Most volunteers do not want to have a seat on the Chamber's leadership team at the time of CEO resignation. The search process can be time consuming. Many volunteer search teams want to move too quickly and run the risk of not getting the right organizational leader selected through the hiring process.
When a staffing turnover occurs is the perfect time to assess the organization. Are there partners in the community that the Chamber should consider merging with to carry forward? Some counties have multiple chambers and this could be an excellent time to see if a consolidation is in the best interest of all possible parties. Has another professional on the chamber's staff been groomed to step up to lead the helm of the organization? Often times, search teams launch a national search when there is skilled, committed talent sitting right in the Chamber's office ready for the next challenge.
Board leaders should plan in advance for any transition in leadership. Does your Chamber have a succession plan in place? ICEA has resources available on the website to assist with developing this for your team. ICEA also offers fee for service executive consultation assistance to board volunteers faced with staff turnover. These resources can be found on the ICEA website under the resources tab.
When a staffing transition happens at your Chamber, please outreach to ICEA. We will post job information and share within the weekly e-news letter at no charge for any of our member Chambers. You can reach the ICEA office at 812-871-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.