Vice President/Sr Vice President, Public Affairs

07 May, 2023


Vice President/Sr Vice President, Public Affairs

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Springfield, MO

About the job

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is a purpose-driven team of dynamic individuals who work to make the Springfield region an exciting place to live, work and play. Our work builds thriving communities. Our culture celebrates team members and volunteers every day. Being a part of the Chamber team empowers you to engage in meaningful work with many opportunities to impact the region’s quality of life in a positive way. Our team members are connected to top business and civic leaders in efforts that make a difference across the region. The Chamber, recently recognized as a “Best Place to Work” by Biz417, is committed to investing in the professional development of its team members, and provides a highly competitive benefits package.


POSITION: Vice President/Sr Vice President, Public Affairs


REPORTS TO: President


GENERAL FUNCTIONS: Lead the Public Affairs team to present the Chamber’s member-driven legislative policies and positions to local, state, and national government officials on a regular basis and lead efforts around the Chamber’s engagement in local elections. Develops and supervises implementation of an annual budget related to these activities.



  • Lead the Chamber’s team and oversee advocacy efforts
  • Serve on President’s leadership team to provide strategic support
  • Oversee implementation of board-driven strategic action plan related to advocacy activities
  • Engage with business leaders to seek feedback on legislative and regulatory hurdles impacting their business growth
  • Monitor legislative and political activity, researching governmental issues that impact Springfield area businesses
  • Establish and maintain contact with key members of local, state, and federal government, presenting the Chamber’s policies and viewpoints on a regular basis
  • Develop an action plan to address state and federal legislative issues, including providing written and in person testimony on issues that pertain to Chamber’s legislative priorities
  • Oversee the staff management of the various volunteer-driven committees and task forces supporting the public affairs mission of the Chamber
  • Provide primary staff support for the Local Issues Task Force, Legislative Policy Committee and the Chamber’s Education Task Force
  • Provide primary staff support as a liaison to the Springfield Good Government Committee
  • Plan for member education of governmental issues and encourage the participation of Chamber members in the legislative process
  • Plan for member education of candidates for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education
  • Develop an action plan of cooperation and liaison with other organizations, including the Missouri Chamber and U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Coordinate the planning and organization of annual Community Leadership Visits
  • Assist in the management of local issue campaigns
  • Oversee execution of key public affairs events, such as State of the State, Public Policy Speaker Series, and Salute to Missouri Legislators
  • Oversee planning and execution for events such as annual Legislative Luncheon with Chamber board of directors, Springfield Metro Partnership
  • Advocacy Day and Executive Committee Lobby Day


SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervise and evaluate the Manager, Governmental Affairs, the Legislative Policy Analyst, and the Public Affairs Coordinator.


OTHER: Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the President.



  • College degree
  • Strong working knowledge of state and national political and governmental systems
  • Experience and ability in dealing with public officials and elected representatives
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills are required
  • Supervisory experience preferred





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Job posted: 2023-05-07