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Chief Executive Officer

A Leading Voice for the LGBTQ+ Business Community in Tennessee

Chief Executive Officer

Position Profile

The Organization

Our mission:

The Tennessee Pride Chamber (TNPC) advances common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace and society for its LGBTQ+ members, businesses, and allies by providing educational, networking, and community building opportunities. For more information please visit our website at: https://www.tnpridechamber.com.

The Position.


TNPC seeks a dynamic leader to become our next CEO. The CEO will report to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the successful leadership, management, and administration of the organization in accordance with the vision and mission set by the Board of Directors. The CEO oversees the overall strategic and operational responsibilities of the TNPC staff, programs, and advocacy. The CEO will serve as the lead passionate representative of TNPC and its mission.

In addition, the CEO is responsible for the following core mission to advocate, educate & connect with these functions:

Strategic Leadership. In conjunction with the Board, responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic plan that fulfills TNPC’s mission. Leading and managing staff to create programing, create policy and build a statewide community that supports LGBTQ+ small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Optimizing Key Business & Community Leadership. Provide strategic leadership that attracts new and retains existing LGBTQ+ business leaders statewide involvement in the work of the TNPC. Must strengthen and effectively articulate the ‘value proposition” TNPC offers its members.

Membership Relations. Identify common needs among Tennessee LGBTQ+ small business owners and arranging educational opportunities to support them. Organizing regular social events that offer TNPC members a platform to network and share their information and ideas. Creating and implementing a membership recruitment and retention plan with staff.

Board Relationship. Maximize and leverage strong board relationships. Provide the leadership necessary to compel their full participation. Maintain regular contact with the President and the other principal officers and work with Board members leading committee and event activity.

Develop and Enhance Government and Community Partnerships. Cultivate good relations with city, county, state and federal governments and their elected officials and staff on behalf of the board and membership. Identify and developing policy positions, that drive awareness on issues impacting LGBTQ+ businesses within the Nashville metro area

Advocacy. Lead TNPC’s political and advocacy activities, including regular attendance at Legislative Policy Committee meetings. Develop effective, strategic relationships with top political and elected officials on the local, regional, and state levels to advance key TNPC initiatives and outcomes Involving TNPC, its board and its membership in, and to the extent needed, lead, ballot issues campaigns that impact the business community or important TNPC and LGBTQ+ business priorities. Be seen as the top advocate for the LGBTQ+ business community throughout the region and state.

Administration. Enhance this effective and efficient organization as measured by revenue, membership

growth and quality programs. Ensure that all the entities of the organization work together toward the overall goals of TNPC. Prepare and submit a budget that reflects the strategic goals of TNPC. Work to ensure the economic strength and viability of TNPC. Build a strong staff and give them strategic direction. Oversee building operations and administration, including lease arrangements and tenant relations. Oversee administration of human resources-related items including the administration of performance appraisals, changes to employee benefits, and other such internal staff-related functions.

Spokesperson. In consultation with the board, serve as one of the spokespeople for TNPC in relevant venues, pro-actively and reactively, with a goal to enhance the Chamber's overall image. The CEO will not be the only and exclusive spokesperson for the organization. The CEO should look for opportunities for Board Members and TNPC members to speak and represent the organization. Ensure appropriate TNPC representation at various conferences, conventions and with business groups as a panelist or principal speaker.

In some ways, the TNPC CEO is seen as “the face” of the LGBTQ+ business community throughout the state of Tennessee..

Professional Associations. Cultivating good relations with local, state and national LGBTQ+ non-profit/organizations on behalf of the board and the membership.

External Relationships/Marketing. Ensure the TNPC is represented at appropriate civic, cultural, charitable, business and community activities that impact TNPC’s agenda. Build, manage and maintain an effective communications and marketing platform that supports TNPC’s mission and supports the membership.

Fundraising/Development. Establish and grow ongoing fundraising efforts for TNPC to help meet the needs of membership and foundation.

TNPC Foundation. Oversees the work and efforts of the TNPC Foundation.

The Right Candidate

Key Selection Criteria

• Passion for serving people; demonstrates commitment to the mission, values, and goals of TNPC including commitment to advocacy and underserved communities.

• Demonstrated successful leadership and management capability.

• Well-qualified candidates will have solid backgrounds in organizational development, communications, financial management, strategic planning, board development, and community relations.

• Proven track record in fundraising and/or business development.

• Strong personal ethics; highest level of personal and professional integrity and one who values

diversity, different cultures, and different views and opinions.

• Creates a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its

objectives and successfully inspiring and motivating team to action.

• A collaborative person who is driven by the success of the team and the organization; an open, friendly individual who is perceived as credible, compassionate, competent, trustworthy, and team oriented, welcoming and appreciative of input from others.

• Visionary; provides organizational leadership to align business and finance strategy to support long

term growth of TNPC.

• Ability to analyze organizational and operational challenges and develop timely and economical


• Candidates must have training and experience in public policy/advocacy,

• Demonstrated successful leadership and management capability.

• Experience leading a membership organization a plus

TNPC is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color and other prioritized populations.

The Salary Range for this position is $75,000 to $100,000

Benefits include health & benefits stipend, a mobile phone stipend and an opportunity for annual bonus based on KPI’s and board discretion

For more information, please contact:

Susie Smart 

Parsons Consulting 



Applicant screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

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