limited to the Coastal Alabama Partnership, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Tourism, GUMBO, and other Chambers within our region.

  • Quantifying return-on-investment (ROI) on the Chamber’s business development and policy programs in order to assist our Director of Membership Development & Investor Relations in producing quarterly report sessions and other information for our ACA Investors and Chamber Members.

  • Providing business development support to various Chamber committees and staff as needed.

  • Assisting the President with initiating, developing, and maintaining relationships with key economic development professionals and key agency personnel.

  • Working closely with the Director of Membership Development & Investor Relations to identify and implement revenue generation opportunities that provide benefit to members.

  • Supporting the Director of Membership Development & Investor Relations in her efforts to identify and recruit new ACA investors.

  • Creating and maintaining business development databases necessary for serving existing businesses and new industry.

  • Serving as the primary staff liaison for the Chamber’s Business Development Council and others as directed by the President.  In this capacity, he or she will work closely with the Vice Chair of Business Development and the Chair of the ACA Initiative.



Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, preferably in a related field

  • Five or more years

    • related experience working in the business development/public policy area

    • related experience preferably in an investor-supported business development environment such as a chamber of commerce, economic development organization, etc.

    • Experienced in developing and maintaining close relationships with business development officials in government and within the private sector.

Ability to Assimilate in a Chamber of Commerce Environment: The Business Development Manager will not operate within a vacuum.  First and foremost, the primary goal of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is one of support and advocacy for its members.   The Director of Business Development must realize that every aspect of his or her position has that primary mission in mind.   Previous experience in a membership-based business association is preferred.   This includes experience in planning, preparation, and execution of committee meetings, where duties include scheduling, publicizing, setting agendas, briefing committee leadership, taking accurate minutes or notes where needed, and being responsible for all follow-up, including minutes, follow-up duty checklists, and more.

Other Skills and Abilities Required

  • Outstanding written, spoken communications and interpersonal skills are required.

  • Because the Chamber is a volunteer-driven and investor-supported organization, the applicant must have experience in work that specifically deals with volunteers.  This includes maintaining and nurturing effective relationships, having outstanding interpersonal communication skills, and more.

  • Experience in all major office-related computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.  Further, the applicant must be comfortable and competent with cloud-based applications, not merely computer-based ones. Candidate must possess effective writing skills and self-manage their own clerical duties. The candidate must possess strong office computer skills.  He or she must have spreadsheet skills necessary to create and administer budgets and reports that are attractive and meaningful.  He or she should also have presentation skills software to create effective and attractive presentations. Graphic software ability and knowledge is a plus.

  • This is a demanding full-time position that requires attendance at frequent meetings and events before and/or after the normal work day.  The successful candidate must have a schedule that is flexible enough to allow for these meetings.  Further, particularly during busy times, it will require extra hours and sometimes days or weekends to ensure successful events and projects.

  • Because of the small size of our staff team, all Chamber employees are required to perform their duties with a degree of flexibility that includes pitching in to help fellow team members during their busy periods.  While the Business Development Director will often be the beneficiary of this policy, he or she will also be expected to assist others during their busy times.

  • The position is primarily an office-based position, but sometimes requires some light to moderate physical work, such as carrying and storing event supplies.  As a member of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber staff, the Business Development Director will be required to work equally with fellow Chamber employees on organization-wide, mission-critical activities, including assisting with major Chamber events. Often during those events it will be necessary to be on his or her feet for long period of time with substantial walking and be available and visible from start to finish.

  • This position requires that the individual holding it has his or her own transportation (the Chamber does reimburse employees for mileage incurred during the course of business but not for mileage to and from home), a valid Alabama Driver License, sufficient current automobile insurance, and their own mobile phone.

  • The position will require some travel. This will likely include attendance at certain regional and state business development meetings, as well as some attendance at governmental meetings.   The Chamber covers all business travel expenses on these instances.

  • As with all positions at the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, the ideal candidate must understand the importance of flexibility pertaining to duties, willingness to take on new tasks, and must understand the importance of maintaining confidential information at all times.

The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer.



Please review carefully.  Incomplete applications NOT containing ALL of the information requested will NOT be considered and will be discarded.

Interested applicants should apply by e-mail only (no paper resumes) to

For consideration, applications are required to include all of the following:

  • A Very Brief Cover letter (please reserve all detail for the required narrative below)

  • Your Resume

  • 2 Budget Spreadsheets and 2 Presentation Slide Documents you have created. (You may provide these as attachments OR links.)

  • Your Salary History

  • A  writing sample, in the form of a narrative (no more than 1000 words) containing information on all of the following

    • Why you are seeking this position

    • What you believe are your most important accomplishments in business development and why

    • The five main reasons why you believe you are the best candidate for this position.

    • The date you are available to begin (or if you prefer, how much notice you would need prior to starting the job)

    • Why you are extraordinary in creating and maintaining business relationships.

We ask that you kindly respect our desire for no phone calls. We also ask that you respect our request to not place our board members in a difficult position by lobbying them with regards to employment as the board does not make personnel decisions.  Application deadline is at the close of business on Monday, November 2.  Please remember to check your submission to ensure it contains ALL the requested information.

References are not requested at this time.  We will not contact your employer and all applications will be kept in confidence.  Successful applicants will be subject to a comprehensive reference and background check at a later time.